Sapp plans to help McCoy become a more complete player this year
Bucs seven-time Pro Bowler Warren Sapp says he plans to work with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy this off-season and believes he will be a more complete player in 2012.
Appearing on 620 WDAE's morning show with Rick Stroud and Tom Jones Friday, Sapp talked about his new book: Sapp Attack, My Story, which is available in bookstores Aug. 21.
"I'm going to go down there and see if I can help him figure it out,'' Sapp said of McCoy, who has played in only 19 games in two years with four sacks. "When I come back from L.A. this time, me and him are going to get on the field together. I just want to see what he's thinking, get his mind right, maybe just a couple little tips here and there. This ain't rocket science. I'm not going to give him the formula to become the next tyrant on the field. But I promise you, you'll see a much more improved and a much more complete player on the field this year.''
Sapp, who still holds the Bucs single-season sack record of 16.5, says it took him at least two years to become a productive football player. He also said McCoy needs to improve his techique to shed blocks.
Two years. After my first two years, after the '96 season, when we really grinded it down,'' Sapp said. "Because we started 1-7. I always said it was the happiest 1-7 team in the history of the world. But the next eight games, we go 5-3 when we figure out what we're doing. And I expect that from Mr. McCoy this year because the last two years he's had two different (defensive line coaches). I talked him earlier this off-season and he was like, "Man, they just got rid of Keith (Mallard).' I said, "I know, just when you think you're about to get comfortable with the people around you they yank them away from you. Don't worry about it, just keep the men in the (defensive line) room with you. That's where you derive your strength and that's where you derive you're play, that every day we're going to get a little better, from the men in that room. That's how I did it. That's how we did it, me, Simeon (Rice), Greg Spires, Chuck Darby...we did it with each other and Rod (Marinelli) would just oversee us. He just had to point and say, "There's the meat.' We were already ready to bite and eat. So it's just a matter of him staying healthy. I know the way to keep him healthy is to shed those blockers. He's going to hit them with his horns this year. We've going to have him hitting with his horns, we're not going have him reaching with linemen with people dragging on him. Uh huh. That's not the way to go about this.''