Buccaneers’ Vita Vea Reveals What Worked for Their Defense Against Kansas City Chiefs

Published 03/03/2021, 12:05 PM EST
Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers nose tackle Vita Vea (50) celebrates after beating the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a dominant victory in the Super Bowl. The Bucs’ defense shut out Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, which had been the best offense in the NFL going into the game. They held the Chiefs to 0 touchdowns, which was an incredible feat given the offensive firepower that the Chiefs possess.

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Buccaneers’ Vita Vea spoke to Good Morning Football recently. When asked about how they stopped the Chiefs from getting any offense going, he had a simple answer.

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He noted that the Buccaneers defense had a good feeling going into the game. And they showed a lot of trust in each other and the coaches’ game plan before the game.

“I want to say there was a specific moment for us. I think it was just that we had a level of confidence in ourselves leading up to that game. I think we really trusted in each other. We trusted in the game plan that the coaches gave us.”

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Vea Vita and the Buccaneers’ defense stops the Chiefs

Furthermore, Vea noted that he felt something click with the franchise. During his college football days with Washington, he had never felt this degree of symmetry with his teammates.

However, he just had a strong feeling coming into the game, as did everyone else. A feeling that everything had fallen into place.

“I felt it click, especially when I came back. Something I didn’t feel when I was with Washington. I felt it when I came back and started practicing. You could just feel a different vibe. Everyone finally got it, and everything just clicked for us.”

NFL Football – Super Bowl LV – Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Kansas City Chiefs – Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, U.S. – February 7, 2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Vita Vea reacts REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

It was a huge win for the Buccaneers. They were able to shut down the most potent offense in the NFL at the time. The Chiefs had walked into the Super Bowl, having lost only one post-season game in the past 3 seasons. However, the Buccaneers were able to shut them down with relative ease.

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Will the Buccaneers improve their defense going into the season? They will be hoping to bring back several players for the next season.

But the Super Bowl win has inflated the value of several players on the defensive end. Nonetheless, they will have several players in their team that they will be ready to bring back on better deals.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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