Devin White Explains Why Saints Beat The Bucs

December 21st, 2021

Why? Why? Why?

Why have the slimy Saints clubbed the Bucs in seven consecutive regular season games?

That’s an impossible question for Bucs savior linebacker Devin White, since he was in college when the Bucs last beat the Saints in regular-season play. That was when Ryan Fitzpatrick went wild (4 TD passes, 417 yards, a rushing touchdown and 12 carries) on opening day of the 2018 season.

But White arrived the following year and has seen enough to have an opinion, one he shared on the Buccaneers Radio Network yesterday.

“I feel like they pin their ears back and they get after us pretty good,” White said. “And I think, you know, as far as the [Bucs] defense, that’s the type of effort we want to bring to the game as well. We try to bring our own intensity and not match it, you know, make their offense match us. And I think it gotta be that way on both sides of the ball. They do a great job in scheming and knowing what we’re not comfortable with as a team. And they try to exploit those opportunities.”

It sounds like White finds the Saints to be better coached and a little hungrier on most days against Tampa Bay.

As for what Bucco Bruce Arians told players after the loss, White said the message was very simple.

“You gotta eat it. You gotta eat it,” White said, quoting Arians. “You know, if you dwell on it, it can be a domino effect.”

53 Responses to “Devin White Explains Why Saints Beat The Bucs”

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “It sounds like White finds the Saints to be better coached ”

    I didn’t get that sense at all.

  2. Beejezus-belt Says:

    Defense played well. Unfortunately someone on defense has to make a play. Someone needs to create a turnover. Sometimes the defense needs reach down and adjust their cup and make a play and cause a turnover and help the offense win a game.

  3. PassingThru Says:

    Can you imagine how good the Bucs would be if they were coached by Sean Payton and his staff?

  4. Rayjay1122 Says:

    @PassingThru, now that would be a deadly team with coaching to match the player skills.

  5. alton d green Says:

    passingthru………….OUCH!!!! hahahaha

  6. PSL Bob Says:

    I assume it doesn’t taste quit the same as eating Ws.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Great analysis by Devin White. He gets it. That’ll be the blueprint for every opponent against the Bucs in the playoffs.

  8. gbobucsfan Says:

    Teams have had this “blueprint” since we played the Bears last year. It’s not rocket science…..Pressure Brady and play press man coverage. Saints have the players to do that well.

  9. Listnfrmafar Says:

    He absolutely meant they were more prepared. Oh and how come the Bucs don’t exploit Saints weaknesses? Oh I forgot, the players know what to do, BA is hands off until his back up receivers round around like a Mario Bros video game, now they don’t know what to do. Do you all see a pattern here? It’s called watching hours & hours of film and I’m not talking reruns of the 3 Stooges. This marching band of a coaching staff is a joke.

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:


    At last we have a disagreement. Time for a friendly debate.

    I find the “blueprint” analysis overused and perhaps overrated.

    It’s a part of the game that goes back to the evolution of the game.
    Yeah pressure on Brady sounds great but everything in football is a game as you like to suggest balance…unless it’s a total physical mismatch just as offenses can be game planned so can the D’s and their answers for the O’s…it turns into a big chess game.

    If they burn us with suffocating pass rush we need hot reads and dink and dunk and draw play them and simply move the chains. We move the chains and let the “complementary” part of our team…a great defense when healthy, motivated and everybody shows up.

    Here’s a question for you D.R. on perhaps the psychology. Do we hope to avoid the Saints in the playoffs? The logical part of me says absolutely but the part of me that respects competition wants to meet them in the playoffs and settle it where it counts. Am I crazy?

  11. Franco Says:

    Amazing, how we all thought how great our coaching staff was last year… Sean Payton 10 years ago was suspended a year for paying bonuses to knock players out of the game.. less we forget

  12. Show Me the TDs Says:

    White was saying was that the entire Saints team, offense and defense, brought it. Our offense didn’t. Simple as that.

  13. Miller5252 Says:

    Being a Bucs fan you gotta hate Payton. Dudes just an arrogant jack wagon. I still remember that time he slapped Dirk on the chest after a game just laying into Dirk. Dirk should have dropped him right then. Even though I can’t stand Payton, his team is always ready to pound the Bucs. He had an injury riddled team and they still laid the lumber to Tampa Sunday night. Guy can get his players ready to play and believing they’re gonna win every time. Our coaches are lucky to have our players ready to play a half or quarter of a game.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    StPete … I agree that ‘blueprint’ is an overused analysis, but the ‘blueprint’ I’m referring to isn’t to ‘Pressure Brady and play press man coverage’ as Gbobucsfan noted. If that were the case, he’s exactly right: ‘Saints have the players to do that well’.

    The ‘blueprint’ I was referring to is more in terms of strategy than tactics. It’s to play a VERY physical game & beat the snot out of the Bucs’ OLine. The pressure on Brady comes as a result of being super-physical in the trenches. In focusing on our OLine in that game, at various times I saw every one of our OLinemen get steamrolled. That’s actually quite rare because we’ve got some strong guys upfront. It happened time & time again Sunday night. And Brady paid the price with 2 turnovers, 4 sacks & 7 QB Hits. That doesn’t happen very often to him & the Bucs offense.

    Gbobucsfan is spot-on that a key element to go with being super-physical in the trenches is playing the receivers tight (as well as keeping our running game in-check which the NFL’s #1 run defense did by keeping us down to 118 yds rushing on 21 rushes). Our coaching staff screwed up IMO though by not running the ball MORE. Best way to give our big-uglies in the trenches a chance for payback.

    In terms of your question about playing the Saints in the playoffs, I’d love it. We’ve got the beasts to win that physical battle in the trenches. There’d be a LOT MORE at stake in the playoffs. So ya, I’d love to see a rematch. Bring it on.

  15. cmurda Says:

    @D Rules. And when is playing physical at the L O S not part of any gameplan ever. The Aints didn’t do anything special. They just did it very well and we simply didn’t match their hunger and energy. I’ll give the mulligan from top down but coaching and gameplan must be far better. That was unacceptable from Bruce and Lefty and maybe Todd gets the nod because our D did get after it.

  16. cmurda Says:

    Any team in the world inherits the blueprint when Mike Evans, Godwin and Lenny are out of the game. Different game if those guys don’t get targeted, I mean hurt. I’m as disappointed as anyone but that was a dagger as the big boys kept dropping.

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    cmurda … I hear ya, but there’s playing a physical game and then there’s playing a VERY physical game. And yes, ‘borderline’ blocks & tackles become part of that. Personal opinion, but I think THAT’S what Brady was pissed about.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We have a habit of taking risky throws when all we need to do is move the chains…..I hear….Brady was pressured and all receivers were covered as the excuse… receiver should take a deep route on 3rd & 2…..and we should never use an empty backfield in that down & distance situation….it keeps us from play action…..
    the objective in a 6-0 game should be to move the chains…..we didn’t.

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    We lost a game 9-0 to the Saints and people are losing their minds. I hear fans talking about coaches and aging players as if we were 4-10 instead of 10-4.

    This is the SAME coaching staff and SAME team that hoisted a Lombardi last year, does anyone recall THAT!

    EVERY time the Bucs lose we hear about the planning and execution, how teams should play us, etc. Everybody’s pointing fingers. Take a deep breath folks!

    It doesn’t matter how you win, only that you win. We’re 10-4 and sitting pretty nicely for a playoff spot. Lets beat Carolina this week and put this all behind us.

  20. Buczilla Says:

    Our coaching was horrid this year against the saints and there is no way to pretty that up. They embarrassed us twice and a big part of why was the coaching. Saying that, I’ve noticed so many people touting Payton (me too, I think he’s second only to Belichick) as some kind of coaching messiah, but he’s only 9-8 in the playoffs and has a single super bowl win despite having one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game for most of his NFL coaching career. He ain’t all that folks, but he does have our number during the regular season.

    I think that the saints were uber motivated to play us this year since we ruined their chances at a super bowl last year and sent their boy Drew packing in less than stellar fashion. Add in hurting Jameis in the first game and it makes sense that their heads were on fire in this last game.

  21. Infomeplease Says:

    Better to be disappointed this past Sunday, then during the first couple of weeks in February! This team hasn’t peaked yet! Time to regroup and move forward!! Let’s F’n Go!!

  22. Dirty Bucs Says:

    I think there’s something many people are overlooking. Not everybody has the same cover corners the saints have. They have a bit of a luxury up front to get after it, simply because their cover guys are really really good. I don’t know why, but the saints seem to play on a completely different level when they play Tampa.

  23. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Every team that has beat us has pressured Brady with 4 men, and played press man coverage.
    That is the “secret” to beating us.
    The Arians Offense has no answer for this scheme, unlike New England’s offense did.
    If you tried that crap when Brady was in New England, he would immediately throw a pass to a receiver right at the line of scrimmage. And plus, in New England he always had a back to block, just in case a defender got through.

  24. Pukingeagle Says:

    It amazes me that people want to blame the same coaching staff that won a championship last year and a two time coach of the year for losing to the saints.They just kicked our ass period!!Bruce is the best coach this organization has ever had ,the players lost this game!

  25. Howard Cosell Says:

    Howard thinks the Saints DC and some of the Saints players are truly despicable, cruel and evil people. The Intentional Godwin injury was obviously a bounty-style payback for the truly accidental JW injury. Howard prays for the Saints evil souls and hopes God has mercy on them.
    Godwin will make a great recovery because he is a truly benevolent soul. Howard is saddened to see his favorite player injured by a bunch of Orcs.
    Hopefully the Saints will be massively fined.

    Howard excpects a troll reponse to this post, but Howard doesn’t feed trolls, Orcs or other abominatinations.

    Go Bucs!

  26. Howard Cosell Says:

    The loss is acceptable. The bounty-style mafia hit on a good guy like Godwin was in no way acceptable to any civilized human.

  27. Howard Cosell Says:

    Roger Goodell, Howard is looking at you. Please do the right thing.

  28. Howard Cosell Says:

    If Howard had his way the Saints dome would be razed and the NFL would carry on with 31 teams.

  29. stone crab sam Says:

    I hear and agree with Howard 110%. We all saw the aints defense ‘knee capping’ every one of our big play guys on offense.

    I know what they do in mlb when this happens…

    Its all about protecting your own.

    And denial aint a river in egypt.

  30. The Daily Coroner Says:

    Yep. Leftwich was badly out coached. Couldn’t even crank it up after halftime.
    Arians was out coached. Too many passing plays.
    The reason the Saints keep beating us is they are just out coaching us!

  31. Aaron Says:

    Who Dat Dat isn’t buying them a superbowl this year Dat them buccaneers lol realtalk

  32. Hodad Says:

    Having your O line pass block for 15 straight plays isn’t the way to come out and punch them in the mouth. We’ve had this problem with them before, they’re good against our pass. So instead of coming out playing some smash mouth, we line up just the way they like us to. First play of the game should’ve made you run 14 times in a row, not pass 14 more times in a row. I won’t blame this soley on B.L., Arains is the head coach. Let’s not forget Tom has had enough tape of him throwing to much against N.O. to know coming out firing wasn’t going to work. He has a hand in this too.

  33. LakelandSteve Says:

    I thought we were beaten physically when we were on offense. They punched us in the mouth and we didn’t respond. I guarantee you every player in that locker room wants to see the Saints in the playoffs to have a chance to pay them back. I also believe that if we face them in the playoffs we will beat the brakes off of them. The record the Bucs have against the Saints in the last two regular seasons is humiliating and don’t think for one moment every Buc who puts on a jersey wants to beat their asses one more time in the playoffs to return the favor.

  34. Howard Cosell Says:

    Knee capping all the Bucs skill position stars helps too.

    Heck, maybe all teams in the NFL should start knee hunting? Wouldn’t that be awesome?

  35. Howard Cosell Says:

    And the biggest LOL of the century is that they’re doing it in revenge for Devin White pulling down JW from the back. How dumb do you have to be to think that was intentional? The answer is very, very dumb and also very hostile.

  36. Howard Cosell Says:

    Saints are pulling the NFL stock down significantly. Chew on that, Roger Goodell and owners

  37. Howard Cosell Says:

    Again, the ugly loss was acceptable. Bucs got out-coached. Knee hunting offensive skill players in a hidden bounty program is absolutely unacceptable to any civilized human and needs to be addressed immediately and harshly

  38. Howard Cosell Says:

    Howard is certain that Brady’s knees were also on the menu. Thank God they never got him

  39. Howard Cosell Says:

    Because pulling a player down from the back awkwardly is exactly the same as diving at their knees with your shoulder pads

  40. Bob Davis Says:

    Hey, I’m not an expert like you guys. So tell me, am I wrong in thinking that Brady seems to have noticably slipped in the accuracy of his throws in the last four or even five games? It’s not something I really want to believe, believe me. He still nails it on many…but not quite so many. I believe that this became noticable (to me) right after he made some comment about playing till he’s 50. It was not the first time he said that, but I recall having an eerie feeling about it – like something was going to change. His physical condition seems to be mostly the same, but his accuracy…? I’m not so sure. I guess we’ll see in the remaining weeks. I do think though, that this should be his last year. And I am itqtsure that the most important person in his life feels lthe same wa

  41. Bob Davis Says:

    Hey, I’m not an expert like you guys. So tell me, am I wrong in thinking that Brady seems to have noticably slipped in the accuracy of his throws in the last four or even five games? It’s not something I really want to believe, believe me. He still nails it on many…but not quite so many. I believe that this became noticable (to me) right after he made some comment about playing till he’s 50. It was not the first time he said that, but I recall having an eerie feeling about it – like something was going to change. His physical condition seems to be mostly the same, but his accuracy…? I’m not so sure. I guess we’ll see in the remaining weeks. I do think though, that this should be his last year. And I am itqtsure that the most important person in his life feels lthe same way.

  42. Kenneth Says:

    Well I said this in a tweet, the good thing about losing to the saints and getting sweat again. Is that, when they’ve gone to the playoffs the years that they were swept. They went on to the super bowl to win the super bowl. 2002 and 2020. So let’s hope that history repeats like we do in the super bowl.

  43. Lokog Says:

    Green light on aints fans ima take revenge for chris

  44. GOATWatcher Says:

    Brady can’t find open targets. It’s coaching to present offensive schemes to get receivers open. Stay tuned for Antonio Brown in Carolina. And don’t panic.

  45. Oldtime Bucs Fan Says:

    Bob Davis has a point. Brady just isn’t as accurate as he used to be, on a lot of non-pressured plays. As great as he is (and was) it’s a fact Jack, we all get old. AB will definitely help…….Go Bucs.

  46. Jokersaint Says:

    The saints and the Bucs would be the two top teams in the NFL right now if they could keep their players healthy. The saints beat the Bucs twice and the Packers when their defense had all 11 starters on the field. The same can be said for the Bucs. If they had all their players this game would have been different. Problem is the season is longer than just a few games and longevity is important. Remember, the Bucs win for straight games in the playoffs to win the Superbowl with all players healthy.

  47. Anthony Says:

    Franco thanks for reminding me. You are so right. He was suspended for having players taken out of the game and you know what. He’s still doing it just without being as obvious. I said watching the game they were targeting knees. 8f we see them in the playoffs our relievers will be jumpy. That’s what the slime balls do. He should have been kicked out of the league. Only way for the Bucs to beat the slices is to score early and often. Oh ya and today be run the ball oh I don’t knowable 2 or 3 times. Ya how about 30 rushes and 30 passes

  48. Says:

    It appeared to me that the Saints had a vengeance against the Bucs. Their experienced Defence wiped out two of our best players and the rest was inevitable for an already injured short team. When you win like we did you become a target.

  49. Zoocomics Says:

    Tampabaybucfan is correct. The Buccaneers MO all season is trying to out think the defensive players by throwing deep on 3rd and 2’s, because the def wouldn’t expect such a risky play on short yardage… this gets old and good/well coached teams will make you pay for those decisions.

    Case in point, first game against the Saints, we got the ball back at the end of the game with plenty of time on the clock, 2 time outs, and we just needed a field goal….and yet Tom’s first 2 throws were 15+ yard throws…why!? He even got a foreshadow of the INT he’d eventually throw, with the first throw almost getting picked off. Play calling is incredibly frustrating with this team, trying to be too smart for it’s own good. Keep it simple, move the sticks.

  50. Rob Singer Says:

    Nothing says more about this situation that having beaten the slimy Saints in the most important game we’ve ever played against them, then them having to look UP at us as reigning Super Bowl champions, and finally, them seeing TB dethrone them in their division as well as having to watch the Bucs in this year’s playoffs from their slimy sofas.

    In your faces!

  51. captivajim Says:

    White cost us 1st game against the aints with his personal foul/taunting penalties.

    he ,alone , cost us 30 yds or one-third bucs total….

  52. Purplepirate Says:

    “Brady just isn’t as accurate as he used to be”

    Brady isn’t the one dropping passes. He’d have been 34-48 for the game if receivers hadn’t dropped 8 passes. If that’s not accurate enough for you, good luck.

    Not to mention Arian’s scheme requires more lower percentage deep passes….like 40 yard passes on 4th and 2 for example.

  53. Craig Says:

    Styles make fights and styles make games. That’s why the Cowboys always seem to struggle with the Eagles and the Bears can never beat the Packers and the Lions just beat the Vikings somehow. Same thing with Tampa and New Orleans. Brady had same issue with the Giants while in New England. They just had their number for some reason. The Saints just came off a 6 loss skid and beat the defending champs somehow…. Football is random and anything can happen in any given game.