Koetter: “Nagging” Injury Affecting Noah Spence

November 1st, 2016
Dirk Koetter weighs in

Dirk Koetter weighs in

Rookie defensive end Noah Spence isn’t on the Bucs’ injury report, but that doesn’t mean he’s playing at full strength.

Dirk Koetter opened up today about Spence in a conference call with Atlanta media.

The great D. Orlando Ledbetter, longtime beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, typed up Koetter’s report.

Q: How’s Noah Spence coming along for the Bucs?

A: “Noah, he’s playing through a little nagging injury right now. He’s done a good job. I think you can somewhat look at Noah how the Atlanta folks looked at Beasley a year ago. These guys come into the league as fast pass rusher guys out of college. It maybe takes them a little bit of time to adjust to the linemen in the NFL and the speed of the NFL game. You know, we are hoping that Noah continues to improve just like Beasley has done for the (Falcons).”

Interesting to hear Koetter also reference the adjustment period for Spence, who’s now a seven-game veteran. Yes, Spence injured his shoulder a few weeks ago — to what extent has always been unclear.

Joe is not worried about Spence at all, even if he proves to be only a strong situational pass rusher. The Bucs have much greater concerns.

23 Responses to “Koetter: “Nagging” Injury Affecting Noah Spence”

  1. DB55 Says:

    What he hurt his shoulder and is playing? And recording sacks? That’s just not possible. Tell Noah to kick himself in the calf and take 3 weeks off. There’s no way he can play w a bum shoulder, it’s physically impossible.

  2. Chris Says:

    Well , you know , a strained calf is far more serious than a hurt shoulder. Hopefully his desire isn’t poisoned by the softness of the leaders of this team

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    @DB55….that only happens once they get their second contract….GO BUCS!!!!

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    I bet the first thing 93 taught the rookie defenders was how to read their paystubs and that losing is ok as long as you smile.

    I am hoping for good things down the road for Noah Spence. He needs help at DT can’t expect a rookie de with a bum shoulder to do it all on his own. Need help at DT…. A little heart at DT would not hurt either.

  5. Kobe Faker Says:

    Dumb and dumber

    might start playing the woe is me injury bug card

    If our roster wasnt riddled with injury, we would have won the superbowl

  6. DB55 Says:


  7. astrobuc Says:

    The same people saying the same thing over and over and over.
    You keep trying to convince everybody, but you are still wrong.

  8. tmaxcon Says:


    if we are still wrong it should be easy for you all to point out all the great plays and timely pressure. Hell even the GMC supporters are crying about pass rush but god forbid they hold the leader and highest paid fragile DT accountable. He misses too many games and disappears in too many others and that is indisputable.

  9. JonBuc Says:

    McCoy and Sam Bradford have made more money while providing no meaningful impact in the history of the NFL…

  10. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Torn labrum can be a significant long term injury if not surgically repaired

  11. LargoBuc Says:

    Hoping Spence can be a beast, I expected to see Mike Smith stand him up a bit more often, but i’ll take the progress 😀

  12. AtlBucFanDan Says:

    Listening to John Lynch talk about changing a losing culture…

  13. ChanEpic Says:

    JonBuc – Don’t forget D. Martin in your scenario #alwayshurt

  14. JonBuc Says:

    ChanEpic Says:
    November 1st, 2016 at 6:13 pm
    JonBuc – Don’t forget D. Martin in your scenario #alwayshurt

    Certainly true this season, ChanEpic. Both Bradford and McCoy have signed contracts in excess of 125 million dollars for their respective careers. It’s stunning.

  15. ElioT Says:

    I think McCoy’s nagging injuries are contagious…

  16. Chris Says:

    You’re right Warren, a torn Labia can be severe long term, it sure has been for Geralidine

  17. Shadow man Says:

    Lawrence of the labia

  18. lurker Says:

    wow, misogyny at jbf? not surprised.

  19. Jersey Buc Says:

    Mike Smith won’t stand Spence up, because that would actually work. Lol. Imagine, moving him up and down the line of scrimmage, getting a jump on a slow moving offensive lineman. How dare he try something that would actually disrupt the other team’s offense. Lol.

  20. Pelbuc Says:

    Just keep him far away from that impersonator, GMC. Bucs love to overpay for losers. Dude always disappears during crunch time. LVD is not too far behind.

  21. NutterBuccer Says:

    The fact that you all are hating on McCoy is absolutely ridiculous lol. He’s one of best DT in the game, the guy has played through several injuries throughout his career and when he misses time it’s because he can’t go. Kind of pathetic how you hate on him actually.

  22. orlbucfan Says:

    tmaxcon–just how much is JBf paying you for the constant ragging on GMC? How do I apply 4 the gig? 🙂 If Spence is hurt, how’s he getting sacks? They giving him morphine shots off record? I’m more concerned about Mikey Smith. Is he over-rated as a coach?

  23. mike10 Says:

    813, amen brother.

    I have all the respect in the world for him being a fighter and playing thru it. That’s a work ethic many players on the field (in the training room) don’t have.