“Damn Near Every Snap, That’s What I Was Thinking”

March 2nd, 2021

Sometimes, it’s good to keep life simple.

Superstar Bucs right tackle Tristan Wirfs simplified life for himself all last season, so he explained recently on Hawkeyed With Dave O’Hara.

Host O’Hara asked Wirfs if he felt pressure to not be the guy that misses the block that ends Tom Brady’s career.

“Damn near every snap, that’s what I was thinking,” Wirfs replied.

“…I love Tom, but he’s 43 and I was like, ‘I don’t want to get him hit.’

“I think I put a lot more pressure on myself personally than I think other people were putting pressure on me. I didn’t want to come in and not live up to expectations or anything like that. I was just trying to go out there and keep Tom safe, you know, that was pretty much my whole mindset going into games.”

And that’ll be a great mindset for Wirfs in 2021, and possibly 2022 and 2023.

Joe just excited to see how second-team All-Pro Wirfs improves next season. Some would say he doesn’t have to.

36 Responses to ““Damn Near Every Snap, That’s What I Was Thinking””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Man have we got some great young players……Wirfs, White, Vea……Cappa, Winfield, Whitehead, Dean, SMB, Edwards,Davis, Rojo, Vaughn, Scotty, Tyler……

  2. Bird Says:


    Thats funny
    The oline doesnt want defenses to hit the senior citizen

    You can say wirfs is already a grand slam who we got locked down for 5 years. One of lichts best picks.

    Licht ‘s first rounders – Evans , white and wirfs – future HOFs?

  3. DaBux Says:

    This was perhaps one of our best draft picks for OL of all time. I’ve never seen a manboy move full grown arse men like he does. He was pancaking some big dudes during the playoffs.

  4. cmurda Says:

    S T U D

  5. Topdoggie Says:

    How could we tell if he is any better. Zero sacks instead of one? He was nearly flawless.

  6. Drunkinybor Says:

    I was rewatching the superbowl and Donovan Smith was about to get into a scuffle. Tristan was pushing him away and I couldn’t believe how much bigger Tristan’s frame was compared to Smith. Wirfs is athletic marvel, he’s a monster. Looks like a 10 year career iof making pro bowls and all pro teams.

  7. Brevard Buc Says:

    Think about who Wirfs faced in our run to the championship.

    Montez Sweat
    Cam Jordan
    Zadarius Smith
    Justin Houston.

    Kids a stud!!!

  8. rrsrq Says:

    What is crazy about this rookie class they did not have the bonding time like many classes before – when you see how close knit the secondary is with the guys they came in with, wait til these guys get the chance to pass on the culture to incoming FAs and rookies

  9. Brevard Buc Says:

    That’s 37 combined sacks for the group in 2020.

  10. Bird Says:

    Go to wirfs combine stats

    He was top 5 in almost every category for oline
    First in these 3: 40 , vert and broad jump

    He is probably bulked up since combine so 6’5 350
    He ran a 4.85 forty
    His vert was 36 range

    So happy other teams picked the other 3 guys.
    And people were ticked off about giving up the fourth found pick. 😂

  11. Cobraboy Says:

    Where can he improve?

  12. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Cobra, Tackle eligible receptions. But we’ll save that for another time. lol

  13. bojim Says:


  14. firethecannons Says:

    this kid/man has a great family too his mother at every game, his town now all are Buccaneers fans, he is a caring young man who won the superbowl!

  15. Jason From Jamrock Says:

    Keep doing your thing Big T.
    I remember people implying that Wirfs was soft because he didn’t appear “mean and nasty”.
    Keep doing YOU, Tristan!
    Stay healthy, young man.


  16. 0-26 survivor Says:

    Could be Jason’s best draft pick ever , great tackle for LOW cost for a while . Off topic but according to Kyle van noys twitch account he says the dolphins have just released him after trying to trade him , had some really good stats last year and was named captain after signing 4 year 51 mil deal in his first year. He is shocked might be a good fit if David bolts. Very curious move. Only 29 and at 6 -3 250 has great size and good in locker room.

  17. Robert Says:

    Surfs is bigger than DS? Didn’t know…… DS looks uuuge

  18. Robert Says:


  19. SOEbuc Says:

    Jenna says they might be close to tagging Chris. Tom and Mike have already said they are willing to restructure. A Brady extension would be bad ass and free up dough. Tom will call the rest of the team at home and tell them we’re winning the Super Bowl again in 2022 but we need free up some money. Who the f#ck would not follow Brady and this team (except Shaq)? GM Licht and GM Brady got a plan in place.

    #SUPER BOWL 2022!!!

  20. Youngbucs Says:

    Mostly all of the Bucs talent if from Draft picks. People were shouting the roster was trash. And that it had to get better around a certain player smh.

  21. HeyItsAdam Says:

    All these linemen had the same mentality : don’t be the guy who gets Brady creamed. It reminds me of the pitchers who didn’t want to be the guy who gave up number 62 to Mark McGwire.

    Poor Steve Traschel.

  22. David Says:

    Smith is huge, but I noticed that as well in the Green Bay game.
    One camera angle and it just jumped out at me- how massive Wirfs is.

  23. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Love this guy. What a Home run draft pick.

  24. Jim Says:

    Pretty remarkable when comparing Light’s early years draft picks/free agent signings with more recent years.

  25. Trey Long Says:

    Great kid!!! Phenomenal talent!

  26. D1 Says:


    I never read that combine info, thanks. Dude is a serious freak. Those numbers are almost unbelievable, that’s how impressive they are.

  27. Mort Says:

    This dude still hasn’t had a real off-season! How nuts is that!

  28. SOEbuc Says:

    Smith needs to go. He gets run around or his amazing strength crumbles.OT Samuel Cosmi at #32 would be a steal. Rock solid 6’7” 309 lbs with hands and technique. 82.0+ PFF pass blocking all three years at Texas. 90. 5 PFF playing LT in 2020. Has experience at both OT positions. Excellent run blocker that will push guys back unlike Smith. Back to back OT slam dunks for 10+ years. Sweet.

  29. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Smith needs to go after the season he had, are you serious with that now???? The man was great this year and you still want to catapult him out of here!!!! What makes you think a rookie will have the same season as Wirfs at left tackle at that? That makes about a much sense as much as wanting # 3 to come back and Bradys place!

    Wirfs and Brady not making the pro bowl after the season he had shows the amount of disregard and disrespect the Bucs get. Wirfs also should’ve been 1st yeam All Pro!

  30. teacherman777 Says:

    Protect the Celtic King Brady!

    Irish Tommy Boy Brady.

    Baddest man alive!

  31. Buc50 Says:

    Smith needs to go because starting Left Tackles can be found anywhere in the draft or free-agency.

  32. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    @TBBF, you are right on. And to think Wirfs, Winfield, Vaughn and Tyler Johnson preformed so well during a pandemic: no OTAs, no extra meetings, no preseason games to get their feet wet. Remarkable!!

  33. NDOGSDAD Says:

    Futures so bright need shades right tmaxxie

  34. Sesteprenelicus Says:

    I expect him to have a permanent spot on the Pro Bowl roster.

  35. Brandon Says:


    Frank Clark played for the Chiefs. Houston last played with KC in 2018.

  36. Capt.Tim Says:

    Wirfs is already the best RT in football.
    His talent level is off the charts. The thought the he’ll get better- is mind boggling..
    We have the best offensive line in Football. Brady was a genius for coming here.
    We control both sides, of the line of scrimmage.
    The 2003 team should have won another Superbowl or two.
    Dungy’s choking the offense, and Gruden’s fightingnwith ur best players- blew their chances.

    If this team stays mostly together the next few years- we can win another one or two.
    Incredible time to be a Bucs fan.