Bombs Away

February 9th, 2020

“Keep firing.”

If you happened to be wondering if the Bucs had one of the most successful offenses at winging it downfield, wonder no more.

Yeah, we know Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians likes to throw deep. Without the horses, it’s easier said than done. But the following information just magnifies how Arians and the Bucs loved getting big chunks of yards on passes.

The Bucs had all of their top three receivers finish in the top-13 in yards per reception. Yes, that includes Breshad Perriman, Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.

No other team did that.

Perriman, a free agent, finished with 17.9 yards per reception. Evans was right behind him at 17.3 yards per reception. Godwin ended his season at 15.5 yards per reception.

Man, when your “worst” top-3 receiver (no, Joe is not calling Godwin a bad receiver in any way, shape or form) averages over 15 yards a catch, you know you have a high-octane passing game.

21 Responses to “Bombs Away”

  1. Colonel_mp Says:

    Very impressive by Godwin since the majority of his receptions came around or under the 10 yard range. A beast when it comes to YAC, much more so than Evans or Perriman.

  2. Ndog Says:

    Yeah Bridgewater, Dalton, Brady or Rivers could succeed here. Right……………..🤭

  3. BrianBucs Says:

    Winston threw 30 beautiful passes that were caught by the other teams, plus another dozen or so that the other teams dropped.
    Yep, Keep Firing

  4. chris L Says:

    only chance this team has if those numbers go down though. need to get more rushing yards. more pass plays means down more or trying to catch up which also means more picks and losses. not a winning formula. become a physical team please

  5. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    Godwin is so strong on his feet he’s almost never tackled by the first guy. When he turns it up field it looks like no CB in the league wants any part of trying to tackle him.

  6. El Buco Realisto Says:

    In the season of 2018, with the Buc’s playing the backup QB half the time, The Bucs had three in the top ten!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Djax was #1 overall, Me13 was 3rd overall, and OJ80 was 9th!!!!!!!!

    So dispite playing a much softer schedule, and having a much healthier roster, ole stale biscuit was worse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fast forward to next year, when we all will be talking about the NEW GM and new Head Coach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. bucfan999 Says:

    Another reason to keep Jameis after all he was the person throwing the passes that led to having 3 receivers in the top 13.

  8. Coburn Says:

    Lol… you know you’re a Winston homer when you somehow think two of the best qbs in the history of the nfl couldn’t find success here… I mean even if they are starting to slow fown.. cmon man

  9. BigHog Says:

    Why does the numbers have to come down? ROJO or whoever the lead dog of the back field is needs to turn 24 rushes a game into a solid 80 yards per game which would turn into a 1280 yard season!! No need to stop firing that ball downfield !!! Bombs away Tampa Bay!! PICK UP THE PIECES 2020!!!

  10. El Buco Realisto Says:


    Djax 1st overall with 18.9 yes
    Mike Evan’s 3rd overall with 17.7
    OJ Howard 9th overall with 16.6

    Where was the article for last year, when it was “higher octane”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Ndog Says:

    Yep BrianBucs every one of those picks were on the QB. Just keep proving daily proof of how unbelievably CLUELESS you truly are. Thanks for making my job easy my friend.

  12. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Imagine what could be with decent pass protection.

  13. martinii Says:

    Most of above comments cover the scope of the Winston argument as I’m sure will be continued until we hear the final decision on our 2020 QB. Once again I say bring him back for a 1 year reasonable deal, Draft a back-up with potential. Improve the O-Line and run game, and let Jameis benefit from year 2 of BA.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bruce Arians refused to reign Winston back when he threw picks. It’s called accelerated learning. Keep at it for a season, then the QB has tape of himself to study and learn from. Jameis will have a remarkable reduction turnovers in 2020.

  15. Bucsfan951 Says:

    I just saw a damning stat on Winston provided by bucs report… Winston (in his career) has thrown 64 ints and 6 tds when the play starts in bucs territory. Yikes! 64 times the other opponent has started in bucs territory due to a Winston int.

    That’s just unacceptable and just plain reckless! While his numbers are great in the red zone, I just can’t overlook that stat.

    If this team is gonna succeed, that just can’t happen.

    Would love a Winston defender to give me an explanation on this stat…

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Not sure how having 3 WRs in the Top-13 in Yards per Reception translates into “the Bucs had one of the most successful offenses at winging it downfield”. MIGHT well be true, but one doesn’t necessarily lead to the other. Y/R doesn’t say anything about YAC, nor anything about depth of target, nor even about the WRs catch percentages. All it really says is that WHEN they caught the balls that they did catch, they weren’t TACKLED until quite a ways downfield.

    Statistics like that also don’t tell us much about how EFFICIENT and EFFECTIVE the passing offense was. For instance …

    o Godwin was considerably more EFFECTIVE in his first 6 games (43-of-54 for 79.6% & 662 yards) than he was in his last 8 games (43-of-64 for 67.2% & 671 yards).
    o Perriman on the other hand was a lot more EFFECTIVE in the last 6 games (26-of-38 for 68.4% & 550 yards) than he was in the first 8 games (10-of-31 for 32.3% & 95 yards).
    o Mike Evans was also more effective later in the season … in the first 6 games he was 27-of-55 for 49.1% and 464 yards, but in his last 8 games was 40-of-63 for 63.5% & 693 yards.

    And yet, it was the same QB throwing the rock to all 3 WRs all season long. More significantly IMO, our record was 7-9. I know, the REAL problems were defense, runnning game, OLine & kicking. Ya sure. Horsepuckey … it’s a TEAM sport. It’s interesting that 2 of our 3 top WRs did much better later in the season … when our W-L record was ALSO much better. Individual accolades like ‘Top-13 in Yards/Reception’ are nice, but ALL facets of the TEAM share responsibility for our 7-9 record.

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Colonel_mp … BTW you’re spot on about Godwin’s YAC advantage. He had 6.7 YAC/Reception, while Perriman had 3.5 and ME13 had 3.8 for 2019. Considering that Chris had 86 catches on the season, that translates into an ADDITIONAL 250 yards or so over Perriman & Evans JUST because of his YAC advantage. That’s significant IMO.

  18. catcard202 Says:

    If you start drives after a kick-off or punt…You generally start your drive in your own territory…Sometimes pretty deep into your own territory.

    The Bucs DEF hasn’t always been so “successful” at keeping the other team from putting points on the board, regardless of how the opponent got the ball or which side of field drives started….So, JW3 has had quite a few drives that started in Bucs territory.

    A+B+ JW3 turnover rate on “scripted” drives over 5yrs = 64int

  19. Stevebobucsfan Says:

    I wonder who threw all those passes to 3 not 1 not 2 but 3 receivers in the top 10

  20. WestChap Says:

    For all the JW defenders pointing to “his” stats (a little funny hiw all those yards are his but only half the INTs)… if a mix of Fitz and JW in 2018 was an even higher octane passing game than the 100% JW one of 2019, how can so many be so sure that no “lesser” QB could succeed here? Just look at what ME did for that NFL bust Manziel in college. AND, we can try it out at less than JW’s $30M ask. Heck, imagine what we could spend the savings on… Trent Williams wants a new contract and Melvin Gordon needs a new home. If you’re worried about J-dub, fear not… someone will buy his stat sheet. C’mon, just let him go.

  21. D1 Says:


    If winston has a remarkable turn around next season , it won’t be because He has film of to study, (film of himself) . I have read this idea many many times posted by multiple people yet I’ve never read an explanation as to why you or anyone believes this is true.

    You willing to take a shot at explaining how you believe it works and more importantly, quantify the expectations.

    Remarkable is a subjective term , if film review is real and key to winstons renaissance , then tangible results are measurable.

    Predict the results or perhaps share the equation you base remarkable turnaround on. If we had an equation it would be interesting to see if winston is hitting his marks in the off season. No question about Winston’s work ethic so it would be interesting to track.