Devin White: It was the Chiefs’ own fault for not helping their tackles

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The Super Bowl continues to create a stream of comments and analysis, much of which is coming from the people involved in the case.

Buccaneers linebacker Devin White, the player for whom I would have voted for MVP, appeared on FS1’s Undisputed to discuss the game. Shannon Sharpe asked White whether he was surprised by the failure of the Chiefs to provide extra help to their offensive line.

“We knew that they was gonna be a cocky team, which they have every right to be,” White said. “They was the No. 1 offense in the entire National Football League. But the thing is, we knew they couldn’t block us. We knew that our front four was gonna dominate them. So they did us a favor. They played right into our hands.

“We weren’t gonna be that cocky team like, ‘Hey, we’re gonna play them in Cover One, we’re gonna shut them down.’ Our best guys matched up on their best guys. We was gonna make it be a team, collective win on defense, and that’s what we did, man. So at the end of the day they shouldn’t even talk about not having their offensive tackles when they didn’t even help them. They put them on islands by themselves with the best pass rushers in the game. So that’s at their own fault.”

Indeed it was. The Chiefs used only five blockers 92 percent of the time. The Chiefs relied on the ability of quarterback Patrick Mahomes to run away from pressure — and he ultimately ran 497 yards before throwing the ball or getting hit.

While having Mahomes always will make the Chiefs relevant, they have some work to do to stay ahead of defenses who are figuring out how to defend the best offense in the game.

55 responses to “Devin White: It was the Chiefs’ own fault for not helping their tackles

  1. In-game adjustments have never been Andy Reid’s strength. He’s a creative offensive strategist but not on the fly.

  2. LSU must be proud of Devin’s accuracy of the English language that he obtained under their instruction.

  3. Can’t say I disagree with him, especially considering Pat Mahomes is jogging like an 80 year old man on to the field with his foot injury. This is bad look on Andy Reid. Might be up there as one of the worst game plans in Super Bowl history. We have no line and our QB has a lower body injury, let’s just do what we do every week and go get some hair cuts and cheeseburgers!

  4. TheDPR says:
    February 16, 2021 at 4:17 pm
    In-game adjustments have never been Andy Reid’s strength. He’s a creative offensive strategist but not on the fly.
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    Not to mention clock management. Without the Chief’s time outs at the end of the first half, do the Bucs have time to score a TD?

  5. I was surprised that Eric Bienemy was of too that day, I wonder if Deshaun Watson is still sure he wanted him for head coach for Texans.

  6. “LSU must be proud of Devin’s accuracy of the English language that he obtained under their instruction.”

    Maybe as proud as Fordham is of Trump’s mastery of the language?

  7. Andy Reid got bailed out by Mahomes last year. He couldn’t bail him out this year. His history of choking returned!

  8. “Indeed it was. The Chiefs used only five blockers 92 percent of the time.”
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    Stop. Bucs were just rushing four and not blitzing – what exactly happens when you keep an extra blocker back to help your offensive line? You’ll only have 4 routes against SEVEN in coverage – and those DBs are pretty darn good too.

    It was the RIGHT call – sometimes you need to trust your line to DO THEIR JOB against a four-man rush. The consequences of keeping a sixth blocker back would be even MORE disasterous.

  9. I thought Reid would have run more 12 personnel (2 TE & 1 RB) and roll out to the strong side away from the pass rush. Reid at the half should have looked at the numbers and been like oh this isn’t working time to switch the game plan but he never did and the Chiefs got smoked. But thankfully we can end the dynasty talk already LOL

  10. Andy Reid has never, and will never, focus on the running game. He just doesn’t.

    Every fan watching games on Sundays on TV has heard, “The way to slow down that pass rush, is run the ball!” See the first few runs to start the 3rd Quarter? Should have kept doing it. For a guy who’s a former offensive lineman, it makes no sense. But he just does not believe in running the ball. Didn’t in Philly, hasn’t much in KC, darn sure didn’t bother in the Super Bowl. His teams win a lot of games, but sometimes you gotta be able to play old fashioned football!

  11. This is the reason why Gronk is Better thank Kelce.Gronk would of helped out with Blocking instead of trying to get open and watching your QB take a beating

  12. Remind me again why everyone was up in arms about Eric Bienemy not getting a head coaching job 🤔

  13. Andy is a nice guy but I am sorry I do not put him in the upper echelon of coaches. Sure he has a good record but without Mahomes last year, they do not have a SB ring. Bienemy is no bargain either. What kind of OC just continues to do things that are not working? Why they did not try to run the ball is beyond my comprehension. You cant us the “they were distracted” excuse either. It is up to the coaches to get them ready and they were not.

  14. Andy Reid never supports his online because it takes away his options. Back in 2007 Osi Umenyiora sacked McNabb SIX times in a single game. Even Osi was shaking his head.

  15. Every single MN Vikings fan are like, Told You So! when it comes to Remmers. How that guy is even in the NFL, much less a starter, at any position, is amazing. He must practice well. But gameday.. ugh.

  16. The Refs sure played into the Bucs hands, or threw the game for the Bucs, whichever.

  17. They never ran the ball, and they never left anyone back to help chip and block. Mahomes was running for his life the entire time. Stupid plan; zero adjustment to said plan leaves a blowout and it’s a shame – it should have been a great game.

  18. chefboyd says:
    It was the RIGHT call – sometimes you need to trust your line to DO THEIR JOB against a four-man rush. The consequences of keeping a sixth blocker back would be even MORE disasterous.
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    More disasterous than not scoring a TD in a Super Bowl BLOWOUT??? I dont think so.

  19. Talk it up. Seriously, unless your ‘game plan’ to beat the Chiefs begins with them having 4 injured starters on the O-Line I don’t wanna hear it. They caught the Chiefs in a tough spot with some tough injuries, that’s the NFL. I do agree with fact that not helping the Tackles was stupid. But both teams being healthy, I’d take the Chiefs 7/10 times.

  20. In-game adjustments have never been Andy Reid’s strength. He’s a creative offensive strategist but not on the fly.

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    While you’re correct, the Chiefs O-line issues in the Super Bowl weren’t an “on the fly” situation. Reid and his coaches has 2 weeks to address Eric Fisher’s absence and didn’t make any major changes. As someone else noted, Anthony Sherman was only in for 3 snaps, Kelce didn’t stay in to block and the Chiefs didn’t try a short passing game. They went with their usual offense and stayed with it, even when it wasn’t working.

  21. chefboyd says:
    February 16, 2021 at 4:57 pm
    “Indeed it was. The Chiefs used only five blockers 92 percent of the time.”
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    Stop. Bucs were just rushing four and not blitzing – what exactly happens when you keep an extra blocker back to help your offensive line? You’ll only have 4 routes against SEVEN in coverage – and those DBs are pretty darn good too.

    It was the RIGHT call – sometimes you need to trust your line to DO THEIR JOB against a four-man rush. The consequences of keeping a sixth blocker back would be even MORE disasterous.

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    The Chefs thrive on plays where things break down and their receivers run themselves open, so helping the tackles could have allowed them time to get some of those plays going.

    The officials also call and awful lot of defensive holding and pass interference calls, if you go max pro and give Mahomes time with Kelce and Hill running around chances are they’ll eventually draw a defensive holding call.

    Either way, we saw that going 50 protection was doing nothing to slow down the pass rush. Just continuing to do the same thing because “they’re only bringing 4” obviously wasn’t the right call.

  22. It was all Brady.

    22-on-1, it still wouldn’t have been a contest.

    KC should have forfeited.

  23. Andy Reid’s reputation as an offensive mastermind and Eric Bienemy’s resume both took big hits in the Super Bowl. Great coaches, good coaches too, adjust to game conditions. They just kept plowing ahead. Bad, bad, bad.

  24. The refs were horrible. They caught both of Gronk’s touchdown passes, kicked a 52-yard field goal, they forced two interceptions from Mahomes, and they had a passer-rating over 120. Oh, wait. In all seriousness, they totally missed an intentional grounding penalty on Mahomes in the first quarter.

  25. jay3860 says:
    February 16, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Talk it up. Seriously, unless your ‘game plan’ to beat the Chiefs begins with them having 4 injured starters on the O-Line I don’t wanna hear it. They caught the Chiefs in a tough spot with some tough injuries, that’s the NFL. I do agree with fact that not helping the Tackles was stupid. But both teams being healthy, I’d take the Chiefs 7/10 times.

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    And, could you imagine if the Bucs had a healthy O.J. Howard, Julian Edelman, Brady was five years younger, and Bill Belichick was coaching that team? The Bucs would win 10 times out of 10. In reality, this talk is meaningless.

  26. The Chiefs Super Bowl win is an outlier on Andy Reid’s resume. This year’s game was more normal as far as his game prep and time management is concerned.

  27. and this is why the eagles fired reid. then he had one lucky year before running into a buzzsaw – the GOAT tom brady!

  28. Regassert6 says:
    February 16, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    “LSU must be proud of Devin’s accuracy of the English language that he obtained under their instruction.”

    Maybe as proud as Fordham is of Trump’s mastery of the language?

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    Maybe this makes me even more happier Brady (Trump friend, with hat in locker room for all to see)
    and the “can you come closer I cant hear you line)

    Stomped a muddle in KC and Devin White was doing additional stomping all over Patrick Mahomes.

    Cannot get ANY better than this, especially with the Grammar National Socialist Workers Party of the Petty act still in
    Go Bucs, and Brady … please keep doing your thing!!

  29. “…Devin White, the player for whom I would have voted for MVP”

    Replace him with his backup. Do the Buccaneers still win that game?
    Replace Tom Brady with his backup. Do the Buccaneers still win?

    So who was more valuable?

  30. The Chiefs beat the Browns without Mahomes. I guess that means Mahomes isn’t valuable. Not to mention, he threw a combined 2 touchdowns to 4 interceptions in two super bowls. Damien Williams should have won the Super Bowl LIV MVP. It’s like the goal post shifts each time someone wins another super bowl.

  31. Mahomes still managed to get off just about every pass. Many looked like he was throwing up prayers, but they ended up hitting his receivers in the hands or face mask, and they couldn’t come down with the catch. There are only 11 men on the field, so I hear what White is saying, but dropped passes hurt the Chiefs more than their blocking. But the Bucs are vicious up front. The Packers and Chiefs, both, were completely dominated up front. That D Line makes life so much easier for the Bucs’ linebackers and DB’s. Any linebacker playing behind those guys will look like a HOFer. White is running his mouth, but his job was easy. The Bucs had a lot of talented underachievers before Brady came to town and motivated everyone to play beyond their comfort level.

  32. To those saying that the Chiefs made the right call, keeping only 5 guys to protect Mahomes…..

    If it didn’t work, it wasn’t the right call.

    It didn’t work.

  33. I watched the third down and 9 on the Chiefs last FG drive on slow mo.
    Barrett was around Wylie on an inside move and got outside contain.
    That right tackle should have gone straight to the coach and said I need help.
    0.3 seconds he was in the backfield.

  34. TheDPR says:
    February 16, 2021 at 4:17 pm
    In-game adjustments have never been Andy Reid’s strength. He’s a creative offensive strategist but not on the fly.
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    johnwaldron8 says:
    February 16, 2021 at 5:57 pm
    …Chiefs O-line issues in the Super Bowl weren’t an “on the fly” situation. Reid and his coaches has 2 weeks to address Eric Fisher’s absence and didn’t make any major changes.
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    And the reason they didn’t was because Mahomes’ mobility has always been their best weapon. Whenever he’s had mobility issues they’ve never changed the plan, they lived or died on Mahomes’ quick feet and pass-on-the-run. Mahomes’ feet made Reid look clever. But the killer was what Bowles said: they simply took away Mahomes’ first read. The kid simply can’t read that well, but masks it by using his feet to run around in the hopes of spotting a guy getting open. So there was no point in adding pass blockers because Mahomes simply can’t beat the better teams that way. We’ve seen it time and again, without his mobility the results aren’t too stellar.

  35. I blame Brett Reid, I think Andy’s mind was more in losing another son than a football game. And it was clear no one was making any adjustments, usually Andy is a mastermind but his head just wasn’t in it.

  36. Bucs are champions of something, being classless.
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    What??? Your team is the picture book for classless!!!!
    Guess you support domestic abuse too?

  37. I think Andy got caught up with the fact that the Bucs secondary is torchable that the gameplan was around that. I’m surprised that Anthony Sherman didn’t play more, he’s a good blocker.

  38. paupwarner says:
    February 16, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    Can’t say I disagree with him, especially considering Pat Mahomes is jogging like an 80 year old man on to the field with his foot injury. This is bad look on Andy Reid. Might be up there as one of the worst game plans in Super Bowl history. We have no line and our QB has a lower body injury, let’s just do what we do every week and go get some hair cuts and cheeseburgers!
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    Pretty much. The Chiefs were overconfident. They came in with plan A Plan A will work fine. Were gonna run this back like we said we would.

    They never adjusted. They may have, would have, lost anyway but they had nothing in response to TB defensive strategy

  39. Good to hear White bring so modest. If I were a Bucs fan, I’d enjoy this because it will be another 20 yrs til they even sniff another SB, just like they had to for this one. KC & Mahomes has a much brighter future than the Bucs.

  40. Football God says:
    February 16, 2021 at 5:12 pm
    This is the reason why Gronk is Better thank Kelce.Gronk would of helped out with Blocking instead of trying to get open and watching your QB take a beating

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    Yeah Gronk is a better blocker than Kelce, but can’t blame Kelce for going out for passes instead of blocking…they run the play that is called. It’s not on Kelce, it’s on the inability to adjust by the coaching staff after watching Mahomes run for his life every other play

  41. patrickmahomesblockedme says:
    February 16, 2021 at 5:34 pm
    The Refs sure played into the Bucs hands, or threw the game for the Bucs, whichever.

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    Here’s a crazy thought, if you don’t want the refs to call your DBs for holding and DPI…then maybe they shouldn’t be holding or committing DPI? Just throwing it out there. Like dude they were the 4th most penalized team this season for a good reason, just happened to catch up to them at the worst time.

  42. Proofreader99 says:
    February 16, 2021 at 6:37 pm
    “…Devin White, the player for whom I would have voted for MVP”

    Replace him with his backup. Do the Buccaneers still win that game?
    Replace Tom Brady with his backup. Do the Buccaneers still win?

    So who was more valuable?

    24 24 Rate This
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    Well considering that Tampa’s defense was able to hold KC’s offense to only 9 points and that Tampa’s O-line only allowed 4 pressures all game I’d say it’s a pretty safe bet they could’ve won that game with Gabbert starting for them, in which case it should’ve been White who won SB MVP because dude was flying from sideline to sideline all game.

  43. The Bucs had a lot of talented underachievers before Brady came to town and motivated everyone to play beyond their comfort level.
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    2019 offense – 3rd
    2020 offense – 3rd.. Brady = 9 more touchdowns

    2019 defense – 29th
    2020 defense – 8th.. nearly 100 (94) less points allowed than 2019

    I’ll go ahead and give due credit to Todd Bowles.

  44. It’s hilarious when some football players lose a lot of respect because they don’t keep their mouth shut.

  45. “The Chiefs used only five blockers 92 percent of the time.”

    I’m not math major, but I’m pretty sure they used 5 blockers 100% of the time. Beacuse well, those are the rules of the game.

    Maybe that is where Reid went wrong??! He should have tried some 7 man routes. Somebody would have been open then….

  46. But the killer was what Bowles said: they simply took away Mahomes’ first read. The kid simply can’t read that well, but masks it by using his feet to run around in the hopes of spotting a guy getting open. So there was no point in adding pass blockers because Mahomes simply can’t beat the better teams that way. We’ve seen it time and again, without his mobility the results aren’t too stellar.
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    You haven’t seen it ‘time and time again’. This is the first time he’s been blown out.

    I don’t think we can pick out another team that has the talent across the board to do what the Bucs just did.

    Even the Bucs won’t be up for a repeat performance after they get pillaged in free agency.

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