Warren Sapp Feels Bad For Shaq Barrett

November 1st, 2022

Monster loss.

Joe doesn’t want to think too much about Bucs sacks king Shaq Barrett’s blown Achilles. It’s too depressing.

Despite what some believe, an Achilles is a major, major injury. It’s common for an Achilles to ruin a guy’s career.

Remember O.J. Howard? The former first-round pick of a tight end may have had one of his best games as a Bucs player against the Chargers in 2020 when he ruptured his Achilles. He was never the same and now is hanging onto his NFL career by a thread slumming for lousy Lovie Smith in Houston.

The way Achilles injuries go, Shaq may never be the same. He could be a shell of himself until 2024. The Bucs have an out clause in his contract after the 2023 season.

Bucs legend Warren Sapp is very depressed over Shaq’s injury. Appearing on “In the Trenches” hosted by Ian Beckles, Sapp bemoaned how it seemed Shaq had just turned the corner this season.

Sapp brought up Shaq’s injury when discussing how the Bucs are losing in the trenches.

“If we can’t run the ball, and we can’t control the line of scrimmage, on both sides — and now we have lost our pass rusher. What do we do now?

“I tell you what, you go back and look at that tape against Baltimore, [Shaq] was having a game. Oh, he was playing. In the running game. Pass rushing. Turning the corner on the level. He was on. He had his game on.”

Shaq was having a night. He had a sack, a quarterback hit, three tackles for loss and four tackles when he had to be helped off the field.

Fans will now see what the Bucs have in Joe Tryon-Shoyinka and Anthony Nelson. Nelson will likely replace Shaq and until Nelson shows opponents otherwise, JTS will be getting a whole lot of extra attention from blockers.

Will he be up to the task?

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20 Responses to “Warren Sapp Feels Bad For Shaq Barrett”

  1. August 1976 Buc Says:

    “If we can’t run the ball, and we can’t control the line of scrimmage, on both sides — and now we have lost our pass rusher.
    What do we do now??????????????

    SEE: 2nd half against Baltimore 💩🏈💩 Thats not a fun thought Warren.

  2. Leopold Stotch Says:

    I’m calling it now. Hope I’m wrong, but the answer is a resounding NO. JTS9 has had this long and shown nothing. Roquan Smith is now a Crow, so unless we trade for someone, our pass rush will look akin to the Den of Depression years. Good luck to our secondary

  3. garro Says:

    Time to put on your big boy panties JTS!!!

  4. Bob in valrico Says:

    Shaq is one of those unique DE’s that plays both the run and pass rush well.
    He can even drop back in coverage and hold his own. Get well soon.

  5. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    “JTS will be getting a whole lot of extra attention from blockers.”

    I guess–but it hasn’t looked like they really need to worry too much. He gets handled pretty well by a single blocker so far. I’ve watched him go into orbit around the QB a lot, like he was on the end of a string being swung by the passer, with the tackle just guiding him along.

    To be fair, his backside pursuit is strong. It seems to be where I see him get most of his tackles. But holding his corner, or rushing the passer? Meh.

  6. SB~LV Says:

    He will never be the same

  7. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    JTS seemed to pick up his game a little against the Ravens. I think he was seeing the effort that Shaq was making and realized that’s what it takes to be great. I’m guessing of course but a lot of these guys just don’t know how to play their hardest. If he can get to Shaq’s effort level and continue to get stronger, he could be an effective rusher.

  8. Marine Buc Says:

    Shaq earned more money in two seasons than Sapp made his entire career…

    Hey Warren – don’t feel sorry for Shaq. I think he will be just fine.

  9. Jack Sparrow Says:

    I did not realize Shaq Barrett was still with the Bucs until they mentioned he got injured.

  10. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I honestly think our only hope is Hicks stays healthy and we can move Hall outside a little bit. I think Nelson and Nassib are better than JTS. Depending on Hicks to stay healthy is risky business.

  11. Marine Buc Says:

    We still owe Shaq a boatload of money after this season… He is over 30 and just busted his AT.

    It’s not looking good…

  12. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I Love that show In The Trenches! I think I an and Sapp really compliment each other, and both tell it like it is.
    I sure hope not, but at least he is out this entire year.

  13. Bobby M. Says:

    Expect the play calling to involve a heavy dose of White blitzing….he’s more effective in that role than in coverage. It will become predictable like our offense on 1st down.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We all feel bad for Shaq……he’s a great player & a great guy…..this is awful for him.
    Glad he got a payday for he and his family.

  15. darengibo Says:

    A couple quotes from Coach McKay seem very timely and fitting… “We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.”

    – John McKay.

    “Can’t stop the pass or the run. Otherwise, we’re in great shape.”

    – John McKay.

  16. Dooley Says:

    I hope Anthony Nelson gets the lions share of reps in Shaqs’ absence and I’d be willing to bet Nelly can earn his second contract to hopefully stay in Tampa post-2022.

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  18. Mike Johnson Says:

    I have no faith in Nelson or Joe-Tryon.

  19. unbelievable Says:

    No pass rush = no defense.

    We literally don’t have a d-line now.

    Offense better figure out how to start outing up 35+ a game, or this team will have double digit losses.

  20. Proudbucsfan Says:

    We better hope Nelson can have a break out type year because no passrush means Teams will be picking on our DBs. Along with not being able to stop the run, we are in big trouble. Fire Leftwitch and bring BA down to call plays the rest of the season.