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Warren Sapp wants to help Gerald McCoy become a star

By FRED GOODALL, AP Sports Writer Modified: April 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm •  Published: April 30, 2010
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TAMPA, Fla. — Gerald McCoy doesn't want to become the next Warren Sapp.

The third-pick in the NFL draft will happily settle for making a name for himself as he tries to fill a hole that's existed on Tampa Bay's defensive line since Sapp left the Buccaneers six seasons ago.

Sapp wants to help McCoy become a star.

And not just McCoy, Sapp also wants to reach out to Brian Price — the 303-pound tackle out of UCLA selected in the second round to play alongside the 295-pound McCoy.

"I can't get out on the field with them. I can't do it any more, I'm too old," the 37-year-old Sapp said by telephone from Los Angeles, where he works for NFL Network.

"But I think I have somebody who might want to sit down and watch a little tape with me. I can show you and talk to you about it. I'm not telling you how to do it. I'm just showing you something that worked."

Sapp, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection with the Bucs, met McCoy and Price and watched tape of both before the Bucs made the tandem their top two picks. He believes both have the ability to be impact players in the Tampa 2 defensive scheme that coach Raheem Morris revived late last season.

As a first-round pick out of Oklahoma, McCoy will be the focal point of a defensive overhaul, however Sapp noted that Price will be one of the keys to the former Sooners star fulfilling his potential as a pro.

"The thing is he's not by himself. This kid Price can play, too," Sapp said. The former Bucs star said he flourished, in part, because of the relationship he developed with tackles he played beside — including Brad Culpepper, Anthony McFarland and Chartric Darby.

"It wasn't just me. They wanted to make it out to be me," Sapp said. "I was a pretty good player, but I had some people in there who were willing to do grunt work, too. And now, (McCoy) has somebody in there who's more than a grunt and can do some great work for him."

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