“I Feel Like Everybody Knows What’s Expected Now”

June 9th, 2018

With this post, Joe will try to avoid sarcasm, finger-pointing and the general baggage that comes from loving a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in 10 seasons.

… Optimism is flowing at One Buc Palace and defensive end Noah Spence cites some interesting reasons.

“There’s definitely more energy. I feel like everybody knows what’s expected now,” Spence said Thursday. “We feel different. We feel like more of a team, I feel like. We’re talking more, everybody’s trying to help each other out. I just feel like last season was a blessing for us because it showed us what we didn’t want to be anymore.”

That’s awesome!

Again, Joe is trying not to wonder and explore why a Bucs player starting his third season playing for defensive coordinator Mike Smith and head coach Dirk Koetter strongly feels that the team is just figuring out what it needs to do — and not do.

On this sunny Saturday in June, Joe will take it and celebrate!

Sometimes, good things do take time.

23 Responses to ““I Feel Like Everybody Knows What’s Expected Now””

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    Oh brother!!!!!

  2. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I feel a HUGE KOD coming on for the upcoming season. Same talk,same result! Starts in preseason!

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    It is confusing, when Tv cameras and a reality show is filming and the players all think they need to be entertaining for show content!!!!!! The owners last year lead off with the wrong foot by placing this team under NFL’s longest commercial!!!!! Why would they work on the playbook, help each other and talk more, which is boring on TV!!!!!! They expanded the brand last off season!!!!

    Now Team Glazer needs to remove obstacles and distractions, not create them!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Cover Deuce Says:

    I can’t tell if Spence is being honest, or just not that bright in the first place. How is this just now happening in your third freakin year?

  5. Not there yet Says:

    Better late than never. Honestly he was off to a good start last year and may be have been a better year for our defense had he not been injured. If last year’s failure causes a shift in logical thinking about how to win then it was well worth it. Having your job on theline also helps.

    I expect this to be a better season with the added players but with all this talent I still expect koetter to frustrate me, he was visibly cowardly in a losing season and for whatever seemed to be All about getting in field goal range instead of scoring touchdowns

  6. Joe Says:

    I can’t tell if Spence is being honest, or just not that bright in the first place. How is this just now happening in your third freakin year?

    Technically, he has only been around maybe a year.

  7. jmarkbuc Says:


    But he has been here for “mental reps 😉

  8. jmarkbuc Says:

    So glad to see they are “communicating”

    Heavy sarcasm intended

  9. Ndog Says:

    I love the Hard Knocks excuse, it just shows how weak minded some are.

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:

    We tend to forget that this is still a very young team. Subtract Grimes and GMC’s ages and we’re YOUNG.

    Young is also synonymous with inexperienced. Many of these guys just haven’t been around that long…the league…each other…I do not feel we ever fully grew into a team last year.

    It does feel different this year and I believe it’s players like Spence who are finally getting their sea legs and feel comfortable on the team and in our defense and offense. We have enough experience now that it’s no longer a valid excuse.

  11. Kobe Faker Says:


    this mental miget nowhere spence thought coming in at 228lbs last year was a bright idea

    *Didnt the coaching staff know it was a mistake foe him to get this light in weight

    Klueless Koetter is amateurish and a newb…this dude is an idiot …leader of men? this guy cant do 2 things at once

    ***in the history of football never has a headcoach not been held accountable of 4-12 dimwit (JW3 disobeyed Klueless for the last win)

    #Dont blame Klueless

  12. Darin Says:

    Hard not to be sarcastic. Anyone (realist) who doesnt think this falls on the coaching staff is nuts. I just dont get it. Man i hope they surprise me, but I’m not optimistic over this staff. Comments like this drive me crazy. They seem to change their plan from year to year based on the previous seasons failures. I just dont think this coaching staff is the one to bring and keep this team at the top. They should know who they are by now. Ugh I hope I’m wrong. At least Licht is trying to find self motivated players to help them out.

  13. Kobe Faker Says:


    agree with you about Klueless Koetter but dont be so easy on Lichtbulb

    2018 JPP = 2017 Chris Baker

    JPP and his 11 mill salary and production will be UTTER FAILURE

    Kobe has spoken…and it shall be

  14. First Down Tampa Bay Says:


    Now knock on wood here but JPP is no Chris Baker. At the VERY least JPP won’t be a total cancer in the locker room, even if his production is sub-par.

  15. tnew Says:

    If anyone doubts Spence was rushed back from his shoulder surgery, they are crazy. He wasn’t able to do OTA’s and I recall Licht stating that he wasn’t able to do the upper body conditioning. I think this was just prior to camp. I was truly skeptical about his recovery time frame last season.

    So, go back and watch some preseason if you can. His weight slipped to 228, late in camp and yet there he was being worked, only on running heavy downs for three quarters of the third preseason game. (same game Koetter benches McNichols after two plays and one missed assignment) This is irresponsible for the entire staff, Koetter down, especially when he is the only hope of an outside rush on the team last season. Every snap takes a toll, why put that unneeded stress on his body that early when he is pushing to come off of a shoulder injury?

    Last season’s entire preseason was a train wreck. I don’t agree much with Realist but he is correct regarding “Hard Knocks” Too many of the “team leaders” and coaches where more concerned with how they were perceived. I swear GMC was trying harder to be entertaining than get ready for regular season.

    I love “Hard Knocks” as a concept but man the Bucs were way too immature to handle it.

  16. Bucsfan951 Says:

    There goes Kobe throwing ish against the wall again hoping something sticks.

  17. BringBucsBack Says:

    I saw the picture of Smitty and at first glance thought the headline read, “I feel like everybody knows what we’re going to do”.

    “… last season was a blessing for us.”???? I’m sure this statement makes the Glaziers all tingly inside.

    I agree with other commenters, all of these epiphanies seem to be happening many years later then they should have!

  18. Mike Johnson Says:

    Right Sir Smitty. And we know If you do not win this year, We expect YOU and Koetter will be run out of town on a GD rail sir!!

  19. Buccano19 Says:

    “…loving a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs in 10 seasons.” This is even more painful given the fact that within this span, the Bucs have registered 3 winning seasons without clinching a playoff berth 😰 . No other team experiencing a drought longer than 7 years can say that. Very unlucky. #Itsabucslife

  20. BucEmUp Says:

    lol three years and Mike Smith FINALLY gets it!!!! OH YEAH I’M EXCITED BABY , NOW I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

    Nope….didnt work. I know what’s coming. I tried though

  21. Destinjohnny Says:

    Derrick brooks needs to be gm
    Ronde needs to be in the building too

  22. passthebuc Says:

    If everyone knew what was expected, they would not be losers.

  23. GrafikDetail Says:

    took Ronde Barber & John Lynch almost five seasons to figure it out