Bruce Arians already is bracing to face Travis Kelce

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Not long ago, Rob Gronkowski created more matchup nightmares than any tight end in football. Now, that title belongs to Travis Kelce of the Chiefs.

On Monday, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians gave some early thoughts on having to deal with Kelce in 13 days.

“It’s really hard,” Arians told reporters. “He reminds me a lot of Tony Gonzalez back when he was unbelievable, just trying to stop him. He’s got wide receiver skills and he runs like a wide receiver. He runs routes like a wideout [and] he beats corners. It’s a hard, hard challenge, but [defensive coordinate] Todd [Bowles] will come up with some schemes. Again, we’ve got to get after the quarterback and we can’t let [Patrick Mahomes] run around and make those plays that he and Kelce do so well.”

They did it very well on Sunday. Mahomes targeted Kelce 15 times. Kelce caught 13 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns.

And it’s not like that happened because the Bills took away receiver Tyreek Hill. He had nine catches for 172 yards.

So it’s really not a pick-your-poison proposition when facing the Chiefs. You’ll be taking both poisons, and hoping that your own offense will score enough points to keep you alive.

11 responses to “Bruce Arians already is bracing to face Travis Kelce

  1. If the Bucks bother to cover Kelse which apparently was not in McDermott’s game plan Sunday night, that should lessen the problem…

  2. If you’re Tampa Bay, you just hold on for dear life and hope your 4 man rush can generate pressure against that KC OL.

  3. This is clearly not peak Gronkowski, so no need to pile on. Oh and he blocks, that lost art of tight ending.

  4. bradygirl12 says:
    January 25, 2021 at 3:40 pm
    Gronk will be Kelce in practice.
    Except it will look a lot slower

  5. Kelce is better right now, in their primes? Gronk was way more of a beast as a receiver, but especially as a blocker, he put 300 ponders on their backs, kelce barely screens guys

  6. Every game I watch with the Chiefs its Kelce and Hill, Todd Bowles knows this if I do and will plan accordingly, now comes the hard part, executing the plan

  7. Gronk was a very good TE and everyone out there who always harps about him being a better blocker yeah maybe, Kelce doesn’t get the credit he deserves when it comes to blocks but what would rather have a TE that is a scoring machine or a TE that is a very good blocker. Kelce’s numbers will be far, far above anything Gronk will have at the end of their careers. Kelce has done it with and without Mahomes, the only ball Gronk has ever caught has come from Brady.

  8. what was Bowles plan the last time the chiefs played them and Hill just torched the defense. The Bill’s were double teaming both Kelce and Hill and that opened up the run and Hardmon.

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