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Lions, Jaguars downplay possibility of Mike Thomas sharing secrets

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Mike Thomas was traded from the Jaguars to the Lions this week, and the Jaguars play the Lions on Sunday. So does that mean Thomas will be handing the Jaguars’ playbook to the Lions’ defense, teaching the Lions the Jaguars’ signals, and otherwise serving as an informant?

Not according to people on both teams, who say Thomas might try to give the Lions some information, but there’s only so much you can do in a few days of meetings.

It’s a different scheme going in this week,” Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey said. “He hadn’t heard anything for this game plan. No, I have not been involved in anything like this where a player has been traded the same week. It’s hard to give a lot of information, then for a defense to not only know what they’re doing, then process what the offense is doing and have to adjust to it all in a short amount of time. That’s a very difficult thing to be able to do.”

Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch said it couldn’t hurt for the Lions’ defense to talk to Thomas, but he noted that it’s not like Thomas knows which plays the Jaguars are going to call.

“I’m not sure if he can give us anything, but I’m sure we’ll take it,” Tulloch said.

Thomas was acquired for the way he can help the Lions’ offense. Any help he can give the Lions’ defense this week is a bonus, but it’s a small bonus.

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12 Responses to “Lions, Jaguars downplay possibility of Mike Thomas sharing secrets”
  1. bcb1999 says: Nov 1, 2012 12:07 PM

    Here’s a secret…Mike Thomas can’t catch. Maybe he should have shared that before the Lions got him.

  2. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2012 12:07 PM

    Here’s the big secret when playing the Jags, always play the run.

    Pretty simple.

  3. dolphindad says: Nov 1, 2012 12:08 PM

    really, what’s he going to tell them. 1st down run left, 2nd down run right, 3rd down incomplete pass.4th down punt. the secret is out on jacksonville.

  4. bla bla bla says: Nov 1, 2012 12:10 PM

    These are the same Lions that got Packers info by telephone from Favre. Favre made the call, scumbag that he is, but the Lions didn’t have to take it.

    I’m not even condemning it. Competitive advantage is competitive advantage, and worth getting any way you can as long at it’s within the rules; but if they were willing to gain a competitive advantage in that manner before, nobody in their right mind would think that they won’t do it again.

  5. mtheparrothead says: Nov 1, 2012 12:10 PM

    He’s already shown everyone how to get paid and mail it in.

  6. robigd says: Nov 1, 2012 12:15 PM

    I think the great Clark Wilhelm Griswold said it best…. “Does it really matter Eddie?”

  7. popcrowl says: Nov 1, 2012 12:21 PM

    Here are the the team secrets; the Jaguars stink. And my new team is not setting anyone on fire either.
    Now that’s mind blowing information

  8. cliverush says: Nov 1, 2012 12:41 PM

    The Jets do this to the Pats and the Pats reciprocate and none of it matters in the game except how the players execute.

  9. amoses74 says: Nov 1, 2012 12:47 PM

    what secrets could he share? “hey guys……their best player is hurt, the qb sucks and the rookie wideout they drafted looks lost”

    thats value!

  10. burlbradley says: Nov 1, 2012 1:42 PM

    The only secret he has is how to prolong a dying career.

  11. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 1, 2012 2:29 PM

    Just from watching Thomas on the field, I don’t think he actually knew the Jaguars’ offensive plays anyway. Most of the receivers don’t.

  12. goatcheez says: Nov 1, 2012 7:07 PM

    How in the world did the Jags throw the ball 49 times last week? There goes the 1st down, 2nd down run, 3rd down pass plan.

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