Thank You, Joe Thomas.

August 29th, 2016


Interesting stuff from Bucs rookie defensive end Noah Spence today.

Joe caught up to Spence in the locker room before practice at One Buc Palace.

Spence, the Bucs’ big edge-rush hope, talked to Joe about the lessons he learned from All-Pro Browns left tackle Joe Thomas last week, when Tampa Bay had joint practices against Cleveland, plus a preseason game.

It was a direct education by Thomas.

“First of all, it was a great experience going against one of the very best in the league,” Spence said of Thomas. “He definitely told me, ‘Don’t telegraph my moves like that.’ Like showing my moves before the play. That was in practice, talking to me during 1-on-1s.”

Spence said Thomas was detailed in his explanation of where Spence was tipping his approach. But that was all in practice, Spence said, Thomas was quiet on the field during the Bucs-Browns game.

(Joe wonders what RGIII might think of his left tackle helping a pass rusher about to face him?)

What a great opportunity for Spence. Yet another example of the benefits of joint practices — even if Lovie Smith considered them a waste of time.


41 Responses to “Thank You, Joe Thomas.”

  1. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Lovie who???…lol..

  2. 813bucboi Says:

    spence will be damn good by mid season….GO BUCS!!!

  3. Mike Johnson Says:

    Still digging at ole Lovie huh Joe? Like the way you brought on the sneak stab at the end. Mans been gone quite a while now. Keep up the good work! Hope Koetter wears a police vest come season’s end. You brought your knife from..NASA!

  4. NJBucsFan Says:

    More coaching from an opposing player in one week than from Lovie all last year.

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    no doubt this staff has better defensive talent than the previous head coach…GO BUCS!!!!

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    Joe Thomas is a class act. Good to see league veterans looking out for the younger guys. Does make me wonder about 2 things though. First, why didn’t our coaches notice Spence’s tendency to telegraph what he was going to do? (I would think that’d be one of the first things a coach would be looking for). Second, are our tackles (Donovan and Dots) picking up the same ‘stuff’ that Joe Thomas did in opposing DEs? If they figured out Spence’s tendencies, why didn’t they tell him about it? If they’re not, why aren’t they looking for ‘stuff’ like that in opposing DEs?

  7. 813bucboi Says:

    @defense…good questions….but who’s to say they weren’t telling him…I agree with you tho…Hayes and our tackles should’ve notice it…I will say Joe Thomas has a reputation of being one of the smartest tackles if not the smartest tackle in the game…a savvy vet like Joe has seen it all and done it all….GO BUCS!!!!

  8. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Who’s to say he really was. Who’s to the All pro wasn’t saying that to get into the head of the rookie. And inquiring mind Would like to know. Interesting he quiet in the game. And second Life “lovie who”???

  9. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    We dig at Lovie because of the sharp contrast between the coaching styles (practical, philosophical, & emotional) of our current staff & Lovie.

    It is obvious (by comparison) that Lovie’s ways are absolutely inferior to those of Koetter’s and our new defensive staff.

    Lovie will never be a successful leader of men, in my opinion, and his scheme is outdated and ineffective.

    About the only situation I could see Lovie thriving in is if he was a spokesman for trying to talk highschool kids into not having sex on prom night and behaving like gentleman.

  10. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    Typo *gentlemen

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    Like your way of thinking there Defense Rules.. I think Spence now has special respect for Thomas. Joe Thomas is a..Leroy Selmon type guy. Just classy all the way!

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Nope Eric. This website digs at Lovie because…..Joe knows you monotonous readers will post the same digs response.. time after time equaling But don’t worry, you and the rest will have fresh bait to feast upon come seasons end.

  13. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Lovie Smith was clearly suffering from a case of proprioception. Still, I am glad that he played some role in getting Jameis Winston, the hiring of AC/DC-loving GM Jason Licht, and the firing of Spandau Ballet-loving GM Mark Dominik.

  14. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    Mike Johnson, you suck bro and also seem quite unintelligent.

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    That’s an awesome tidbit Joe! Kudos to Joe Thomas for trying to help young Spence improve his game. Major respect Mr Thomas.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    LOL @ Erik

  17. Cover Deuce Says:

    So much respect for a competitor who sees the value in better competition. Thomas is one classy dude. I guess the way he figures it iron really sharpens iron – making Spence better is gonna force him step up his game. Really insightful stuff, Joe.

  18. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Seems stupid to keep taking shots at someone who’s not here! Stupid is as stupid does!

  19. The Buc Realist Says:

    It was great for this team to have joint camps against two differently built teams. To practice against the passing attack of Jax, and their 4-3 defense, and then to see a 3-4 defense and watch RG-Me speed at the QB position will help in the long run!!! Great decisions by the coaching staff!!!!

    Jameis Winston says: Wanna hear a joke Mr. Realist???
    The Buc Realist says: Sure Jameis!
    Jameis Winston says: 3 sheep walk into a bar,,,
    The Buc Realist says: I have heard this one, They all cry cause lovie is gone!!!

  20. head ball coach dirk Says:

    I…agree with…Erik

    Mike…Johnson is an uneducated…biggot

    The world needs ditch diggers too

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    If you call my 30 yrs of military service ditch digging there head coach Dirk? Then I proudly dug those ditches. And Erick the dunce..You suck..something else!

  22. Bucsfanman Says:

    Ugh! It will be such a glorious day when we can stop dredging up the old! Please Mr. Coach Koetter, win some games…………PLEASE!!!

    I agree. There’s a lot of value to these joint practices. And, to have players willing to learn, that’s just gravy!!!

  23. Jeff Says:

    Joe – spot on once again. Lovie’s backwards aproach to football is more apparent than ever now with a competent coach at the helm. Viva la Dirk!

  24. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    Mike Johnson, I respect you for the military service and as a man way more than I respect your horrible worthless comments on JBF.

  25. Buc1987 Says:



  26. Bucsfanman Says:

    Way to contribute ’87!!! Profound! 🙂

  27. head ball coach dirk Says:

    I second Eric and fully thank you for your service and award you a large amount of points.

    however, your comments here your comments are some of the most insanely idiotic things we’ve ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent responses are you even close to a rational thought. Everyone is usually left dumber for having read them. We award you no points

    That ditch diggin was a movie quote


    That’s the reference going over your head

  28. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:


    I just speak from the heart, like u do Lol…

    I hope all is well, brother.

    This should be an exciting season!

  29. Mike Johnson Says:

    YEah speak from the heart allright. Which heart though is questionable. You don’t like my comments because, I speak the truth and the truth..hurts. You guys here want everybody to heap praises on a mission yet accomplished. I give the Bucs zero credit until they prove they are..the real deal. Until then? WE..are just cellar dwellers baby. Every GD year, you guys eat..the yellow snow. Yeah we’re gonna..gonna do what? WIN some games Bucs then I’ll cut my rants about you guys posting about…absolutely Nothing!!

  30. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Erik & Coach – Thank you for being at once respectful while still putting that guy in his place. I did my military time as well and it is appalling when people throw that around as some kind of trump card where their opinion should somehow carry more weight. Well played fellas.

  31. Dave Pear Says:

    Just my two cents. I play in a golf Men’s league that probably has about 30 retired military in it, and I can tell you from experience that about half those guys are total a$$holes. And most are alcoholics (not that there is anything wrong with that.)
    Just saying.

  32. Buccfan37 Says:

    During the closing buildup to the season start fans anticipation heightens when they sense team reality from witnessing it.

  33. Dave Pear Says:

    Huh? Maybe I started drinking to early with my Army buddies but, what did you just say?

  34. Dave Says:

    For those of you saying he Joe Thomas wasn’t being truthful just to screw with him….
    Get a clue.
    That’s something fans would think of. The players are not fans. They are doing a job that very few do and they look out for one another. There are very few players that don’t help younger players along no matter what team they are on. It has been going on for decades.
    Joe Thomas is a class act.

  35. pick6 Says:

    classy guy. he probably still feels a little bad for us because after the browns drafted him we were sorta cornered into taking gaines adams.

  36. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    He needs a coma after “start”. I got that much out of it! Lol

  37. SOEbuc Says:

    I’ve been saying this for a while but unless Dirk does worst than Lovie at some point, people aren’t gonna be able to shed him for 3 or 4 years

  38. James Walker Says:

    Thomas is a class act. A man like Thomas would not give Spence advice without recognizing that the kid has talent. Why waste your knowledge on someone who won’t listen or has the tools to execute it?

  39. James Walker Says:

    “doesn’t have the tools to execute”…

  40. firethecannons Says:

    Who gives a sheet wtf Lovie thinks/thought whatever, that dude was a loser–simple as that

  41. satchseven Says:

    Just my two cents. I play in a golf Men’s league that probably has about 30 retired military in it, and I can tell you from experience that about half those guys are total a$$holes. And most are alcoholics (not that there is anything wrong with that.)
    Just saying.

    yep I have worked with them on civil service and government contractor jobs I never want to work around them again. I worked with a bunch of them in iraq my god! they kept bs going every day and acted like kids tattling. but I agree with mike the lovie bashing has to be based in racism. I never saw it before on any other nfl teams sites after the fired coach is gone.