The Turning Point

May 5th, 2013

When Bucs veteran defensive end Eric Curry, who Warren Sapp was not fond of, griped about doing pass rush drills on the third day of training camp in Father Dungy’s first year, Sapp knew the Bucs were headed in the right direction.

Throughout the weekend, Joe will bring snippets of the many, many, many stories Bucs great Warren Sapp shared Thursday with the Bucs pen and mic club about his career.

Soon-to-be Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp makes no bones about the fact he thought he was much better than most Buccaneers when he arrived in Tampa Bay in 1995, even though Sapp was a rookie. And he was right.

Sapp still talks with disdain about Sam Wyche’s “Three ring circus,” as Sapp calls it, and last week he remembered what he thought was the turning point where the Bucs left their losing ways behind.

This took place on the third day of training camp under Father Dungy while Sapp and other defensive linemen were working on pass rush drills, a tactic most of the veterans loathed. Sapp, proving to be astute even at a young age, thought the Bucs needed such work.

“Eric Curry playing outside… there was some bad football being played. I go back to those days with Rod [Marinelli] and doing pass rush drills. On the third day, Curry looked at us, ‘We’re going to do this everyday?’ I was like, ‘Yes! I won’t have to look at his [arse] any more. He’s out of here.’ If you don’t want to do this? I mean, this is regular work in the summer.

“‘We’re going to pass rush everyday?’ Really? Last time I remember I ran one game and got a sack and you played 15 before you got a sack. Really? What the hell makes you so good that you don’t want to do this every day? So I couldn’t understand it.

“So we slowly understood the process of Tony [Dungy] and his coaching staff building something special.”

4 Responses to “The Turning Point”

  1. Luther Says:

    I remember those days. Curry sucked dog poo as did most Bucs players. I have to give Wyche credit for some of the draft picks though. It’s not like he left the cover bare for Dungy. The signing of Hardy Nickerson was certainly one of the turning points as well. Hard to play good football without a strong leader on the field and Hardy was that man.

  2. JonBuc Says:

    Fun trip down memory lane…..boy Curry was a BUST! Now I can see why.

  3. nick Says:

    The best player we have evr had, whether you like him or not he was feared around the league and straight dominated people. When you think he is 1 and D. Brooks is 1a period the end.

  4. RustyRhino Says:

    Hey Joe, any wisdom from Sapp on one of my favorite all time Bucs Brad Cullpepper? Wishe we could bring in a guy like him to our team today. His 33 sacks from 94-99 ranks him as #6 in our top 10 sack leaders.