Uninformed Warren Sapp Takes Yearly Shot At Steelers Defense

Our good buddy and NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp is already at it again as he called out the Pittsburgh Steelers defense on the Wednesday airing of NFL Total Access.

When Sapp was asked if he still considers the 2013 version of the Steelers defenseĀ  old and slow like it seems he has for several years now, the soon-to-be inducted Hall of Famer couldn\’t wait to give his answer.

“Old and slow? Yes, I would,” Sapp said. “Because seven of the 11 starters are 28 years or older, and that\’s around the time, in this league, they go to questioning, you know, \’Where\’s his legs? Should we look for the backup?\’

“And Brett Keisel, bless his soul, No. 99 in your program, No. 1 in your heart, he turns 35 the first month of the year. And three of the four secondary guys there are 32 years old or older.”

As usual, Sapp has his facts wrong as the Steelers will only have 6 starters 28 years or older come the start of the season. It\’s obvious he doesn\’t know that Cortez Allen will be starting opposite Ike Taylor instead of William Gay. Shouldn\’t an analyst know that?

Here is another fact that Sapp wasn\’t fed from his stats department. The Baltimore Ravens starting 11 defensive players in Super Bowl XLVII included 7 that were 28 years or older.

While Keisel will indeed turn 35 in September, he is coming off of one of the best statistical seasons of his career. Did Sapp miss last season?

In addition to everything else, the Steelers defense did drop a year in average age this past offseason being as starters James Harrison, Casey Hampton and Keenan Lewis are no longer on the team.

I made sure to let Steelers linebacker Larry Foote know what Sapp said Wednesday evening via Twitter, and after he blew out the 53 candles on his birthday cake, he responded back to me.

Foote tweeted: “Old and slow defenses don\’t finish #1 in the LEAGUE. And we are going to do it again.”

I guess Sapp missed that fact as well.

I certainly hope that Sapp spends more time preparing his induction speech than he does preparing for his job as I would hate for him to embarrass himself during one of the most memorable days of his life.

2013 Steelers Projected Week 1 Starting Defense & Ages Come Week 1

LDE – Ziggy Hood (26)

NT – Steve McLendon (27)

RDE – Brett Keisel (34)

LOLB – LaMarr Woodley (28)

LILB – Lawrence Timmons (27)

RILB – Larry Foote (33)

ROLB – Jason Worilds (25)

LCB – Cortez Allen (24)

RCB – Ike Taylor (33)

FS – Ryan Clark (33)

SS – Troy Polamalu (32)

  • Caesar

    A question that recently occurred to me. I never saw this come up anywhere as a suggestion, but might the Steelers have been better off cutting Ike Taylor and paying Keenan Lewis?

  • Dom

    Too risky in my opinion and probably too expensive in the long run depending on what you pay Keenan, Also the fact that Ike is a pretty damn good player even if he doesn’t come up with the big flashy plays.

  • steeltown

    He literally does not know what he is talking about, ever, always misinformed opinion and brings literally nothing of substance to the table. Sapp not only needs to spend more time actually analyzing the current state of NFL, but also should spend more time analyzing his own shortcomings and maybe pay some creditors and child support to his six children (by 5 different women)

    I read somewhere his assets include over 250 pairs of Jordans

  • Greg

    In the NFL the ball is only in play an average of 11 minutes. So the way the offense posses the ball lately lets say the defense is out there 7 minutes. When you consider this the age debate seems a little less important. These are world class athletes I don’t think a 30 year old would have much trouble being explosive for 7 minutes once a week.

  • TJimmy

    He has to know he has been proven dead wrong twice already but being a provocative analyst helps with the TV ratings, and thus his job security.

  • dgh57

    Comments like this from Sapp is why I always spell his last name with a ass on the end!! Because he makes a a** of himself every time he opens his BIG MOUTH!!!

    He doesn’t have the slightest clue how to analyze(particularly the Steelers) a football team and it’s amazing how he keeps his job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JohnnyV1

    Sapp is a moron. He was a good player, but was a loud-mouth then and a loud-mouth now. Maybe we should all ignore him, and he’d go away!

    The defense will be much younger in 2014, younger still in 2015. Don’t just look at the starters, look at the youth behind, which is very young. 2013, 5/9 picks defense. Next year, we’ll have another 9-10 picks and that will be mostly defense, I think. 2015, who knows what draft pick quantity will be, but Foote, Clark, Kiesel, Taylor, & Polamalu will all be gone by then, most likely in two phases, first phase in 2014, second 2015.

  • Jason

    I stopped watching NFL Network last season because of Sapp and those complete idiots on NFL AM. Why do these networks think that playing the game qualifies you to “analyze: it. Many of these so called analyst cannot even form an intelligent sentence and it’s making pregame shows that I once enjoyed very difficult to watch.

  • cencalsteeler

    I actually enjoy Sapp badmouthing the Steelers. It just adds more fuel to the fire!

  • Ahmad

    Just a bitter fat blob that’s a waste of space. I don’t even pay attention to him anymore.

  • RMSteeler

    I was going to say the same thing. If he understood numbers, he wouldn’t have filed for bankruptcy last year. If not for his network job, he would be pennyless, living under an overpass.

  • steeltown

    Agreed… NFL Network is garbage

  • Albeto Flores

    Warren sapp is a pice of shit haha talking shit every year! Hhaatttteeerrr!!

  • Buccos9

    Warren doesn’t do his homework. Last year he laughed that Steve McLendon was only 280 pounds and not big enough to play nose tackle. Of course, if he gets all his info from the roster portion of the official Steelers web site, I can see why he would be confused. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.

  • SJC757

    Provocative? or Clueless!

  • 2443scott

    i just dont understand how sapp can go to hall a fame before so many who deserve it dont get a chance cause people like sapp who isnt to far removed from league gets to go in sooner then later …the only good thing about him going in is that there will be a whole lot of steeler defense guys in there just waiting for his loud mouth …all i can hope is that as in the movie Night at the Museum that it be night in the hall of fame and the steeler defense shows sapp just what a real defense can do ……

  • PA2AK

    I agree with Dom. (1) good year probably wasn’t enough. Especially after the Steelers and others see C. Allen as the better up and coming playmaker. Also, C. Brown is expected to be a good player. Steelers know what they get with Ike. Add in the $$$ factor and attitude (Lewis wanted to be in N.O. not the burgh). I think a good move. Even better was bringing in Gay after the fact.

  • TJimmy

    Yes on both counts. But he and the NFL network know that his provocative/clueless comments invoke emotion and attract attention… and thus more viewership, and thus more money.

    When it comes to the media, controversy sells.

  • sgtrobo

    I said this quite a bit, but I think it could have as much to do with Lewis+Wallace and their friendship. Pure speculation on my part, no sources, no true facts. Considering how many people talked about how fractured the locker room was last season, and considering what we know about Wallace’s attitude, it is a possibility. *shrugs*

  • sgtrobo

    Sapp was a great player and an “outstanding” TV personality. Why is he an outstanding TV personality? Because he says moronic stuff, and gets people to talk about it, comment on it, write articles about it, show it on TV, show it on videos, etc. He says moronic crap, and people respond. Great 3-technique, but he definitely does a good job of being an utter imbecile.

  • sean mcmartin

    I remember the Steelers spanking the Bucs and warren fat was a non-factor.
    Too many concussions have fats head spinning when it comes to facts and addition.

  • Paul M

    Sapp is an idiot that the Steelers made invisible over the years. I can’t understand why anybody puts any credence in anything that this loudmouth says. They certainly could have signed a more knowledgeable, well-spoken and intelligent commentator than he is. He’s the NFL’s answer to Louie Gohmer or Michele Bachman.

  • Matt Lipner

    Please stop posting these articles giving this blowhard publicity. It’s bad enough that he’s employed by a “news” channel

  • hp

    Well, me (and everyone else) knows a sure fire way to shut Sapp up.

    Hey look! Here comes Joey Porter! (haha)