Raiders lack discipline - coach backs Sapp

Warren Sapp

A day after Warren Sapp blasted his teammates for a lack of discipline following the Raiders' sixth straight loss, Oakland coach Lane Kiffin said he had no problem with the comments.

"Warren's a very impressive, dynamic competitor. For you guys who have been around Warren, Warren gets very emotional and I don't mind it. So you gotta remember, why does Warren make a comment like that? Warren makes that comment because he's such a competitor, because he's so frustrated because he wants to win so bad."

Warren Sapp had one of his best all-around games of the season with six tackles, one quarterback hurry, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery during Oakland's 29-22 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

Afterward, the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle was animated as he discussed the plight of the team and the repeated mistakes that continue to crop up.

"Somebody told me something: A lot of people know what to do, but very few people do what they know," Sapp said. "And that's where we're at. We're in the way of ourselves, of being a good football team winning games all the time.

"Just undisciplined unit as a whole. The whole team, from top to bottom. There's no doubt about it. It's indicative when you jump offside with 12 seconds left on the clock and get 10 of those 12 seconds run off the clock. We just do undisciplined stuff all the time. We jump offside on third-and-2, and now it's third-and-7. We do it all the time, all game long. Until we fix that and get out of our damn way, we'll never win.

"It's the same (stuff) every week. If you give me something different to talk about after a game – penalties, this and that, undisciplined gaps on defense, allowing people to run for 200 yards – it's not going to change until we get out of our own damn way. There's nothing else to be said. We're just an undisciplined unit from top to bottom.

"Ain't no magical call going to fix it, ain't no magical play going to fix it. It's something that has to be instilled with the players around here, that I'm not going to be the one (to mess up). I'm going to be where I'm supposed to be, I'm going to know the snap count, I'm not going to jump offside on a spike play. Where the hell are you going? It makes no sense. Just when you think you've seen it all in 13 years, you here's something else. It just doesn't make any damn sense. It's hard. It takes years off your life doing shit like this. So, c'mon. It doesn't make a damn bit of sense. I don't get it. I just don't get it. And it's worse when you can't put your finger on it. That's the worst part."

Kiffin, whose father Monte served as Sapp's first and only other NFL defensive coordinator before Sapp joined the Raiders in 2004, said he understands Sapp's frustrations and shares in them.

"I know that Warren was frustrated with (the defense)," Kiffin said. "Am I excited about every comment that Warren makes? No, and I'm sure as you catch Warren after a day of sitting back and thinking, he wouldn't make the same comments. But it's that type of game and you're dealing with those type of competitors. I know this: I'm glad he's on our side and on our team because it' s a lot better than the guy who, when the game's over, really doesn't give you anything because he doesn't really care that much."

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