sapp cant say that his level of play made anybody else better at least to the extent of young.
even after his injury BY COMMANDED a double team because he was that much of a force.
not to mention that in the tampon 2 the under tackle (sapp) was suppose to draw single coverage from either the center on the A gap or on the oustide shoulder of the RG, B gap depending on the assignment. but it was always the design that the JACK ASS would would be be in the best poosible pos to be in a 1v1 assignment.
Against the Run BY was better but as interior DT pass rushers, Warren Sapp was better. Overall I'd say Sapp slightly barely better but BY was a GREAT player deserving of future HOF but his problem was BY was saddled with sorry 9er teams of 2003 to 2007 when we didnt do Squat and kept losing.
I think BY deserves it just as much as Sapp but I wouldn't take anything from #99...
As for him not freeing up his teammates or making them better via his on-field presence...ask Simeon Rice what Sapp did to help him rack up the numbers he did while playing alongside him. Ask Derrick Brooks how many times he went unblocked because 3 guys would be watching Sapp.
Originally posted by Wodwo:
Bryant Young should get more credit for how he finished out his career after switching to LDE in the 3-4 defense. He was arguably the best 3-4 LDE in the NFL his last three seasons.
My memory is fuzzy, but I think Sapp played DE in the Raiders failed attempt to switch to the 3-4... and he sucked. Am I remembering that right?
You're memory is spot on. Sapp absolutely sucked as a 5-Tech End in the Raiders lame 3-4 D. BY was right up there with the likes of Richard Seymour and Shaun Ellis as a stud 3-4 DE during his final 3 seasons
Originally posted by modninerfan:
one's got a louder mouf
This is exactly it.
BY was so much the superior player. Sapp couldn't handle double teams the way BY did. Sapp was a free lance player with a huge mouth. A lot like John Randle. They couldn't control their gaps or handle the run as well as BY. The only runs they could handle was running their mouth. That is why they are in the Hall (or will soon be) and BY is not.
Unfortunately, the squeaky wheel gets all the grease.
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