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“Comfortable” Carl Nassib

August 16, 2022

There’s a reason Joe wrote yesterday that the Bucs were rushing to sign an edge rusher and Carl Nassib was a prime target – hours before the deal was done.

This Nassib-Todd Bowles connection is strong.

Bowles isn’t very fond of expressing his deep love for every player, but in 2019, Bowles’ freshman season in Tampa, he actually called Nassib one of his “favorite guys.” And then Nassib came out and had a fantastic year after switching to Bowles’ 3-4 defense.

And then there’s what Nassib said about Bowles:

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

A Nassib reunion seemed like the perfect emergency wedding after outside linebacker Cam Gill blew his foot Saturday night.

Today, Bowles’ love continued to flow.

“Carl is tough in the race,” Bowles said. “When he was playing, when he was here with us, he’s a very good pass thrower on the outside and he can also play inside in certain nickel-and-dime situations. He has a lot of versatility, he brings a lot of energy, brings a lot of tenacity and he understands the system. He was comfortable in it. We can’t wait for him to come here.

Joe isn’t sure what Nassib left in the tank after two weak seasons with the Raiders, but what a find he’d make if he could get back to his 2018 and 2019 production in Tampa Bay.