"Sapp," Arrington said, "I'm going to get you."
Much like the contrived trash talk engendered by broadcast
reporters before events like the Super Bowl, the Redskins linebacker
challenged the Pro Bowl defensive tackle on two fronts Wednesday as
the Redskins prepared for Sunday's game against Sapp's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
First, Arrington said he'll take issue if Sapp comes on
Washington's side of the field during pregame stretching, as Sapp
has been known to do. Such pregame altercations have led the NFL to
order officials to take the field 45 minutes before kickoff.
"I'm expecting for Warren Sapp to cause me to grab him --
because he's going to try to run through our lineup in pregame,"
Arrington said. "You never let a man run through your stretching
line. If a team crosses your 50-yard line while you're stretching,
there's a problem.
"You don't let somebody come to where your whole team is
because that's a blatant show of disrespect, that's a blatant show
of 'Why should I go around y'all?' "
Arrington was then asked what will happen if the Bucs use Sapp
on offense. Sapp caught a touchdown pass against Atlanta two weeks
"Sapp, I'm going to get you," Arrington said, looking straight
into one of the cameras from a local TV station.
"If they put you out there, I'm going to get him. That's
disrespectful in my opinion, too, to put defensive guys on offense
that are lineman. I'm gunning. You come out there, you've got some
killers on the other side of the ball -- just like you're a killer
when you're on defense."
Sapp laughed after reading Arrington's comments.
"You tell Mr. Can't Get Right, I'll be there at 10:30 a.m.
sharp, Eastern Standard Time. Tell him don't be looking for me
because I'm easily found," Sapp said, making reference to the
difficulty the Redskins had mastering the defense run by former
coordinator Marvin Lewis last season.
"Spare me. Is LaVar jealous that he can't play offense?" Sapp
added. "Is he jealous that he can't get right? Tell 'Can't Get
Right' that his plate is full. It's a little bit too much to try to
take on me."