Warren Sapp was interviewed after the selection of Darren McFadden to see what he thought of the pick. I’m guessing Yahoo Sports’ Mike Silver was hoping to get a response from Sapp about the Oakland Raiders passing on Glenn Dorsey, but instead he got something totally different.
“After three games last season, LaMont Jordan led the NFL in rushing,” Sapp said. “But LaMont is like the worst offseason running back I’ve ever been around; he was out of shape and couldn’t keep it going. Then, remember late in the season, Justin Fargas was slashing and cutting and gaining all those yards? (McFadden) is the same guy, but he’s faster. I promise you, this guy will hit those holes and take it to the house, and then our offensive line will slash people up.”
Now knowing that Jordan is a slacker I really hope he’s gone before training camp starts. But on a good note, it’s cool that Sapp still thinks of the Oakland Raiders as his team. He’ll most likely go into the Hall of Fame as a Tampa Bay Buc, but it’s nice that after 5 straight losing seasons he still feels connected to the Raiders.
Here’s one of Sapp’s quotes from the interview that I found strange.
None of that addressed the fact that the Raiders’ defense, particularly when it comes to stopping the run, has serious problems. Sapp didn’t argue that point – the basic problem, he said, is that owner Al Davis has put together “a team with 3-4 personnel, but they’re running a 4-3 system. As for Oakland’s leaky defense, Sapp reasoned that Al Davis has put together “a team with 3-4 personnel, but they’re running a 4-3 system.”
I’m not sure what he meant by that, because the Raiders already tried that, and he was the reason why they couldn’t continue. In the year that Rob Ryan installed the 3-4 scheme, Sapp had the worst season of his career. When the Raiders moved backed to the 4-3 he led all defensive tackles in sacks. Sapp was the one who said Tommy Kelly will step in and take his place at the 3-technique and one day be a better DT than Sapp ever was. Does he now think Kelly’s better off at end in a 3-4, because that’s where Sapp played when the Raiders ran the 3-4, and like said, that didn’t work out? Sapp could’ve meant now that he’s retired they should move to the 3-4, and that’s an idea I’d love for them to say they’re going to play with in camp, but he didn’t make that clear, so I’m left a little confused.