“Something To Look Forward To”

May 6th, 2020

All smiles over Tom Brady.

Even though fans pay big money to watch large men play football, or we invest so much time on weekends and throughout the offseason watching, Bucs players, when you strip all the glitz and glamour, are regular people with irregular jobs.

And just like the rest of us who were locked inside our homes for weeks and are still somewhat paranoid to pump gas much less hop on a plane to Vegas or the Bahamas, Bucs players were in the same boat.

You know, we are all in this together.

So when Tom Brady news broke in early March, right when The Sickness began to change all our lives, healthy or ill, Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith said the news really helped him take his mind off the depressing and scary reports that have become the new world we live in and focus on football.

“I was super excited to hear we signed Tom Brady,” said Smith in a Zoom conference chat today. “Basically, me and my guys are going to have the opportunity to block for the greatest quarterback of all time.

“I was super excited about it and I was ready to go. It gave us something to look forward to with all of these things going on in terms of the pandemic.”

One thing Smith noted about Brady coming to the Bucs: pass blocking may not be as difficult with Brady. Why? He said that with Brady having such a quick release, it will take some pressure off him and his fellow offensive linemen.

Joe put that comment out on Twitter and almost right away someone replied that was a shot at Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston. Not so.

Joe knows Jameis and Smith are tight. They entered the league together and Joe knows Smith and Jameis have attended Orlando Magic games and Jameis has attended Smith’s charity events.

Later when asked about Jameis, Smith said he has “nothing but love and respect” for the only starting NFL quarterback he has ever known.

(No, Joe doesn’t count Ryan Fitzpatrick.)

37 Responses to ““Something To Look Forward To””

  1. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    TB will put a boot up his azz if he is slacking off before the whistle

  2. AKicknTheBucNuts Says:

    It’s not a cheap shot if it’s the facts.

  3. JimmyJack Says:

    I think all Bucs players fans and media’s should refrain from saying any good things about Tom if it’s going to hurt Winston’s feelings. Or the feelings of his fans.

  4. ItzOK Says:

    In Brady’s ability to get rid of the ball fast we trust. That factor alone is the reason I thought it wasn’t crucial to draft a guard to play RT in rd 1 of the draft.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Somehow, someway……Joe always makes every article about Jameis……

  6. Buc15 Says:

    Tampabaybucfan – I noticed that too

  7. Tye Says:

    Brady’s ability to decipher defenses and rapid process to the best option added with that quick release should yield quite a drop in sacks as well..
    massive upgrade indeed!

  8. Ndog Says:

    See this is the stuff that is puzzling, when the reality says they were only two-tenths of a second apart last year.

    Time to throw last year:
    Brady: 2.75
    Winston: 2.77

  9. 813bucboi Says:


    NFL Technology objectively tracks “Time To Throw” (snap to release) and Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback, has been near the bottom of the NFL the past three years, meaning he takes more time to throw than most:
    2.88 seconds average (2016)
    2.77 (2017)
    2.80 (2018)

    and in 2019 it was 2.77

    see whats going on?….JW never improved!!!!!!!!

    but go ahead and blame the kicker….lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  10. Ndog Says:

    813bucboi do you not think the style of offense has nothing to do with it? Serious question.

  11. 813bucboi Says:

    Ndog Says:
    December 14th, 2019 at 6:46 pm
    The people saying sign him for $10M to $15M are yet again proving how CLUELESS they truly are. SMH!!!


    i guess the bucs fans, the saints and every other team in the nfl are clueless…lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  12. Ndog Says:

    And what does that have to do with comparing the two when that was literally in the article?

    See everyone that gets on my case I clearly make a point about the article and get attacked with the next comment.

  13. Ndog Says:

    Again attacked and I’m the one starting stuff right?

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    not when you have 2 1k WRs that you have been playing with for a few years….its about timing, anticipation, decision making….

    do you think the lack of weapons has anything to do with bradys time to throw in 2019?

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    the article was about ds76 being excited to block for brady….

    you brought JW trash @$$ yet again….

    you’re trying to compare a back-up QB to the greatest QB ever to play the game….give it up….

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  16. Ndog Says:

    I’m done, not doing this anymore, enjoy your CLUELESSNESS 813.

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    and toms worst year at time to throw was still better than JWs🤣🤣🤣

    JW IS A BUST!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    i hope you are done!!!!!…lol….

    you know nothing but JW jockstrap!!!!

    back in your cage mutt!!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    Yes NDog……what 813 said. If you broaden your search and look at more then just this season you will see a large difference from Brady to Winston. It’s like tenths of seconds difference which doesn’t mean much to me……But I have seen enough Drew Brees to know from my eyes he appears to be elite at getting it out quickly.

    So if you look at Drew’s number and set that as a barometer of sorts you’ll notice Tom is not far off over his career while Winston has been noticably slower.

    Tom’s number last year was his slowest time of record. I don’t know the reason but it does seem to be Tom didn’t get rid of the ball as quickly and regressed to a more pedestrian level near Winston……Not that Winston got to the elite level of players like Brees and where Tom has been near.

    The reason why Tom’s number was lower I have no idea. Bit he and Winston played in separate offenses so the number Tom posts this year will be much more revealing……Something else that was interesting when I looked was that Ryan Fitzpatrick had a much noticeable difference and was much faster then Winston. I really don’t like making comparisons to Ryan but it’s relevant since he is the only QB we can compare to in same exact offense……..This might reveal that Winston is on the slow side of getting rid of the ball and another QB in the same offense could make a noticeable difference

    But I think the best comparison will be to see what Brady’s number is this year and see how much cheaper faster or slower it is compared to Winston. Seems most fair to me

  20. Bucsfanman Says:

    ATTENTION: ALL Winston STILL-supporters, please move immediately to your safe space now! Another player has mentioned a trait not associated with Winston. Please report to your safe space immediately!

    Geez! We’re talking about, arguably, THEE best QB ever. At his best, Jameis has ZERO chance of being comparable to Tom Brady. This is not conjecture or hypothesis, this is FACT.

  21. Tye Says:


    YO bro, did you just use his own comment from last year against him?
    Man, some of y’all are next level ‘I ain’t playin wich you’…

  22. Bird Says:

    813 bucboi

    Dang man. Kudos to you. I owe you a beer at the next buc game whenever that may be.
    Owning Ndog again . Dont worry. He will be back in 2 days saying he is back like anyone cares.

    He claims to only comment about the article is classic him. Or rips someone who talks negative about jameis when the article is not about jameis.

    In reality , It doesnt matter what the article is about …it will end up being about jameis when it comes to ndog …the biggest hypocrite on here
    He admits to not rooting against saints when they play bucs 😂

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    NDog 813 actually makes a decent point.

    You compared one year worth of numbers which holds little truth if you look at other years. In short Tom had to regress to close to Winston’s number.

    I don’t know why Tom’s number was slower last year but I do know(just based on my eyes) that Brees is elite with quickness.

    If you use Drew’s numbers as a barometer you see that Winston is far off and that Tom has gotten close to that level.

    Now I hate to use Ryan Fitzpatrick as a comparison but it is relevant because he ran the same offenses as Winston. He was my choice quicker. Can Tom be quicker also? That’s the real question….How he does in the same offense. Using only numbers from 2019 in completely separate offenses is irrevelant especially if Brady has a elite number this year in the same offense.

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You really can’t compare time to throw stats without having the QBs play for the same team…..
    Let’s see what Brady’s stats are this year……

    I suspect his time to throw wasn’t too good in 2019 because he had virtually no weapons.

    It could also be that the receivers don’t run good routes or their is a focus on throwing downfield.

    It seems to me when we play other teams they get the ball out very quickly on us….deliberately.

  25. DBS Says:

    Another bait and trigger job.

  26. Zwak Says:

    Better step your game up Sir!!

  27. Says:

    C’mon man. Low blow again, this time with Fitz. Let the man rest in peace with his jersey in Canton!

  28. Bird Says:

    Getting ball out quick important
    I think td to int ratio more important . QBs/coaches/teams strive for 2 to 1

    In 5 years with bucs jameis never had a 2 to 1 td to int ratio. Not really close
    Closest was 19 tds to 11 ints in not complete 16 game season

    Check out brady’s last 10 years –
    9 to 1
    3 to 1
    4 to 1
    2 to 1
    3 to 1
    5 to 1
    14 to 1
    4 to 1
    Almost 3 to 1
    3 to 1

    And Don’t forget 50 tds to 8 ints season his best as a pro

  29. I Bleed Pewter Says:

    Everybody is excited Brady is here!

    Everybody is excited Winston is gone!

    I’m just being pragmatic. Eat your heart out ndog lol

  30. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    That smile is knowing he won’t ever have to block for a 8 second pass.
    Jameis would hold on allll day to make something happen and sometimes it was beautiful, so dang beautiful. Sometimes it ended and complete disaster which resulted in some of the most embarrassing plays by a professional QB. I always supported Jameis and defended him because he was our guy but in the back of my mind I never knew when he was going to decide to do something crazy and stupid. Even in year 5, every possession was this nervous anticipation of please don’t throw a pick.

    I got sidetracked, anyways, Tom will get that ball out one way or another in 4-5 seconds MAX. He is not going to extend a play and make it into a 8-10 second pass. Maybe he won’t run 20 yards back into the end zone and then out, then launch a 50 yard bomb to Evans, but he also won’t try to throw the ball into triple coverage as he is falling on his butt. I’ll take that trade off and I guarantee these lineman will appreciate not having to black 300 lb athletic freaks for that long.

    Rant over.

  31. Geno711 Says:

    One thing Smith noted about Brady coming to the Bucs: pass blocking may not be as difficult with Brady. Why? He said that with Brady having such a quick release, it will take some pressure off him and his fellow offensive linemen.

    Donovan Smith is a smart man. I appreciate him seeing a difference and it gets me excited for the season. I am a huge Brady fan!

  32. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Hey if we all stop replying to NDOG, maybe he’ll go away and start following the Saints.

  33. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    HaHa good one bredren.

  34. Jeffbuc Says:

    Ndog that time stat is skewed because 106 times last year Jamie’s threw the ball in under 2 seconds he threw 22 interceptions. If you take out those under two second throws where he had a 22% interception rate which is the highest rated by 16% than any QBs in the history of the nfl. His average release time was 3.23 so go ahead try and debate that factual stat. You can’t it’s over you lose saints.com is waiting. Where you can all say we have the best QBs room in the nfl we have brees and we have the best Steve young who has thrown 20 passes and is 31 and the most turnover prone qb in league history. I really hope brees is out versus us both games and jameis starts. And you know and everyone else knows he will be horrible so amped he sails balls throws a bunch of pics and comes off the field after everyone like he did with us looking like he is crying and just sucked on a lemon at the same time. Then we will see a next drive rah rah speech only for him two sail the next two passes out of bounds and they punt and we see crying lemon face again. And you think he could win a intense pressure playoff game. Last time he was in a playoff game it was college and he stumbled backwards and backwards before folly fumbling the ball then comes to the side line and begins to chew out his coach and then walk away and ignore him. And next possession lose it on a ref. Pressure bust pipes and you have busted his pipes enough on this site. Now spit or swallow you pride and jump on the hype train that every other buc fan is enjoying right now

  35. 941bucsfan Says:

    lol Donovan Smith is trash.

  36. REDZONE BA Fan Says:

    D needs to prepare for more snaps in 2020 based on more Offensive-drives resulting in punts. Good news for D, is better field position to defend. Bad news – way more snaps.

    JW had his horrible TO’s, but also “hold-your-breath” moments scrambling for 4-6 seconds looking for a targets that resulted in JW running for 1st downs to extend drives. Those days are over with Tompa Brady as QB. And BA offense down-field that takes time to develop.

    Tompa Brady will either find his target immediately or toss ball out of bounds in BA risk-it offense. Make no mistake, Tompa is excited about the long game w/BA offense and freedom afforded to look deep. But > Gone are the days of QB extending a play running for a 1st down. Tompa is a statue in pocket and slow runner. Preserving health for the season is Tompa Brady goal, as it should be; he will avoid big hits and definitely not scramble for extra yards.

    Bucs D better be awesome, as we predict. D will play a lot more downs in 2020 than in 2019. And I get that D will not care about extra snaps if Bucs make playoffs.

    Predicting 9-7 in 2020 and on cusp for playoffs,….Bucs have a lot to overcome with new pieces jelling than meets naked eye, and outside of Covid-19 issues that are same for every team. Hoping for better…just being realistic.

  37. BUCCADAWG Says: