The story that won't go away just got another wrinkle to it. On Wednesday, Warren Sapp joined the "Booger and Ryan Show" on 98.7 The Fan and unloaded on the Buccaneers, but in particular the personality and mentality of the Bucs supposed "leader" on defense.
"To reach down and help the running back up and help the lineman up, I was like, I almost threw up," Sapp sain regarding McCoy's willingness to help his opponent up off the ground on multiple occasions during the Bucs 48-17 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.
I have expressed my opinion thoroughly already on this site and on my radio show. Perhaps I sparked this whole debate, which originally started last season with McCoy's very own coaches questioning his antics during games.
"They got upset with me because I helped somebody up [in the game,]" McCoy said of his defensive line coaches Bryan Cox and Randy Melvin. "So what! I don’t care. Kiss my butt. Listen, if I want to help somebody, I’m going help somebody up. Because right on the next play I’m going to knock him down again. It doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter."
Unfortunately, it does matter. No one is asking McCoy to intentionally injure another player or spit in another player's face, but there is a certain mentality a player must play with on the defensive side of the ball. McCoy is not playing with that mentality and perhaps his attitude is reflected in his teammates since "attitude reflects leadership."
"This can never happen," Sapp went on regarding McCoy. "This can never happen. There's a certain mentality you play this game with."
McCoy wants to say that he helps his opponent up after HE knocks them down, but if you look back to Sunday's blowout loss, you'll notice McCoy helping a running back up who got an 8-yard run, helping up two separate Ravens after one play, and helping up an offensive lineman with his broken left hand.
Sapp is right, football played at the highest level must be played with a certain mentality especially on defense. McCoy is a talented player who calls himself the "leader," but without that mentality that Sapp is talking about, the Bucs might just have the wrong guy leading their defense.
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