No Misplaced Valor For K.J. Britt

January 18th, 2024

Clean up duty.

So the Bucs stopping the Tush Push of Philadelphia is still being talked about throughout the NFL world.

The Tush Push is the Eagles’ bread-and-butter short yardage play. Quarterback Jalen Hurts, who is beastly strong himself, crawls behind his very strong offensive line and with help of teammates pushing from behind, Hurts almost always is able to pick up a first down or a touchdown in a goal line stand.

The Eagles, however, rare face the beast that is Vita Vea.

On the BSPN game broadcast, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman gave Bucs linebacker K.J. Britt a lot of love for stopping the play. Britt skied above the scrum and stopped Hurts and pulled him backward from the pile when the Eagles decided to go for two on a conversion.

Now, Britt isn’t guilty of stolen valor because he didn’t steal anything (stolen valor is when a member of the military takes credit for someone else’s heroics). But when Britt talked to Joe yesterday, he wanted to make sure folks knew he wasn’t guilty of misplaced valor.

Britt said he was not the guy who stopped the Tush Push. Instead, Britt said, it was Greg Gaines and Vea.

Replays show, how Gaines burrowed low like a groundhog to help gum up the Eagles’ blocking. And Vea used his brute strength to prevent the Eagles’ line from getting any push.

Then, Britt jumped over the scrum, grabbed Hurts and pulled him backward (by the helmet).

While Britt got love from Buck and Aikman, Britt said he didn’t do anything special. That credit goes to Gaines and Vea.

“What made the play was Greg and Vita,” Britt said. “So they got low leverage. They just stopped the momentum going forward and I just got up on top and cleaned it up.

“Greg and Vita did all the dirty work. Kudos to them. Greg got got lower than [Eagles center Jason] Kelce and Vita just didn’t give up any ground. That made the difference.”

So there you have it, folks. While Britt made the tackle, and Joe thought he made a helluva play, Gaines and Vita set up Britt.

27 Responses to “No Misplaced Valor For K.J. Britt”

  1. TomBucsFan Says:

    Go Bucs

  2. Jarrett Says:

    Can’t believe they take #45 off the field for this guy but it’s good to have depth and somebody that can get it done waiting for an opportunity

    Britt has been in the league for some time now so it’s good to see why he actually made this team and is earning his snaps

    It’s a Bucs life

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Don’t want to throw a wet blanket on the play but we caught a huge break, Britt clearly had Hurts by the face mask…..non call…
    That doesn’t take away the great play made by all.

    We will need Britt or a draft pick to replace DW45……..

    We will need money for Evans, Winfield, Baker and our Kicker next year….probably another year for LVD also.

  4. NE Fan Says:

    The games are all set, Bucs are Sunday at three,
    You can watch your dear Bucs, turn on NBC

    Baker is healthy, so try not to worry,
    If Hutchinson hits him, his eyes could get blurry

    The Bucs are the dogs, they won’t be at home,
    Johnson drew first blood, he threw out that bone

    Can the O perform like they did last week?
    If they do not, the result will be bleak

    Bowles confidence poll has gone through the roof,
    Pull out a win and he’ll show you the proof

    It is quite a challenge, the Lions are hot,
    The key to the win is to hit Jarod Goff

    As I said in the past, the Bucs did achieve,
    Now you must wait until Sunday eve

    Come Baker, come Evan’s, Godwin & Shaq,
    To move on in the playoffs, you must all attack

    If Joe let’s me post, on his Sunday site,
    I’ll share my opinions and try not to fight

    Don’t be offended, I pull for the Lions to prevail,
    Dan Campbell is real and his style I hail

    Who knows what will happen, it is a coin toss,
    If the Bucs fall so be it, it’s not a bad loss

    So good luck to the Bucs and their loyal fans,
    There’s no sun in Detriot, to work on your tans

    Bucs if they win, heros they’ll say,
    Move on it the playoffs it could be Greenbay
    Nothing personal

  5. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Joe, Buck and Troy, after the fact said pulling the helmet is the same as a face mask and should have been called. I disagree with them. What is the rule? Do you know?

  6. StormyInFl Says:

    “Can’t believe they take #45 off the field for this guy but it’s good to have depth and somebody that can get it done waiting for an opportunity”

    I can’t believe they take Britt off for DW45….

  7. cbell96825 Says:

    Tampabaybucfan your forgetting Wirfs also!

  8. Red Skeleton Says:

    Old fashioned teamwork

  9. infomeplease Says:

    Yes Britt grabbed JH’s face mask, I think the refs looked the other way because they are sick and tired of this play!! As am I! It’s about time the Bucs catch a couple of penalty call breaks, through out the season so many calls went against them! There was a couple of other breaks, penalty wise, that went the Bucs way too. It’s about time! These things usually even out over time. We still have quite a few calls coming out way!

  10. gotbbucs Says:

    If you can’t understand why #45 is getting taken off the field and replaced by Britt then you don’t know what you’re watching on the field.

    Britt will be one of the keys to playing Detriot this this time as opposed to our regular season meeting. We’re going to need sure tackling and players that are playing where they’re supposed to be playing on the field. Devin White doesn’t check either one of those boxes.
    Kancey was still recovering from injury the first meeting, Diaby was barely seeing the field, and Ryan Neal was starting at safety opposite Winfield. This is a totally different defense than our first game.

  11. stpetebucfan Says:

    It was probably a penalty but it wasn’t the reason the defense succeeded!

    They already had Hurts stopped cold when Britt used the helmet to pull him back further before quickly realizing where his hand was and quickly letting go.


  12. Nick2 Says:

    Jarrett 45 isnt getting the job done against the run plain and simple. Our defensive rebirth after the 5 game losing streak is partly due to Britt playing more. Plus he doesmt sit himself when hes perfectly healthy. He brings it EVERY game unlike 45.

  13. D-Rok Says:

    Bowles, talking with Miller and Kirwan on his weekly SiriusXM segment the other day, stated that when Vea gets that low, NOBODY is going to move him off his spot. Good stuff from Bowles. That was a great play by our D, an “identity” play.

    Absolutely LOVE me a defense that can stuff short-yardage plays in important spots of a playoff game.

  14. BucVoyager Says:

    Aikman was sour for the whole broadcast. It’s like he had a death in the family or something.

  15. Jay Molina Says:

    To be fair, Buc and Aikman, both gave credit to the line when they showed the replay, by saying that they got lower than the Eagles line.

  16. BakerFan Says:

    cbell96825 Says:
    January 18th, 2024 at 9:55 am
    Tampabaybucfan your forgetting Wirfs also!


    I have read Wirfs contract is up in 2025 and if they franchise him it could get pushed to 2026…. true or not true?

  17. Brandon Says:

    A few people finally giving the Bucs credit for the whooping instead of calling it an Eagles failure…. those same people picked the Eagles to win… they’re just upset they were wrong.

  18. Brandon Says:

    I’ve gotta tell you, I was wrong about KJ Britt. He has looked very good so far. I didn’t think he was even worthy of making the team out of preseason. He’s been very good against the run, we’ve yet to see much of him against the pass.

  19. StickinUp4Centers Says:

    This is the play that caused Kelce to retire.

    I think the refs called it like a Hail Mary where some PI is allowed.

  20. Steven007 Says:

    NE, thanks for writing a post structured as a “poem”. It allows me to pass right over it without wasting time. Much like Captain Munch does with his all caps posts. And old Tommy. Sorry, TOMMY. If the Joe’s don’t allow for filters, at least you guys help.

  21. teacherman777 Says:

    KJ is a football player.

    He has the “Takeo Spikes” neck.

    He is hungry. Devin was greedy.

    Bye bye LSU Tiger. Hello Auburn Tiger.

    Thank you for your service Devin White. I love you. But.

    It’s business. He’s better and cheaper.

    Draft a 4.4 ILB in the 3rd round. Ré-sign Lavonte for 2 more with a raise!

    Round 1: Center or Guard
    Round 2: Center or Guard
    Round 3: Outside CB
    Round 4: Big NT (Vea getting old)
    Round 5: Fast Inside Linebacker
    Round 6: Running back
    Round 7: BFA: Biggest “freak” available. Get a freak athlete. A development project. Position doesn’t matter. Potential does. Round 7? Grab a freak!

  22. Steven007 Says:

    Teacher, good post. I like your draft but for me I would still like to get one more pass. Rusher in the early rounds. Depending on value obviously. And it would be cool to draft a seasoned center, not a guard or tackle that we want to convert to center. Though frankly, that’s exactly what Jensen was. Drafted as a guard and then ended up as a very good center.

  23. orlbucfan Says:

    Hey Tbbf, how about the no calls on the Hail Mary pass that helped the Bills win? In Buffalo? Me thinks what comes around, goes around. Bucs have LOST plenty of games cos of blatant bad calls. Wowsers!! Coach Dungy is one of my heroes, but Bowles……..Yeow! Go Bucs!!

  24. orlbucfan Says:

    teacher, I don’t watch college football so I avoid the draft chatter. But, how about a kick/punt returner in the later rounds for the Special Teams? They’ve got everything else, and are already dangerous. That last piece would make them lethal!

  25. Rich Says:

    Jarrett…the Bucs putt Britt on the field because he is a BETTER player than the overrated #45!!!! You can’t live on a false media built c reputation for ever….go back over the last 3 YEARS,watch game replays and focus on 45 and you’ll see how really bad he has been.

  26. David Says:

    The tush push was already stopped before he started pulling that helmet, glad it was a no call

    As for some ignorant fan wondering why Britt is out there not Devon White… Have you watched Devon White the last two years?
    For every flash play he makes he takes a bad angle or busts in coverage 4-5 times.
    He has all the speed and talent in the world, but he just can’t harness it to play the way he should.
    He is gone after this year. It is too bad, I really liked him but he’s been more detrimental than beneficial.
    He will hopefully be utilized on run blitzes and blitzing the quarterback 80% of the snaps because that’s the only way he can play.

  27. Proudbucsfan Says:

    Hey Jarrett, I’m not sure your a Bucs fan or follow the team very closely or you would know that KJ Britt has been in the league but 3 years and was drafted by the Bucs in the 5th round in 2021. I don’t know were you came up with been in the league for awhile