Chris Simms Was Right

November 19th, 2020

“Chris Simms knows blocking!”

Earlier this week, Joe brought word from former Bucs quarterback and current NBC Sports talking head Chris Simms about how and why the Bucs offense hummed against Carolina.

Simms pointed out the frequent use of two-tight end sets was key. And then Simms mentioned how Bucs tight ends, foot-rubbing, car-littering Rob Gronkowski and Cam Brate were good “two-way” tight ends, meaning they can catch and block.

Joe thought Simms was stoned. The biggest knock on Brate is that he can’t block (but he can sure catch). Well, Joe has to confess Simms wasn’t wrong.

Bucs superfan Steven Cheah, who works for Barstool Sports, likes to share cut-ups of Bucs video using All-22 clips. He just Twittered out a video that demonstrates with video evidence that, yes, Brate can block.

This is a comforting development. Again, we all know Brate can catch. At one point a couple of years ago, Joe thought Brate was screwed out of a Pro Bowl appearance because he was among the league leaders in touchdown catches (for all receivers, not just tight ends).

And what a time for Brate to show off his blocking abilities, right before Thanksgiving when the Bucs are beginning to potentially make a playoff push.

Oh, and Joe has to highlight a quote from Cheah in the video. “Blocking isn’t always pancakes.”

Damn, that’s a gross understatement!

20 Responses to “Chris Simms Was Right”

  1. LJsDaddy Says:

    I have always been a Brate guy. Nice job Cam. Go Harvard!

  2. Capt.Tim Says:

    Ill keep saying it.
    Brate is a much better TE, than OJ Howard.
    Howard has more potential. Brate has waaay more Drive.
    Desire wins games.
    With Auclair and Hudson- we are outstanding at the TE position.
    And Gronk is getting better every week.

  3. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Capt Tim

    As usual agree with your observations. I think OJ is a good guy…has talent…but sometimes he seems to invite that looks like Tarzan plays like Jane. It’s probably unfair to OJ. He clearly has sooo much athletic ability big things are expected.

    Brate OTOH is a white dude from Harvard…nobody expects anything and when we learned he could run routes and catch we got excited. To find out he can also block is just icing on the cake.

    It’s like Brate is almost blocking as well as Auclair and Auclair when given the rare chance can also catch it like Brate.

    Even without OJ I agree Cap…TE is a position of strength for the Bucs.

    Combine that with three great WR’s and Brady has a TON of targets.

  4. Architek Says:

    That was my frustration as a fan watching the Saints game! Yelling run the ball, run a screen, use the Saints aggression against them and get those TEs engaged!

    But when someone mentions this to Leftwich, he smirks and downplays that fans and media know nothing about football or playcalling.

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    good to see brate stepping up…

    lets hope he builds on it..

    GO BUCS!!!

  6. View from 132 Says:

    Brate fan here as well. Bucs are very fortunate he is still on a TE loaded squad.

  7. Hoopscam Says:

    Brate is steady n consistent. Hope Lefty is paying attention. Brady made great use of 2 TE sets with Patriots. Think history can repeat itself here. You listening BA?

  8. Mike Says:

    Brate is crafty and always reliable!

  9. HeyItsAdam Says:

    Trade or cut Howard.

    I’m sick of being force-fed OJ’s “potential.”


    He fell for a reason. He is made of glass and he has suspect hands. Drafting him set the team back 5 years.

    If I was Brate, I would have keyed Liicht’s car.

  10. bojim Says:

    I like seeing Brate on the field. Throw him the ball and he usually catches it. Trade OJ.

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    Brate can catch, unless it’s 4th and 2 with 3 minutes left in the game.

  12. gp Says:

    Brate is steady, intelligent, and LIKES to play the game.
    OJ may have potential for all of those but hasn’t, in my opinion, displayed them yet.
    Compensatory pics

  13. Hoops Says:

    Nobody’s perfect Murbitch, but I’ll put my money on him 8 times outa 10.

  14. Pewter Power Says:

    Ok I watched those cut ups and basically we are saying as long he is being asked to block safety, linebackers and cornerbacks he can do it. Ok if couldn’t block those positions he’d really be useless.

  15. Joe Says:

    Ok I watched those cut ups and basically we are saying as long he is being asked to block safety, linebackers and cornerbacks he can do it. Ok if couldn’t block those positions he’d really be useless.


  16. iamrhenry Says:

    His improved blocking could be as simple as he has learned a thing or two from the Gronk.

  17. unbelievable Says:

    I always thought the knock on his blocking was when going against DEfensive ends and OLBs, not cornerbacks and safeties…

  18. Rob Tanner Says:

    Yeah he may be right about this, but he listed his current top ten QB’s as of this week in the NFL and didn’t have Brady in the top ten or Big Ben! Kinda hard to accept his opinions with garbage like that.

  19. JimbobBucsFan Says:

    Now Cam can block after all. RoJo has completely turned his career around. The offensive line is playing better than it has for years and years. ….

    Do you suppose that an all around better coaching staff actually makes a difference? Hunh? 🙄

    Does BA ‘s large coaching staff and two group parallel practice approach make more sense now?

  20. Bucshot Says:

    Predicting another good night for bucs TE Monday!