Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
TAMPA, Fla. — Hall of Famer Warren Sapp, who will be inducted into the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ ring of honor next month, had some strong criticism for his former team, particularly coach Greg Schiano, during a podcast on NFL.com.
Sapp criticized the way the Bucs handled the situation with quarterback Josh Freeman, who was benched and later released.
“If I’m down in Tampa, I’m questioning this whole thing because it’s a mafia style,” Sapp said. “I know [Mike] Glennon is not the quarterback that Josh Freeman is. There’s no question about it. The film tells me this. Practice tells me this. Even my quarterback demeanor tells me this. If you wouldn’t let [Freeman] throw the ball at the end of the game, why is Glennon throwing the ball at the end of the game?”
Sapp also questioned the way the Bucs used cornerback Darrelle Revis at the end of a recent loss to Arizona.
“Why is Revis standing 8 yards off [Larry] Fitzgerald running a slant route and nobody’s there? Touchdown. Are you kidding me?” Sapp said. “Let’s lock up our No. 1 corner who we’re paying $16 million and then we rotate the coverage. There has to be a plan.”
Sapp was critical of the disciplined style of Schiano, who’s in his second season, as well.
“When you’re my way or the highway, you must win now,” Sapp said. “Because guys don’t believe in your way when you’re losing. And you lose the way they lost the first two weeks, you gave away those football games. And whenever you’ve given away football games, that means your style needs to change.”
Sapp, who was among the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013, will be inducted into the Bucs’ ring of honor on Nov. 11, during halftime of Tampa Bay’s “Monday Night Football” game against the Miami Dolphins. He is the franchise’s all-time sacks leader with 77.
- Previously covered NFC South for ESPN.com
- Covered Panthers for The Charlotte Observer from 1999-2008
- Began journalism career with The Tampa Tribune in 1990