“Comfortable” Carl Nassib

August 16th, 2022

There’s a reason Joe was typing yesterday about the Bucs rushing out to sign an edge rusher and Carl Nassib was a prime target — hours before the deal happened.

That Nassib-Todd Bowles connection is strong.

Bowles isn’t big on expressing deep love for every player, but back in 2019, Bowles’ first season in Tampa, he actually called Nassib one of his “favorite guys.” And then Nassib went out and had a fantastic year after transitioning to Bowles’ 3-4 defense.

And then there was what Nassib said about Bowles:

“Coach Bowles is probably my favorite coach,” Nassib said in 2019. “Don’t tell him this, but he’s probably my favorite coach I’ve ever had. He’s really smart and he knows football. A lot of time, you get a coach that just knows football, but he’s got it all. He’s an impressive person.”

A Nassib reunion seemed like a perfect emergency marriage after outside linebacker Cam Gill blew out his foot on Saturday night.

Today, the Bowles love kept flowing.

“Carl’s tough in the run,” Bowles said. ” When he played, when he was here with us, he’s a very good pass-rusher on the outside and he can also play inside in some nickel situations. He has a lot of versatility, he brings a lot of energy, brings a lot of toughness and he understands the system. He was comfortable in it. We look forward to him coming here.”

Joe’s not sure what Nassib has left in the tank after two weak seasons with the Raiders, but what a find he would be if he could recapture his 2018 and 2019 production while with Tampa Bay.

31 Responses to ““Comfortable” Carl Nassib”

  1. Robert Says:

    he’ll be fine. should have a lot to prove.

    BTW…two white edge rushers??? when is the last time that happened?

  2. KingLDavid54 Says:

    Damnit, those jerseys were ugly!

  3. George Says:

    Carl knows the Bucs System and has the confidence of the Head Coach. That is a good thing. Should be able to give the team quality minutes in the back up role.

  4. allen Lofton Says:

    Bucs seem to get the best out of him thanks to Todd Bowles and staff. That’s what good coaches do.

  5. Bee Says:

    You’re right KLD…the jerseys were horrible and they played horrible too.

  6. ModHairKen Says:

    Good to have him back on this team. A veteran. A player others respect. The Raiders were a mess. Not surprised he had difficulty there.

  7. firethecannons Says:

    He probably is motivated to play well as he declined the last 2 seasobns and he nearly was out of football. He probably thinks this may be his last year if he don’t put up good numbers.

  8. firethecannons Says:

    Him and Anthony Nelson have similar physiques, they need to tip the ball–they should have tip drills. nelson can be on special teams tpoo

  9. Joseph C Simmons Says:

    If we were bringing him in to start, I’d be worried. But as a rotational guy, he’ll be terrific.

  10. PassingThru Says:

    I would have preferred Trey Flowers in the rotation, as he’s a true impact player. But I do get Nassib. He fits the budget, can hit the ground running due to familiarity, and he is a potential complement to JTS. JTS is more pass rush, while as Nassib has the better play recognition skills.

  11. Panhandle Buc Says:

    It’s a great depth pick up with no risk for a productive and proven player who is comfortable with the coaches and city!

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Don’t know the money but I suspect he’s cheap…will probably play well for Bowles.

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    “Joe’s not sure what Nassib has left in the tank …”

    Nassib just turned 29 – still basically in his “prime” playing years.
    That comment makes it sound like hes 34 years old or something.

    I can’t speak for his time with Vegas only seeing maybe a handful of Raiders games in the last 2 years. But one thing Carl was never short on while he was with the Bucs was effort. His snaps may be somewhat limited this year – but I bet he will put up respectable #s compared to whatever his ratio of live snaps winds up being in 2022.

    Glad to have Carl onboard – but I feel bad for Cam Gil who was well on his way to earning significant playing time this year……

  14. Duane Says:

    Solid pick up. Not flashy, but he plays with an edge. He can get a handful of sacks in this system. A bunch of 5-6 sack guys and Shaq coming off the edge is not a bad thing. Bowles likely rolls with the hot hand as the season goes on. Someone is going to have a good year between JTS, Nelson, and Nassib.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Duane … ‘Someone is going to have a good year between JTS, Nelson, and Nassib’.

    I think that’s the key to our 2022 defensive front. IF someone besides Shaq steps up & gets the hot hand, we SHOULD have a strong pass rush. The other two can spell Shaq & whoever steps up. We’re in decent shape for our OLBs/DEs. Just gotta keep everyone healthy, and especially our interior DLine.

  16. Goatfarmer Says:

    This is a good pickup and hopefully Gill can make it all the way back. What a shame for Gill.



    For depth.

  17. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Good move.

  18. SOEbuc Says:

    Anthony Nelson the most underrated behind Lavonte and Mike. We are fine without Gill with Nelson and Nassib.

  19. steele Says:

    “Comfortable” is the problem. They choose familiarity, known quantities and low cost over impact and talent, at same or just slightly higher cost (that would be worth it), risking the final Tom Brady season. Which, in an ideal world, should be almost ceremonial: let him manage an already great team that would win anyway, and go off into the sunset a winner.

    But no. JAGs, rookies, hopefuls. Single-digit sack Comfortable Carl. So-far-invisible-Suh replacement Hall.

    A pass rush that wasn’t able to get to the QB still is (until proven otherwise when the season starts) even worse. Looked lousy vs. Dolphin scrubs. Clean pocket, down after down.

    It is frustrating to watch so many surefire edge rushers were bypassed, and that Trey Flowers wasn’t brought in. (For former Pats fans, Jamie Collins is still out there, too and so is D.Hightower). I doubt they’ll do it, but I hope they bring in better pass rush help around cut down day.

  20. Hodad Says:

    Left in the tank? He’s only 29! He’s never been a full time starter, and hasn’t had any real bad injuries. His tank should be pretty near full.

  21. Jerry R Jones Says:

    I’d imagine he’ll be fine being in a system he loves. What he’s got left in the tank was never a concern or thought to me.

  22. Crunchbuc Says:

    He’ll be starting over Mr. Chicken with his head cut off JTS in just 3 games. Hide and watch! 😉

  23. Buc king Says:

    Don’t like the move..
    Hope he gets pennies on the dollar.
    Preferred so many other players over him.
    I don’t see a problem fixer..just a gap filler who won’t shock nobody but when he comes out the closet

  24. Darin Says:

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he plays more snaps than Tryon. Nassib can push the pocket. Still

  25. David Says:

    Definitely a good signing for a back up. He knows the system and likes the coach. Earlier in the off-season people were saying sign him and I was against it but I was holding out hope for JPP. Obviously he is not healthy and wants too much money probably.

    They definitely have some depth in the defense and some more youth. About the only place they’re really missing depth is ILB.

    Here’s to a healthy season 🍺

  26. steele Says:

    In his best seasons, both with the Bucs, he had a certain JPP playing on the opposite end, wreaking havoc and causing coordinators fits, making Carl’s job far easier.

  27. David Says:

    For those mentioning the old uniforms… You are correct. Holy garbage! I knew they weren’t great back then but now you see them in hindsight and it’s really pronounced how awful they were. 🤮

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  29. SOEbuc Says:

    You still see people wearing them. Must have sentimental value.

  30. Joe in Michigan Says:

    steele Says:
    August 16th, 2022 at 4:38 pm
    A pass rush that wasn’t able to get to the QB still is (until proven otherwise when the season starts) even worse. Looked lousy vs. Dolphin scrubs. Clean pocket, down after down.
    I guess you missed the Anthony Nelson and Cam Gill sacks. Also, it was the Bucs backups vs. Dolphins backups, not our starters vs. their scrubs.


    SOEbuc Says:
    “You still see people wearing them. Must have sentimental value.”


    In my case, it is the only form of jersey/shirt that I have for Mike Evans, at the moment. So my love for #13 outweighs my distaste for the uniform, lol.

    I really hope to get an updated unie for Mike. I think for him, a white one would look pretty damn cool.

    I am SO GLAD to have these uniforms back.

    And Carl Nassib is a great pickup. Welcome back to TB.