Noah Spence Vanished

August 16th, 2019

MIA Friday.

Last week at Pittsburgh, for the first time in two years, Bucs fans knew Noah Spence was still on the roster.

The fourth-year edge rusher/outside linebacker made some plays, good and bad last week. But he followed that up with a disappearing act tonight.

Spence, playing against scrubs from the Dolphins that likely Spence will hire to hang drywall at his house, Spence became a ghost again.

Spence had one assist. Every other defensive number, Spence dropped a goose egg.

After last week, Joe had hopes Spence turned the corner playing in a defense more suited to his talents. After tonight, Joe wondered again whether Spence will be on the Bucs’ roster when cuts are made down to 53.

36 Responses to “Noah Spence Vanished”

  1. JGhoti86 Says:

    Goose egg? He barely played. Of course he’s not gonna put up stats. Grasping at straws. SMH

    Talk about Dean and Bond.

  2. Buccaroo Says:

    Where’s is Nassib? At least Gholston’s and Allen have had their #s called a few times. Minter and Barrett have been active. But the ends are quiet?

  3. Snook Says:

    When McCoy threw up goose eggs, Joe still stuck up for him. Interesting.
    What’s interesting is your creativity. McCoy was a good football player. That’s why he had interest in free agency from several teams. That’s why he’s getting paid in Carolina. That’s why his peers voted him into the NFL Top-100 players — again. That’s why he’s made six Pro Bowls. Was he a great Buccaneer? No. But you’re kidding yourself if you think he wasn’t a good football player.–Joe

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The starters mostly did not even play a complete series. There were substitutions all over the place. Early. For example, nearly every time the Dolphins blitzed during the first series, it was because two Bucs oline starters were off the field. Boozer replaced Smith multiple times, and each time there was almost no time for Winston. Including the sack.

  5. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    Go back and watch the film and maybe that’s why Evans was frustrated. Kind of like why even play us if your going to put that guy in?

  6. Father Rico Says:

    Noah Spence was continually disrupting the pocket on the first two drives …

  7. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    Could it be Spence is the actual starting ROLB and played as much as the starters? I didn’t see Nassib out there too much either, as Shaq and Bond got the playing time being the second teamers. Either way, Spence is a fast pass rusher playing well…why just rely on Shaq and Bond and Nassib while JPP’s gone, that makes no sense.

    And again (sorry Joe/Lee 😉), thank god we don’t have Josh Allen added to this mix while then relying on only David, Bucannon, and Minter to man the middle. Yeeesh. 😳

    THE theme of the preseason is Licht counting on Arians and co. to coach up his underachieving draft picks (Jones, Cappa, MJ, Vita, Spence, VHIII, Whitehead) instead of drafting replacements already (like this site wanted them to do), and it working. Meanwhile, IN A PASSING LEAGUE 😉, having just an avalanche of talented young DBs is pretty cool. Can really only play two OLBs at a time while you can throw 7 DBs out there.

  8. Diesel Says:

    Couldn’t be any more accurate with those twelve words, thanks Father Rico

  9. Diesel Says:

    Couldn’t agree more Christopher

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    I didn’t really notice Spence even on the field – was he even in after the first couple of drives?

    Snook – Sapp, in the audio where he was “bashing” McCoy, said the guy was a very very good, and if I remember correctly there was two very’s in there. McCoy wasn’t just a pro-bowler, he was an all-pro. GRRR!!!! but he read comic books, and that makes me mad! GRRRR!!!!

  11. Hopalong Bucco Says:

    Cannot understand why Griffin has never taken a regular season snap!

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Hopalong … And I can’t understand why Griffin is listed BEHIND Gabbert (who looked terrible last night). Griffin was playing behind an even worse OLine than Gabbert was (hardly seems possible), and yet he continues to git-er-done.

    And speaking of OLines, Bucs depth is almost non-existent right now. Benenoch looked like the best one out there with the 2nd/3rd team … THAT’S SCARY. And Cole Boozer’s gonna get one of our QBs hurt. Nickname ‘Turnstile’ would be appropriate IMO. Bucs desperately need to bring in a couple of quality veteran OLinemen to replace a couple of the mannequins we now have.

    Tanner Hudson looks like the real deal. Seems to have that same knack for getting open that Humphries had.

    And on the defense I was impressed with Minter, Bond, Barrett & Gholston last night. Looked to me like Spence was charging hard & fast but seemed to be getting ridden out of the play (back side) by the tackle every time I was focusing on him.

    All in all, BORING. Glad it was just a preseason game because the (very few) fans there would’ve most likely been demanding a refund due to false advertising. They thought there was supposed to be a real football game to be played there.

  13. Frank Menendez Says:

    “Noahwhere to be found” Come on Joe! Keep with your theme my man!

  14. D-Rome Says:

    Hopalong … And I can’t understand why Griffin is listed BEHIND Gabbert (who looked terrible last night). Griffin was playing behind an even worse OLine than Gabbert was (hardly seems possible), and yet he continues to git-er-done.

    I don’t get it either. Griffin has been doing exactly what you said for years. Gabbert is trash as a QB and he’s proved it time and time again in his career.

  15. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Hope Tom Moore is the BA whisperer and tells BA exactly what he should do
    with Ellington and Gabbert. I couldn’t believe Chris Meyers solution to our QB
    situation. Put Griffin on the practice squad so another QB needy team can pick him off our PS. The next time I want to see Gabbert is the fourth preseason game with the rest of the players not good enough to make the team.

  16. Frank Pillow Says:

    Instead of Spence, How about Devin White getting mauled nearly every play he was out there? I know it’s preseason, but I haven’t seen him flash at all…Don’t get me wrong, I’m not sounding the alarm- I was- and still am- a HUGE proponent of the pick/player, but what he put on tape yesterday wasn’t special.

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Bob … Griffin can’t go onto the PS again. If we don’t keep him on the 53-man roster, we lose him. Sean Payton would jump on that in a heartbeat I bet.

  18. Buc believer Says:

    @Snook… don’t try to criticize GMC to Joe. Even though Joe and the fans really know he was garbage Joe will never admit it. I think it’s because the guy would buy Joe an ice cream cone every year. It certainly can’t be his stellar play on the field because there was none. And as far as getting voted to the pro bowls we all know that is nothing more than a popularity contest. McCoy never ranked in the fan voting of the Pro Bowl, which is a one-third factor in getting there. He was NOT a popular player when it came to Pro Bowl voting. It was the coaches’ and players votes that put him in, as they each account for one-third. If you can’t admit that McCoy’s actual play on the field was at least above average among defensive tackles, then that’s on you. Joe’s not talking about leadership or ice cream cones or kimonos or mentality. That’s a separate element. –Joe So Hell it was GMCs opponents way of thanking him for being so soft.

  19. Chris K Says:

    Spence didn’t play much in pre-season game #2.. Not sure what you’re expected to see if he’s on the sidelines.

  20. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    They need to cut Gabbert after the preseason and go with Griffin as the backup!

  21. Magadude Says:

    I was suprised not to hear Spence’s name called a single time last night. It didn’t dawn on me until I read Joe’s article here. So the upside is there was some good work at getting to the QB.

  22. Lostinpa Says:

    I agree with those that think we cannot judge any of our “busts” until the season. If they we held back by bad coaching it may take awhile for them to shake off bad habits. That was why a lot of positions wee “ignored”. We have the talent, we just need to develop it.

  23. Buc believer Says:

    As I mentioned it was GMCs peers way of thanking him for being so soft.

  24. BucEmUp Says:

    Shoulda drafted Oliver

  25. RCS Says:

    Ummmm Joe it kind of hurts your argument that you’re not McCoys boy when you say things like “That’s why his peers voted him into the NFL Top-100 players — again.” when he hasn’t been Voted in since 2017…McCoy was voted No. 75 for 2019. Here’s the video link: This was the first year Suh didn’t get in. That broke a streak of every season since the feature began. –Joe
    .Not saying I agree with the statements about you being his boy…. Just saying people who tend to bash GMC tend to get blow back from Joe

  26. Mike Johnson Says:

    If You’re counting om Spence and Gloulson to get you to the playoffs then you a truly a Disney fantasy fan. We should have moved on from these 2 a couple years ago. BucLife baby!

  27. Tony from L.A. Says:

    We all know that week 3 is the ONLY week to really gauge where guys are.
    You’ll know everything you need to when you see…
    HOW MUCH Spence plays
    WHEN Spence plays
    WHAT he does with those plays

  28. SB Says:

    Funny how people can turn an article about Noah Spence into a player who is no longer on this team. Some of you need to stop pointing fingers at Joe

  29. donuts Says:

    SB well said. All the GMC negativity is silly. He was a good player not great or HOF. There is nothing wrong about being a good player in the NFL. I do agree with Sapp that he stepped in mud with his statements about his place in Buc history. However, I took away that it was a moment of confidence from GMC and there is nothing wrong with that at all.

    Noah Spence is a bust. We will see how well he plays in game 3 against the 1s. The truth will be seen. Another wasted second round pick by Licht.

  30. Buccfan37 Says:

    The best sideline plays were BA getting heated unlike Koetter who remained statue like under all adversity. That and Vea initially hiding his face from the camera.

  31. Alanbucsfan Says:

    If Spence’s primary job was to protect the edge, then his effective play won’t necessarily show up on stat sheets- I don’t recall any Rosen scrambles on Spence’s side.

  32. hamilton Says:

    spence did not play that much,joe do you look at the game,or read stats after the game.

  33. rrsrq Says:

    Did he even play 10 plays

  34. Matt Says:

    Spence I feel like is just a talented football player all around he fits anywhere as a pass rusher. As for the rest of the group of defense. Here’s who I like a lot. Patrick O Connor from e Michigan he looks nice 6-4 285 lbs he’s a big boy. He needs to be a part of this D line. Maybe get a little heavier but he’s ready to be on this roster. 8.5 sacks as a senior and 5 FFs don’t forget that stat line in college for the kid.
    Kevin minter even though it was a good on a d lineman he took full advantage of it and ate the run up for breakfast. I like the effort. The awareness is there. The willpower to hit someone is there. He’s a physical aggressive defender I like him on this team.
    Jordan Whitehead as our starter I love this move. Last year wasn’t quite okay with the move yet. This year he’s showing more. He can tackle very well and while he is not the playmaker in coverage we him too be yet he is good in run coverage and quick. Moves well sideline to sideline speed.
    Darian Stewart FA safety from Denver looks solid. Two QB hits had me intrigued too see more .
    Rakeem Nunez Sanchez this guy is huge in the middle don’t show up a lot in the stat sheets but he does fill his role well . Collapse the pocket and stuff the middle . Cheap solid backup player for vita
    Shaq Barrett obviously looks good. Bucannon not so much I didn’t care for him

  35. BucsFan727 Says:

    He played 1 series for 1 tackle. You know you can look stats up almost instantly. They pulled there starters. So he played one series and your calling him out? What about future Hall of Famer Jamies Winston? Yes hes on pace for a gold jacket.

  36. tnew Says:

    Hatchet job here.. Didn’t think it was like described here, so I went back and checked. Played two series. First series, had outside pressure on 2nd down on the 3 and out.

    Next series, short field. On a run play, he played technically perfect to squeeze his edge then collapse and make the tackle. Was tackled, penalty was called on the play that Whitehead tackle near the goal line. Assisted on a tackle against Kenny Stills on a bubble screen, then sealed his edge to allow Gholston to make a stop after. Was neutralised on his next play, then on the 4th down was just a quick out away from him.

    This was all against Laremy Tunsil, who would’ve been a top 5 pick, if not for teams being afraid of a pot video. Last season he was the top ranked Miami lineman only allowing 1 sack for the season. Pretty sure the Bucs would take that stat from any lineman especially the left tackle. I am guessing he won’t be hanging drywall.

    That was his entire game. Being critical because you feel he didn’t have enough impact in his limited time is totally fair, although debatable. Saying he did this vs “scrubs who will be hanging drywall” is at best an oversight due to the fact that our numbers are illegible, lazy because you didn’t want to go back and look or intellectually dishonest due to a personal agenda. Gonna hope for the best and blame it on the unis.