Sapp Advises McCoy To Disobey Some Coaching

September 20th, 2012

On the Man Channel (aka NFL Network, which will carry tonight’s Panthers-Giants game), Warren Sapp has been a proponent of the New Schiano Order.

However, Sapp, much like Greg Schiano, is a details guy. And Sapp doesn’t like all the details of the Bucs defensive line play he’s seeing on film.

In a piece penned by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Stroud notes that Sapp was at One Buc Palace Monday poring over game tape with Gerald McCoy and Sapp says he’s advising McCoy to dismiss questionable coaching.

“I told Gerald, the orders come from the sideline, but the general on the field has to be able to direct that stuff. Sometimes you do like this here: “Nah, I’m not doing it,’ Sapp said shaking his head. (Click through above to read the whole take.)

It seems Sapp has a different interpretation of “Trust, belief and accountability,” Schiano’s core beliefs.

The Bucs did have their share of success without blitzing Sunday, but they kept after the blitzes (20+ times by Joe’s count) and D-line stunts even with a lead and even after getting burned repeatedly. Two of the three Giants’ interceptions came when the Bucs did not blitz. Regardless, it’s one game and there’s a lot more to why the Bucs lost than failed blitzes.

As for Sapp, Joe can only assume he got to have meet-and-greet with Schiano at One Buc Palace. Joe would pay good cash to hear that conversation.

19 Responses to “Sapp Advises McCoy To Disobey Some Coaching”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:


    We’re still learing each other and growing in the system. Communication is key. Sapp has valid points…it’s a process.

  2. Macabee Says:

    Sapp has valid points, but this not the coach to try that with. Not saying whose right or wrong, but this coach is single-minded. Some would say hard-headed. It’s his way or the highway!

  3. Miguel Grande Says:

    Sapp will have to bite his lip around the Little General.

    This coach is simple minded.

  4. SteveK Says:

    Sapp is such a baller.

    I am grateful that he still associates with the Bucs.

    Sapp is right, make plays and don’t let QB’s out of your grasp.

    Sapp played with such force and tenacity. It was a pleasure to watch him play the game of football.

  5. Nate Says:

    Sapp Mccoy will never be as good as you.. He is what he is..

  6. Buc_The_World Says:

    I appreciate Sapp trying to help and he has valid points. I agree with him on a lot of it, but he should not be telling McCoy to disobey his coach. We had enough of that last season. This team has to buy in, when people start doing their own things it sends a bad message. Sherridan is responsible and he will take the heat. Either he will fix it or be fired, but McCoy should not go against the plays that are being called at this point in the new regime.

  7. Fernando Says:

    Sapp shut your trap!!! Thanks

  8. AtlBucsFan Says:

    If Schiano or his coaching staff felt Sapp was interfering in a negative way then he’d be blocked from the building. In the article Sapp’s point was after the defensive call is made and it is set for run stopping while the opponent is in the shotgun, you make adjustments on the field as a player. He was also encouraging McCoy to talk to the staff about unique situations where McCoy could have some freedom. He was not saying to ignore the coaches.

    I think with this young set of d-players the coaches will give more latitude as they grow and develop. Sapp’s just way ahead of the curve.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    Hey Sapp,
    You didn’t build that!
    Sapper Time!

  10. Jbrooks8604 Says:

    Sapp makes a decent point. Obviously the play calling was pathetic. But Sapp was in a very different situation than McCoy. McCoy is still trying to prove himself and Sapp was one of, if not the best d tackle in the league at the time. So Sapp had the credibility to make those calls and McCoy doesn’t.

  11. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    Hopefully Sapp doesn’t give McCoy financial advice too.

    Boy wouldn’t that be a mistake.

  12. SteveK Says:

    Sapp knows the DT position. His advice should be welcomed.

    I wish we had DT 1/2 as good as Warren. Dude was a flat out stud.

    The 49er game still sticks out like yesterday.

    God bless Sapp, and may he continue to share his knowledge.

  13. RickinFortMyers Says:

    Warren Sapp is why out of line on this one and I usually feel the same way about most things defensive line as he does. But, he’s got to remember that you change the coach’s play call when you’ve developed the bona fides to have earned the gravitas to do so, not when you’re just learning the schemes, haven’t earned reputation as a “killer” defense, and are just coming back from two successive seasons landing on IR.

    When he was starting out with the Baltimore Colts, Don Shula used to go around regularly with John Unitas, but Unitas had earned his stripes to challenge the coach’s judgement. Because Shula was Shula by the time he arrived in Miami I’m sure Dan Marino listened closely to the coach, but I’m equally sure he would follow Sapp’s advice later in his career once he became “DAN MARINO” future hall of famer.

  14. BigMacAttack Says:

    I tend to agree with RickinFM. If McCoy disobeys his coach, he may find himself on the bench or worse by giving up a big play. Technique changes are one thing but position and plays are another. Coach Cox was a pretty good player and knows a few things himself. He has been coaching a while now and if I was were GMC and his Linemates, I’d do what he says all the time. I believe Schiano welcomes Sapp’s input but if it goes counter to the Coaching philosophy, Sapp may find himself unwelcome. If the Bucs wanted Warren they would have made him an offer. Sapp doesn’t know Sheridan’s defense (I assume) and he may be off base with his instructions.

  15. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Joe says
    “Two of the three Giants’ interceptions came when the Bucs did not blitz.”

    But wait…so many people here claimed the Bucs blitzed the whole game…

  16. 928bucfan Says:

    i love warren sapp as a player but on television he just makes me pissd off he talks bad about the buccaneers all the time. ive litterally watch all the shows he comes out on and he almost never says anything positive about the bucs maybe one player like mccoy but really he always bashes on the bucs!

  17. Bobby Says:

    I’m sure more freedom will be given to players like McCoy once they are familiar with the system and have been playing in it for awhile. Right now it’s the 3rd game in a brand new scheme and I don’t think it’s the time to be free lancing.

  18. Rican Says:

    Nah haha we lost because of the idiotic failed blitzes at the end of the game lol no candy coating it

  19. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Steve White had a very interesting break down of some of the defensive line stunts the Bucs ran, and why they are so ineffective. I highly suggest every fan look it up (I found it on his facebook page). Basically, they had McCoy looping all the way around 3 defensive players before he could get to the QB. Besides that taking too long with a QB like Eli Manning, even when McCoy meets the blocker, he doesn’t have much power because he is moving laterally. It was very interesting and made perfect sense. I haven’t brought myself to re-watch the game (too painful), but I noticed an awful lot of stunting within the d-line, with obviously very little success. Perhaps in this case, we may just need to simplify things and let them go get the QB.