Track Meet Football?

April 10th, 2019

Pinball wizard.

The words from Chris Godwin have Joe’s mouth watering.

Yesterday, the Bucs made receiver Godwin available for questions. There, he told the story of how he and his girlfriend went to Hawaii in recent week and on the second day in America’s 50th state, he had to have a wisdom tooth yanked out. It forced him to cut short his stay.

When Godwin was asked if he planned a return to Hawaii this summer before training camp, Godwin said for sure he will go back but not this summer. He will be too busy, he said.

“A lot of training that has to happen,” Godwin said of his summer plans to stay in Tampa Bay. “A lot of running. A lot of getting prepared for Coach Arians’ offense.”

Well now.

We all know Bucco Bruce Arians is a no-risk-it-no-biscuit kind of a coach. He loves throwing deep. And often.

But so too did former Bucs coach Dirk Koetter and former offensive coordinator Todd Monken. So why does Godwin feel the need to work out six extra weeks to prepare for Arians’ offense, so much so that Godwin would ditch Hawaiian vacation plans?

Could it be that despite Arians’ public words, he understands the Bucs’ running attack stinks out loud, and instead Arians will go full-blown Don Coryell and even mimic Mike Leach’s air raid offenses? Arians often boasts about how he has never had so many weapons.

This just brings Leach’s famous saying about a balanced offense to mind. “There is nothing balanced about having 50 percent pass and 50 percent run because that’s 50 percent stupid.”

It almost sounds as if Arians’ offense will resemble a pinball machine.

24 Responses to “Track Meet Football?”

  1. Ndog Says:

    Or maybe it means he will asked to actually block and help his running backs downfield more. You know something Dirk would never dare ask the great one Desean Jackson to do. Man when you think about it this team is so much better simply by getting rid of the problems like Mike Smith, Desean Jackson, George Warhop and Dirk Koetter. Now if we could also find a way to get rid of Realist as well…………

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Ndog…remember these words bro!

  3. Jean Lafitte Says:

    It all sounds exciting, especially all the pre playbook hype and the Air Arians deep ball philosophy but let’s not get carried away. We all can’t forget JW’s accuracy on long passes. Until we see JW improve on his percentages this will impact the amount of times we take a shot down field. We can’t keep going 3 and outs trying to hit the homerun ball because before you know it we’re down by 3 scores now having to solely rely on the long ball to get back in the game. We need a rushing attack and an offensive line that knows what run blocking means. We’ve got to get past the line of scrimmage first before we ask our receivers to run block.

  4. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Overlook the obvious.

    He’s going to play outside, not slot.

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Jean Lafitte Says:
    “We all can’t forget JW’s accuracy on long passes.”

    The accuracy was mostly with Jackson. With everyone else, he was fine most of the time.

  6. D1 Says:

    Winston was he was the least accurate deep passer in 2018.

    Ranking last in accuracy on all throws (29.41%), throws of 21-25 yards (12.5%) and throwing with clean pockets (21.74%), it was a brutal season for Winston from an accuracy standpoint. His 52 yards after the catch were the third fewest in 2018, but with a supporting cast of receivers that included Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson (who Winston was accurate to on just 1 of 10 deep passing targets), Chris Godwin, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard and even Adam Humphries, I just don’t see an excuse for all these misses.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Wow Joe, some folks jump to conclusions. You leap to them. So because ‘A’ is true (Chris Godwin is training in Tampa for 6 weeks before training camp) and ‘B’ is true (Bucs had a lousy running attack in 2018) then obviously ‘C’ must be true … get set for all deep balls and Arians ‘pinball machine’ air attack. Nah no leap there.

    Teams that have a solid running attack seem to do better than teams that rely predominantly on the pass. The 2018 Saints are a classic example IMO. Their rushing attack improved a bunch in 2017 & 2018 … as did their record (11-5 & 13-3 from the preceding 3 years of 7-9 records). Better running game also helped open up their passing game (more options for play action passes to their RBs kept defenses off-balance?).

    Bottom line is still that the Bucs NEED a reliable RB to complement Peyton Barber’s skillset. And we also NEED to improve our OLine run-blocking by at least adding a reliable RG.

  8. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Arians had David Johnson during his time in Arizona. We should have two running backs that complement each other. A smart coach should protect his backs and split the workload. Just looking at Doug Martin performance, every year he had over 300 carries he had several injury plagued seasons afterwards. Do it all backs have an increased chance of injury with the higher workload.

  9. BucEmUp Says:

    Arians is going to use the running backs heavily on the pass game. Everyonr goes deep and the back takes the dumpoff. You know what ALL the top offenses did a LOT more than they did and Winston still put up top offensive numbers. Bruce is the man

  10. TampabaybucfanA Says:

    It simply looks like the Arians positive reinforcement of Godwin, VH3, OJ, Jameis & others is having an impact. Players want to train and perform at a higher level.

    This is good.

  11. rrsrq Says:

    Coach Arians, anyone stand out or surpyyou after watching film

    Yeah, Peyton Barber, we have a running back

    So what’s the pinball offense assumption

    Chris knows that he is a starter this year, it’s one thing to prepare as a starter knowing that you are not, it’s another to know you are the starter…

  12. Clodhopper Says:

    Maybe he knows he needs more speed to catch all those overthrows

  13. TampabaybucfanA Says:

    What’s with the continuing moderation “for no good reason”…..?

  14. BucsFIRE Says:

    ^ More ignorance. There has not been a problem with JW and Godwin connecting. Deep throws included.

  15. Clodhopper Says:

    Except for him getting busted up from extending himself so much to catch those overthrows, sure there’s no problems.

  16. Jim Says:

    Return to #Weapons4Winston football?

  17. BucsFIRE Says:

    LOL Clodhopper, yea ok.

  18. 813bucboi Says:


    i agree…..

    and to take it a step further, when players are fatigue, they lose focus…and when players lose focus they make mental mistakes…..and when you make mental mistakes, you beat yourself…..

    that has been BA’s message this offseason…..focus and dont beat yourself….


  19. Clodhopper Says:

    BucsFIRE Says:
    April 10th, 2019 at 8:43 am
    LOL Clodhopper, yea ok

    Nice. The words of someone who aint got sht to say. #SelfOwn

  20. BucsFIRE Says:

    I’ve got plenty to say, Clodhopper. I just didn’t feel like getting into it with you. I feel like you are full of sht, but you are obviously anti-JW so it is pointless arguing with you. JW will have to win an MVP for some of you to change your minds and that is fine. — I am tired of arguing about it.

  21. Clodhopper Says:

    I criticize Jameis for one thing: Overthrows. If you think that’s “Anti-JW” you obviously are using emotion over thinking. I didn’t go to you, you came to me. If you are tired of arguing about it, maybe try skipping passed the topic youre tired of arguing about? Works for me 100% of the time.

  22. BucsFIRE Says:

    ^ Fair enough, Clodhopper. Thank you. I obviously lumped you in with others in a way that was unwarranted. Thanks for shouting back, cheers, and GoBUCS

  23. Brandon Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    April 10th, 2019 at 1:43 am
    Overlook the obvious.

    He’s going to play outside, not slot.

    He’s going to play all over. Even if he plays in the slot it will only be with two other WRs on the field which means either Brate or Howard are off. I’m thinking Arians might be finding ways to get his Ace/11 formation lots of plays with 2 WRs, 2 TEs, and 1 RB on the field.

  24. unbelievable Says:

    Maybe he just wants to be in even better shape this year?

    I think everyone is reading way too much into that small quote