Hustling Akeem Spence

November 17th, 2013

Sometimes, the result of one play is insignificant but the play itself speaks volumes.

It was early in the second quarter and the Dixie Chicks had 2nd-and-1 from their 29 yard line. Matty Ice, out of a no-huddle, tosses a screen pass to Steven Jackson who rumbles up the middle for a first down with a gain of 12.

Not cool for Bucs fans. But peeling back the onion skin a little showed a whole lot of cool. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence, after Jackson caught the pass, peeled off his blocker and gave chase, corralling Jackson from behind for the tackle.

Now if fans want evidence of a team, despite a sorry 2-8 record, that has not given up, there you have it. A defensive tackle who was locked up with a blocker shed said blocker and then ran down one of the better running backs to have played in the NFL in the past decade.

That is hustle. That is heart. That sure as hell isn’t quit.

That didn’t happen in the final couple of months of the Raheem Morris administration.

“On screen plays, we are taught to retrace,” Spence said of his hustling play. “Steven Jackson is a big guy and I happened to have wrapped his legs up and bring him down. It’s just about playing relentless.

“It shows we are building every week. We haven’t gotten the results we wanted earlier in the season but we are turning things around. We are playing electric right now.”

5 Responses to “Hustling Akeem Spence”

  1. Oahubuc Says:

    I noticed him getting up there for the tackle. I’m a big fan of that kid.

  2. RealityCheck Says:


  3. Stevek Says:

    Schiano and Glennon are bringing it all together.

    Keep it rolling!

  4. WalkdaPlank Says:

    If there was any evidence of the team quitting, Schiano surely would have been fired 2 or 3 weeks ago, but the Seattle game showed that this team did not pull a Raheem Morris era kind of turn. At least give Schiano credit for that.

  5. teacherman777 Says:

    I am one of the few who never lost hope in Coach Schiano.

    Our D looks like the D of the late 90’s.

    We are playing hard, fast football.

    If Bellicheck likes Schiano, then we are LUCKY to have him as a Coach.