When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl 37 back in 2002, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden received much of the credit. Gruden had coached the Raiders for four years prior to beating them, and many felt that his knowledge of his former team allowed Tampa Bay to dominate them in the championship. Not surprisingly, Warren Sapp disagrees.
During an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday, Sapp was asked how much the Bucs benefitted from Gruden coaching against his former team in 2002. Sapp basically said it didn’t help at all.
“Say you and your 11 brothers are all on the same coaching staff, and one of your brothers leaves and goes to another team,” Sapp said. “Who knows more about beating each other? That one (guy) about the other 11 or the 11 (guys) about the other one (who left)?”
In other words, Sapp feels that the Raiders should have known more about Gruden than he knew about them. The Hall of Fame defensive tackle also pointed out how the Bucs defense gave up 16.2 points per game from 1996 through 2001 — before Gruden became the head coach in Tampa Bay.