The Gritty Work Of Ko Kieft

November 19th, 2022

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At Sunday’s game in Munich between the Bucs and Seahawks, Joe laughed out loud early in the game.

Joe didn’t exactly see what happened but Joe saw the aftermath. A Seattle linebacker was furious with Bucs rookie Ko Kieft and had him by the shoulder pads and tried to swing him around and throw Kieft on the ground (it didn’t work) well after the whistle.

Why did Joe laugh? Well, if Kieft got under someone’s skin that quickly and that badly, it meant to Joe that Kieft was doing a helluva job.

Dudes usually don’t get that angry in the first half unless a cheap shot is involved or the guy just got flat-embarrassed. And Kieft isn’t a cheap shot artist.

It seems Joe isn’t the only person who noticed Kieft’s gritty play. So too has Ben Muth of Football Outsiders. Muth a former tackle at Stanford, and he focuses on offensive line play for Football Outsiders. Not long ago, Muth thought the Bucs’ offensive line was playing awful football.

Now? Muth is of the mind the line played its best game against Seattle. The way the Bucs ran the ball was proof, he typed. An underrated key was how the Bucs used Tristan Wirfs and Kieft as a double-team on a Seattle linebacker to spring Playoff Lenny.

Muth highlights a specific play with video and gave Kieft a standing-O.

I do want to point out the tight end Ko Kieft here that’s working with Wirfs. Because the linebacker attempted run through, Kieft doesn’t get much help from his tackle. That’s a tough block to get inside that defensive end and seal him off, but Kieft makes it. Look at how he emphasizes driving his inside leg up the field, fighting to keep it in front of the defender. That’s a hell of a job from the tight end.

Kieft is a helluva steal for a sixth-round pick. Kieft shows vicious blocking ability and in time, Joe thinks Kieft would be a weapon in the short passing game. He has good hands, despite what the draftniks thought when he came out of Minnesota.

Kieft is the kind of glass-eater type like Ryan Jensen that Joe knows Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht covets on the offensive line.

32 Responses to “The Gritty Work Of Ko Kieft”

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    Kieft. Otton. Camarda.

    Good class.

  2. Oddball Says:

    Kieft’s House of Pancakes

    Kieft and Jensen could be really fun to watch.

  3. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Great link to Ben Muth videos. Thanks, Joe!

  4. 40Forever Says:

    THats Otton in the video. Not Kieft.

  5. Dooley Says:

    Yea that’s definitely not Otton, but we’ve run that 3rd play highlighted in the article with both Otton & Kieft. Sometimes there’s a pre-snap motion, this play the TE gets to his key post-snap. If I remember correctly, we ran that play against Dallas & ATL with similar success.

  6. Beej Says:

    I think Kieft was in the 2nd and the fourth video


    ModHairKen Says:
    “Kieft. Otton. Camarda.
    Good class.”

    No doubt. And then add Rachaad White to that list.

  8. Mr. Editor Says:

    I believe that the player who was “furious” was none other than Bruce Irvin! It’s great that the rookies are stepping up. The Bucs need those contributions. Coming out of college, the scouting reports said that Otton could catch well but needed more work blocking. Kieft is clearly the better blocker and needed more experience catching the ball. I hope that Joe is right about him being a weapon in the short passing game. Gronk could do it all, and that’s why defenses were off balance when he was in the game. He could be counted on for a bone crushing block or running the seam route. Teams seem to know that the Bucs are going to run the ball when Kieft is in the game (although that didn’t help Seattle), but I want to see a larger sample size of plays to confirm that. It’s smart that BL is putting 88 and 41 in at the same time.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I love this draft class…..

    Hall & Goedeke will develop…..but we can already see winners with White, Otton, Camarda & Kieft…..

    Plus we have McCollom who I think will be an eventual starter…….We can’t afford to resign Edwards, SMB & Dean….so I think Zion will replace SMB.

  10. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:


    I agree with ya on ALL counts, man. Great stuff.

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    We need to get KK more involved in the passing game.
    Hey MASTERMIND…,… look for KK on your signature 2nd and 9.

  12. TAMPA BAY DEMON™ Says:

    There was the recent article about Bruce Arians moving into more of a Personnel role with the BUCS.

    I think this is a really big positive, as I believe Bruce is very, very good at it.

    I think he is of great help to Jason Licht in this area, and if you think about it, our drafts have been much better since BA has been here.

  13. George Says:

    I was bullish on Kieft from the moment the Bucs drafted him . Delighted to see him get a lot of opportunity . He is a valuable asset to the offense

  14. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    KO was a steal in the 6th round, IMHO.
    Despite what some think, he can catch the ball, as well as block.
    He played for our old Coach PJ Fleck, and no way you can play any receiver position for PJ Fleck, and be unable to catch the ball.
    Fleck and Cade Otten will form a pair of bookends for us for many years to come!

    I am not, and never was a Cam Brate fan. I was in shock when Jason Licht gave him that Huge Contract! That Huge Contract Licht gave Brate has made it nearly impossible for us to trade or move him.

    Kyle Rudolph is another mistake, IMHO.
    Kyle is slower than a Tampa Airport Taxi Cab!

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    The block that Chris Godwin threw on the LB in that last video was awesome. Redirected him just enough to let White slide through. I’d say Chris is back to 100%.

  16. Goatfarmer Says:

    Muth is correct. The OL has played awful football. One decent game does not suddenly mean they’ve arrived or had the epiphany. Awful is as awful does.

    Nick Leverett >> Goedorky, that’s for sure. Of course a three legged llama >> Goedorky.

  17. orlbucfan Says:

    I hope CG14 is careful with his blocks. ME13 is bigger and heavier, and he’s hurting.

  18. Mike Says:

    Kieft is a great blocker for a TE for sure. We just need to make sure we don’t telegraph the play calls (aka, it’s a run) with him on the field.

  19. Miller5252 Says:

    It’s that red head fire! Ole Jensen knows how to do the same thing. Got that fire from birth and knows how to use it on folks it seems.

  20. Goatfarmer Says:

    Give Jensen a prosthetic leg and get him out there. Even a one-legged Jensen improves the O-line.

  21. LORY DIVITA Says:

    I completely agree and I think he will eventually help in the short to intermediate passing game also. One of the many reasons we miss Ryan Jensen is his tone setting attitude we see that a bit in Ko Kieft.

  22. Beej Says:

    3 weeks ago nearly a third of the posters here demanded Licht be fired…..

  23. Mr. Editor Says:

    @Beej: when the Bucs win, all is right in the world…until the Bucs lose.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Go Ko Go!

  25. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    P J Fleck puts out pro ready talent.

  26. Joe Says:

    THats Otton in the video. Not Kieft.

    Must be looking at the wrong video, unless Otton is wearing No. 41 and is growing red hair.

  27. BucsfanFred Says:

    I like to see him in the short passing game.
    He looks like he should break a few tackles.

  28. BucsfanFred Says:

    Myself, I couldn’t make out anything in those videos, choppy and blurry on my phone.

  29. Bobby M. Says:

    Surprised we don’t run two TEs the way NE did with Gronk and Hernandez. Kieft has solid hands, he’s very capable.

  30. SB~LV Says:

    I want to see him loose with the ball in his hands
    Going Alstott on some poor DB

  31. garro Says:

    SB~LV Says:
    November 19th, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    I want to see him loose with the ball in his hands
    Going Alstott on some poor DB

    OMG Yess …. The K Train!!!

  32. garro Says:

    Otten looked pretty damn good on the Vids as well.