Arians Still Has It

January 29th, 2020

Benefitted with more snaps.

People may raise an eyebrow or downright shake their heads at how Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians couldn’t see he has a weak running game.

But Arians proved to be a master at eyeing talent at receiver. ESPN decided to do a feature on how certain players rose up and became forces this past year. And Bucs receiver Chris Godwin was cited.

In his first season as a full-time starter, Godwin finished with 1,333 receiving yards — third most in the NFL despite missing the final two games of the season because of a hamstring injury. His nine touchdowns were also tied for fourth among the league’s receivers. Godwin benefited from a move inside in coach Bruce Arians’ offense, the same role once occupied by Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

That’s the thing, Godwin got his first shot to start and he took full advantage of it. That almost didn’t place. A lot of folks, including Joe, wanted Adam Humphries retained at slot.

Arians wanted more speed at slot and he thought Godwin could get the job done.

Boy or boy, did Arians nail this one.

23 Responses to “Arians Still Has It”

  1. Buc believer Says:

    I think the game has passed him by. Using challenges when you KNOW you either have none left or to prove a point or just delegating certain responsibilities that a head coach alone should handle. I hope I’m wrong but I think he should have stayed retired. But hey he did save Lichts arse and also put a few million in his pocket so there is that.

  2. BucFanDuh Says:

    Joe … does Godwin deserve WR1 pay? Hes putting up the stats for it… and his jump in salary when the bucs either resign or restructure his contract next year, will be a significant cap % for a wr2. I’d love to see him have a long and successful career with the bucs, but I can also see his production turning into trade capital. If he stays healthy, he can turn a 3rd round investment into a first round deal with incentives.

  3. Conte Piscateli Says:

    Godwin was here before Arians and most would agree he was the second best receiver on the team last year as well. All Arians did was finally give him opportunity.

  4. El Buco Realisto Says:

    Ole stale biscuit “still has it”???????????

    Let’s look at ole stale biscuit’s last three years!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2016. 7-8-1
    2017. 8-8
    2019. 7-9

    Not so impressive is it sheep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Buc believer Says
    “I think the game has passed him by. Using challenges when you KNOW you either have none left or to prove a point…”

    You are completely misreading the true reason for those challenges.

    Here’s what coaches realized this year: A challenge gets their players more rest than a timeout.

    In nearly all of those cases, we needed a timeout. Calling a challenge instead at least doubles the time of rest for the same cost. It’s a loophole.

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Godwin does NOT deserve to get a new contract this year.

    He signed his rookie deal and the Bucs would be foolish to spend more than they have to this year.

  7. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Ole Stale biscuit is just like lovie. Joes criticized lovie for his philosophy of staying fixed with his scheme and not adapting to personnel. What is arians doing? The EXACT same thing. He doesnt run the ball? WTF? He doesnt use the 2 stud TEs? ya arians is a dinosaur that needs to work around his personnel. Look what andy reid has done by adapting and being successful for over 20 years.

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    no one cares about what he did in ARZ!!!!!!!!!!!

    “REAL FANS” only care about wins in tampa!!!!!!!!!



    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  9. 813bucboi Says:


    godwin doesnt deserve a new contract?…..

    that didnt stop them from signing marpet to a new deal….

    godwin missed 2games and still finished with 1,333 receiving yards — third most in the NFL…..

    CG has outperformed his 3rd round pick stats….even as a rookie folks inside OBP were saying CG is a #1 WR……

    he deserves a new deal….unlike JW, who may get a new deal by default….JW hasnt earned sh!t…..CG has earned a big payday…..

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  10. 813bucboi Says:


    you do have a point…..

    but we all know joe was out to get lovie before the ink dried on his contract…..joe never gave the man a chance…..joe wanted him out before he had his first press conference….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  11. AtlBucs Says:

    Joe didn’t put that horrendous, antiquated defense on the field or bring in peanut Tillman and Wright. Joe didn’t refuse to make adjustments.

  12. Sport Says:

    I get the bitterness some of you have for our Bucs. It’s been far too long since we’ve been in the payoffs and your defense mechanism of being a Negative Nancy keeps you insulated from being hurt.

    If you didn’t see a different team on the field last year vs the previous yrs, then your defense mechanism is blinding you.

    We have an identity.
    Run Defense!
    Nearly unstoppable WR’s!

    The rest is coming!

    In BA I Trust!

  13. George Rauh Says:

    He doesn’t deserve a new contrat. He deserve a contract extension. Goodwin will make less than 1 million this year. You give him a 5 year extention 75 million 30 million guaranteed. 10 million signing bonus.

    2020 5 million roster bonus. Base salary 1 million, Cap hit 7 million .
    2021 Base salary 10 million, cap hit 12 million
    2022 Base Salary 10 million cap hit 12 million
    2023 Base Salary 12 million cap hit 14 million
    2024 Base Salary 13 million cap hit 15 million
    2025 Base Salary 15 million cap hit 17 million

    easy as that

  14. 813bucboi Says:


    WTF are you talking about?….lol….

    joe didnt bring in ME13, marpet, d.smith, kwon or finish back to back years with 5wins….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  15. Swampbuc Says:

    Buc believer is an idiot.

  16. LordCornelius Says:

    BA’s specialty was a deep passing offense and we had the #3 scoring offense in the league…

    Lovie Smith’s specialty was supposed to be the defense and he took over playcalling and ran the team into the ground with one of the worst defenses in the NFL..

    Same with Mike Smith.

    Dirk Koetter = career yards king but never matches it with scoring and a coordinator not a coach

    Greg Schiano = the worst game manager of all time and worst in-game coach ever. His offenses averaged literally like 6 points per game in 2nd halves.

    IMO this staff is the best I’ve seen out of all these failures. They’ve at least developed rookies and don’t have quotes about halftime being for taking a leak. They lead a top 3 scoring offense. THe defense was top 10 down the stretch.

    If the defense was a fluke then you can throw this staff in with the others. But as of now they are the only staff that has shown an ability to develop secondary players, offensive lineman, pass rushers, RB’s, etc. It’s not their fault Winston decided to have his worst decision making year of his career and costed them 4 wins.

  17. Sleepy903 Says:

    Were we expecting a miraculous turn around year 1 after only winning 5 games last year.

    This staff has developed and brought more out of players that we thought were a waste of a contract. Granted BA doesn’t use TE’s Dirk did. He cant help it that the last regime invested so much in TE’s.

    BA got more out of Rojo, Godwin, and almost anyone drafted from the defense. He even got more out of Donovan and Cappa. JW is taking strides to reach his full potential but honestly everything cant be fixed year 1.

    The defense is respectable and the offense is putting up yards and points. Dirk couldnt score points and the defense was horrendous.

    Now its time to fine tune everything. Winston and company know the offense now. Now its time to limit the turnovers year 2 in the offense. Complete the Oline and Dline in the draft. pick up a vet for one of the safety spots to lead the secondary. Grab a work horse running back. Trade or restructure Brates contract. Keep OJ to see if he can improve his blocking and get himself together. Re-sign the shaq, jpp for sure. See what Suh and the others are wanting. If we can retain them retain them and watch this team take off.

  18. Isaac haggins Says:

    As Bradshaw said , Winston just at times throws it !!! Simple fix for him is have your progressions be the def player first , you know where your guy is, how he runs the route , how fast he is , where he catches and Yaks the best !!! Winston needs to find the def player and let the throw be the periphery not the other way around !!! I believe Winston loses his def focus with his got to make a play and confident mentality and approaching the read focus in reverse will prob solve that !!! Coach em up and don’t let dumb coach meathead jock disease keep your thinking in a box !!! What worked there may or may not resonate here , Think Coach , Think !!!

    Think if Winston was primary DB read on Lefty’s predetermined out routes that the other teams clearly scouted and ran in practice. Instead of Lefty telling Winston trust the route ( that the other team new was coming ) and instead it was read the db and even read inside a bit and then trust your eyes !!! Well I’m leaning with the ball doesn’t get thrown but winston is trusting the route but clearly Lefty was big time scouted and picked up on by other teams . Read the DB you know the route !!!

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    Sleepy903 … “The defense is respectable and the offense is putting up yards and points.”

    Fans need to stop thinking in terms of who we had in 2019 and start thinking in terms of who we have under contract RIGHT NOW. Because what we have under contract RIGHT NOW couldn’t win 1 game in 2020.

    Newsflash: We’re missing a starting QB (Winston), a starting RT (Dotson), a starting RB (Barber), a key rotational #3 WR (Perriman), a starting DT (Suh), a starting DE (JPP), a starting OLB (Barrett), a key rotational OLB (Nassib), TWO key rotational DT/DEs (Allen & Nunez-Roches), a safety who started 11 games (Adams) plus at least a half-dozen other depth players (like Minter). That’s probably at least 17-18 holes right there that NEED to be filled with players who were at least as good as those who held those positions last year.

    Bonzai … No problem with Godwin not getting a big 2nd contract this year. Won’t happen because we don’t have the money to do it anyways. He’s under contract as you pointed out, and we’ve got far too many other holes to fill. We’ll end up shaving some talent as it is IMO.

  20. BucFanDuh Says:

    @Defense rules.. most of those holes will be fixed(92mil to spend on those holes). And I saw that same thing with regard to Godwin’s contract situation. Hes still in his rookie contract next year, capwise.. hes covered for 2020. The issue with Godwin is a 2021 issue, that can be solved in 2020. The bucs will want him, they will pay him… hes worth the investment. Although I’d love to see a portion of the 2020 cap space allocated to keep him… I can actually see a 1 year deal with another player in 2020, that gives 2021 cap space to resign Godwin at the rate he deserves. It also gives Godwin to produce less than he did in his breakout 2019 season. I want to see him produce at a similar rate next year.. stay healthy.. and be a worthy long term investment…… and I want the bucs to be smart about his contract options.

  21. BucFanDuh Says:

    *gives godwin the opportunity to produce less*.. sorry, typo

  22. Buc believer Says:

    Is that all you got swampbuc? Calling me an idiot? What do you base this on?Do you know me? Know what I do for work or even if I HAVE to work at all? Just because your unhappy with your life you shouldn’t go around calling people names because they don’t agree with your opinion.

  23. Swampbuc Says:

    Buc believer is overly sensitive and oblivious to the realities and practical workings of running a high performance team.

    I apologize for calling you an idiot.

    Your take was idiotic, though.