“We Struggle To Block Him All Week”

December 3rd, 2018

Before yesterday’s game, general manager Jason Licht uttered the old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

He wasn’t quoting Angus Young.

Licht was talking about defensive end Carl Nassib on the Buccaneers Radio Network. Of course, Nassib was the Browns castoff Licht claimed on waivers in early September.

Nassib and friends went out minutes later and won the trenches battle against the Panthers. The pass rush came in waves and was relentless.

Dirk Koetter talked about the D-line success today and said it all starts with the play of Nassib and Jason Pierre-Paul. Nassib is known for his motor and Koetter said “we struggle to block him all week.” JPP is also a practice warrior but doesn’t practice as often because of injury, Koetter explained.

Nassib, 25, had two quarterback hits Sunday but no other stats in the box score, which was just fine as the D-line as a group was extraordinarily consistent and disciplined.

Even with 5 1/2 sacks this season, Nassib’s play has been much more than about numbers, as Koetter explained. He’s driving significant change in the defense, the kind that feels like an overhaul rather than a streak.

40 Responses to ““We Struggle To Block Him All Week””

  1. ThunderSack Says:

    I am still at a loss how Cleveland cut him. He was at least serviceable in their scheme. In our scheme he is wrecking game plans!

  2. Slugglife Says:

    He’s playing great. If that DLine can get it all going at once, to include Vea, the back 7 will terrorize passers.

  3. Not there yet Says:

    They have trouble blocking him because the line is trash. He’s a good player and there’s a nice rotation going on at end. I wonder why they don’t let Spence try his hand at strong side linebacker if he’s too small for d end, he’s a lot quicker than the starter there now. Koetter has no imagination whatsoever but the real test comes this week, panthers offense isn’t as strong as we thought

  4. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    ^^ I agree, @ThunderSack — I thought Nassib looked good when watching Cleveland on Hard Knocks this year. — I was excited when we got him. — Obviously I didn’t know he would be doing THIS though, lol!

  5. Boo Says:

    He did nothing in Cleveland. They have Garrett and Ogbah, drafted Chad Thomas from the U. So they picked journeyman Chris Smith and a Anthony Zettel (6.5 sacks with Detroit in ‘17) over him.

  6. FreeTheSecretWeapon Says:

    Its a story of timing.

    What better place than here? What better time than now???

    (And you say???)

  7. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Is that Nowhere Spence talking to our stud Nassib!

    Get that cursed “kennybell award winning” Bust away from our sackmaster!”

    Kobe Faker

  8. Bucs 14 Says:

    This D line could be great. How many years JPP has left is a worry. Nassib and Vea will be very good in the future. The weak link though is the over paid, under producing, ice cream softie, GMC the Cancer93. I think they need to dump 93 and his big salary. Draft a defensive lineman. I would go for Quentin Williams from Alabama. he is a monster.

  9. Season Is Over Says:

    Steelers get Watt and we get Nassib and Noah Presence. A Buc life.

  10. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Kobe Faker Says:
    “Is that Nowhere Spence talking to our stud Nassib!”


    And WHAT IS he doing with that smile on his face, lol?!

  11. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Worst OL im nfl cant block anyone

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I wonder if at Joe Brown Fan… they are already complaining about getting rid of Nassib “for no good reason”……

  13. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Okay Jason Licht. What about all the trash you have drafted with premium picks?!! Who’s treasure is that!?!

  14. ATrain Says:

    Great pick up

    I want to see what the line does next week

    Wait did I see Nassib only had 5 1/2 sacks
    Isn’t that want the Bucs had total last year. Hahah

  15. Season Is Over Says:

    How about making the player actually earn their place before the nonsensical propaganda run. Look what it did to McCoy.

  16. Mike Johnson Says:

    Luv Nassib. He is our best find off the waiver wires. He’s definitely a keeper.
    Wish we could find more like him.

  17. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    That is funny tbbf- I don’t think he is quite as good as Bennett was after he left but i’m sure the Browns do not lack things to complain about.
    Nassib is still young though, so who knows, maybe he could develop into a double digit guy.

  18. Locked In Says:

    TBBF – lol!

  19. Issaic haggins Says:

    Spence runs a 4.8

  20. XpfcWintergreen2 Says:

    Alaskan Abdominal Snowman,

    You’ve got it!
    Go Bucs!!!!

  21. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Spence looks small by his previous standards…I though he was going to be good. Can’t blame Licht for this pick…he was projected to go where he was picked or earlier.

  22. dmatt Says:

    Can anyone tell me what’s going on with Spence. Is he injured? Did he dress out yesterday? I agree with not there yet… how bout trying Spence at stongside linebacker. I have watched teams get creative with players n come up with creative plays while we continue with a basic offense. How bout running Humphries or BoBo with a jet sweep option pass.

  23. ATrain Says:

    Spence: “Hey man great game”

    Nassib: “Thanks now go away before the coaches bench me”

  24. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    TBBF — Lmao! Well done man. — “Joe Browns Fan” haha

  25. donuts Says:

    That is definitely Spence in shorts. Licht is 100% responsible for wasting a second round pick on him. His arms look small for a 2nd year DE

  26. JimmyJack Says:

    I forgot about Spence well over a year ago. No idea why y’all still talk about him.

  27. BucEmUp Says:

    Why hasn’t Spence been moved to lb kinda like Mark Barron was moved to Lb? Because this team.is poorly coached.

    What I find funny is that MOST people who criticize lichts bad picks give him.no credit for the good picks.

    Do you think Vita Veah would have taken 12 weeks to show up had he not been injured.

    Would Vernon Hargraeves have developed faster without Mike Smith?

    Would Ronald Jones play well in New Orleans?

    Jason lichts can’t coach these guys. Also.Jason Licht has yet to bring in HIS OWN GUY as head coach since he’s been here. Good job working with a crap staff Mr. Licht!!!

  28. SOEbuc Says:

    So many DL projected in the first round. If we have the opportunity, Ed Oliver is a monster with a monster motor. Him between VV and JPP would be sick.

  29. SOEbuc Says:


    “What I find funny is that MOST people who criticize lichts bad picks give him.no credit for the good picks.”

    I second that. How about Hump and Brate. Two UDFA he brought in that are two top players in our top offense. Ali Marpet. Kwon Alexander was a steal in the fourth. Kendal Beckwith could come back and show the same talent as before. Chris Godwin, Justin Evans. Jordan Whitehead continues to produce. JPP. Nassib. VV looks like he is slowly starting to move forward.

    Have sh!t for coaching since he’s arrived and that’s all on him.

  30. SOEbuc Says:

    *Have sh!t for coaching since he’s arrived and that’s NOT all on him.

  31. TOM Says:

    What a fine. Double digit is in his future.

  32. unbelievable Says:

    Also pictured above: Nowhere Spence

    What the hell happened to him man? Is it all just the injuries? So much potential and flashes from him as a rookie, even with the bum shoulder…

  33. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    December 7th, 2015 at 8:04 pm ←

    I swear Carl Nassib reminds me of Bryce Paup

  34. LUVMYBUCS Says:


  35. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Go Philly

  36. cmurda Says:

    I think the Glazers like Licht and honestly I would venture to guess that Jason has hit on more picks than the average GM. His undrafted finds have been second to none although his FA resume is weak. Dirk needs to only lose 1 more game and he better hope that it doesn’t happen this week against N.O. Talk all you want about N.O. being hungry but we should be hungrier. This team knows it can’t lose any more games. They need to play like it. I would rather see Dirk stay only because it means we showed serious promise during the second half of the year. That said, I expect a new coach.

  37. D1QB Says:

    Not there yet,

    You say that Spence is too small to play d end. You say what a good number of buc fans think so you’re not alone in that opinion. My question is if weight and height were the iron clad locks at evaluating personnel or let’s say just d ends,
    Why was Spence picked by Licht?

    The other side is , why is there guys who are the nearly identical in terms of size to Spence picked by other teams to play end. Too small is easily measured and it’s obvious to you as the reason why Spence is not working so why have other teams drafted players who have been the same size as Spence . I don’t believe that there’s a 100% bust rate across the league on these picks. I know there’s not because there’s guys who have been elite players in league and are smaller than Spence.

    So have a think and let us know what you think

  38. RustyRhinos Says:

    I will play.
    Nassib 6’7″ 275 lbs
    Spence 6’2″ 252lbs
    Is this the reason? Most T in the NFL are 6’4″ 280 + and way over 252 lbs that is a big LB size, not a DE size. If and when a T gets their hands on Spence they maul him or push him outside of the play. And for what it is worth Spence was hurt his first two seasons can’t play from the trainers table.

  39. Cobraboy Says:

    I don’t see the DL play as some false streak.

    This is what they were supposed to look like.

    What the Bucs need are a couple of good LB’s out there. I’m not convinced Beckwith and Alexander are the answers, especially after their injuries.

    With the experience they are gaining, I suspect the Buc DB’s will be fine. Nothing makes a defensive backfield look better than a pass rush.

  40. HeavyE Says:

    Can we Please sign Him to a long term deal!!! Go BUCS!!!