Ali Marpet Shares His Key(s) To Playoff Victories

January 11th, 2024

Retired Bucs guard Ali Marpet.

Head coach Todd Bowels shared his three keys to a playoff victory earlier this week. It elicited groans and moans from some Bucs fans.

Then Ali Marpet took his turn.

The question to Marpet was the same as the one to Bowles from host Casey Phillips on the Buccaneers Radio Network. Essentially, she asked what the keys are for winning any playoff game.

Marpet didn’t have a list of three answers like Bowles did, only two, which was really more like one.

“It’s taking care of the ball and turnovers,” Marpet said.

“At the end of the day, I think the Bucs are good enough to make a run if they don’t shoot themselves in the foot — and if they’re able to do the things they’ve proven to do defensively, which is [force turnovers]. Just let Antoine [Winfield] go. Let it rip and he’ll make something happen.”

Marpet emphasized the Bucs have the talent to win in the playoffs, which is one thing Joe keeps coming back to during discussions in the recreation room at world headquarters.

The Bucs have big-time players, guys with Super Bowl rings and a quarterback who won a playoff game with the Browns — the Browns! — and he nearly one another. Special talent is at every level of the defense and on offense, though not at tight end and when a ball is handed off.

If Todd Bowles can get the most out of his talent on Monday, the Bucs should walk out with a “W” against the Eagles.

22 Responses to “Ali Marpet Shares His Key(s) To Playoff Victories”

  1. HC Grover Says:

    Good on to the Super Bowl

  2. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Is Ali morphing into Peyton Manning?

  3. Dave Pear Says:

    I guess without the 4 turnovers against the Aints maybe it looks different.


    Attack early.

    Todd won’t but we wish he would.

  4. HC Grover Says:

    Wait I hear a code message coming in……..

    The Cash is on The Field

  5. Knothead71 Says:

    Marpet looks like a completely different person after loosing all that weight.

  6. SteveK Says:

    Ali Marpet, the Hobart Hammer.

    He won “offensive player of the year” I. His college league as a lineman!

    If you have some time, I recommend YouTubing Mr. marpets college film. He is like a miniature Jonathan Ogden.

    Joe, in your opinion, is Marpet the “best” small school lineman of all time? I know he’s the highest drafted division II player.

  7. Lt. Dan Says:

    Dang..I was gonna say “score more points than the other team”.

  8. Dave Pear Says:

    I know Marpet’s retirement left a huge hole that has not been adequately filled in.

  9. Bobby M. Says:

    This team is talented enough so why the mediocrity?….Bowles simply gets out schemed and provides ZERO juice to motivate the team. We come out flat in big games and/or get out coached. If Bowles can’t get his blitzes to create pressure, he’s got nothing but a soft as tissue zone scheme that teams march up and down the field on.

  10. Erik The Viking Says:

    Unfortunately, TB zero thinks you can win every game 9-0.

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  11. unbelievable Says:

    In order for Todd Bowles to get the most out of his team, Todd Bowles needs to get out his own way (on offense).

    On defense- be aggressive and for the love of God quit having your DBs play 15 yards off their receivers.

  12. Duane in Sanford Says:

    It has been the season of the spoiler this year. We took care of business and laid waste to the NFC South. Those three teams that had more talented rosters than ours are scratching their heads, and two of them ran their coaches. Monday, we have a chance to put a 10-1 Eagles team out of their misery and out of the playoffs yet again. We should be looking for reasons this team can win on Monday. Mike Evans and Antoine Winfield Jr are two good reasons to start off with. LFG.

  13. Capt.Tim Says:

    The lines are what matter
    On our O-line, who won that SuperBowl?
    Stennie, as a reserve. Wirfs, as a Right tackle. He aint a great Left Tackle yet.
    Hes not playing as well as Donovan Smith played, 3 years ago.
    Mauch, Hainsy, Goedeke.? I dont think they are wearing any Superbowl rings.

    Shaq still recovering from an Achilles.
    Suh? JPP?
    Nope, we got Hall and JTS.
    Thats about as huge of a drop as imaginable.

    Who cares about the rest. If you cant pass block and run block,
    Who cares whos throwing or Running.
    Tom had a lot more pocket time than the 2.2 seconds poor Baker has averaged.
    Playoff Lenny had huge holes to run thru. White has torun thru tackles.

    Our Defensive line TERRORIZED Mahommes and the Chiefs!
    Are JTS and Hall gonna terrorize anyone?
    I know which Joe wrote this article.

  14. Bojim Says:

    What’s Marpet nowadays, a buck eighty?

  15. Since76 Says:

    Gotta score points. The bucs have been good at keeping the other team from scoring a lot. Some one please tell the Oc to score points.

  16. Areonetree Says:

    Wonder what a real coach would do with this talent…..@joe you thinking what I’m thinking? Bring in Belli ?

  17. cmurda Says:

    He, in my opinion, made the right decision for himself long-term instead of playing as long as he could, but Marpet is a Bucs legend as far as I’m concerned. Always appreciative of his studliness that he exuded on gameday, the sharpness of his mental game and the words that he speaks. Licht should proudly and happily hand Antoine the checkbook. He’s the defensive NFL MVP even though he won’t get it.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    Between Bowles’ answer(s) to Casey Phillips question and Marpet’s answer, I’d go with Bowles’ answer:

    1 – Play great defense.
    2 – Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by turning the ball over.
    3 – Be able to run the ball.

    Baker Mayfield is hurting, and to expect him to effectively throw intermediate & deep to Evans, Godwin & Palmer is a BIG stretch. IF we can’t run the ball AND can’t be productive on the deeper passes, Eagles’ defense will chew up our short passing game.

    Bucs ran the ball on a tad shy of HALF our plays in our 9 wins, but ran on only a THIRD of our plays in our 8 losses. But for heaven’s sake, please don’t keep trying to pound it up the middle. If we repeat the game plan from the 1st time we played them, we’ll lose (only ran 17 times against 25 passes).

    The real key IMO wasn’t mentioned: we’ve got to start faster, get ahead, and stay ahead. Bucs had only 9 drives (only 44 plays) in that 1st game resulting in 4 punts, 1 safety, 1 fumble, 1 INT plus 1 FG & 1 TD (the latter 2 consumed 22 plays … HALF of our total). On the other 7 drives our offense was pathetic.

    So yes, play great defense, don’t turn it over, and keep the Eagles defense off-balance with a good running attack to complement what will probably be a predominantly short passing game. Even then though, walking away with a W will take our best effort of the season.

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    And BTW, we have several players fully available for this game that we didn’t have or use much the first time we met: Diaby, Davis, Edmonds, Stinnie among others. Of those, I anticipate that Edmonds on offense & Diaby on defense will have the biggest impact.

  20. orlbucfan Says:

    That’s Ali Marpet??????????????? Yeow, he sure retired at the right time! Go Bucs!!

  21. garro Says:

    He ain’t wrong but we gotta score points regardless of turnovers.

    You dont win too many playoff games 6 to 3.

    Go Bucs!

  22. Front Four Says:

    We have a shot at this, but the Eagles are clearly the more talented team. They’re struggling, we’re grinding. Agree with Bowles; good D, don’t shot ourselves in the foot and run the ball. We’ve scored 30 when we get out to a fast start but getting into a shootout with this offense won’t win it.

    Smart decision by Marpet to retire and get healthy. Good for him.