“I Don’t Know What Cleveland Was Thinking”

September 19th, 2018

Getting steady work.

One of the pleasant surprises of the 2018 season is that a guy who has only been on the team for not quite three weeks is making something of an impact.

That player would be defensive end Carl Nassib. For a guy who couldn’t make a winless team (Browns), it says something in the mind of NFL analyst and former NFL offensive lineman Brian Baldinger.

In reviewing tape of the Bucs’ win over the Eagles, Baldinger loves how Nassib is always around the ball. Interestingly, Nassib played 41 percent of the snaps in New Orleans when he was only on the team less than a week, and took 43 percent of the snaps Sunday against Philadelphia.

Nassib got a hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles last week and the week before somehow whiffed on Drew Brees, even though he had his arms around Brees. How that didn’t register as a quarterback hit is a mystery to Joe.

Find out why Baldinger likes Nassib in the video below.

43 Responses to ““I Don’t Know What Cleveland Was Thinking””

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    Set the playing time high….by example

  2. Robert Says:

    hmmmm. have to keep an eye out for him!!

    my money on gohlston blowin up this year!

  3. JimmyJack Says:

    Licht signed Fitz and this guy.

    Is “In Licht we trust” back?

  4. JimmyJack Says:

    Robert I was done with Gholston last year….Gotta say he has been impressive so far. I didn’t even think he would make the team.

  5. TampaTown Says:

    Maybe someone in Tampa (Coach Buc?) knows a good DE when he sees one.

  6. VA Tom Says:

    My apologies to whomever bragged on this kid and I opined incorrectly he’d need a bit to be developed. Wrong. He’s doing a decent job especially compared to Bucs DE’s not named JPP.

  7. Destinjohnny Says:

    Gholston actually has stepped up
    Spence you would have to say is yet another second round bust
    The bucs should have a promotion to let a fan make the second round pick in the draft next year

  8. DB55 Says:

    Have you seen the Browns depth chart? He was cut bc he’s not in the top 6 DEs in Cleveland. I liked the kid thought we should have drafted him but don’t get it twisted he’s definitely a back-up. I think Noah is getting a raw deal but wtfdik

  9. Bucsfanman Says:

    Certainly outplaying a 2nd round DE who will go nameless!

  10. Robert Says:

    I do think winning cures all. The entire team seems to be playing with purpose for the 1st time in a long long time!

    It’s good the igle came back last week a little. it’s good our defense is earning their stripes, hell they have more to improve than the offense

  11. unbelievable Says:

    “I don’t know what Cleveland was thinking”

    I had the exact same thought when they cut him. Then I realized, it’s Cleveland!

    Great pick up by Licht.

  12. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Browns line has been solid too this year; but I was surprised by this cut.

    I remember reading up on him in the 2016 draft; he was a guy I thought we might take with the Aguayo pick.

    25 years old. 3rd round pick with solid athletic pedigree

    Hell his 3 sacks last year was still more than our leading DE Will Clarke lmao

  13. AlteredEgo Says:

    I heard some talking head female do a long radio interview with Nassib on Monday I think….very interesting story and climb up the football ladder…my recollection…nothing coming out of HS…was not even a starter until his last year in college and may have played at different schools…if possible JBF could afford to replay the interview here…

  14. El_Buc941 Says:

    And it’s only week 3 and this defense is coming along nicely! I’m geeked about our potential once Grimes and Vea are plugged in! By the way Joe any update on them?

  15. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Late in 2017 PFF had a weekly article i just found that says “Defensive end Carl Nassib has an average depth of tackle of -0.1 which is tied for the best among edge defenders with 10 or more tackles.”

    PFF also has Ryan Smith graded as the #24 CB in the NFL; including his bad game vs the Saints.


  16. aceinthehole Says:

    Anybody else notice on MNF the announcers talking about the Bears D-Line and “along with Mack they have Akeem Spence?”

  17. gambelero Says:

    Cleveland passed on Chubb and Nelson to take Denzel Ward. Could have absolutely fleeced Buffalo or Arizona for that pick if they didn’t like either one of the big three. Bills beat writer Buscaglia, who called our deal with Buffalo almost exactly was saying two firsts, lower 2nd->kick back a sixth for Cleveland’s number 4. And it’s very possible they might have still gotten Ward at 12.

    Cleveland also picked Mayfield over the other choices at quarterback.

    Cleveland had a perfect season with a second year coach, 0-16, and kept that coach in charge. A lot of coaches come in and have a bad season and go on to success. When has a coach ever had a 1-31 record over two seasons and kept his job?

  18. Radsy Says:


    Akiem Hicks

  19. JimmyJack Says:

    Lord Corn thanks for that stat. Just the fact that Nassib has at least ten tackles while playing less then a third of all play tells us how effective he has been.

    Then you sprinkle in plays like the one above(must see clip) and I’m starting to think we just got a great find in this guy. He just may be around in a Buc uniform for quite a long time.

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    Oops mb you said 2017. Stupid me to think the guy had ten tackles.

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    Even from the TV view I’ve noted in the game day thread that Nassib seems to show up a lot.

  22. BigMacAttack Says:

    Yeah he put Spence on the inactive list immediately. I like Nassib too. Great leverage with that body and leg drive.

  23. Pickgrin Says:

    Bucs were fairly interested in Nassib leading up to the 2016 draft – but Licht moved up for Aguayo instead.

    Getting him on the team now – for free off waivers – is a real bonus considering the lack of quality young DL players the Bucs currently have.

    If Carl keeps progressing here – That’s just one less higher draft pick that needs to be spent on a DE next year. We do still need to draft a DE in the 1st or 2nd rd from a good crop next year – but perhaps a different high pick could be for a good OT prospect

  24. LargoBuc Says:

    I was shocked when Nassib got cut too. I kinda wanted the Bucs to draft him a couple years ago as I figured he would at the very least provide solid depth.

  25. Wausa Says:

    Almost a certainty that Gholsten is gone after this year no matter how well he plays. Perhaps the Bucs can sign Nassib for something just over the minimum and he can be added to the rotation again next year that will almost certainly include a new 1st or 2nd round DE.

  26. Nosetackle Says:

    Excuse me , but wasn’t Gholston playing more inside due to injuries ? I believe I read where his stats are actully better inside than DE these last 2 games. Just curious.

  27. Joe Says:


    Maybe. First have to know who and where it was broadcast first.

  28. OneBucPerson Says:

    I really love Nassib’s power and motor, he should be in the rotation for a long time coming, especially since it looks like Spence might be on the chopping block soon.

  29. AlteredEgo Says:

    Joe… throwing out possibilities… I flip the dial during the day … either 620 or 1040 connection ..so happy for your reference to Rock Reilly recently…. my dial is tuned for his show now… long and short it was a very good interview with Nassib

  30. 813bucboi Says:

    yeah, gholston is finally being put in position to succeed….playing DT…..buckner sure knows what he’s doing….

    regarding, nassib, like others, I wanted to draft him and was shocked the browns cut him….but if you watched HK, he wasn’t worried….he knew he wouldn’t last long on the couch……almost seemed thankful….lol…

    #TUNNELVISION!!!!!…GO BUCS!!!!!!

  31. BucsBandit Says:

    It’s obvious that ANY improvement on a Line (O or D) makes the others better. Jensen is clearly making everyone else on our O-Line better…

    The same is happening on the D-Line.

    I said it before the season started, Gerald McCoy will have his best year yet THIS season. He’s off to a great start.

    It matters greatly who you have playing around you. Our D-Line is bringing pressure from all positions. It fires guys up. It makes the others really want to contribute to make the other guys proud.

    You don’t just want to see the rest of your line getting the sacks and celebrating, YOU want to join the party and get sacks too.

    Our D-Line is only going to get better with more playing time together. If Vea can contribute at all, it’s a nice bonus that makes us even STRONGER. Same goes for Unrein coming back to contribute.

  32. Mike Johnson Says:

    Give’em Hell Nassib!!!

  33. pick6 Says:

    D line getting bigger and more physical, each big guy is making the other big guys more effective and we still have 2 of our biggest yet to come back. Not much room for Noah Spence in the land of giant humans that is the Bucs D-line room

  34. Rod Munch Says:

    One thing on Gholston, the way his deal is done the value of his contract drops, I think to like $4m, so if starts playing like he did to get his contract, he’ll probably end up being back. Licht did a few contracts that way so he’d have more money available to resign everyone.

    One that probably won’t be back is Brate. Everyone makes a big deal about the Bucs signing him to a big deal, but it really wasn’t, it was a one year $7m deal, with a year $7m option, or the Bucs can cut him for nothing after this year. The Bucs, I’d assume, will hang on to him and try to trade him in the offseason assuming OJ keeps it up. However, with that said, Jameis has traditionally used his TE’s a lot more than Fitz, although how much of that is due to playcalling and how much is due to the QB has yet to be seen. But when Winston is back I’d assume Brate will come back to life. Additionally the Bucs, because they’ve been scoring so quickly, haven’t had a lot of offensive snaps – so Brate not showing up on the stat sheet yet could just be because the Bucs offense is getting off the field quickly because of the big plays.

  35. Miguel Grande Says:

    Nassib got a lot of air time on Hard Knocks. I was surprised the Brownies cut both Carl and the DE (Orchard) who got a Pick 6 in the 4th preseason game.

    Orchard was undersized but had a good motor.

    Nassib is a baller and seems to have a good head on his shoulders.

  36. John Says:

    Carl nasty!!

  37. Brandon Says:


    Glad you checked out that tweet by Baldinger. Don’t know if it was off my suggestion or you found it on your own but I thought it was a great and nice take on Nassib.

  38. SOEbuc Says:

    That was a gross video. I remember against Philly I was like “who’s that LB lined up at right side DE?” Dude definitley has some power and push.

  39. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    @Jimmy Jack No… the Fire Lichters are still here. Fitzmagic covers up a lot. The defense is not very good and the Bucs are still 40-1 to win it all.

  40. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I went and watched hard knocks because we signed him. To be honest, I don’t know why Licht signed him. He was an interesting featured player, but not all that impressive on the field. But I loved his attitude and relationship with his father.

  41. rrsrq Says:

    What has Nassib done, stat line 0 tackles, 0 sacks, heart and hustle

  42. Another J Says:

    Nassib blew us up last year when we played Cleveland.
    Licht was taking notes too that day, I’m glad we signed him.

  43. Holy Facepalm Says:

    Hue might be the b=dumbest man in football. After Mayfield won last night he said he’d have to look at the tape to decide whether to play him next week.

    Thanks for Nassib, Hue!