“Really, Bro?”

May 24th, 2016

DonovanSmithmugJoe really didn’t mean to get under left tackle Donovan Smith’s skin today.

Joe was just asking a simple question about Noah Spence, the rookie Bucs’ defensive end who faced Smith in college.

Spence played for Ohio State against Smith’s Penn State club. Spence and his team had great days. Joe has read some Penn State reporters even suggest that Spence put a whoopin’ on Smith. Spence had two sacks in a 64-14 Buckeyes victory.

Today, Joe asked Smith what he recalls from his time facing Spence. Joe figured a scouting report on the Bucs rookie would be forthcoming. But Smith had a different response. “Really, Bro?” he replied.

Smith paused and politely went on to acknowledge Spence had a good game against him and Ohio State was the better team.

Joe already talked to Spence about his head-to-head battles with Smith in college. “I remember his arms were long as hell,” Spence recalled.

Regardless, high-motor Spence and Smith should be one of the lively training camp battles, reminiscent of rookie Adrian Clayborn squaring off against Donald Penn in 2011.

27 Responses to ““Really, Bro?””

  1. Bucsfaninchina Says:

    O boy, found my point of focus for training camp. Any chance you can do a live video feed (via Periscope) of these two facing off, Joes?

  2. Birdman Says:

    “Hey Donovan, care to talk about a several-year-old game so we can discuss in depth how you got roasted over and over by your locker room subordinate?”

    I’d respond really bro too.

  3. Bucsfaninchina Says:

    Question seemed innocent enough to me…

  4. James Walker Says:

    Joe should know better. Joe gives me the same response as Donovan when I keep asking him about his success with Rachel Watson.

  5. Rod Munch Says:

    I would have loved if Smith had just punched Joe right in the mouth then politely answered the question.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  6. DPewter Says:

    Somebody is sensitive.

  7. TheShaz Says:

    Why is Joe in a body cast?

  8. Birdman Says:

    Btw anyone who hasn’t seen it, Spence mauled DS76 that game… Spence had him so roasted on the egde that by the second half Smith was going so far out that Spence was beating him INSIDE on plays when Smith would fly out to try to capture the edge. It was truly masterful.
    The only players who give DS76 trouble are players who can burn him to the edge. So all indications are we have that now.
    That said, really not shocked DS76 wants to forget that game.

  9. brett Says:

    not surprising to me at all. the joe’s rub most of their readers the wrong way too. reminds me of that little weasly kid on the block who purposesly does s**t he knows will get under peoples skin , then acts like ” what did I do?” and runs to his mommy when the other kids look to beat the crap out of him.

    Yet here your are, Brett. The “weasly kid” implying Joe’s a douche but you’re still here visiting. Joe learned a long time ago. If you don’t ask the question, you don’t get an answer. Joe has no problem at all with Smith’s answer. –Joe

  10. Joe Says:

    O boy, found my point of focus for training camp. Any chance you can do a live video feed (via Periscope) of these two facing off, Joes?

    Nope. Periscope is banned at Bucs practices (for credentialed media).

  11. DB55 Says:

    That was the highlight of the afternoon press conferences. That a gmc saying he’s had 9 Dline coaches. Woah!

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    wouldn’t be surprised if spence vs smith was the first on field fight in training camp….would be good to see that competitive nature…GO BUCS!!!

  13. louis Says:

    I’m looking forward to the head to head challenges that these two will be battling for this and many preseasons to come. We all forget that this season should have been D. Smiths rookie year,( and an early first round draft pick.
    Does anyone know how Smith would have been ranked if he would have remained for his senior year…considering his body of work from last season, he may have been the first tackle taken this year??

  14. Stanglassman Says:

    I hear Bell looked good today. Sweezy still out.

  15. DB55 Says:

    Riddle me this Bucmans. In what football world do we live in where -Hey Jude your man is wide open again! – gets first team reps at slot over -Jonathan Banks?

    I know it’s just the first day of OTAs but it’s the principle. Vernon over Banks I could see that bc new toy and all but Hey Jude, really bruh? COME ON MAN!!!

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Interviewing Smith easier assignment than getting times for Schiano farts, I presume.

  17. BigMacAttack Says:

    That’s a whole lotta man to be pi$$en off.
    Way to go Joe. Haha

  18. Capt. Tim Says:

    Look at the bright side!
    If Donovan gets pissed, and breaks your jaw
    Im sure the Bucs will let you bring your periscope to practice!
    And meybe upgrade your press pass!

    Hell, I’d ask again- If I was you!!
    Jaws heal eventually
    Press access is forever , Baby!

  19. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    Smith vs. Spence. McCoy vs. Marpet. Evans vs. Grimes/HG3. Koetter vs. Smith…. Training camp should be really fun to watch.

  20. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Joe a douche? Naw I don’t think so. So Bett do you hear that noise? That’s the sound of your flappy butt cheeks sizzling because Joe just burned you bad boy! Don’t come up here talkin smack about the don of joesbucfan.com

  21. godzilla13 Says:

    Noah Spence, Robert Ayers, Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves are going to make the offensive line and our QB better. As far as Smith and Spence that was four years ago and Smith has faced some of the toughest DE in the league. I see Spence playing on the left and right side against both Smith and Demar Dotson. Both Smith and Ali Marpet will progress a ton this year having started their entire rookie seasons.

  22. SOEbuc Says:

    Godzilla Im soo pumped to see D. Smith and Ali in their year 2

  23. MadMax Says:

    Alright, calm down a little bit for those looking for a little dissension between the two. Thats NOT gonna happen. Smith and Spence will work together and it will help make them both better. Thats what competition is all about. The team benefits. Get mad at each other during the battle, even cuss at each other, but grow from it. And when the play is over you’re still on the same team with the same goal in mind…win. And have respect.

    They’ll both benefit. Spence’s speed will help Smith’s footwork…Smith’s long arms and size will help with Spence’s ability to angle/swim/spin through. I love this kind of stuff. Thats what we need!

  24. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Smith has tucked that game away in a place far, far away in his mind. And Joe dug deep into that place and pulled it out again. LOL Smith was probably like bro I was finally starting g to forget about that and u bring it back up?? I think its hilarious, good work Joe.

    And don’t feel bad DS76, Spence will be embarrassing alot more Tackles throught his career. You wont be the only one on the highlight reel. I promise.

  25. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    “reminiscent of rookie Adrian Clayborn”

    I hope its a better battle than that!

  26. Sacbuc$ Says:

    Hit it on the head Max and Godzilla. Agree totally. Joe great question but don’t practice crash journalism.

  27. BDorry55 Says:

    Haha I tried to ask him on Twiiter before the draft and got no reply. I don’t see why it matters now…but Spence embarassed him to be quite honest.