On Sunday morning, NFL Network aired a segment with Warren Sapp and Robert Mathis.
Sapp came to the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center to learn about the “art of separating the ball from the quarterback” from the NFL’s all-time leader in Mathis.
Below are some of the highlights from Mathis and Sapp:
On what Mathis is thinking pre snap:
“First off, have a plan. It ain’t working without a plan. Once you’re coming, you beat your guy, then you secure the sack with the left hand. Then come with the tomahawk (right arm), the old Derrick Thomas.”
“Once you have the ball out, make sure the quarterback doesn’t pick up the fumble, take him down. Watch your guys pick up the fumble and head to the end zone, celebrate.”
On where Mathis learned “the most devastating play in the game” according to Sapp:
“I learned that from Deacon Jones (Hall of Famer with the Rams). He got after it so relentless that you just wanted to chase quarterbacks, get them down, separate them from the ball.”
On the people that say Mathis only got his sacks because of attention towards Dwight Freeney:
“There’s a perception and there’s reality. You know that’s old Tony Dungy (saying). They think he’s taking up three, four, five blockers, the whole O-line. They think I’m free and have one-on-ones and that’s just not the case.”
On why the Colts have been so successful despite their losses:
“It comes from the top-down. Coach Chuck (Pagano) what he went through last year, this is a complete team. We rely on from the practice squad guy all the way to the starting quarterback.”
On why Mathis leads the NFL in sacks with 15.5 this season:
“I still have a chip on my shoulder. I still have a lot to prove. The older you get, the more you know how precious playoff time becomes. Those chances get slim and then they get done so you’ve got to seize the moment. Right now.”
An interesting tidbit that Mathis pointed out in the segment is that he’s a natural leftie which allows him to line up in different spots. Although he admits he has a faster step coming off the defensive right side.
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