“You Should Have Seen That Coming”

September 2nd, 2019

Tea leaves reading.

Joe doesn’t often get bummed out for too many players who have logged a few years in the NFL, pocketed millions, and then are cast aside.

After all, how many dudes coming out of college are making six- or seven-figures right off the bat? Very damn few.

But Noah Spence was a guy Joe was rooting for, but frankly, Joe saw the handwriting on the wall.

Spence was what the Bucs needed. For way, way too long, the Bucs had been a team in desperate need of a pass rusher. It still drives Joe wild that they ran off Michael Bennett for no good reason. And it appeared the Bucs may have finally solved that braindead mistake when they drafted Spence.

Most rookie pass rushers struggle. And Joe thought Spence played damn well as a rookie recording 5.5 sacks, playing mostly one-armed as Spence had a bum shoulder his rookie season. Following shoulder surgery, Spence made a huge play sacking Mike Glennon to open the 2017 season. It all went to hell after that when Spence blew out his shoulder at Minnesota the next game.

Joe will never forget Spence baring his heart to Joe about the injury after that game. Joe has never felt so awful for a guy. It was downright sad.

Spence never recovered The Bucs, after giving Spence every chance in the world to keep his roster spot, was released earlier this weekend.

Former Bucs guard and current popular local sports radio personality Ian Beckles could see this coming from a mile away, he said on his podcast, “In the Trenches.”

“You should have seen that coming,” Beckles said. “In the last preseason game, Noah Spence, this big-name guy, he is all over the football field in the fourth preseason game with nobody.

“The long and short of it, when the ball is snapped, he just don’t do nothing. He’s just a name. It says “Spence” on the back of his jersey but he hasn’t done anything the last three years with the Buccaneers. I mean nothing.

“And in the offseason, all I hear is “Noah Spence… Noah Spence… “And I’m like, ‘My God, I don’t get why his name is so omnipresent.’ He hasn’t done jacksh!t here in a long time.”

It wasn’t like the Bucs didn’t give Spence any shot. He logged a lot of snaps this preseason and didn’t do much of anything.

It was like the Bucs were playing him, all but saying, “Please make a play. Please do something to give us a reason to keep you.”

Instead, Spence was just on the field. No results.

He never recovered from blowing his shoulder out in Minnesota that awful day.

As our 45th president would say, “Sad!”

Joe understands Spence got a tryout with the Bills today.

As always, Beckles welcomes feedback and encourages listeners to submit Bucs questions by e-mailing him at IanBeckles@RadioInfluence.com.

41 Responses to ““You Should Have Seen That Coming””

  1. BucHead588 Says:

    Oh great he got a tryout woth the Bills SMDH how many times we see this Now he goes on to have a Hall Of Fame Career Come On Man anyways GoBucs

  2. Swampbuc Says:

    Mark Dominik was responsible for dumping Bennett. This should not be a stated mystery. He was the GM, and his draft pick, DuhQuan “I can’t haszn gun in airport” Bowers was supposed to be better. Dominik set this team back ten years with his really poor decisions. He is never going to be in a football executive role again. He’s a corporate stooge and that’s it.

  3. Rich Says:

    just wondering….is that the horse Beckles punched out and was arrested for? Why does Joe keep this clown in the loop?

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    Beckles ate my Cuban sandwich, then said I should have seen it coming since he’s a big fatso.

  5. OBP Says:

    Off topic but we finalized our practice squad today. Squad is now :Fitzgerald (QB), Anderson (RB), Wilkins (CB), Battle (FS), Beckner (DT), Trewyn (C), Leggett (TE), Hall (WR), Seaton (OT), and the last spot went to Tony Brooks-James (RB), he was on the Falcons preseason roster.

  6. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Tony Brooks James really showed with the Falcons… wonder why he didn’t sign on their PS ?

  7. Rod Munch Says:

    OBP- That’s actually very much on-topic since this is a Bucs site. Nice post.

    Shocked we didn’t keep Schnell around, I thought for sure after game 1 of the preseason they were hiding him since they didn’t give him hardly any snaps. Very odd they didn’t barely play him after he looked good, albeit against 4th stringers, in game 1. With all the young RB’s I’m surprised they added another PS guy in addition to Anderson.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    No Schnell on the PS….

    As for Spence…..Licht gets blamed for this bust by many but not by me…..Spence was a consensus 1st round pick….(many had us taking him there) Almost all JBF posters were stoked we got a steal by taking him in the second round….
    I’ll chalk his failure up to never being able to respond to his injuries….the only other explanation is he simply forgot how to play.

  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    This last week before the opener seems to drag out slower waiting to see the real deal.

  10. Jimmy Says:

    Did Beckles see the horse coming when he got cuffed?

  11. SB Says:

    I wonder what NOSBOS is going to do with that #57 Spence Jersey I bought him.

  12. SB Says:

    Why in the world would that post be in mod? lol

  13. BetterBucFan Says:

    I’m more shocked by the fact we’re keeping 5 (five!) tight ends on both the roster and practice squad.

  14. SB Says:

    And now it disappeared?

  15. SB Says:

    Let me try again.

    I wonder what NOSBOS is going to do with that #57 Spence Jersey I had to buy him.

  16. Jimmy Says:

    >>> I wonder what NOSBOS is going to do with that #57 Spence Jersey I had to buy him. <<<

    Or how about JPP suiting up for Week 1?

  17. BringBucsBack Says:

    Beckles is correct, again. People have talked-up Spence since he got here; EVERY year. He even played the entire 4th pre-season game last year-‘member? We got the same results- nada! This year they had the guts to finally move on- finally!

  18. firethecannons Says:

    He probably aint gonna do jacksht for the Bills either Somebody said on this here website one time about him “you don’t just forget how to rush the passer.” Have to say Spence has forgotten how, maybe he has fear and moves slower,maybe he is different and not as wild and crazy, no matter the reason, he was afforded plenty of opportunity. I was glad to see him go although hope the best for him personally. He is one I would like to see thrive anywhere else.

  19. Old Sombrero Says:

    Maybe the dude is physically unable to play. Back to back blown shoulders ain’t no joke. Kinda need shoulders for leverage. Bennet? Really Joe? I guess it works mentioning him for the sake of chatter and advertisement dollars. He’s a piece of work, Mr. Bennet. Bulldozered a retiree (got arrested for that) and tried to manufacture a police brutality charge which was proven false via surveillance. And oh, he’s a kneeler. Not one to say people are garbage but…

  20. SB Says:

    I am confused Jimmy. How do those correlate?

  21. SB Says:

    OH I Get it. You are cracking on him for claiming that JPP is suiting up Week 1?

    I did think that was far fetched but I Did have to buy him a Spence Jersey 3 years ago on a bet.

  22. Brandon Says:

    Just saw this on other site. Spence had a tryout with other team. Must not have gone well because he was just signed to Buc practice squad.

  23. Cobraboy Says:

    Spence is not the first football player not to overcome injuries.

    The difference between good and NFL-quality is very small. An injury can forever doom you to the “good.”

    I have witnessed this personally.

  24. Jimmy Says:

    >>> Bennet? Really Joe? I guess it works mentioning him for the sake of chatter and advertisement dollars. He’s a piece of work, Mr. Bennet. Bulldozered a retiree (got arrested for that) and tried to manufacture a police brutality charge which was proven false via surveillance. And oh, he’s a kneeler. Not one to say people are garbage but… <<<

    What does that have to do with football? Bucs had a guy who worked over whores who once wore No. 99? Does that mean the guy couldn't chase down quarterbacks because he had a beef with two working women?

  25. BucEmUp Says:

    I liked the pick at the time but it didn’t work out..He deserved to be cut.

    Thats why I love a good coaching staff. They will cut anyone vs a bad coaching staff keeping a name.


  26. Spence sucked so Licht probably tried to resign him and give him a big fat raise Says:

    I’m surprised that he was cut. Having players that suck is Lichts idea of a team.

  27. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Remember when a lot of posters were calling Spence “Spawn?

  28. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Just goes to show that while you can’t call a rookie a bust after 1 season, you can’t anoint anyone either.

  29. Old Sombrero Says:

    Point I’m making is Joe can’t leave Bennett out of a discussion. He’s like a bad girlfriend after a bad breakup. Get over it Joe. You’d think he would have a bust in canton the way joe talks about Bennett. Yes it was a bad move not retaining him. But I’m the long run he turned out to be a problem (IMO) so in retrospect it’s not even a discussion worthy (IMO) of our time yet we want to talk about him like he was the one that got away. It’s a character issue with Bennett. Sapp was a Wycherley draft. And Sapp is a turd too. Dungy kept him in check. With the exception of getting pulled over for weed in a backpack (not his as the story goes) I don’t recall him being arrested or raising his profile with a fake BA cop brutality fantasy. Sapp is an ass and it’s well documented but he has the integrity (IMO) to man up when he screws up. I can’t remember the idiots name (Lamar?) from UF? Speedy guy? Pushed his baby’s momma thru a sliding glass door. He was jettisoned. Character issues.

  30. Lamarcus Says:

    My view of Spence is on TV he is small and I watched him in person he is smaller. Spence is a unfortunate player Too slow to be Linebacker and too small to be defensive end. He is in the middle with no fit

    I knew it was over last year when Joe Thomas blocks him using his fore arm while blocking GMC and Spence looked ridiculous funny trying to block out of the fore arm block. He is just too small to make any type of impact unless he bends around like his rookie year but teams know that now

  31. Lamarcus Says:

    Glazers didn’t want Bennett here so be it. It’s their money to spend. Bennett getting better was upsetting but who knew. Bennett was not as good here as he is now He went to Seattle on a 1 year deal without betting on himself. It worked for him he got better I get it he was home grown and think the Glazers are learning from that but that’s our cap issues now right? Signing home grown talent. Glazers probably never let someone slip like Bennett. I always believed that is why Gholston was resigned because of Bennett botch

  32. Bucbeliever Says:

    I totally called this, the only plays he made after his rookie year were penalties. Not all picks work out, especially after multiple injuries to the same body part. It was his time. After Shaq Barrett starts getting multiple sacks we’ll all day Spence who?

  33. Hodad Says:

    Spence could’ve been a first rounder, but the truth is, he was NOT! I could be a millionaire if I hit the lotto, but I haven’t, and am not. Licht takes to many chances on what if players with his high second round picks. Bunting is his latest gamble. Licht is the guy wondering the desert thinking he sees water, only to drink sand! We’d have top notch talent, and depth if not for this morons blown high draft choices.

  34. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    “I wonder what NOSBOS is going to do with that #57 Spence Jersey I bought him.”

    I think Nosbos has his eye on one of those #9 jerseys.

    Spence has his eye on one of those Vipers jerseys.

  35. Brandon Says:

    Link I saw saying Spence is in PS is gone. Guess it didn’t happen. Not sure he was eligible anyways.

    As for Spence being a 1st rounder. He was universally seen as a pick 10-40 by almost all draft prognosticators. He did pretty well. Especially considering how many dolts on here that are still clamoring for Jachai Polite.

  36. BigMacAttack Says:

    Can we put Jason Licht on the practice squad? If anyone needs practice, it’s him.

  37. BucsFan727 Says:

    Beckle brain is an idiot. I stopped respecting his words after he got frisky with a police horse.

  38. BigHog Says:

    Tuff call to make, BA made it so let’s move on…..bye SPURT…I mean SPAWN.

  39. Joe Says:

    You’d think he would have a bust in canton the way joe talks about Bennett.

    He might.

  40. Bucsfanman Says:

    He’s a one-trick pony. When he got injured, his trick went with it. It was best for the TEAM to make the decision to move on. We need players that can play, not “potential”!

  41. D-Rome Says:

    It goes to show you the problems with this team over the past five years during Jason Licht’s reign of terror hasn’t all been about coaching. How many times did the mouth breathers say, “It’s duh coaching, derrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.” Well, maybe not. Funny how no one ever says Koetter ruined players like Lovie allegedly ruined players. The reality is that neither ruined players.

    The truth of the matter is that he’s been healthy for the past two years. He never really developed any moves. He never learned anything from JPP like so many here said he would. Sure, he had 5.5 sacks that one year. Remember when Jac Smith had 7 sacks. His career was going to take off, right? Ummm, nope.

    Licht has overestimated player abilities and the rosters he’s put together time after time.