This Is Underwear Football

May 24th, 2018

Bucs players can hit sleds and tackling dummies but cannot touch each other in underwear football.

To this day, no matter how many times Joe writes about underwear football, questions will come from readers like, “How is (insert name of lineman) playing?” 

Simply put, underwear football is flag football with helmets worn (not all the time). There is no hitting, no physicality of any sort.

As Mike Evans said earlier this week, underwear football is more for quarterbacks and receivers to get their timing down.

As for linemen? They just work on line calls and footwork and maybe handwork. Linemen actually do something physical with tackling dummies during position drills, more than they lay a hand on a teammate in underwear football.

This week the Bucs released a video on Twitter of Chris Godwin catching a touchdown pass in underwear football. Godwin is getting rave reviews from coaches and teammates about his offseason work — whatever that actually means.

At any rate, the video of Godwin (you can see it below) is a perfect example of underwear football. There isn’t one finger put on Godwin. Dude is running as free as a reindeer in Alaska.

Underwear football is OK because at least the Bucs are throwing around the football. But to gauge how guys are performing when there is zero hitting and zero tackling, especially linemen, is impossible to do accurately. It’s not real football, it’s underwear football.

You will see more physical contact at a thumping south Tampa hotspot this weekend than during underwear football practice.

Come to think of it, the clip of Godwin in underwear football practice is just like how the Bucs defended Julio Jones in Atlanta last year.

23 Responses to “This Is Underwear Football”

  1. DB55 Says:

    there is zero hitting and zero tackling,
    So….normal Sunday football. Got it!

  2. Eric Says:

    nice one DB55

  3. JJBucFan Says:

    Who threw that pass? Must of had great protection, LOL

  4. Guzzie Says:

    DB55…..hilarious comment of the year

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    I expect big things from godwin this year…..hope he lines up opposite of mike with djax in the slot….

    how’s Justin Watson looking?….he’s intriguing….


  6. webster Says:

    Underwear football is better than no football.

  7. unbelievable Says:

    lol DB

  8. gambelero Says:

    When they do competitive passing stuff, 7-7, 11-11 or even 1-1, it gives you an pretty good idea about receiver route running, quickness, final gear speed, hands, etc. You can also get a pretty good idea for whether a potential outside corner can ball or not. Same from running back vs. linebacker passing drills and tight ends vs. safeties (plural because we don’t run a strict “This guy is the SS and this guy the FS system). Everything else, not much.

  9. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    who’s the defender that just got roasted ? that’s what i would like to know.

  10. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    looks like off coverage working well, lol.

  11. jjbucfan Says:

    Evolving- Javian Elliott unless he changed his number

  12. M0J0 Says:

    The rave reviews about Godwin could have more to do with how fluid he looks in and out of breaks and how fast he looks than anything. At this time of the year, it’s hard to say, but with WR’s at least you can observe them running their routes and whether they are looking the ball in, and maybe also running the right routes that are called or changed at the line, etc.

  13. Lamarcus Says:

    Cover 0 on full display.

  14. SCBucsFan Says:

    All I’m hoping is no one gets hurt

  15. Eric Says:

    I hope that dude is not going to be covering anybody important during the season.

  16. SCBucsFan Says:

    Conversely Eric I hope Godwin beats guys like this all year

  17. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Godwin is getting rave reviews from coaches and teammates about his offseason work — whatever that actually means.

    I have seen video’s of players working out, training etc. during the off season.

    Some are pretty impressive like James Harrison pushing a sled loaded with 45lb barbell plates.

    Look at Noah Spence last year, although that did not translate to on field success, he did put in some work.

    I would like to think many of the players do some off season work for better on field performance.

  18. mike10 Says:

    Ya that defender isn’t allowed on my flag football team

  19. Not there yet Says:

    Yes underwear football is as Mike Evans said more for quarterbacks and receivers but it’s still telling and you don’t need contact to understand.

    It’s easy that Cornerback is trash even in no contact ota’s. Off coverage and got burned deep by a guy that’s not known for speed, the corner looked extremely slow whoever that was. No contact doesn’t mean come out and get embarrassed. There’s a reason guess get signed and cut during this time leading up to the season because every rep matters

  20. Buc believer Says:

    The time of year GMC shines! Underwear season!

  21. BucEmUp Says:

    Just watched my first George Warhop press conference. I really like that guy!!!

  22. BucEmUp Says:

    Also Joe, none of the corners lay a finger on wrs the entire regular season. It’s not the Mike Smith way!!!

    Thats probably why Jameis hasn’t taken that next step. Less time of possession and a weaker unit he practices against every week. Its the little things that make the big differences

  23. Jeffbuc Says:

    I was watching Barkley highlights at penn state before the draft. Because some guy here that hasn’t posted since draft would constantly talk about trading the farm for Barkley. How did that prediction work out. But the player who stood out more than Barkley was a number 12 wide receiver he was faster than Barkley out front leading th gallop down the field just gliding effortless. Looked up who he was cause I was so intrigued with his speed. And it was Chris Godwin in his final year at penn state. Go look at Barkley’s highlights and tell me he doesn’t stand out and there not even suppose to be his highlights.