"Monday, I told the guys the main thing was to stay pissed off," McPhee said, via ESPN.com. "Guys need to know where we are and where we can go. The sky's the limit; only thing we've got to do is stay focused."
The matchup should tell us whether or not the Bears plan on being a doormat for the rest of the season, or if they could be a fascinating spoiler down the stretch. McPhee was able to wreak havoc on a broken down Vikings offensive line two weeks ago and could potentially do the same against a Buccaneers front that doesn't have much to write home about outside of Demar Dotson and Ali Marpet.
McPhee's presence alongside John Fox's coaching has been the only fear factor for opposing teams over the last two seasons. The Bears have a chance with this game to climb into the NFL's top 10 best defenses in terms of total yards allowed per game. They are 14th in points allowed (22.4) and are one of the least penalized units in the sport.
Should this continue, it might help wipe away some of the bitterness heading into a rough offseason review for Fox and the rest of the Bears coaching staff. Stay pissed, indeed.