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Paul Spicer
Defensive Line Coach

Biography

Paul Spicer begins his third season as assistant defensive line coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.

The 2016 season saw Spicer assist defensive line coach Jay Hayes with the development of rookie defensive end Noah Spence, who notched 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his debut campaign. Spicer also helped coach free agent signing Robert Ayers Jr., who led the team in quarterback hits with 19, while ranking second on the team in sacks with 6.5. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was also named to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl.

In his first season with Tampa Bay (2015), Spicer helped coach a unit that anchored Tampa Bay’s run defense, which ranked second in the NFL in yards per carry allowed (3.45), while ranking 10th in sacks per pass play. Tampa Bay totaled 38 sacks in 2015, the team’s most since 2004. The defensive line was headed by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, whose 8.5 sacks led the team and were the fourth-most by a defensive tackle in the NFL. McCoy earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl invitation following the 2015 season.

Spicer entered the league as a player with the Detroit Lions in 1999, before spending the majority of the next nine seasons (2000-08) with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including being named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 2005. He earned a Super Bowl XLIV championship with the New Orleans Saints in his final year (2009).

During his playing career, Spicer played in 115 games with 63 starts, totaling 259 tackles, 28.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception. Spicer also spent time with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (1998-99) and the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe (2001-02).

After his playing career concluded, Spicer spent one season (2010) as assistant defensive line coach for Bartram Trail High School (Saint Johns, Florida), before joining the Jaguars, where he worked as the assistant defensive line coach for two seasons (2011-12). Spicer has also worked as a coach for the East-West Shrine Bowl from 2012-14.

A native of Indianapolis, Spicer attended the College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Illinois), before transferring to Saginaw Valley State. He graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2013, with a degree in business management. He and his wife, Shariffa, have five children: Asha, Daniel, Laura, Paul Jr. and Amirah.

SPICER AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1994-96

College of DuPage, Player

1996-98

Saginaw Valley State, Player

1998-99

Saskatchewan Rough Riders (CFL), Player

1999

Detroit Lions, Player

2000-08

Jacksonville Jaguars, Player

2001-02

Frankfurt Galaxy (NFL Europe), Player

2009

New Orleans Saints, Player

2010

Bartram Trail High School, Assistant Defensive Line Coach

2011-12

Jacksonville Jaguars, Assistant Defensive Line Coach

2013

Jackson State, Defensive Line Coach

2015-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Assistant Defensive Line Coach

Paul Spicer begins his third season as assistant defensive line coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017.

The 2016 season saw Spicer assist defensive line coach Jay Hayes with the development of rookie defensive end Noah Spence, who notched 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his debut campaign. Spicer also helped coach free agent signing Robert Ayers Jr., who led the team in quarterback hits with 19, while ranking second on the team in sacks with 6.5. Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was also named to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl.

In his first season with Tampa Bay (2015), Spicer helped coach a unit that anchored Tampa Bay’s run defense, which ranked second in the NFL in yards per carry allowed (3.45), while ranking 10th in sacks per pass play. Tampa Bay totaled 38 sacks in 2015, the team’s most since 2004. The defensive line was headed by defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, whose 8.5 sacks led the team and were the fourth-most by a defensive tackle in the NFL. McCoy earned his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl invitation following the 2015 season.

Spicer entered the league as a player with the Detroit Lions in 1999, before spending the majority of the next nine seasons (2000-08) with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including being named the team’s Ed Block Courage Award recipient in 2005. He earned a Super Bowl XLIV championship with the New Orleans Saints in his final year (2009).

During his playing career, Spicer played in 115 games with 63 starts, totaling 259 tackles, 28.5 sacks, 16 passes defensed, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception. Spicer also spent time with the Saskatchewan Rough Riders of the Canadian Football League (1998-99) and the Frankfurt Galaxy of NFL Europe (2001-02).

After his playing career concluded, Spicer spent one season (2010) as assistant defensive line coach for Bartram Trail High School (Saint Johns, Florida), before joining the Jaguars, where he worked as the assistant defensive line coach for two seasons (2011-12). Spicer has also worked as a coach for the East-West Shrine Bowl from 2012-14.

A native of Indianapolis, Spicer attended the College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, Illinois), before transferring to Saginaw Valley State. He graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2013, with a degree in business management. He and his wife, Shariffa, have five children: Asha, Daniel, Laura, Paul Jr. and Amirah.

SPICER AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1994-96

College of DuPage, Player

1996-98

Saginaw Valley State, Player

1998-99

Saskatchewan Rough Riders (CFL), Player

1999

Detroit Lions, Player

2000-08

Jacksonville Jaguars, Player

2001-02

Frankfurt Galaxy (NFL Europe), Player

2009

New Orleans Saints, Player

2010

Bartram Trail High School, Assistant Defensive Line Coach

2011-12

Jacksonville Jaguars, Assistant Defensive Line Coach

2013

Jackson State, Defensive Line Coach

2015-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Assistant Defensive Line Coach