On the Jim Rome Show, NFL Network analyst and former NFL player Warren Sapp had some candid remarks to say about Ndamukong Suh. Sapp questioned the Detroit Lions defensive tackle’s awareness and recognition on plays. Sapp, a former defensive tackle, basically said Suh is only playing the game to hit and hurt quarterbacks and not worried about where the ball is.
In his interview, Sapp had the following to say:
- “Too many times I watch this young man put blinders on and he’s just after the quarterback. They’re not going to let you go to the quarterback free, son. You’re not that good of a pass rusher, so realize it’s a screen, turn, and go to the ball and help your team.”
The talk of Suh comes after his alleged intentional kick on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during the Lions annual Thanksgiving Day game. The kick was widely debated as a suspendable offense and saw Suh the recipient of a $30,000 fine from the league office.
Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham had positive things to say about the former player Sapp when asked at a Lions practice. However, Cunningham questioned Sapp’s football analysis. Cunnigham also invited Sapp to sit down and watch Suh on tape with him by saying, “He ought to watch the tape though.” Cunningham recalled all of the screen plays and knew where Suh was at each time, showing off his extensive forty plus years of coaching and film study.
Sapp joins a list of several recent NFL players who have called out Suh. Boomer Esiason and Shannon Sharpe both called Suh a dirty player. Schaub told a radio station that he wouldn’t want to have Suh on his Texans football team. If anyone should of kept their mouth shut, it’s former bad boy Sapp.
Back in 2002, Sapp blocked Green Bay Packers Chad Clifton on an interception with a blindside hit. Clifton would remain hospitalized for quite sometime and couldn’t walk on his own for over six weeks. After the hit, Sapp even threatened to kick the Packers head coach’s ass, after being confronted by him. Sapp was criticized for interrupting opposing teams warm-ups for several seasons.
In 2007, Sapp was ejected from a NFL game, while a member of the Oakland Raiders. Sapp received three unsportsmanlike penalties for arguing with the refs and was accused of pushing one as well. Teammates had to restrain Sapp from the refs, while an assistant coach escorted the “hot head” off the field. Prior to this ejected, Sapp received a $50,000 fine back in 2003 for running into a referee before a game.
Prior to the 1995 NFL Draft, Sapp saw his draft stock take a hit with failed cocaine and marijuana tests. Sapp fell to the number twelve pick, after many analysts predicted him to be a top pick.
Aside from his struggles on the field, Sapp has been in the spotlight for off the field issues. It was these off field issues that led to Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall calling out Sapp. In 2012, Sapp called the Bears wide receiver a “retard”, something that Marshall did not take lightly. Marshall had this to say in response:
- “Be very careful who you take advice from. You want to surround yourself with good people, godly people. When I look at Warren Sapp, I can’t go to him and talk about finances because he filed for bankruptcy. I can’t go to him and talk about my marriage because he filed for divorce. I can’t go to him and talk about being a father because one day I’m going to have children because he’s not active in his children’s life.”
Marshall pretty much summed up the horrible events of the past three years of Sapp’s life. In 2010, Sapp was arrested for domestic violence and found himself unable to be featured on the NFL Network. Sapp fell behind financially in bills with the IRS, Court (Alimony, Child Support), and Property Taxes. In 2012, Sapp filed bankruptcy and told auditors he lost his college and professional championship rings.
Sapp lacks this so called focus on and off the field and isn’t the best person to be giving Suh advice. In fact, Sapp seems to be following everyone else’s lead in attacking Suh. One area where Sapp could of given Suh advice is footwork or dancing. Sapp was the runner-up on reality show Dancing with the Stars in 2008. Sapp was beaten by Brooke Burke, but did perform the best tango, paso doble, hustle, and team dance while on the show.
Suh has been suspended, ejected from a game and fined by the league. However, Suh has never hit a referee and never received three unsportsmanlike penalties in the same game. Teammates and coaches have not had to restrain Suh. The Lions defensive star has also never publicly threatened other teams coaches. Suh has no championship rings to his name, but did say recently that he wouldn’t even consider using a Super Bowl ring to propose to track star Lolo Jones, so I’m guessing he wouldn’t lose them if he was in financial trouble.
In his NFL career, Sapp was a dominant defensive tackle. Through thirteen seasons, Sapp terrorized NFL quarterbacks and accumulated 96.5 sacks and 19 forced fumbles. Sapp was also a defensive anchor for the 2002 Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, when it comes to talking about focus on the field, Sapp should take a look in the mirror.