Former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and current Hall of Fame Player Warren Sapp had a few choice words for also former Buccaneer Gerald McCoy. The Bucs and McCoy parted ways earlier this off-season. McCoy would find a new home as a Carolina Panther and the Bucs would replace McCoy with veteran player Ndamukong Suh. Suh now wears number 93, McCoy’s former number.
Shortly after McCoy was released, he expressed his frustration on FS1’s Undisputed in a very honest way.
“I’m one of the best players to ever play in the organization. I’m going to say it — usually I wouldn’t, but I’m going to say it. It kind of shows the respect and how they feel about me,” McCoy said.
“I earned that respect. … Tampa hasn’t been a winning team, and we all know it’s hard to be considered a Pro Bowl, All-Pro person on a losing team, and I did it six years straight. That’s hard to do. For the respect I received after doing that, they showed none, and I don’t know why.”
During his playing days as a Buc, McCoy racked up 54.5 sacks with 296 combined tackles. He made the Pro Bowl an impressive six times straight between 2012 and 2017. Despite all of these accomplishments, Warren Sapp was less than impressed.
Sapp told PewterReport.com, “The thing that kind of threw me sideways was Gerald talking about now that this organization doesn’t have a right [to give away his 93 jersey], or it’s business that they moved on — you know, they moved on,” Sapp said.
“And then he wanted to say that Sapp, [Derrick] Brooks, Lee Roy [Selmon], [John] Lynch, Ronde [Barber], nobody wore their numbers. Last time I checked, those were Hall of Famers and champions. We didn’t go to one playoff game with him and not one damn divisional title, so, I think he owes some of those hundred million dollars back if you go give it to me in that sense.”
“He didn’t have no chips in his game. No Defensive Player of the Year — that’s what Brooks and that’s what Lee Roy Selmon did — Lynch got his name in two damn Ring of Honors,” Sapp said. “What am I missing here, Gerald? You’re talking about something silly. Come on, man — stop. If you’re mad, you’re mad, but don’t put it on the organization that the organization did it. Every NFL team has to move on.”
“He’s a damn good player. A damn good player. But not even close [to a legend]. You damn sure don’t get legendary status or tell somebody to put your jersey up if you don’t take ’em to playoff games [laughs]. … Not one playoff game. Not even a wild card. I went to nine. We went 5-4.”
“Hey listen, we bought championships and divisional titles, and that’s why that wall [on the Bucs Ring of Honor] is marked up with our marking,” Sapp said. “That’s why nobody wears 55, 99, 47, 20 and 63 — fool! — 40, the A-Train. Come on, man — fool! That’s what that is. He’s a nice guy — nice guys finish last. And that’s why his jersey’s getting worn [by Suh].”
What immediately sticks out is how good the Buccaneers were in Warren Sapps playing days. Perhaps, if McCoy had more help, he would have Championship Titles and Rings to show for it.
It seems like an unjustified criticism that a defensive player should have won more games by himself. Sapp was part of one of the greatest defenses in NFL History, I’m sure McCoy would have liked to say the same.