“Lightning” Spence

July 30th, 2016
Ready to sizzle in pads.

Ready to sizzle in pads, says Dirk Koetter.

This morning, the Bucs are holding their first training camp practice open to the general public. Joe is guessing it will be a mad house.

However, the practice will still be underwear football. That will change Sunday, per Dirk Koetter, when the Bucs are eligible to put the pads on. You’ll want to head out to One Buc Palace because Koetter all but said fans will be treated to a show.

The show will include lightning, Koetter said. And not the stuff from the sky that gives you an instant Kenny Bell afro.

No, this lightning will come from rookie defensive end Noah Spance.

Koetter was asked after practice Friday about Spence’s progress and Koetter could barely contain his excitement.

“We’re real fired up about both Vernon [Hargreaves] and Noah,” Koetter said. “Noah, obviously ,will show up more when the pads come on. We’re quick-whistling everything right now, but you ask any of our O-lineman, that guy’s lightning off the edge, so excited to see that guy in pads.”

Joe can understand that. During one underwear practice this spring, there was a play in which the Bucs had Spence lined up at outside linebacker. He fired in for a pass rush and it was like a red blur.

Granted, it was underwear football and Spence couldn’t really be blocked as hitting is verbotten in underwear football. But Joe saw what Koetter referenced. It was like Spence was shot out of a cannon.

27 Responses to ““Lightning” Spence”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I have confidence that our defense will be unpredictable this year……line Spence up as a LB but send LVD instead on some plays…..I can’t wait to see it….

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Playing off the “unpredictable” that Tampabaybucfan mentioned. The Defense can now “Overload” a weak spot of an o-line. JS56 Sounds like he will be a pass rush specialist, rotational guy!!! Which some around here have been saying for years!!! I will love seeing all the different packages on Defense!!! What a stark contrast from last year when coach my scheme’s game plan was as difficult as a 1st vanilla preseason game!!!!!!

    So excited this year!!!
    Go Bucs!!!!!
    8 days until preseason games start!!!!!

  3. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    I’m so excited about this kids potential, he’s gotten special written all over him. Unlike most rookie pass rushers, he already has a multiple moves to throw at u and doesn’t live off just one. So as a lineman u can’t expect that one move wich makes him that more dangerous. I love our first 2 picks and think the sky is the limit for the both og them. Can’t wait to see them at practice tomorrow. GO BUCS!!!

  4. Kevin Says:

    Him and McCoy are going to.compliment wach other so well. Everyone on that line is going to benefit from this kid. I cannot wait!!!!!

  5. BigHogHaynes Says:

    You guys kill me with all this unpredictable defensive scheme crap, that because you eat up the turds who suggest my coach scheme only ran the Tampa2 which is an out right balled/faced lie! May be he could have run different looks if we didn’t have a rookie starting at middle linebacker or a decent pair of cornerbacks! Pike all your excuses up now because in a few weeks, I’m gonna see who gets to be the scapegoat!

  6. Harry Says:

    I am very excited. We will finally see progress (beyond what Jameis does) in the team improving. I have recently moved to Costa Rica. How can I watch the Bucs games here? If anyone knows, please help!

  7. tmaxcon Says:


    I spend a lot of time in Costa Rica depending what area you are you can find the games. In Tamarindo there are 2 sports bars that shiw the games. It’s fairly easy to find NFL in San Jose. If you want to watch at home and reliable internet and a decent PC or tablet there are multiple options using Kodi media center to watch the games. Search google for kodi nfl and you will find all the info you need. There are so many expats down there you can even find watch partys with felliw fans. Tamarindo has several buc fans that get together for games

  8. The Real Malloy Says:

    Big Hog Haynes,

    Are you one of Lovies kids or something? Take that BS attitude to the cornfields in Illinois you bum.

  9. Bucs_takingourtreasure2016 Says:

    If you don’t have anything to say that is positive about this team then shut the hell up!!!

  10. ATrain Says:

    The ATrain has called it.

    The Dogs are getting turned loose..

    Watch the Kitty Katts run… Hahaha

  11. ATrain Says:

    We know Super Cats weakness, getting rushed ..The Bronco’s showed his weakness

  12. tmaxcon Says:


    Once again you refuse to hold a failed coach responsible for his incompetence. You continue ignore how important quality coaching with creative schemes is for sucess in the nfl. If coaching(head coaching and assistant coaches) were not so critical to a teams success the cheap arse owners would not spend millions and millions of dollars on coaches each year. Lovie was too stubborn and too ignorant to change his scheme and philosophies to keep up with the evolution of the game and rule changes. A blind man could see how predictable and outdated the incompetent ones scheme was. The bucs were unprepared and unmotivated for 2 years during his tenure and that is coaching. Now he gets to be the dean of cursing at a totally irrelevant football program in the corn fields…

  13. Stpeteburtaicsfan Says:

    I agree with with TBBF and Realist. The unpredictability and variety on D will be a great asset and we clearly have the talent to do exactly what TBBF and Realist are suggesting.

    Now here is the real test for most of we Buc fans. And this is at you BigHog.

    I don’t care whether you call it a Tampa2…the newest most revolutionary defensive thoughts in the league…Lovie’s D FAILED!!!

    Here are two things for sure BigBoss that Lovie failed to accomplish that I’m going to be watching.

    #1 Can we stop a freaking slant over the middle? Get that BigHog? Can we stop a freaking slant over the middle or is it going to be like last year where we NEVER jam receivers and let them run free over the middle. Yeah that is the “safe” Lovie way to view it…limits long TD’s for sure…but a death of a thousand cuts or slants over the middle is just as deadly as a long TD bomb.

    #2 Can we get off the field on 3rd down. Blame it on Lovie or blame it on the players or blame it on the football gods but I can’t recall being soooo frustrated by a team giving up first downs on 3rd and fairly long….the other team simply cannot be allowed to convert 3rd and ten with regularity.

    We have the players…we have the coaches…soon we’ll have the wins..and then the fans return big time.

    GO BUCS!

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    StPete.. what’s a burtaic? Spence, one of the lightening the air out defenders, Jameis and crew the thunder.

  15. Mojiska Says:

    Whether it was a true Tampa 2 or a variation of it, or another d altogether, it was not good. It was very predictable and was not adjusting from series to series, or game to game. Our continual weak spot was short quick inside routes. Either the corners continually made mistakes or they were put in terrible positions to succeed. Even a pop Warner coach understands that mixing some bump man or bump zone (man does a better job at taking away slants) will help take away that option. So was that never called, or did they continually line up wrong? Either way that’s on the coaches ultimately. If you put a guy in a position to fail, expect them to fail. If they line up wrong and you don’t pull them, your fault again. I wanted lovie to work out, I really did. But he was unable or unwilling to adapt a scheme for his talent. A coach like that has to go.

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    Lets see..How shot out of a cannon Spence will be during the regular season first. Anybody/Everybody can look good in practice. The nuts will be cracked open in the regular season. Until then? Its all premature speculation.

  17. DB55 Says:

    I’m interested to see if DSmith has trouble blocking Spawn. He has in the past yet DSmith held his own last year vs NFL competition. I’m wondering if that match-up might shed some light on how bad ass Spawn really is.

  18. DB55 Says:

    Mike Johnson is premature speculation. Your daddy shoulda shot you into a sock. #loser

  19. Pawel Says:

    Mike Johnson , if you watched any Spence highlight, he was around the QB almost every play! He can easily get 10 sacks with his quickness of the edge.

  20. Joe Says:

    Him and McCoy are going to.compliment wach other so well.

    Thinking the same. GMC is lightning quick getting off the snap. Same with Spence. Joe’s eager to see what happens Sept. 11.

  21. Joe Says:

    As far as predictability, Joe spoke with an NFL GM at the combine over an adult beverage. Joe asked him about Lovie’s defense and why it was a sieve.

    Joe was told that when the offense broke the huddle facing Lovie’s defense, Lovie played just two different kind of defenses: Defense-A and Defense-B. All the quarterback had to do when he came out of the huddle was to look at the defense: If it isn’t A, it is B; if it isn’t B, it’s A, and audible accordingly.

    You can take the word of someone who wants to believe something, or you can take Joe’s word who actually speaks with NFL people to try to understand and learn what’s going on.

  22. tnew Says:

    This was my must have guy in the draft. So happy he fell to the second round. If he wouldn’t have had a soft hammy in the combine, there would’ve been no chance.

  23. Brent bull/buc Says:

    Yeah appreciate the gm info on lovie. I heard parcels say qbs are more effective against some cover schemes now than 10 years ago. My main thing was be unpredictable and adjust your schemes to your personnel. I feel like our secondary was underperforming and guys had low confidence. Lovie also had a lot of debacle games on d: Titans, Rams, Ravens, Falcons. I mean stuff that embarrassed the fans. I just hope the new regime is better.

  24. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Nickname: Spectacular Spence

  25. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    DB55 that was way too funny. I’m sure some of us have done that atleast once.

    You guys who keep saying Tampa 2 is obsolete are obsolete. It can be ran in it’s pure form as well as different hybrids. With a good front 4 and corners who can cover at least 2.5 seconds it is an effective defense. Lovies problem was he was too stoic and stubborn to mix things up and this article proves how predictable his defense was. It was broke and they showed him and he refused to change. Now you guys who keep calling him incompetent and are so harsh on him I believe if he was white this wouldn’t be going on. You act like he wants to marry your mothers. BigHog and MikeJohnson you guys do the same towards Koetter you ain’t no different than them. So if the Bucs don’t bomb as it seems you two hope happens so you can say I told you so and see how these guys praising Koetter and the new staff before they’ve even coached an NFL game are you two gonna keep up keep hating on them because of their color or will you be happy and give props where they’re due? Inquiring minds want to know!

  26. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    BigHog and MikeJohnson what StPete and tmax said. How could you watch that defense week after week for two staight seasons and not believe Lovie had to go??? Take off your sun glasses and see the light.

  27. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:


    I highly doubt that race has anything to do with it, at least I would hope not. Your either a good coach or your not. It has nothing to do with the color of your skin. Period.