Buccaneers: Noah Spence and his budding greatness part II
Sack Number Three
On this one, Noah Spence is coming off of the left side of the Buccaneers line, and going up against the right side of the Raiders offensive line. As Spence takes his mark on the edge, his opponent is Raiders tackle Austin Howard (77). Spence is going to use a speed rush to the outside, but as we move forward, watch how he uses his hands to obtain an advantage.
If Howard wants any chance at stopping Spence, he has to get the first hit with his hands. He doesn’t do that. See how Spence has his hands up quickly? They aren’t playing Paddycake. Spence has his hands up, ready to strike Howard and/or fend him off by using his strength. It’s a subtle point but it is an important one.
Because Spence got his hands up first, Howard can’t get a significant strike landed on him. He tries, but Spence is able to maneuver around it rather easily. Look in the circle. Spence is overpowering Howard with just one arm. He may not have passed Howard yet, but he already has his eyes on the prize, Derek Carr.
Howard is there, but he has no shot. Spence is by him, and he is about to collide with the quarterback and the football.
Down goes Carr and it is a sack fumble.
Between speed and technique, Noah Spence has the ability to make it look easy. The Bucs may have lost the game but Spence showed how good he could be once again.
Let’s move ahead to the game against the Chicago Bears.