“They Kind Of Found This New Way Of Playing Offensive Football”

March 12th, 2021

Did the Bucs offense break new NFL ground?

Former ESPN QB guru and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer thinks so.

Man, Dilfer had a ton of appreciation for the Bucs in his voice during a recent chat with The Rich Eisen Show on Peacock.

Asked for his feeling on his former Bucs team winning the Super Bowl, Dilfer was all about gushing over how the Bucs handled the 2020 season with intelligence, discipline and perseverance.

Dilfer said he saw a team that got too tempted by all its weapons early in the season before making the move after the bye week to be more balanced while still focused on elevating their passing game — all while the team jelled after a wacky offseason.

Tom Brady “calmness returned,” Dilfer said, and some of that was about bringing in a tight end to pass block more often.

The result was the Bucs’ winning blend of old school and innovation.

“They kind of found this new way of playing offensive football — having really cool sizzly plays off really boring stuff,” Dilfer said. “So they sucker you in with the boring stuff and then they flash and sizzle you with the explosive stuff. And while all this is going on, they are growing as a defense and they’re becoming nastier and nastier.”

Dilfer had plenty of love for the defense and its coaching, too. “What they did to Green Bay is one of the great secondary game plans I’ve seen in a long time,” he said.

Overall, Dilfer said he was just so proud as a football lover to see a team take “the long-tail approach” and see it through without panicking.

26 Responses to ““They Kind Of Found This New Way Of Playing Offensive Football””

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Both the Green Bay Game, and the Super Bowl, were defensive masterpieces crafted by Todd Bowles. Trent Dilfer says “So they sucker you in with the boring stuff and then they flash and sizzle you with the explosive stuff.”
    That would be an accurate description of our offense, after the Bye week.

  2. 813bucboi Says:


    GO BUCS!!!!

  3. Drunkinybor Says:

    I watched that interview yesterday good stuff. Those were my feelings as the season went on. We’re good not great getting better almost figuring it out then BOOM after the bye it was on like donkey kong.

  4. DoooshLaRue Says:

    BL is working magic.

    And that “magic” is called listening to his QB.

  5. Game film doesn't lie Says:

    Brady extension is done.. according to florio!!!! Come-on sign Shaq

  6. Bruce Blahak Says:

    looking back someday, we’ll realize what a playoff run that was….still can’t believe it…super bowl out of nowhere!

  7. DoooshLaRue Says:


    I know it man!
    I still can’t believe it, but I love it!

  8. ModHairKen Says:

    This was one of the greatest runs in NFL history.

  9. 6throundpick Says:

    Wait until you see TB12 settle in this season. Keep your eye on the ball control, particularly at the end of games; a master of the clock. Still think it’s ALL defense? He let’s them rest and inspires them…saw it year after year. And, now, he’s got a much better offense.

  10. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    This is so true. Our run really was a schematic masterpiece. I can’t determine if they”figured it out” or simply unveiled it when they needed it most. Halftime of the first game against Atlanta I thought the season was over. By the end of that game I thought we were super Bowl contenders. From then on they were unstoppable. What an incredible run to a championship!

  11. Lunchbox Says:

    It’s nothing new, it’s just proper execution. Something Trent Dilfer never really got the hang of, so it’s understandable that he doesn’t recognize it.

  12. The Red Mirage Says:

    Brady signed an extension, Do y’all think Gisele is pissed?

  13. Cannon Says:

    “Dilfer said he saw a team that got too tempted by all its weapons early in the season”

    I banged this drum after the second beatdown by the Saints. It was clear that the Bucs believed very strongly in their talented roster (who wouldn’t). In their hubris, their game-plan seemed to be “here we are, we are going to just line up and be BETTER than you”. This might work against second tier teams (Giants, Broncos, etc…), but not against a strong opponent who brings a good game-plan (Saints, Chiefs, etc…)

    Fortunately, the team took a long look in the mirror at the bye week, and decided that they actually have to craft a better, more balanced game-plan.

    The outcome? We never lost another game.

    Dream Roster < Dream Roster + Balanced Game Plan = Complete Dominance.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    The first SB taught me that futility in football makes winning the whole thing sweeter.

    This second one only proves it for me.

    It was a fun run and I want more, more, more.

  15. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Bowles put together such a great game plan towards the end of the year and the secondary played like nfl DBS towards the end, there is still a ton to clean up on the back end but if the pressure stays like it was it will be good

  16. Cainishere Says:

    Motions Play action and dual TE sets with a running game made all of the difference.

  17. David Says:

    Nope. It’s run and use play action. Maybe some of the play action has a little sizzle but it’s not new, it is having the talent to execute

  18. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Not throwing a ton of interceptions probably had a little something to do with it too….. huh?

  19. David Says:

    Doosh- nailed it.

    Execution is the key

  20. David Says:


    The most frustrating part was they had two dominant wins by running the ball and then suddenly the run game disappeared

  21. 813bucboi Says:

    folks still hating on BL…lol…what a shame…lol…

    he’ll make yall look foolish once again…lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!

  22. David Says:

    Finally verified that Minter did sign. 1 year deal

  23. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Not hate towards BL, just think he’s getting too much credit.

  24. Oneilbuc Says:

    813. The only time when it’s BL is when the offense is not playing good. But when the offense is playing good then it’s all Brady !! Lol 😆 !!

  25. SlyPirate Says:

    It’s just a twist on BA’s “No risk it,” approach.

  26. Cannon Says:


    Yea, early in the season we would have spurts of a strong running game, and then completely abandon it.

    I’m telling you, the Bucs were totally buying into the idea of “we have Tom Brady, Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Gronk, A.B. and Scotty… damn it we’re gonna THROW!!!!!”

    I can’t blame them.