Category: Warren Sapps

Warren Sapp Excoriates Tampa Bay’s 2017 Defense

Following a disastrous 2017 season in which they lost 11 games, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are receiving harsh criticism from one of the franchise’s most beloved personalities. Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp called out the team’s defense, referring to it as “absolutely disgraceful.”

The brash defensive tackle knows a thing or two about good defense given that he led Tamps Bay on that side of the ball for nine seasons. His tenure included a victory in the 2002 Super Bowl.

He most certainly has a right to be disgusted given that the Bucs were dead last in the NFL with just 22 sacks. Sapp himself notched 16.5 sacks during the 2000 season. In 2017, no member of Tampa Bay’s weak pass rush had more than 2.5 sacks.

Overall, the Bucs were at the bottom of the basement in the NFL in numerous defensive categories. For example, they allowed offenses the most total yards and most passing yards in the entire league.

Sapp’s frustration probably results from the fact that Tamps Bay’s offense, led by quarterback Jameis Winston, was actually quite good. Overall, the Bucs finished in the top 10 in the NFL in terms of offensive yards gained, and fourth overall with respect to passing yards.

The Buccaneers probably could have been a playoff contender if their defense had been even just average. Instead, Tampa Bay players had to stay at home and watch all of its NFC South rivals play in the postseason on television. The New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers, and the Atlanta Falcons all made it to the playoffs.

As recently as 2015, Tampa Bay had a strong defensive identity. Despite not making the playoffs at that time either, the team at least had a defensive unit that ranked in the top 10 in terms of yards allowed.

Having drafted Winston first overall in 2015, expectations for the Bucs have been raised with each season that passes with him under center. While he has yet to live up to his promise, it is still early in his career, and he has shown some flashes of offensive greatness.

However, as Sapp’s harsh words suggest, a pathetic defensive can most certainly stymie a team’s success, regardless of how well the offense performs.

Former Tampa Bay Player Attacked By A Shark

If you are familiar with the movie Jaws, then you probably know how dangerous sharks can be if they bite you in the water. One former Tampa Bay Buccaneers football player had an encounter with a shark that can be said to be taken out from the Jaws movie. In case you are wondering, he did survive to tell the tale.

Warren Sapps, who played as a defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Bucanners, got bit by a shark while he was lobstering in the waters off Florida. Fortunately for Sapps, the bite was relatively minor. The incident occurred near the Florida Keys while Sapps was lobstering or catching lobsters.

Sapps is an NHL hall of famer who Tampa Bay Bucanners fans will remember and respect through time. Despite getting bit by a shark, the former NFL player did not let the incident bring him down or stop his lobster hunting adventure. Warren put gauze on the bite and even laughed it off. He even posted a photograph of the shark bite on twitter joking the shark got a piece of me. Sapps, who was in good spirits, then posted a photograph of himself catching lobster. The shark may have gotten a piece of him, but he had caught some delicious lobster for dinner he continued to joke!

I don’t think I would be able to continue diving after getting bit by a shark. It takes a lot of guts and grits to keep going after that. Then again, I am not a former NFL defensive tackle player. Warren Sapps showed that even when the going gets tough or you get bit by a shark, it pays off to have some humor and to make light of the situation.

So why did the shark bite former NFL player Warren Sapps? It seems the sharks also prey on the lobsters in that area. Another more hilarious theory is that the shark was coming in to tackle Warren Sapps but failed and managed to only bite him instead.