Shaq Barrett on Kansas City: I wasn’t trying to send shots at anybody or anything like that

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Buccaneers edge rusher Shaq Barrett gave the Chiefs some significant bulletin board material last week.

He told reporters that he didn’t see much difference in Kansas City’s offensive line from 2020 to now, and that the Bucs had an opportunity to dominate the game with a coming out party of sorts.

As we now know, that didn’t happen. And it was clear after the game that the Chiefs heard Barrett’s comments and used them as motivation. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes even mentioned them in his on-field interview after the game.

Barrett tried to walk back some of what he said Wednesday. But it’s no use trying to close Pandora’s box.

I wasn’t trying to send any shots at anyone or something like that. They came out and did what they had to do to win,” Barrett said, via Greg Auman of “The way I kind of laughed gave it a bad little vibe.”

The problem is, saying you’re going to dominate someone — while great material for sportswriters — is definitely a shot. There is no other way the Chiefs could have interpreted it. And not that they needed any extra motivation after a bad loss to the Colts, but they got it.

“I never guessed we would give 41 points at any time this year” Barrett said. “It hurts as a defense. As a team, we pride ourselves on a good defense and wanting to be one of the best units in the league. Giving up 41 points diminishes that argument.”

The Buccaneers are still No. 5 in points allowed and No. 8 in yards allowed. The defensive unit should still be big in 2022.

But Barrett will likely think twice now before predicting that he will dominate another opponent.

It’s bad for us as viewers, but probably good for him and his teammates.

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