Calijah Kancey Getting Tips From The Greats

February 15th, 2024

Once upon a time in Hawaii …

Stud Bucs rookie Calijah Kancey had greats to lean on last season.

Kancey confirmed on WDAE radio recently that he had talks with Hall of Famer Warren Sapp and six-time Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy, legendary defensive tackles who spent years breathing down the necks of opposing guards and centers like Kancey does each week.

Kancey said he’s soaked up their phyiscal and football spiritual guidance with McCoy and Sapp “giving me tips on playing defensive line and what it means to be a Buccaneer.”

Joe loves hearing that from Kancey. Devoted listeners to the Ira Kaufman Podcast know former Bucs first-round pick O.J. Howard (2017), the talented but disappointing tight end, didn’t show interest in spending time with Buccaneers Ring of Honor tight end Jimmy Giles.

Kancey is know at One Buc Palace for being a smart player, in addition to his lightning quickness. Thankfully, he’s smart enough to be open to hearing from two retired dudes that can help him.

30 Responses to “Calijah Kancey Getting Tips From The Greats”

  1. SlyPirate Says:

    FYI, that’s GMC on the left and Darrelle Revis on the right (not a super skinny Sapp).

  2. Allen Lofton Says:

    Both Kancey and Ya Ya need to learn everything from they can from McCoy and Sapp to carry on the tradition of quality rushers.

  3. Lord Cornelius Says:

    the fact that Kancey & Yaya did so well as rookies is super promising since those positions typically take longer to develop

  4. Capt.Tim Says:

    Hard to get better advice than that.
    Plus two interesting perspectives.
    One a fantastic talent who hated the fans, and now regrets it.
    The other a fantastic talent, who the fans(well, the stupid ones) hated.

    I have the highest hopes for Kancey. But I stick to my prognoses that his lack of size will lead to him being frequently, then eventually chronically, injured

    But man, I hope not. I really like this young man- and he is doing everything right to improve.
    Hope we start playing more 4 man fronts- because Kancey would be a beast in a 4 man line.

  5. Lt. Dan Says:

    The arrow is absolutely point up for Kancey. An off season in an NFL weight room.

    College: party all night, cold pizza for breakfast, class, maybe Mcdonalds for lunch, practice, maybe lift weights…meh.

    NFL: plenty of rest, playbook, weight room with trainers, practice, massage, weight room with trainers, nutritionist, professional chefs. Oh yea!

  6. ModHairKen Says:

    Jimmie. Not Jimmy.

    One of my heroes growing up and was able to meet him in person once. He is a big man. In all ways.

  7. stpetebucfan Says:

    Cliches exist for a reason. There’s always a nugget of truth in them.

    “Experience is the BEST teacher!”

  8. RustyRhinos Says:

    Ahoy Capt Tim, I have always had all the respect for them both in their times as Buccaneers. One always had the same respect for their time in Tampa. Lost my respect and any concern for one when he Proudly proclaimed his lost and found home in another NFC South divisional team… Why, well his short nonproductive stays in any of his other “new home” teams after his no longer being a Buccaneer, now he is riding Shotgun on the Bandwagon. Acting as if he has never left, feels he deserves it, and getting a lot of blog promotions for the ROH. When he is not a holder of ANY Buccaneer Records. Thanks for the 123 starts, 54.5 sacks, 297 tackles, 153 QB hits, 86 tackles for a loss, 6 forced fumbles, 4 fumbles recovered, and 24 passes defended…

    Great to hear how Kancey is getting some and listening to these two former successful Buccaneer DT players, and them telling him what it means to be a Buccaneer. I am excited to see how he grows and uses those lessons learned and film studied. He acknowledged his learning how to take care of his body as a Rookie, good thing to learn. Now a full NFL offseason and more year-round nutritionists helping to give Kancey more power and explosion, with increased endurance in the Tampa Heat… Watch Out!!

    I do wonder how much tips YA YA Diaby!! Is getting from any former Buccaneer DE/OLB. I do like the job the OLB coach Edwards has done so far with YA YA!


  9. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    My guess would be that Sapp pointed at McCrybaby and said “Don’t be a clown that plays dress up and apologizes when he makes an unimportant play. And especially don’t lose 85% of the games you play in while calling the Bucs ‘Your Team,’ every chance you get.

  10. Greg Says:

    Please, for the love of God, keep him away from McCoy. Sapp is carrying a ring while wearing a gold jacket. Hopefully, that’s obvious to him.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    He’s not going to learn a dayum thing from GMC.

    Except how to lose.

  12. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    This is great!
    Kancey can learn how to do it right from Sapp and then Sapp can explain to him why it’s not ok to have an on-field demeanor like Ol Softie.

    I’d love to hear Sapps thoughts about Ol’ Softies NFL career, off the record of course. I imagine Sapp feels the same way as 90% of the intelligent commenters here about Ol Softie:
    * Great physical talent
    * Not tough
    * Not mean enough on the field
    * Not a great leader
    * Awesome babysitter

  13. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    Sapp: You win at all costs
    Ol Softie: You win if it doesn’t hurt other teams feelings

  14. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    Ironic that theres a post about the “lost decade” right next to a post about Ol Softie.

  15. jugheadfla1 Says:

    GMC….Great!?…..debatable….now Sapp on the other hand…..legendary on the field

  16. JimBobBuc Says:

    I wonder if he talks to Pitt alum Aaron Donald too?

  17. TampabayDJ Says:

    JimBobbuc – Agree ! And to the person who said that he is too small , Aaron Donald is the same size, and even smaller than Sapp. So why would it matter if he isn’t the size of Vita Vea ?

  18. Bucc my life Says:

    Sapp would’ve lost most of his games on Mccoy’s teams too. A good DT doesnt make up for Freeman/Glennon/Winston as your qb’s, Morris/Schiano/Lovie as your coaches, no edge rush, and the worst defensive backs units we had in the last 30 years. You casual fans attribute way too much to attitude and narratives.

    Mccoy was a great player on awful teams and this fan base doesnt deserve him.

  19. mike Says:

    What a great pic! Those 2 led us to 4 wins and 12 L’s…. woooof

  20. Kidfloflo Says:

    Hopefully he takes off in year 2! It took Sapp awhile to dominate…future is bright, now we need another stud in the draft to keep the pressure up on opposing Qbs!

  21. Esteban85 Says:

    Licht is doing a great job at drafting these Dawgs who love football have their ego’s in check and want to learn to be great.

  22. Capt.Tim Says:

    Love this site.
    Saying “ stupid fans” is like calling sooo-ie!
    All the pigs come running, excited about showing off their ignorance!

    Very few great Bucs ever was as alone as Gerald McCoy. Surrounded by horrible players, yet always fought. And always was loyal to Tampa.

    You clueless smucks hated him because he was a nice person. You believe football players are supposed to be aholes. Thats never been my experience.

    Ive known some very dangerous men in my time. The most dangerous man I ever know told me that noone was ever caught off guard by angry, mean looking people. You keep your eyes on those guys.
    The ones that get you are the smiling, handsome, friendly guys.
    You dont realize how wrong you are, until its too late.

    Leeroy Selmon was the best Defensive libeman in this teams history. Its not even close.
    And he was one of the nicest, kindest men I ever met.

    Funny how guys here are soft- expect other men to be angry.
    I was bet the house that none of you have the guts to put on a pair of Shoulder pads, and tell McCoy he was soft.
    He would DESTROY you.
    Then help you to your wheelchair chair, and buy you Ice cream, while your sissy butt waits for the Ambulance!

    Lol, damn, Id pay good money to watch that!

  23. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    I guess I should be more considerate of peoples feelings.
    Considering how I approach things it would never cross my mind
    that a retired professional athlete would be butthurt by negative
    commentary on a blog. But I guess I should re-temper my expectations
    to match the butthurt world. Maybe we should make the comments
    section a safe-space for sensitive pro athletes?

    I’ll assume from here on out that voicing my opinion is bad unless it’s a
    sweet, friendly comment….like Youtube

    Brady was once asked to name his favorite book.
    He named “The 4 Agreements”.
    Two of the 4 Agreements are, “Take nothing personally” and “Don’t make assumptions”. I’ll spare the safe-space comments my opinion about the
    mental makeup of the previous commenter suggesting that a regular person put on pads and scrimmage with a pro DT because he made a hurtful comment about said DT. I think that speaks for itself.

    I won’t even approach the subject of whether Said DT deserves any culpability for the performance of the defenses of which he was the
    highest paid player….but there’s absolutely no doubt that star payers can and do motivate other lesser players…….or not.

  24. unbelievable Says:

    The same idiots still blame GMC for everything wrong with this franchise during the lost decade lol

  25. RustyRhinos Says:

    Great players help their teammates raise their play, hold them accountable, demand results, or call your ass out for being lazy or soft. Where in a pregame speech is that found in “Come on guys let’s go have some fun!” Against the Saints, our NFC South Nemissis. Again McCoy good player not great and I lost any respect for him when he “found his long-lost home in Carolina”. Then Dallas, Las Vegas. McCoy was paid 12+ million for his time here in Tampa. Sapp HOF jacket, The Buccaneers leader in sacks. a beast on the field.

  26. D-Rok Says:


    Serious query here:

    We all know that in the offseason, most if not all NFL QB’s have QB coaches and work on improving.

    Are there any DL mentors/tutors in the offseason that a player can hire? Any DL camps at the NFL level?

    If not, people like Sapp should open up a clinic, in addition to the normal team-related offseason weight program. Just a thought, and forgive me if I’m asking an ignorant question.

  27. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Caption this: pic above

    Most overpaid Bucs of all time.

  28. Chrisonthecape Says:

    Please keep McCoy away from him

  29. FrontFour Says:

    GMC was not a great player. And certainly not someone I would wand Cancey to pattern his game after. The guy never showed up in the second half of games let alone crunch time.

  30. BUCman Says:

    I don’t think it is a good thing for him to be around Sapp and McCoy. Two of the worst as far as attitude and demeanour. Hopefully that doesn’t rub off on him.