When it comes to stopping the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense, there’s more than one guy that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have to limit. Patrick Mahomes is the league’s best quarterback and reigning Super Bowl MVP, while Tyreek Hill is a credible threat that torched the Bucs in their last match-up.

But the key driving force that keeps Kansas City’s offense going is tight end Travis Kelce, who was second in the NFL in receiving yards with 1,416. During his Super Bowl media availability on Monday, Bucs’ linebacker Devin White revealed what their plans were to defend the All-Pro tight end.

“We’re going to put Lavonte [David] on him,” White said. “We’re going to let Lavonte handle him. I’m more so going with the backs. Lavonte’s more so covering the tight ends. It really won’t be a match-up, I might catch him in zone or something, I know what type of route he likes to run, I know all the routes comes from the formations, and where he lines up says a lot. If he’ll be in my zone, I’ll be ready, but nine times out of 10 for his one-on-one match-ups in man, it won’t be me.”

Bucs LBs Lavonte David and Devin White

Bucs LBs Lavonte David and Devin White – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

White hasn’t forgotten about the last time these two teams met when the Bucs were down 20-7 at halftime and their second half rally came up just short in a  27-24 loss. Although it was a disappointing finish, White trusts defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ game plan this second time around, particularly with stopping Kelce, who he called the best tight end in football.

“I don’t know if he ran wild, but I think he [Kelce] had a cool 80 yards on us,” White said. “I don’t think he found the end zone. I feel like Todd Bowles put together a great game plan for this week. If you go watch the first game when we played the Chiefs and they jumped out on us 20-7 at halftime, coming out after halftime we only gave up one touchdown. 

“He flipped the switch and went back to the drawing board, he saw how they were attacking us and he implemented things for us to do. Now having a whole week to gameplan, he played them already, I think the game plan is even more intriguing for this upcoming game, so I feel like Todd Bolwes – he’s the key to everything.”

Tampa Bay is pretty young on the defensive side of the ball, with only Jason Pierre-Paul, Shaq Barrett and Ndamukong Suh having experience playing in the Super Bowl. But White would argue that with the mindset that the defense is bringing, that inexperience won’t matter on this stage.

“I feel like it’s confidence and swagger,” White said. “A lot of people in the league don’t have Super Bowl experience, it’s not a game that you just walk into. At the end of the day, when you’re balling, it shows, when you’re having fun, it shows. That’s the biggest thing where it’s not arrogance, it’s having fun, especially with us being so young on the backend, we got handshakes for days, we’re always turned up for one another. That’s just the mindset that we have, it’s fun playing with the whole entire team, especially the defense, it’s always fun when we’re out there.”

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1bucfanjeff
6 months ago

Why in TF would White share that info or PR even post it? Come on people.

Spitfire
Reply to  1bucfanjeff
6 months ago

Dude, for one thing KC isn’t unaware of David, they know he’s our best coverage LB and the entire league has known it for almost a decade. On top of that, you don’t know what the actual plan is and it could be anything in the end, if there’s a special plan they aren’t gonna actually tip their hand. So chill, they will be ready to play come Sun and it won’t matter what KC does and doesn’t know, they are gonna take care of business.

bucballer
Reply to  Spitfire
6 months ago

You out physical them! You steal their confidence! Buc’s D is hard bro…this game could establish them as one of the best! These guys can be quite aggressive and physical. Bucs just out physical them off the ball.

sryan66611
Reply to  1bucfanjeff
6 months ago

It’s pretty public information if you have watched any games this year… Who was on Jared Cook and deflected the pass to end the game in the playoffs? It’s known by the fans and I’m sure the coaches around the league know David is the guy with better cover skills and will be lined up on the TE in man. That’s why David didn’t get many blitzing or pass rush snaps like White because he is the better cover guy.

1bucfanjeff
Reply to  sryan66611
6 months ago

True (though 100% David did not tip that pass for Cook.)

Naplesfan
Reply to  1bucfanjeff
6 months ago

It appears that Devin White revealed that Coach Bowles has a plan.
Not much of a reveal there.

Spitfire
6 months ago

I’m glad they are out to have fun because I think that’s when they are at their best. I’m glad they don’t sound nervous and are excited. Watching the NFL Films review on a miller’s TD catch before half time on the Packers game, you can see how each side of the ball is engraved and taking with each other and rooting for the other side of the ball and watching closely. This team seems ready and just as close as our 2002 team, just that they are just gettin started.

bucballer
Reply to  Spitfire
6 months ago

Absolutely spot on Spit!

bucballer
6 months ago

Like a wild pack of dogs chasing the meal. These guys r jelling at just the right time. Vea will be a huge help for that DLine. Now u got steady pressure up the middle and JPP and Shaq doing what they do from the ends. With consistent DLine pressure our young DBs get that much better. I think we got this. Bucs win baby!

Saints Fan
6 months ago

Mahomes won’t have time to find Kelce.

76bucsfan46
6 months ago

To defend against the Chiefs 1st you must force Mahomes to retreat backwards on his scrambles, don’t let him outside laterally. 2nd you have to be physical at the line with Kelce using Lavonte and a CB who is physical to double him. 3rd you have to keep a CB and S over the top on Hill. White is going to have to have his best game of the year covering screens and flips to Kelce on middle draws. We can win this game but it will take sure tackling and playing disciplined from the entire defense. Our offense must… Read more »

scubog
6 months ago

By this time nothing will be a surprise.