Playing Chess Against The Master

February 6th, 2021

One reason the Chiefs are in the Super Bowl is that despite not having a dominant defense, they can outsmart an opposing offense.

Defenses that do that tend to make plays or trick an opposing quarterback into making a mistake. It’s hard to trick a savvy veteran who has seen it all like park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring, down-forgetting, handshake-stiffing, jet-ski-losing, biscuit-baking Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.

In the BSPN video below, NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell demonstrates just how complex and tricky Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo gets when trying to disguise his blitz packages.

In particular, Cosell used a clip from the Chiefs-Bucs game in November to show how Spagnuolo tried to hoodwink Brady on a particular play.

It didn’t work.

Let’s hope Spagnuolo tries a few more like this against Brady tomorrow night. With the same results for the Bucs.

29 Responses to “Playing Chess Against The Master”

  1. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Brady has seen it all. Bucs oline has improved every game. I am sure they will try to confuse Stinnie. Smith is playing so much better now compared to week 12. I like starting Rojo, he had a good game against KC, Bucs had to get away from the run becuase of the 1st qtr lead. I have to believe Brady has watched film 100 times, he’s ready for it.

  2. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    One thing that just COMPLETELY astounds me are these so called ‘experts’ that are predicting KC to lay a 40 burger on us tomorrow.
    First time we played them:
    We weren’t clicking offensively yet.
    No Vita Vea, no Jamel Dean
    We spot them a 17 point lead in the first half
    Hill and Kelce needed CAREER days for them to score 27 points

    We are fully healthy
    Vea and Dean are back
    Offense is humming
    Defense is Smothering (6 ints in the last 3 games)
    We have home frickin field advantage in the SB
    Their patchwork OL is beyond suspect
    And somehow they are gonna lay a 40 burger on us?????????????

    I wish I could get paid that kind of money to just Senselessly run my mouth in front of a Camera

    I can’t wait to see people pulling feathers from their teeth Monday morning!

    Lets F-ING DO THIS BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Steven007 Says:

    I trust we’ll have less empty sets this game to combat that kind of disguised coverage.

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    SB – Agree with you. Bucs are humming on all cylinders now. I look for a great game from both our O and D.

  5. TampaTown Says:

    SB: Take was a great take and hilarious too! I cannot believe the level of disrespect we are getting. Did anyone watch out last three games? I feel like Brady loves it when no one thinks he can win. So keep it coming

  6. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    This is something we must be concerned about. Don’t dismiss it. Spags is a very good DC. All one has to do is look at the Bucs playoff game vs GB. Bowles did an awesome job against Aaron Rogers – a QB as smart as TB.

    IMO, this is a key to the game. If TB has no TO’s BUCS WIN; if Spags can fluster Brady and get a TO or two, we are in trouble

  7. Listnfrmafar Says:

    KC is.going to play dink & dunk football. Get ball put quick and wait for their chance. Keep them to 3’s. GMF weekend talking about KC running game. They had all their backs week 12, they did nothing on the ground. Bucs need to play 60 minutes if they do the 1/2 good 1/2 bad game over.

  8. Adrnagy Says:

    Wk 12 vita vea and jamel dean didn’t play.
    Dean our fastest cb. Match him up against kelce all game long versus Murphy bunting. Smb got burned by kelce.
    Then double up at times hill.
    Vita will command attention therefore it’s up to gholston, shaq , jpp, suh to get pressure and most important get home with a sack or disrupt the passing lanes.

    In offense we Weill be fine. As long as our rb have a effective game. No drop passes.

  9. Beej Says:

    Kelce only had 82 yards in that game, a bit low for him

  10. unbelievable Says:


    I say good! Let them doubt us! We always seem to do better as the underdogs anyways.

    1 more day boys and girls! LFG!!!!!!!

  11. Chris Boyd Says:

    i dont care what the “experts” say. we’re a more well rounded team. the only place they have a slight edge is at qb, and prolly coaching. but we have a major edge on defense, and with o line play. if both teams play they’re best game, we win. so all we have to do is go and play our best game, and we will take this baby home! lets go bucs!!!

  12. TampaTown Says:

    Senor Harry: I disagree. A turnover is not the end of the world. Just like in Philly, be prepared for something bad to happen then get past it. It’s not going to be a perfect game but a slug fest and we’re going to win!

  13. TampaTown Says:

    Are any of our regulars here going to the game? Word on the street is it’s an approximately 70-30 split Buc fans to Chief fans. That’s going to look great on TV

  14. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    SB, ABSOLUTELY ON THE MONEY!! Nearly everyone gives TB ZERO CHANCE of winning. I keep seeing the scores showing the Bucs scoring in the 20s…HELLO, we’re averaging 30 in the playoffs, WITH POINTS LEFT ON THE FIELD BY OUR OWN MISTAKES, not the opposing defense stopping us!!! THIS TEAM IS SO MUCH MORE COMPLETE THAN THE CHIEFS! Anybody notice how the Browns took them to task???? Bucs have been on a major up trend since the KC game in November and the Chiefs have been level, no major difference in their team play since they came to Tampa. I’m expecting 40+ from Bucs O and the D gets enough stops to hold them to 30+- a couple

  15. Kentucky Buc Says:

    O has been so close to having a dominant breakout game. Would love to see it happen in the SB. D needs to rough em up again like they did the Saints and GB. Hill especially doesn’t like getting roughed up.

  16. BradyBucs Says:

    I see TWO keys to victory…

    1. We have to contain Mahomes outside the pocket. Take good angles and disrupt on the run passing. We can’t give up a bunch of plays like that 3rd and long against Rodgers in his own end zone where he rolled right away from our pass rush and picked us apart down the sideline with the pass for the 1st down. If Mahomes gets outside the pocket we have to close quickly and get hands up to disrupt those types of bail out passes. Otherwise they can be demoralizing to a Defense to get good pressure yet have a guy convert on the run.

    2. We have to score early like we did against GB and get TDs not FGs. We can’t afford to start slow in this game. An opening drive TD is exactly what we need. We can’t give the Chiefs Defense confidence by going 3 and out or stalling an early drive. We need to jump on them early and break their spirit. They’re the defending Champs. We need to take it to them right away.

    Go Bucs! Let’s go get that 2nd Lombardi which would be so great for our history. Many teams still don’t have one Lombardi. For us to get our 2nd would be awesome.

  17. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    The most amazing stat I have heard this week is that Brady’s teams have scored a total of 3 points in the 1st quarter in 9 Super Bowls total. Brady is gonna break that string tomorrow, I will guarantee it! I expect 10 to 14 points in the first quarter for the Bucs.

  18. Owlykat Says:

    Brady’s mantra is always win my last game each season. Spags can be tough but Brady is the greatest of all time!!! I expect Brady to win tomorrow!

  19. Seemore Bucs Says:

    SB, you are dead on. It is hilarious how the so called “experts seem to forget our missing Vea and Dean in the regular season matchup but also this little nugget. The Chefs were relatively rested having a Week 10 bye before they played the Raiders (a game they should have lost) then us. We had 11 straight weeks of games before the Week 12 game. 12 straight games. Yet, they only won by 3 and AB wasn’t fully ingratiated into the offense, either. We played 3 teams in the playoffs with better defenses than KC. Scoring 31, 30 and 31 points ON THE ROAD! The Bucs are the better team. The question should be (and the media doesn’t want to ask it because it is their worst nightmare and deep down they really know it may happen) how are the Chiefs going to keep up with the Bucs? KC has too many holes and the Bucs, with Vea and Dean back, it is like picking up added ammo when the other team has lost some. I think Kermit is going to have one of his worst days as a pro thanks to our defense. The time off is the worst thing that could have happened to the Chefs. We are ready, rested and at home. I think the Bucs get out to the big lead and never stop scoring. Kermit and the Walrus abandon the running game early and the Bucs pick off Mahomes at least twice and KC turns the ball over at least three times with the Bucs getting 7 points each time. It will be too much for the Chefs to overcome. Brady and offense make no mistakes an I have the Bucs with a commanding win in Super Bowl LV making the “experts” look foolish AGAIN. I bet if their jobs depended on being right and not on their personal feelings they would be picking the Bucs. That’s ok. I will enjoy watching them come up with excuses for why the Bucs spanked the Chefs and how KC is the best Super Bowl LV LOSERS of all time. 🙂 GO BUCS!!!!

  20. Jerry Says:

    Consensus on ESPN is that this will be a very easy win for the chiefs. Some are predicting a blowout. And they are gushing on the prospect that “the torch is going to be passed from Brady to Mahomes.”

  21. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I agree with everything you said Seemore!
    And yes how awesome would it be for their Job Security depended on accuracy.
    We might actually get quality info if that were the case

  22. SB : Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    @Jerry………..As I said, it is really gonna be fun watching them pick feathers from their teeth.
    Would you like a little ketchup with that crow haters?

  23. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Jerry that’s what the NFL wants. To make a new storyline of Brady’s replacement. Dwight Smith eluded to these type of storylines on 620. All that being said we made it to the big dance, and I know the Bucs, Brady, Arians, and fans are going to pull out all the stops to straight up shut up the media, and curb stomp the chiefs. The Bucs will prevail! It’s our day and Super Bowl 55 will be the Bucs! I feel we will beat the Chiefs by 10. Go Bucs!!

  24. unbelievable Says:

    I hope they smash Hill’s face in.

  25. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Boom!! And smash Mahomes in while we are at it too!! Go Bucs!

  26. Infomeplease Says:

    The Stars Have Aligned for the Bucs in 2020!!!! BA,BL,TB12, RG, AWjr, DW, AB,LF,and RS( our field goal kicker) to name a few recent additions!!! DESTINY!!!!! A SUPERBOWL in TAMPA with a SUPER HOME TEAM in TAMPA!!!! GO BUCS… YOU GOT THIS!!!

  27. Oneilbucs Says:

    I think the bucs are going to win this game . I just got a feeling the bucs are going to win !! Go bucs !!!! Wearing my Devin White Jersey tomorrow !!!

  28. 6throundpick Says:

    The Bucs got it in the tank! HIT IT!!!

  29. Buxszntkt Says:

    Spags was the DC for the 2007 Giants.