Steelers Film Room: The Warren Sapp Files: Exhibit A: Larry Foote

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Steeler Nation, the Steelers hater is at it again. If getting proved wrong in 2011 and 2012 wasn’t enough for Warren Sapp, he is still sticking with his statement of “old and slow”. When asked on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” earlier this offseason if he still feels the same way towards the Steelers defense he responded saying this:

Old and slow? Yes, I would,” Sapp said. “Because seven of the 11 starters are 28 years or older, and that’s around the time, in this league, they go to questioning, you know, ‘Where’s his legs? Should we look for the backup?’

The question that presents itself is: does old age bring with it slow play? One can’t argue with Warren’s point that these players are old, because that is fact. The point where some people will disagree, comes with the “slow” part of his comment.

Fans and Warren Sapp could go back and forth all day on what they think of the Steelers defense, but the only way to truly end this argument is to look at the one thing that will never lie, game film. In this five-part series, I begin the Warren Sapp Files with Exhibit A, linebacker Larry Foote.


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  • Craig

    I don’t know Nick. You find some pretty good plays that make Foote look like he’s a premier ILB. But, for every one good play that you find, I bet myself or others can find two more ‘bad’ plays where Foote took bad angles, or poor pursuit, or got jammed at the line with poor vision of the ball carrier – allowing for a big gain.

    I think what you break down is right, but it’s a bit of a stretch to say that Foote has bested the ‘old and slow’ title.

    • Nick Kelly

      Like I did say, Foote did struggle some when it came to getting jammed at the line. The way I see it, if he was able to make these plays, he can’t be considered fully “over the hill,” but no doubt he doesn’t have many years left. He definitely has some holes to his game, but I felt that the “old and slow” title was not exactly fair to put next to him. I came out much more impressed with Foote than I had before.

  • Steven Vincent

    One of the best football articles I have ever read! Thanks.