Brate Talks New Vibe, New Confidence

October 6th, 2020

Cameron Brate told Joe and other media today that he’s ready for a lot more duty now that O.J. Howard’s season is over.

But Brate also noted he wasn’t quite prepared for something he experienced Sunday.

A Buccaneer since 2014, Brate has seen a lot of sad-sack Bucs football. Many fans call it “A Bucs Life.”

But Sunday was a special comeback from a 24-7 deficit. This afternoon, Joe asked Brate about what’s he’s learned about the 2020 Bucs since he’s spent so much time on the bench.

The response was rather intriguing since Brate went right back to Sunday’s win. Can you point to something specifically that you most learned or observed about this team as a whole because you spent more time watching on the sidelines?

Cameron Brate: I know it’s been said, but last week was a game I’m not sure throughout my career here – really any year – if that’s a game we would’ve won. We were playing terrible kind of offensively and defensively there in the first half. We kind of got bailed out a little bit with the fumble there at the end of the first half but coming back from 17 points [down] is hard. Honestly, I feel like that’s more of a mental block to kind of get over – we are not out of this game despite the fact that we are three possessions away. To kind of show the resilience that we did last week as a team – not just any one player, but collectively as a group – was an awesome step forward for us and something that we’re going to probably have to do again at some point during the year. That’s definitely – I feel like – kind of going to be a turning point for us.

The “not just any one player” line is one that Joe liked a lot. If the Bucs are going to win a Super Bowl, the changes Bucs fans are savoring can’t be just about the quarterback, even if he is the most successful in NFL history.

30 Responses to “Brate Talks New Vibe, New Confidence”

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    What Brate is saying is that the culture change is taking effect. BA was brought here for many reasons, most importantly to change the culture.
    Tell me you don’t see it on Sundays! Since BA’s arrival, this team looks and feels different.

  2. Cannon Says:

    That game could very well be the pivotal moment in which this team went from chumps to champs.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    Make America Brate Again!!

    R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen.

    Go Bucs!

  4. Buc15 Says:

    Been a Bucs fan my entire life & this team does indeed feel different.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’ve been a Buc fan their entire life (mine is much longer)……I’ve been excited before…..1976….for obvious reasons…..1979….watching them live play in the NFC Championship…..2000….NFC Championship & 2002/3…..Superbowl..

    I’m excited again…..but never have the Bucs been more relevant on a National scale…..let’s stay excited….let’s stay relevant.

  6. Beeej Says:

    I was at that miserable wet game too

  7. Phred Says:

    Went to St. Louis for the 1999 NFC Championship game. Knew then I was watching a special football team. Now, have the same feeling since the 2002 SB.

  8. SlyPirate541 Says:

    To quote Manager Lue Brown, “Nice job. Don’t ever f*’n do it again.”

    It’s better we lead the league in Q1 scoring and boring wins. Than fall behind and rely on dramatic comebacks.

  9. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    from eating Ws to earning Ws

    ahhhh refreshing!!!

  10. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Pro Football is a game where inches and 10ths of seconds matters, and is the difference in winning and losing. No matter how talented the team is, without BELIEVING, you are not ever going to consistantly win anything. It is good to have the G O A T as the QB. Pat Mahomes is the best QB today and fun to watch, but In the NFL, Brady is the gold standard for winning Pro Football games. Brady is the very definition of a WINNER. GO BUCS!!!!

  11. Tye Says:

    When teams bring in nfl talent at QB the team always plays significantly better than bring in a college talent that has peeked and flop at the next level… The Bucs have had their share of flops over the span of their history….
    Find the ‘Aaron Rogers’ from now on and stop drafting the ‘Tim Couchs’ ….

  12. SOEbuc Says:


    But you also knew it was the Bucs cus they were f#cked over on the Burt Emmanuel call. Classic rigged NFL love to the Bucs. Might change now we got the GOAT.

  13. orlbucfan Says:

    I didn’t know there was a NFL team in central FL until 1979. My MIL turned me on to the Bucs. She was a diehard fan from their start. I went to a bunch of home games at Tampa Stadium including the 1979 playoff games where Bucs beat the Eagles and lost to the Rams. From then on I was and still am a hardcore fan. 🙂

  14. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Hey Tye, I am sure KC and Baltimore are quite happy you’re not their GM!

  15. Anonymous Says:

    For all of you who wanted to trade Brate for a bag of chips… raise your hand and say you are sorry.

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    Just read Evans, Godwin, Miller, and Watson today.

  17. SOEbuc Says:

    *Evans, Godwin, Miller, and Watson didn’t practice today.

  18. lambchop Says:

    This is what Bruce Arians said before it was twisted into a veiled attack on Jameis Winston. Go figure.

    Bruce was talking about the team as a whole not being able to get out of their own losing ways. Brady has brought that never die attitude apart from his play to this team. Any guy who can come back from a 28-3 deficit in a Super Bowl is going to spread that never die attitude real quick because he’s proven it can be done.

  19. Dingo Dubois Says:

    Sanu cut from Miners…let’s get him

  20. lambchop Says:

    Everyone on this Bucs team, coaches and players, are getting an education on the Patriot way, the Patriot culture. It’s great that BA and BL have to incorporate that because it’s one thing if Logan Mankins comes to the Bucs and another thing when the GOAT comes to the Bucs.

    No egos, just wins.

  21. SB Says:


  22. Bucnrs76 Says:

    Not Sanu .:. No chemistry withBrady last year

  23. Marques Says:

    Sadu to bucs? Brady wanted him in New England. Cyril is not the answer.

  24. Brandon Says:

    Typical idiot fan- hey, there’s a name i recognize. Who cares if he can still actually play, I recognize the name and that’s all that matters

  25. unbelievable Says:


    Not that surprising to me since it’s a short week and practices are usually light before TNF… but, its concerning none the less.

    We’re already down to just 2 running backs if Fournette can’t suit up, sheesh.

  26. firethecannons Says:

    BA’s first culture change was to have the balls to sign Brady, Gronk, Fournette and all the rest of the gang

  27. SOEbuc Says:


    Either way they should sit Godwin and Fournette till week six if either can get off the bench by then. They’ve all been banged up at some point already.

  28. Sport Says:

    Fire – I’ll have to remind you how this culture change started.

    1. BA hired
    2. BA handpicked every coach – they were all available
    3. Immediately fired GMC
    4. Drafted well
    5. Fired Hargreaves
    6. Fully vetted our QB, he didn’t pass the test, subsequently fired a 3rd 1st round draft pick
    7. Drafted well again
    8. Now Add Fire’s points above , plus resign the key players on defense
    9. Carry the momentum last year on Defense
    10. Win ugly while we grow together
    11. Peak heading into the post season
    12. Win Super Bowl at home.

    In BA I Trust!

  29. Noles Says:

    They look good and it was a big moment but the young defensive players have a lot of growth ahead. They are not even close to SB defense but they are much improved from years past.

    The 1st half TD is example of that. No way on play w one route runner does a WR split cover 2 safeties for a TD like that. THAT WAS the ONE thing they were not supposed to do in that coverage. No one gets passed you.

    Week to week we will see these ups n downs as they continue to grow. Go buCs

  30. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    But it is about the QB!! It is about Brady!! This is what a all pro type leader QB gives your team… Arians for all the flak he’s gotten here knew it and knew this team was more than ready to win if they just had a leader they could believe in and do their best every day, every second, every down, every game to help succeed!! They are trying harder for Brady than they did for Mr Fake and that’s perfectly acceptable and predictable!!!