Buc Up…with Rob Kriete – OCTOBER 7

– Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was named FedEx Air Player of the Week for Week 4, after throwing for 5 TDs to 5 different receivers against the Chargers. It marks the 11th time Brady has won this award in his career.

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was also named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week 4. He has now won 31 Player of the Week awards, extending his record for the most-such awards in NFL history.

-Unlike the 70’s supergroup, Foreigner, you do not have “Double-Vision;” those are two different awards.

-Itssportsmagazine.com has our own Leo Haggerty talking to NFL coaches every week. In this short week, Leo found a way to get a few questions to Bears Head Coach, Matt Nagy:

Leo Haggerty: “Winning pretty or winning ugly doesn’t matter. You’re 3-1 and that’s all that matters. What’s are things that you’re doing right?”
Matt Nagy: “You know what, Leo, you’re right. There are times that you have, as a coach, to make sure that you balance. How you win or how you lose and the whys. You bring up a good point. Our guys understand that, yes, we are 3-1 and that we’re happy about being 3-1 but we’re not excited. There’s a lot more work to be done. We feel that we haven’t come close to playing a complete game yet and we’re 3-1. That part we understand. I just feel like that, for our guys, the most important part is the message from the coach as we go about doing it.”

Leo Haggerty: “With the game on Thursday, is that a week of mental and walk-through reps as opposed to physical reps at practice?”
Matt Nagy: “This week is all mental. All walk-throughs as we’re going through the stuff. We told our guys that, in these type of situations you have less time. We have 100 hours until Thursday to get ready. We told our guys to get mentally right. Get lots of sleep. Make sure that they are investing in their bodies. The coaches are putting in a lot of late-night hours trying to cram everything in within less time. It’s important for our coaches to stay sharp. It’s a way more mental preparation than physical.”

-LeSean McCoy will join Chris Godwin on the injured-report as out for the game against Chicago. And, with OJ Howard now out for the season with an achilles injury, Cameron Brate is sure to get more passes to compliment Gronk.

-Brate’s 28 receiving TDs for the Buccaneers in his career finds him 4th all-time for the Tampa Bay franchise. Mike Evans has the most receiving TDs for the Bucs with 54 for his career.

-Tampa’s run defense has been awesome, yet again, this young season. The Bucs held the Chargers to 46 net yards rushing last week.

-Thank you to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the use of the pictures in my column.

-Prediction of the Week: Bucs 31 – Bears 19