Warren Sapp Troubled By Defense, Impressed By Jameis, Tension With Suh, & More

October 2nd, 2019

Legendary No. 99 was hanging out with Bucs fans and eating pulled pork in Los Angeles to watch his beloved Bucs on Sunday.

And he had plenty to say about them on national radio yesterday.

Love him or hate him, Warren Sapp is one of the very best football interviews in the game.

“I think Jameis learned Week 1 after throwing the pick-6’s, because when you look out on a presnap read and there’s Richard Sherman on a running back and the running back’s not on a slant, you don’t throw it out there,” Sapp told The Rich Eisen Show. “And then you throw a pick-6 on a screen? I think Byron Leftwich and Coach [Arians] finally got to him, ‘Hey, come our way, we’ll show you. And then we get in a game [Sunday] and our damn kick returner [T.J. Logan] wants to return. There’s no more kick returns in the NFL. Can anyone get that through their head? Just catch the ball, kneel it down, they’re giving you five yards, you’re on the 25. What is the problem? He wants to return the ball to the 10 yard line. We’re backed up. Now my quarterback is under duress and he throws a pick-6.

“That’s when it happens whenever a special teams — and everybody don’t come together for Jameis. Because when everything is moving on track, he’s a great quarterback. I love what he does. But the Bucs have to figure out a way to just slow down [teams] on defense. That defense? We’re loose. I mean, the Rams are going up and down the field. If we don’t have no offense, that game gets away from us.”

Sapp went on to say he likes the attack mindset of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, but results still have to come.

On a fun note, Sapp said he and Ndamukong Suh are not on friendly terms.

Sapp, during his television days, was a long-time critic of Suh, and the Bucs icon hared a story that he recently had his knee drained at One Buc Palace and Suh needed to reach over him to get his helmet.

Suh did that with a simple “excuse me,” grabbed the helmet and acted as if Sapp was a stranger in bus depot, Sapp said. Asked by Eisen if he wanted to patch things up with Suh, Sapp said, “No. We good. You know I’m not that guy. It is what it is.”

56 Responses to “Warren Sapp Troubled By Defense, Impressed By Jameis, Tension With Suh, & More”

  1. MadMax Says:

    Hey Sapp!!….Meet Big V! A version of you my man! A bit bigger and faster though….enjoy the show! Love Ya!

  2. Barbosa Says:

    Warren reaps what he sows.

  3. Dreghost Says:

    Hey JOE week after week I’m starting to feel like we just threw away the 5th pick of the draft this year! I mean really…our front seven is balling and we don’t miss devin white one bit!!! Meanwhile that guy devin bush for Pittsburgh is having a pro bowl year…Not to mention S. bunting2nd round pick is trash and dean is once again on the sideline with his thumb in his mouth…i think this is a subject that IRA THE SAGE should really do a podcast about!!! I’m tired of throwing away draft pick…

  4. Dreghost Says:

    P.S. can someone send out an APB Location out for Justin Evans!

  5. DB55 Says:

    Okay so Sapp and I are on the same page and feel the exact same way. Winston is great when his team doesn’t leave him high and dry. Good to know.

    Last week I posted “tell me what Sapp thinks”. Sapp knows far more then the clowns that were posting here last week.

    So I guess I do know wtfdik 👍🏽

  6. Brandon Says:

    So this is troubling. The Bucs Rams game was rebroadcasted on NFLNetwork yesterday and there was no news about this. This is the type of important info fans want to see and yet there was no announcement anywhere regarding this. I would’ve loved to re-watch the game with sideline commentary added in and the other extras that they do. It would be great if a Bucs site would watch for these rebroadcasts and would announce it when they happen.

  7. Buccfan37 Says:

    Agree with Sapp that taking the kickoff at the 25 yard line is the better option.

  8. Coburn Says:

    That kick return drove me nuts. Knew something bad would happen being backed up like that

  9. DB55 Says:

    Now my quarterback is under duress and he throws a pick-6.
    Get out of my head Sapp

  10. YoungBucs Says:

    I agree with Sapp just kneel it for god’s sake and I could care less about beef between him and Suh. Let play on the field talk and Sapp knows darn well that Suh & Vita are balling on that line. So excuse me “Warren THE JOHN Sapp” I need my helmet so I can help the Shaq attack.

  11. Brandon Says:

    Dreghost Says:
    October 2nd, 2019 at 12:24 pm
    Hey JOE week after week I’m starting to feel like we just threw away the 5th pick of the draft this year! I mean really…our front seven is balling and we don’t miss devin white one bit!!! Meanwhile that guy devin bush for Pittsburgh is having a pro bowl year…Not to mention S. bunting2nd round pick is trash and dean is once again on the sideline with his thumb in his mouth…i think this is a subject that IRA THE SAGE should really do a podcast about!!! I’m tired of throwing away draft pick…


    Are you freaking mental, dude? After four games you’ve determined that all of those picks are trash? I guess you were also one of the ones that though Vea was a bad pick, RoJo should be cut, Cappa couldn’t cut it in the NFL and so on and so forth? Keep your stupidity to yourself please. None of our draft picks were thrown away.

  12. SCBucsFan Says:

    Logan is here to return kicks. That’s what he does. If he’s going to stick then he’s going to keep looking for ones to return.

  13. BetterBucFan Says:

    I am troubled by SMB. It’s not like we have a secondary overflowing with talent that he’s sitting behind, and second round picks need to have an immediate impact, especially if we’re in “win-now” mode as B.A. keeps saying.

    Devin White? He’s played one full game, during which he struggled with rookie pains. Not worried about him yet.

  14. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Brandon, you took the words right out of my mouth. Four games dude! 6 months ago everyone was assuming Rojo was a bust. After four games last year guys were complaining about Vea. At the end of last season Cappa was the worst RG of all time. Geez man some players need a little time to develop and come into their own. Honestly hard to believe that any Buc fan would be complaining about rookies after watching the huge leap by many our 2nd year players that is going on right now.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Brandon & SCBucsFan – Kudos; was thinking exactly the same thing in both cases.

  16. buccaNEAR DOMINATION Says:


    You say Sapp is on the same page as you but you defended Winston for that horrible decision to throw to Barber with a #1 cornerback covering as Sapp said along with the rest of us that ball is not to be thrown to the running back on that play. Nonetheless, Jamies is playing lights out right now. GO Bucs!

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    the defense will come around…..

    SUH and SAPP not getting along is great imo…..

    we had too many damn nice guys on the team as it is…..

    its about time we have a bully on the roster that has no problem bullying the bully…..and the all time bully himself doesnt want to bully this #93….lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  18. D-Rome Says:

    Sapp met his doppelganger.

  19. Buccernutter Says:

    dreghost is unfortunately a great example of a buc fan.


  20. DooshLaRue Says:

    Oh Warren, still as eloquent as ever.
    The pride of The U.

  21. SCBucsFan Says:

    dreghost sounds like he’d be a great GM

  22. Youngbucs Says:

    Looking for kicks that are returnable vs. a Garaunteed 25 yard line? If you’re near the endzone down it if you field it near 15 or 20 try to return it what is so hard about that?

  23. SCBucsFan Says:

    Youngbucs when do ever see a kickoff returned from the 15 or 20???

  24. Youngbucs Says:

    Exactly the point how many Devin Hester returns have you seen in the NFL since the kickoff rule was enacted? None worth mentioning but I’ve seen plenty of times being backed up to the goal line, safeties, pick sixes when fielded behind the 20.

  25. Chris K Says:

    @Dreghost… What?? It’s four games into the kids first season and you’re saying the pick has been thrown away? I guess you also missed when Dissley from Seattle burnt Bush not once, but twice for a TD in their game. Wasn’t any kind of pro-bowl play on that day. Give the players time bro! All these armchair GM’s drive me nuts!

    1)Ghost of a 3rd string RB
    2)D.James nut huggers that hated the Vea pick (Vea is wrecking run games every week)
    4) You…

    Let the football people do the football and be a fan bro. You’re not a GM, none of the guys I mentioned above are, or they would be in a front office somewhere in the league instead of in a team’s FAN PAGE..

  26. Snook Says:

    “There’s no more kick returns in the NFL. Can anyone get that through their head? Just catch the ball, kneel it down, they’re giving you five yards, you’re on the 25. What is the problem?”

    EXACTLY!!! Why does anyone bother with these anymore?

    When’s the last time someone saw a kick returned for a TD in the NFL? Its dead. Over. Take the knee. 25 yard line. So dumb.

  27. Swampbuc Says:

    I enjoy Sapp’s candor. He is authentic, nothing phony about him, and I agree with his football takes 95% of the time. Miss him on the network.

  28. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Side bar: NFL NOW on the NFL network just did a sweet video on the Bucs with music, followed by a cool interview with the “Godsend” Chris Godwin! Getting some national love this week! BIG!!! Let’s gooooo!!!

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    Sheeet that’s my favorite Buc of all time!

  30. danr Says:

    It was so predictable.

    I said to my wife before the offense even got on the field. “here comes a pick 6 to cut our lead”

    I am not a great prognosticator, jameis is easy to rattle. and starting on the 10 was enough to do it.

  31. unbelievable Says:


    His arm was hit by a rams defender as he was throwing that ball.

    It’s amazing how many of you watch the games but don’t see anything.

  32. #1 BUCFAN Says:

    W. Sapp knows more about football, than those of us who think we do.

    Would like to see him get into coaching be it collage or NFL.

  33. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Stop with the rookie criticism……the same thing happened last year with Vea, Rojo & Cappa….

    How does anyone know how well a healthy Devin White would have played in the 3 games he missed?

    Some posters simply like to be negative on everything and whine, whine, whine..

    As for kickoffs……TJ Logan has only one task……return kicks that need to be returned…..do it well & don’t turn it over…..that’s it.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he were cut….if BA wanted to make a statement that would be it.

    As far as I’m concerned, unless he is also a punt returner, we don’t need him……what…one or two returns in 5 games?

    Just take the ball on the twenty-five….no ST penalties, no fumbles no bad field position.

    On the other side….why risk a return….just kick it through the end zone….that’s what Pinion does….he is 2nd in the league at it.

  34. teacherman777 Says:

    Warren is a jealous guy.

    He felt threatened by Suh and Donald.

    Warren needs to apologize.

    He also is jealous of Vita Vea.

    Its sad Warren isnt more of a mentor to other DTs.

  35. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    His arm was brushed….so that doesn’t count as a pick six. Got it. Revised final score…Bucs 55, Rams 33.

  36. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    MadMax Says
    “Hey Sapp!!….Meet Big V! A version of you my man!”

    Vea and Sapp are absolutely nothing alike. lol

  37. Touchdown, Tampa Bay Says:

    Aye yai yai. TouchDown… what a crook.

  38. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Amen brother. Perhaps Sapp is jealous of Suh because Sapp is not a pimple on the ass of Suh intellectually. Suh is smart…Sapp is not. Because I value intelligence as much as athletic ability I admire Suh…Sapp? Are you kidding me? He’s freaking cement head.

    Great player but football has never been rocket science.

  39. Oregonbucsfan Says:

    The main reason to down the kickoff: The Bucs (and others) seem incapable of fielding two kickoffs in a row without a penalty for blocking in the back and starting on the ten.. And, we all know how Jameis performs on our own goal.

  40. Bucsfanman Says:

    unbelievable- People are often blinded by their emotions. If you watch the play, the WR is open. Jameis’ arm is hit as he releases and cause the ball to change trajectory.
    This statement by Sapp is a “no duh!” That’s why it’s called “complementary football.” ALL aspects must coexist for a team to be successful.
    Just like it’s not tenable to allow 500+ yards passing, it’s not tenable for Jameis to throw 4 TDs every game. The defense will get better, IMO. They gave up a ton of yards but they did get 4 turnovers, so…

  41. McBuc Says:

    All of the DTs mentioned are good. Donald would be the closest to a Sapp, but none of them are generational position changing players like Sapp. He is not jealous, and has helped other players. I don’t get why Suh saying excuse me and grabbing his helmet matters too much. At least He was polite.

  42. BucEmUp Says:

    Hes right…ges drad on point. That gane was EXACTLY like the first game in new orleans last season when the bucs won 55 -52.Everyone was so upbeat and happy, I was pissed. You cannot allow that many pass completions.

    The rams were throwing the ball at will and it wasnt because our corners suck….its because they were playing 10 yards off the loc. We have an offense, we have a kicker, we have a pass rush…STOP GIVING UP SO MUCH DAMN CUSHION TO THE WRS!!!!!!!!
    Does the league pay the glaziers to instruct their defnesive coaches to make our dbs play this far off? IT MAKE NO SENSE!!!!!!!!! Better not.do that against tge saints short quick passing game.or uts.gonna be a looooong day. Bucs cant put up 48 points every week

  43. Wesley Says:

    Wait, Sapp didn’t like someone ignoring him, and being rude?

  44. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Rams have great receivers- Cooks, Cupp, Woods, Gurley
    And they have an excellent qb
    Bucs OLine was better than Rams’ and Jameis was sharp
    Our pressure got to Goff, and he turned it over.
    Keep in mind this D is missing key players- White, J Evans and JPP
    And they are learning
    Giants only had 1 receiving td
    Stopping the run, pressure on qb and getting turnovers- that’s what Bucs do
    We don’t have secondary to shut down great receivers.
    Keep ballin’ Jameis and Bucs will keep winning

  45. DBS Says:

    They have to get 4 turnovers to give the offense a chance. A chance to get the scores back they give up.

  46. MadMax Says:

    @Bonzai, i know….just being facetious and trying to kill with kindness 🙂

  47. Bculaw Says:

    @Dreghorst – lots of folks said the same thing about Vea last season. The pro game is a big jump, and White has been sick or injured every week. Give him time to heal and acclimate.

  48. DB55 Says:


    Sure you’re right. I felt Barber turned the wrong way leading to the pick. Sapp is saying don’t even throw it that way. Tomato tomato imo but sure I was wrong? I guess.

    Bigger point is that Jay Miss is awesome if and only if everyone does their job which is pretty universal.

    All I know is if The ATM were to score 4 fantasy points like Brady did on Sunday the “real” fans would crucify him. Right or wrong?

  49. DB55 Says:

    When Vea turns into a grown man professional he’ll be scary.

    Took me at least 3 years to get used to of the Florida heat. And I was a young athlete at the time but we went out to play baseball and I last about 5 minutes before heat stroke set in.

  50. Hodad Says:

    I knew Sapp was to cheap to pay hookers what he owed them, but I didn’t know he was to cheap to get his own doctor to drain his knee!

  51. Samsung Says:

    Screw Sapp.Is Suh supposed to sit there and kiss his ass while getting his helmet? He wants to be the center of attention at all times

  52. JGhoti86 Says:

    Dreghorst, wowzers. Not only…obsess much?! But goodness dude, smh!

  53. Ptwalk Says:

    So Sapp wants the players to acknowledge him but when the fans acknowledge him he doesn’t want to be bothered. Can’t have his cake and eat it too.

  54. Mike johnson Says:

    Sapp. Is spot on about the defense. We gotta get way better.the offense Wil not always carry us.

  55. Silent_Partner Says:

    This goes back to the idiotic take before that draft that McCoy and Suh was in where he proclaimed McCoy better. Thing is when you say stupid stuff and then it was compounded by his former team taking him, you have to stand by it, even despite all of the evidence to the contrary. Pretty sure Suh doesn’t care. He never has over his career. As much as people have ripped him over the years because he was smart and looked out for #1 to get paid, he’s always been a keep his head down and do his job type of guy that dominates.

  56. humbleathletics Says:

    Funny you said eating pulled pork sandwiches. I was behind Sapp in line at the Rams game when he ordered 3 sandwiches including the Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwich. The lady messed up his order and Sapp went ballistic saying he hates these Spanish speaking workers and going off on all of the staff. Another Bucs fan asked for a picture and Sapp said he would take the picture if the fan would pay for his meal. Classic #99