I Watched Every Buccaneers Game And All I Got Was This T-Shirt

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Tony takes one for the team and watches every Tampa Bay Buccaneers game from the 2020 season to see what could be learned, and this is what he found.

Just like last year, that was a lie, I didn’t actually get a T-shirt. But also like last year I did watch every single game our Super Bowl opponent, this time the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, played in the 2020 season.




  • As you might expect from a team that made the Super Bowl, Tampa Bay is pretty good. But they’re not really good. In my playoff power rankings I had them at 7 (which is coincidentally where I had the 49ers last year), but as the 2nd best team in the NFC simply because the AFC overall was better, and nothing I saw would make me change my mind. The Bills are much better than them, and even though they beat them the Packers are also better and would likely come out on top if the NFL had a 7-game playoff series. This could honestly be the worst team Mahomes has ever played in the playoffs.
  • Overall Tampa Bay is a defense-first team that hopes their offense can do just enough to win games. Brady is very obviously not an elite quarterback at this point, and even with possibly the most talented offensive weapons in the NFL surrounding him, he can still struggle at times. They actually remind me a bit of the Alex Smith Chiefs.

Are They Tougher Than The 49ers Last Year?

  • They’re both very similar and not similar at all to the 2019 49ers. They’re similar in that the 49ers also had a strong defense and just-good-enough offense, but they took very different paths to get there.
  • The 49ers defense was based on a strong pass rush, while Tampa Bay is a defense that’s more broadly good everywhere (again like the Alex Smith Chiefs). Where the Buccaneers defense excels the most is defending short passes like screens, obviously not all that helpful against Mahomes.
  • On offense, they’re also very different. The 49ers have a very quarterback friendly system where you just need a guy who can hit wide open guys after play action. The Bruce Arians system is a quarterback unfriendly system that forces them to make difficult passes down the field, often in tight coverage. This means Tampa Bay is a lot more inconsistent than San Francisco was, but has more potential to put up a lot of points.
  • Overall I’d say they’re pretty equal, but the 49ers matched up better against the Chiefs with their pass rush. I feel like Mahomes can tear apart the Tampa Bay defense without much problem. The only thing is that the Arians system has more potential to hit some home runs and engage in a shootout if they get some bounces their way.
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Severely Concussed
02/04/2021 2:23 pm

Going based off of your tweets, if the Chiefs play a clean game, we should win easily. It seems that the Bucs take advantage of other teams mistakes.

I hope we don’t have anyone back to even try to catch a punt. Just take the ball wherever it stops rolling.

02/04/2021 1:02 pm

Hey Tony! Thanks for watching all the games! It really does help guys like me who can’t do that. I appreciate it!

Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/04/2021 2:01 pm

I’d like to second that thanks. Interesting notes and info. You put in a lot of time here that maybe isn’t as appreciated as it should be.

Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/04/2021 2:10 pm

Ah dang. I was gonna send over one bitcoin, but I don’t think they do crytpo

02/04/2021 12:42 pm

I just read on espn that groups were/are protesting the Chiefs name and the tomahawk chop/chant, and that they put up billboards in KC. I attended the last game the Chiefs played at arrowhead west, the chargers old stadium in San Diego, with my family, and something I will never forget is the sound of the chant reverberating through the tunnels of that old stadium after the Chiefs’ victory. Lots of great memories in Arrowhead too of course. Can we still call the stadium Arrowhead? Please tell me the Chiefs won’t completely cave to this nonsense. If you don’t like it, cheer for the Buc’s I guess, unless your ancestors were pirates and you are offended of course.

Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
02/04/2021 12:44 pm

If you give them attention, you give them what they want.

Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
02/04/2021 12:55 pm

It is nonsense. Tomahawk chop and chant as much as you want. That is practically a direct quote from a Native American friend of mine.

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Reply to  3rdnlong
02/04/2021 2:18 pm

My friend is an 1/8th Native American. He chops and chants louder than me at the games.

02/04/2021 10:13 am

The Bucs ARE good or they wouldn’t be in SB55 … Brady, much as I dislike the guy, is still very good (the guy can still put a 50 yd rainbow into a WR arms with no problem

the Tampa defense is very very good, and Bowles may be as good as Spags in coming up with inventive packages and coverage disguises …

Anyone thinking it’s gonna be a “walk in the park” or “a piece of cake” and thinking the Chiefs win easily is relying on homerism, thinking with the heart instead of the brain … this is gonna be a tough game

Reply to  upamtn
02/04/2021 10:18 am

…so anyways. Chiefs win by a hunnert.

Reply to  HawaiiFiveOh
02/04/2021 12:14 pm

This made me laugh.I do think it will be a tough, close game, but I also think there’s a much better chance of the Chiefs blowing out the Bucs than the opposite.

Reply to  upamtn
02/04/2021 10:41 am

No problem? He really winds up when he makes those throws now. If he has time to make these throws he will make them but if you get pressure and he cant wind up and put his whole body into the throw then no chance.

Reply to  upamtn
02/04/2021 11:21 am

So I’m a homer. What’s your fricking point Ups? And by the way, we are gonna win easily. ?

Reply to  upamtn
02/04/2021 12:01 pm

I agree. Anything can happen. The most I’ll say is that we have a great chance to win.

Reply to  upamtn
02/04/2021 2:32 pm

They’re good. It took good teams having complete meltdowns for them to win. The throw it on a hope and prayer game plan is too feast or famine to really guage the offense’s possible production. I don’t feel like their defense can keep the lid on us long enough to maintain any lead they might get.

02/04/2021 10:03 am

Muchos gracias. Ive been trying to rewatch some, not all of the bucs games. First off they didnt really play many good teams, so I had a hard time picking games to watch. They beat 2 teams this year, including playoffs, that finished with winning records, GB (twice) and new orleans. They lost to chicago, the rams, us, and new orleans (twice) in the regular season. All teams with winning records. Cant pick your schedule but still pretty unimpressive. So far Ive rewatched the packers and saints playoff games, our game against them, and the first half of the last falcons game. From those games ive concluded: -Redzone offense. In the first half of the our first game against them we had the ball in the redzone 3 times and came away with 6 points. Likewise the infamous packers fg late in the game and NO failed to punch in it from inside the 5 at least once. I just dont see us having issues moving the ball between the 20s. In all the games I watched teams moved the ball fairly easily between the twenties when not committing stupid penalties or turning the ball over. And they did it with a mix of running and passing, granted all the games I watched were pass first teams but NO especially ran it up the middle effectively. -On defense. The bucs appear to be be pretty blah. Unlike the 49ers who ran all kinds of motions and end arounds etc, the bucs offense often reminded me of marty ball with much much much better receivers. Run the ball up the middle on first A LOT and sometimes do play action off that. Lot of intermediate stuff on 2nd down and then toss it up to your wrs on 3rd. The last point needs to be emphasized. Brady just chucks it up to his wrs a lot. We need to be willing to put our cbs on islands for the sake of getting in brady’s face. It will end up in some big gains but it will also end drives in drops… Read more »

Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/04/2021 10:16 am

I think one of the most frustrating parts of today’s NFL is the ol’ “throw it up and hope for a PI call” offense that is becoming more popular.

Reply to  workingmansdead
02/04/2021 12:06 pm

<cough> Bashaud <cough> Breeland <cough>

Reply to  Tony Sommer
02/04/2021 10:38 am

I think we need to just accept a certain amount of these plays. We just cant completely counter these plays.

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