By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008 at 3:23 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Warren Sapp has taken his act to Showtime, the new residence for “Inside the NFL.”
That can’t be good news for the Raiders, as Sapp was unsparing in some of his criticism during a conference call to promote the show.
“As far as where the Raiders are going, they have unrealistic ideas about what their people can do,” Sapp said “That was the experience I had in the four years I was there. They asked people to do stuff they were physically impossible of doing. They asked a guy who hadn’t coached for 12 years (Tom Walsh) to coach. They’re going to suck.”
Sapp’s assessment of cornerback DeAngelo Hall, burned repeatedly in the 41-14 loss to Denver?
“DeAngelo Hall has been getting burnt since he was in Atlanta, so this isn’t nothing new,” Sapp said. “DeAngelo Hall is the flashiest burnt-up corner ever in the history of the game. I mean, he gets burnt more than anybody else, and he all of the sudden is this great Pro Bowl cover corner. I never saw that in DeAngelo Hall. He would gamble and do everything unsound on the corner.”
How about Tommy Kelly, whose skills Sapp praised during his time with the Raiders?
“He never played (tackle), he was at end. Then he had a knee injury, and I never had the chance to teach him the intricate parts of the three-technique,” Sapp said. “(He is) a 6-6, 330-pound country kid from Mississippi who is strong as all outdoors. Can he play the position? Yes. But there are certain things about (defensive tackle) … If you (stand) too high, he’s going to get knocked around, and at 6-6, low man wins in the trenches, and once you get knocked around, you get a little apprehensive.”