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Thursday, November 7, 2013
Warren Sapp has advice for Buccaneers

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- In his role as an analyst for NFL Network, Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp has been critical of his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I'd expect nothing less from Sapp. He always has been opinionated and that hasn't changed. Sapp, who will have his jersey (No. 99) retired and will be inducted into the team's Ring of Honor on Monday night, stopped by the media room at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday. Prior to that, Sapp said he had lunch with Greg Schiano and he didn't hold back on the advice.

"This isn't personal," Sapp said of his criticism of the Bucs. "These are just the facts. Darrelle Revis is a lockdown corner. (Defensive tackle) Gerald McCoy needs to be swung from side to side and find a one-on-one for him the same way they did for me. These aren't facts that are in dispute. That's why I don't think I'm having a problem coming back in seeing my guys and walking in this place. This isn't personal for me. I love this place with everything I know and love. I want to see [the Bucs] excel.

"I can live on through this place if they're playing good football. I don't want it that way, but I'm not going to look at it and turn a blind eye. I've always looked at it and called a spade a spade and that's what I will do. That's why I have the job I have, I think."