“Even Betty Crocker Burns The Brownies Sometimes”

February 10th, 2021

“Damn it, Gisele, I can bake dessert!”

Really cool insight from a former Super Bowl-winning general manager who has direct ties to two key Bucs figures.

Former Belicheats suit Scott Pioli dropped in on “Good Morning Football” yesterday to discuss the Bucs win in Super Bowl LV.

A lot of folks are saying Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has crafted the ultimate “blueprint” to stop Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes. Pioli didn’t exactly disagree but he said that is too simplistic of a statement and unfair to the defenders who executed that gameplan.

For example, Pioli said, former Giants and current Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo supposedly has the blueprint on how to stop park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking Bucs Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady.

Problem is, Pioli said, Spagnuolo didn’t have Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck on Sunday night.

Pioli also revealed a text exchange he had with Brady after he threw four touchdowns to beat Chucky in Sin City. Just before that, Brady had his worst game of his Bucs days in the penalty-filled, sack-riddled loss to the Bears. Brady texted Pioli of the Chicago loss, “Even Better Crocker burns the brownies sometimes.”

Pioli noted that meant things will be OK for Brady and the Bucs.

After the Bucs beat the Packers in the NFC title game, Pioli texted Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht offering his former scouting assistant congratulations. He said Licht replied that it was part of his seven-year plan but he was also relieved Team Glazer was rewarded for the patience and time they gave him to turn the Bucs franchise around.

So what does all of this tell Joe about what Pioli said? Well, given who he texts with, whenever he says something about the Bucs, he likely knows what he’s talking about.

You can see Pioli’s full segment in the NFL Network video below.

25 Responses to ““Even Betty Crocker Burns The Brownies Sometimes””

  1. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Great quote and exactly the mindset that Devin White Bowels Byron Brady and BA were successful this year

  2. August 1976 Buc Says:

    SI Cover behind Pioli of Vinny Testaverde in a Bucs Jersey as a rookie coming into the 1987 Season. It says the NFL’s 8 Million Dollar man. Wow that is Chicken feed today. But was huge for a rookie then. GO WORLD CHAMPION BUCS!!!!!!

  3. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    A few days after the Bucs have become Super Bowl Champions of the World, I think there are more than a few apologies owed to the Bucs.

    First, to the Glazers. For years, all we heard was that they could care less about the Bucs and if they were winners or not. But, they took a huge gamble by letting go of a #1 overall pick in favor of a 43 year old QB, and all it got us was a Super Bowl. The ultimate winner move.

    Second, to Bruce Arians. After year one, it seemed many people had thrown in the towel on BA and his play style. But he delivered, making gutsy call after gutsy call, and taking us all the way.

    Third, to Todd Bowles. Again, after last season, it seems many had given up on Bowles and his defense, but in the playoffs and Super Bowl, it was undoubtedly the strength of the team.

    Fourth, to Byron Leftwich. He was often the ire of most fans’ anger early in the season when the offense was still learning and figuring itself out. Where were those struggles late in the season? When it mattered most, BL delivered a masterful gameplan that allowed us to blowout the reigning champs.

    Next, Tom Brady. Early in the season, especially in November, many thought Brady was shot. Not to be. Brady caught fire during December and January, not to mention a vintage performance in the Super Bowl. “Too old”, “weak arm”, “not a fit in the offense”. Wrong. We signed Brady to win a championship, and he did just that in Year 1.

    Then to our offense line, especially Donovan Smith. Again the center of most fans’ hate, DS76 stepped up and absolutely dominated in the playoffs. Along with his dominant play, the rest of the OLine created what is undoubtedly the best offense in franchise history as well as the best OLine. Overpaid? Lazy? Right Tackle? Nope, not Donovan Smith. Super Bowl Champion? Yes.

    Finally, and most deserving of apology, the General Manager Jason Licht. Despite assembling a very talented and deep roster, still many fans wanted Licht canned because of a lack of wins on the field. Three head coaches and two QBs later (not counting Mike Glennon and Josh McClown), Licht has made us the best team in the NFL. He was crazy for signing old man Brady, for signing nutbag AB, for signing washed Leonard Fournette, for drafting Devin White over Josh Allen, for drafting SMB, for not signing a veteran DB. None of it mattered. Licht knew exactly what he was doing.

    All of these people created and played a role in the best team in the NFL, and in Bucs history. Ladies and gentlemen, the Bucs have officially Returned To Glory.

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Just heard on GMFB that AB ran the wrong route on his TD. He was supposed to go in and then go out and he went out and came back in. Brady had the poise to stay with him and throw a dart only AB could catch.

  5. Leighroy Says:

    Dilly dilly, First Down Tampa Bay. Well said!

  6. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    The best thing about this victory is the win has officially killed TMax

  7. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    At least Licht wasn’t old man Sid with his 10 year plan! None would have patience for that!

  8. Bird Says:

    Brady said look out for next year and i believe him
    Again timing with receivers and tight ends missing at times this season
    A ton of drops too.
    Just wait for a regular offseason. And Brady has confidence in oline now.
    Bucs may be without fournette or receiver but that is fine. They are loaded on offense.

    Keeping the defense is priority #1
    Someone was talking yesterday about shaq throwing in towel for year and only showed in playoffs so he would be gone.
    Are you kidding me. Shaq switched to left d end when he had 18.5!at right end and still had almost double digit sacks while missing a game and without vea pushing qbs out of pocket for most of season

    This is probably the best front 7 in nfl. And That is the key cause this secondary is young and showed they are ready to take leap next year.
    Plus they can add depth with veterans that want to play with brady and get ring

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    @Dewey Selmon
    Yes, AB ran the wrong route on his TD, and beat the Honey Badger with that inside move.
    Brady threw an absolute Laser in a place only AB could catch it.

  10. QB whisperer Says:

    First down Tampa Bay has written the most coherent, most concise, elegant,to the point,truth telling post I’ve ever read on JBF. He could become First Down Tampa Bay Bucs fan,com and I guarantee I’d read it. Don’t get me wrong, Don’t worry, I don’t want to date the guy.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    August 1976…that S.I. article pretty much made me become a Bucs fan.

    My mom was moving me down to Florida from Mass. On the way I bought a few mags. That S.I. was one of them. I was already kind of a Canes fan. I was looking for an NFL team when I found out through that S.I. that Tampa had a team. I had no idea…. that’s how relevant the Bucs were.

    After reading up about Vinny…I became a Bucs fan not knowing what I was getting into.

    Go Bucs!!!

  12. Infomeplease Says:

    WHAT A SEASON.. Burnt brownies and all!!!!! Thank you BUCS!!

  13. Cannon Says:

    I suspect our Bucs will try for a perfect season next year. I know its only one game at a time, but this roster can stack up with any team (arguably any team of any year)

  14. JimmyJack Says:

    Great clip thanks for sharing. That Pioli guy is one smart cookie.

  15. Chesapeake Bay Bucco Says:

    El Un-Realisto Buc, Nfog, and the rest of the real sheep, where are you? Hopefully trolling some minor league baseball site or under a rock, where you belong! Baaaaa!

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    I never expected great things from this team this year. I had doubts that a new QB, no matter who he was, could “get in sync” with both coaches & teammates with zero offseason work and zero PS games. A full offseason with PS games is hard enough, but no offseason and no games I thought impossible.

    And the first half of the season showed it. I was not surprised, and a little disappointed. I had some doubts about even a Wild Card at the bye.

    I didn’t really doubt the Glazers (who I think fans have unjustly maligned for years), Licht or this staff. I figured it would take time for it all to mesh, and we’d see some results toward the end of the season.

    And from what I’m reading the soul-searching at the bye shows the team management were also disappointed.

    IMO, the #1 reason for success is Tom Brady. His ability to recruit players (Russell Wilson also noticed) and motivate teammates goes waaaay beyond management and coaches. It goes to the very core of “team.”

    This season was a beautiful story. Unlike 2002 when fans were getting antsy over a talented team underperforming, this management & staff pulled off a miracle in two years.

    It will be really interesting to see what happens to this roster and staff during the offseason. Where will there be compromises?

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:

    @First Down Agree with all the apologies owed.

    I’m as excited as anyone but Mahomes never had a chance. He did make some SPECTACULAR plays and his receivers let him down a couple of times.

    But there is an obvious reason we routed the Chiefs and I wouldn’t count on it the next meeting. They had NO OL…I mean none. This is not to diminish the fierce rush we put on him…we DO have talent in that front seven…but without an OL Mahomes had to run for his life!

    I think the better team won and Brady outplayed Mahomes. I simply believe if the Chiefs had the same OL as they did in last years’ SB this would have been a very good game…maybe a TD or even a FG difference.

    Not making excuses for Mahomes who took it like a man and said the Bucs just outplayed the Chiefs. That’s true…and the Bucs were ready…I do not believe the outcome would have changed other than a closer score.

  18. SKBucsfan Says:


    The Glazers want to win. All owners want to win but not at any cost. Let’s be honest. They agreed to sign TB12 to get more butts in the seats. He came at a discount, and they did the math.

    I agree the coaching staff stepped up their game and so did DS76. But let’s face reality. This was all Tom Brady’s doing. He made believers out of his team mates. He gave them the gears when they needed it. And was the first to praise them for doing their job. It’s easier to coach talented players when you have someone to provide inspirational leadership. I have coached minor sports my entire adult life. The coach can’t do it all.

    Give JW the same team,take away his ADHD, and some of his 30 interceptions and the team wouldn’t have likely been anywhere near as successful. Brady instills confidence in everybody. He doesn’t play for the money. He plays to win it all. Otherwise what is the point?

  19. 813bucboi Says:


    I AGREED!!!!!…Well said…


  20. 813bucboi Says:


    sorry…still drinking!!


  21. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Tired of hearing the Mahomes excuses. He tried to play hero ball. Simple as that. He should’ve checked to the run several times and the check down passes were there also. Either the guy can’t read defenses or he tried to play hero ball. If it was the other way around the media would be killing Brady.

  22. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Btw , when Brady lost to the Eagles in the Super bowl he had 2 starting lineman out, Gronk out and Cooks got knocked out with a concussion early in the game. Still threw for 500 yards. Mahomes deserves some blame too although Bucs D balled out.

  23. orlbucfan Says:

    The Glazer Boyz went through a period a few years ago where they spent big bucks on Manchester United and got the credit card cos they owned the Bucs. They scrimped on Tampa Bay. Nothing new cos Hugh Culverhouse did it for years. He spent more dough on his mistresses than he did the team. So I am over the ownership worship. And, I ain’t the only fan here.

  24. Oneilbucs Says:

    Kentucky buc Now Mahomes is a bad quarterback ??? Lol lol 😆😅🤣 . He’s a better quarterback than Brady right now and when Brady was has age . The Chiefs future looks better than ours right now . Some of yall are a trip lol lol I can garoteain you that the bucs will drop Brady right now for Mahomes and every fan but you and his family will be happy !!!

  25. SKBucsfan Says:

    Maybe Oneil. But we will likely never know. What we do know is that your boy James is a free agent again and possibly out of football. However, most Buc fans are hoping that he gets the staring job for the Saints.