Buc Up…with Rob Kriete! – NOVEMBER 28
-Buccaneer quarterback Tom Brady enters Week 12 ranked fourth in the NFL with 2,955 passing yards. With 45 passing yards on Sunday against Kansas City, Brady will have reached 3,000 passing yards in a season for the 18th time, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre for the most in NFL history.
-Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes leads all NFL players in Pro Bowl voting, not surprisingly. Patrick leads the league with 3,035 passing yards and ranks 3rd with 27 TD passes in 2020. The 2021 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 17.
-New Tampa Bay wide-receiver Antonio Brown had team-high eight receptions for 57 yards last week against the Rams.
– Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce had eight catches for a team-high 127 yards last week and aims for the 4th consecutive game with 8 or more catches and 100 or more receiving yards. Kelce leads TEs in catches (66) and receiving yards (896) while tied for the lead in TDs (7).
-ItsSportsMagazine.com’s own, Leo Haggerty,
had a great exchange with Chief’s Head Coach Andy Reid this week. Check out this great interview:
Leo Haggerty: “You are the guru when it comes to the shovel pass. Last week, you had the tight end throw it out of the Wildcat. Why is it so effective in the NFL?”
Andy Reid: “Yeah, that one wasn’t that effective because we didn’t score. So, you’re showing one thing and doing another. It isn’t anything new. You just try to do it a couple of different ways. If you’re lucky, you have a chance to score.”
Leo Haggerty: “It there’s a head coaching opening at the end of the season, do you expect Eric Bieniemy to be at the top of the list of candidates to be interviewed?”
Andy Reid: “I sure hope so. Listen, I get to be with him every day. I saw this when he was a player. He played for me in Philly that last year of his career. I competed against him in college when he was at Colorado when I was coaching at Missouri. I’ve seen him for a lot of years. He grew up in Los Angeles and I moved to Los Angeles from New Orleans. I knew all the coaches in Los Angeles where I grew up. I feel like I’ve known this guy forever. I’m enjoying him. I’m enjoying him every day I can have him. He will be a phenomenal head football coach. A great leader of men. A great person. No one has to worry about Eric Bieniemy. He’s all ball family and he’s as honest as the day is long. Someone is going to get a good one. ”
Leo Haggerty: “Coach, you finally get to the top of the mountain with a franchise that waited 50 years to win their second Super Bowl. What was going through your mind when you knew you were giving the Lombardi Trophy to the Hunt family?”
Andy Reid: “That was really something but so was the Hunt Trophy. The Lamar Hunt Trophy was really something special. When your owner’s father’s name is on that trophy, it’s really something special. To watch Mrs. Hunt accept it was phenomenal. That was a great deal. The Lombardi Trophy was a great deal. I’m not trying to slight that. It’s not too often that you have your owner’s name attached to a trophy and you can present it to them. That was great. It’s great.”
Leo Haggerty: “When you’re watching a film with the other coaches, are there times that you just say did Mahomes just do that?”
Andy Reid: “I just don’t take it for granted. You can’t think that this is just normal and you have a bunch of different ages on your staff and you can look at these things and say, oh that’s Pat. Well, no, it’s pretty special. You never take that lightly that way.”
-Defensively for the Bucs, Lavonte David continues to rack up tackles with 9 more last week against the Rams. But the Tampa Bay secondary needs to better job against the pass. Pat Mahomes represents the biggest challenge of a challenging season for the secondary.
-Leo got to ask Bruce Arians the one area that needs improvement the most, and the Bucs Head Coach replied, “I think, just as a football team, we need to make those plays in the game that decide it and make them in our favor. When we’re playing really good teams, it’s going to be three or four plays. We have to make those plays.”
-This Jekyll and Hyde season for the Bucs will be tested against the defending Super Bowl champs this Sunday. The need to Buc Up! Although they own a stingy run defense, the Bucs secondary has allowed more than 2600 yards already this season. In a pass-first league, Tampa Bay needs to address this weakness. Coach Bowles and the Bucs defense have a tough assignment in a game that could determine whether they are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. The Bucs offense owns enough playmakers to keep this game close, but expect a lot of scoring.
-Prediction of the Week: Bucs 41 – Chiefs 38