Plan Is To Limit Vita Vea To 20 Snaps

January 21st, 2021

What Bucs fans can expect from Vita Vea on Sunday is becoming clearer.

First, it’s unclear whether the manbeast defensive tackle will play, but Bucco Bruce Arians was optimistic last night on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Arians said he will get a look at Vea in Thursday’s practice, though Arians put a cap/goal on Vea’s total snaps against the Packers at 20.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Bucs break up those snaps, if Vea plays.

Will they look to use him on run downs to limit running back Aaron Jones, or will Vea play more often on passing downs to get more push up the gut? Of course, forcing Aaron Rodgers out of the pocket isn’t always a good idea. So Joe thinks Vea will be more run stuffer than pass rush specialist on Sunday.

Either way, it’s very exciting to get the big fella back.

38 Responses to “Plan Is To Limit Vita Vea To 20 Snaps”

  1. Jmarkbuc Says:

    The fact that BA is putting a number on it at all is encouraging!

  2. Drunkinybor Says:

    @Jmarkbuc I completely agree if he manages to play 20 snaps, thats 20 snaps from a true Nose tackle that will MAN up on their center. Vita Vita Vita!!!!

  3. bucfanforever Says:

    Now, if Monte Kiffin said that, it just means that the Packers would only get 20 snaps on offense.

  4. SlyPirate Says:

    All of Arians’ comments this week seem like a smoke job. LeFleur obsesses over details. BA is overloading him with variables. Savvy.

  5. Brad Says:

    Play him on passing downs. Make them Block JPP, Shaq,Suh, White all one on one. Someone will be on a TE or RB. Lrnn no let the try to block Vita with 1 guy and he’ll be in Rodgers lap and rush to contain.

  6. Colonel Angus Says:

    Anything we get from him is a bonus.

  7. adam from ny Says:

    the big fella could be coming in at like 370…

    watch him get a sack on rodgers…ha!

  8. adam from ny Says:

    the big fella is nice…y’all talking about him opening things up for the ends and backers etc…and i hear that…

    but like i said, watch him get a sack…the big fella is nice!

  9. August 1976 Buc Says:

    With the Rhino V Vea in there, it allows T Bowels to unleash the hounds. In Todd’s version of defense, he uses the Linebackers to bring the heat. This is why Devin White was drafted and not Josh Allen. So with Vita eating up 2 blockers, it allows the LB’s to blitz so much more. No matter how good Nacho and Mc Clendon are, they just do not allow Todd to run his defense the way he likes. So Vita coming back now is right on time. It took a few weeks to begin to realize the effect of the loss of Vita. There was a decline in stopping the run, and blitzing. It was not evident in the first game against GB, when they ragdolled them, but as time went it by it became very apparent, that Vita is a huge cog in the way Todd runs a defense. Throw Vita’s personal stats out the window. It is about Defensive team stats wth Vita. The Bucs with Vita were giving up historically low yards rushing by other teams.
    🔥 Scott Smith posted last year Dec 30, 2019 at 12:01 PM
    Bucs’ 2019 Run Defense Among Best of All Time 🔥 “But the Buccaneers didn’t just set their own 16-game record for run defense, they actually fielded the 11th-best run defenses of the past four decades, since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978. It’s the league’s BEST rushing defense performance in nearly a decade.” So these stats go directly back to Vita and of course Suh. Yes they were #1 this year also, but it was not a historically good run defense like last year and this year before Vita went out late in the Bears game. GO BUCS!!!!!!

  10. #1bucsfan Says:

    Joe how do you think vea will play after missing over half a season. Will he be able to play 20 snaps. What kind of shape is he in ? Broken ankle you cant really stay in shape with 1 good leg.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I agree that BA is throwing out smokescreens…..Vea may get zero snaps….he may get all of them……AB may be a huge factor…..may be none….

  12. adam from ny Says:

    be realistic peoples…

    vea tossing 350-370 pounds down on that ankle won’t be an easy thing…

    it’s a bit of a slow road back…but he can certainly clog things up…

    he will not look like mikhail baryshnikov just yet

  13. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    Jenna laine was observing VV at practice and said he looked trim and not overweight at all. We will take all the help we can get , and VV will help , even if it is only 20 snaps.

    BUCS ARE ON A ROLL & HEADED TO THE SUPER BOWL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. August 1976 Buc Says:

    BA has been watching Vita run for several weeks. He is not just jumping off the couch and into a game. He will play some for sure, how much, that is the question. Again he has been missed, he helped make the run defense historically good, so any contribution from the resident Rhino Vita is going to help. GO BUCS!!!!!!

  15. OBF Says:

    He’ll get as many as he can handle, Let The Big Man EAT !!!

  16. OBF Says:

    “ mikhail baryshnikov”
    Damn you are dating yourself

  17. Kobe Faker Says:


    he will be 10 yards behind the LOS

    His fat A$$ will be in the way of of DW and LD”

    Kobe Faker

  18. Coburn Says:

    Wishful thinking I’m sure, but would be nice to play him early and get a lead and be in position to let him rest later in the game

  19. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I don’t know Joe, our run D has been ok, but admittedly not great. However, we need all the help we can get with our pass rush. I would lean more towards VV getting his snaps on passing situations more so than stopping the run.

    Even with no sacks vs Aint’s, we had good pressure on Bress. BUT, Bress can’t throw deep – AR is good at it.

  20. Cobraboy Says:

    He may “plan” for 20, but I suspect it depends on how Vea is feeling physically.

  21. Cobraboy Says:

    Kobe, do you ever tire of looking the fool?

    I can’t remember one time you’ve even been correct. Then again, I generally blow off reading your posts like most on JBF.

  22. Cobraboy Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I agree that BA is throwing out smokescreens…..Vea may get zero snaps….he may get all of them……AB may be a huge factor…..may be none….


    I stated in another post that this staff is playing Liars Poker, because this is the single biggest game of the Licht/Arians Bucs era…and nobody is tipping any cards.

  23. Cobraboy Says:

    Gholston, Vea and Suh make for a formidable DL in a 3-4…

  24. 813bucboi Says:

    sounds good…all hands on deck!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  25. Rob Says:

    The biggest plus from having the beast back is the Packers will have to assign at least one or two blockers to account for him. This obviously helps our pass rush which has been hurting the last month. I’ll take JPP and Shaq with single blockers any day. Hopefully, Rodgers will be looking over his shoulder and watching snow flakes from his back on the frozen tundra. Go freaking Bucs!

  26. OBF Says:

    Let’s not forget how well Roaches has played

  27. David Says:

    The packers are playing so well because of a balanced offense, just like the Bucs. The Packers win when they run the ball. They have been running for 160+ yards a game for several weeks now.
    They absolutely need to use VV in the middle on first downs and short yardage downs.

  28. Kobe Faker Says:

    LOL the newbs

    though the Bucs Dline hasnt accumulated the sacks there is enough QB pressure

    however the Dline has played very good run defense because the 4 defensive lineman are all aligned in their push creating no gaps

    with VV lack of push the 3 other linemen will be passed him creating huge gaps and holes in the alignment

    watch when the 3 other Dlinemen goes up 5 yards of the LOS while VV hangs behind

    just watch”

    Kobe Faker

  29. The Coroner Says:

    The Bucs continued to do great without Vita Vea on run defense.
    They suffered (except for Devon White) on QB pressure and sacks without Vea crushing the pocket back and forcing the QB into vulnerable space for the edge rushers.
    Yea. Crush the pocket.

  30. John Sinclear Says:

    Safe to say, then —The defense is getting a Vita-man supplement?

  31. gotbbucs Says:

    It will totally depend on game flow and how Vita feels. Putting a number on his snaps pre-game is just playing mind games with the opponent.

    Either way, he strengthens the rotation and should help the rest of the interior stay a little more fresh.

    I’m more interested to see what kind of effort Suh puts into this game. I think you’ll see a possessed man.

  32. gotbbucs Says:

    @kobe faker

    You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  33. gotbbucs Says:

    Never will you see defensive linemen running 5 yards up field on a running play. Keep showing your ignorance.

  34. Mike Says:

    I like Vea in on run downs. Let him clog the middle and take up two blockers.

  35. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Kobe Faker Says:

    January 21st, 2021 at 8:21 am


    he will be 10 yards behind the LOS

    His fat A$$ will be in the way of of DW and LD”

    Kobe Faker
    How many Green Bay O-Linemen would it take to push Vita Vea 10 yards behind the LOS? Probably 3, is my guess.

  36. JimBuc2 Says:

    Kiffen quip on 20 snaps made me laugh so hard I spewed my coffee! Good one. I remember something about those days. Before season’s end Kifffen announced his departure. The Lost decade began soon afterwards. Next GM McKay was sitting in the Falcons box, supervising a loss to his new team. With Todd Bowles seeking interviews with other teams I hope that is not a harbinger of tbings to come.
    Go Bucs!

  37. pick6 Says:

    his job will be to hold the point of attack on A gap blitzes to help White and Lavonte get to Rodgers

  38. Merlin Says:

    Some of you drastically overestimate how strenuous 20 snaps over 4 hours is. If his ankle can hold up he can play 20 snaps with the lungs of a 6yo girl.