Sapp made a hard push for Bucs to hire Millard as D-line coach
When it comes to defensive tackles and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Warren Sapp sets the bar awfully high.
And the club’s all-time sacks leader, a good bet to one day be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, had a pretty good idea how to get the best out of second-year tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price.
Sapp tells the St. Petersburg Times he went to bat for Keith Millard, a dominant player in his own right at one time. Millard had 18 sacks in 1989 for the Minnesota Vikings, and was an assistant coach for the Oakland Raiders when Sapp was finishing his career there.
“They put me on the phone with Dominik and I told him to hire this man," Sapp told the Times. "You'll never have a problem with him. He's not looking to become a head coach. He's nothing but a workaholic. You think he doesn't know the Cover-2 (defense) or the three technique? He is the original. It's always been him, John Randle and me. I was with the man. I know a hard worker. I worked for (Rod) Marinelli.
"I told Raheem, I don't know what you're thinking, but if you've got a defensive line position open and want somebody to work with a young guy like Gerald McCoy, Millard is the guy. I've done everything I can, but I don't have the time to really teach the kid. This man I played under, and he gave me 10 sacks with the Raiders as a 32-year-old. This is the man you got to hire."
Needless to say, if the Bucs were uncertain about what they were going to do, Sapp helped push Millard across the goalline.
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