RoJo Can Learn From Chris Godwin

September 13th, 2021

Lost in the ecstasy of the Bucs’ thrilling victory on their final drive was the mental fortitude of Chris Godwin again on display.

Bucs fans saw Godwin drop key balls in the playoffs last season, but Tom Brady and Bucco Bruce Arians never lost confidence in him. Godwin quickly got chances to redeem himself and he did.

Fast-forward to Thursday and Godwin’s fumble at the 2 yard line with 5:04 remaining (see Joe’s photo above). it was a nightmare that nearly cost the Bucs the game. But who was the target on the next drive, the game-sealing deep ball? It was Godwin.

Contrast that to the Ronald Jones saga. He fumbled early in the game and got buried and outed by his head coach to the media.

RoJo had fumbling challenges last season and folks at One Buc Palace reacted then like RoJo needed serious attention to his psyche.

Joe hopes Godwin rises up to talk things out with RoJo, or that Bucco Bruce Arians puts them together so Godwin can lecture on resiliency.

Clearly, the important coaches believe RoJo needs help there, and Joe can’t think of a better Buccaneer than Godwin to have an impact on his teammate.

29 Responses to “RoJo Can Learn From Chris Godwin”

  1. PassingThru Says:

    It’s what I mentioned in the game thread after Godwin fumbled, during the game winning drive:

    “Brady will probably look for Godwin”

    It’s the way Brady has functioned his entire career, he’ll bail out a trusted receiver who might be plagued with drops. He did it during the postseason run with Godwin last year.

  2. pewter941 Says:

    Idk what he can learn from Chris Godwin, if the coaches refuse to put him back on the field after his fumble. Its not like Leonard didnt have a turnover aswell.

  3. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    RoJo’ll be alright. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

  4. SlyPirate Says:

    Rojo will be traded or cut after the season.

    The Bucs will pick up a new RB in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft.

  5. C2asante Says:

    I’m not a big Rojo fan but people are running with a narrative that he is mentally fragile with no real proof other than their own interpretation of a ambiguous statement made by Coach Arians. Until Rojo or someone who knows specifically says a fumble caused him to lose confidence in himself, it’s speculation. It could just as easily be a case of he really wanted an opportunity to redeem himself just as Godwin did but was not afforded the opportunity by his coaches.

  6. zzbuc Says:

    I just don´t see a future in between Rojo and the Bucs….he is quite inconsistent….good games, bad games never something specutacular, just another player on the lockeroom…..I don´t see where would meak sense for the BUcs to keep him, when his contract is over……

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    In year four for a RB there should be more answers than questions. I thought we were seeing an emergence last year. Hopefully that wasn’t his peak.
    I said it earlier, there’s a reason they decided to keep Lenny. Whether it be confidence or inconsistency, who knows? Having another capable back mitigates those issues.

  8. gotbbucs Says:

    What a load of horse manure. How exactly is player supposed to redeem himself from the bench?
    Until someone shows my a picture of Ronald Jones hiding behind the bench I’ll continue to chalk this up to Arians bating a media mouse trap with horse crap and Joe going in for a mouth full.

    Plenty of running backs that actually run hard and don’t duck contact fumble the ball on occasion.

    To be honest, I don’t think we have anything special on this team in the running back room. Jones is peaked out, but at least he runs hard. Fournette is nothing compared to what he was in college. He’s a shell of that guy. Bernard is a career 3rd down back. Vaughn is a complete unknown because he fumbled one time last year and Arians will never forget it. There’s no real threat in that room. Jones will gain yards if he breaks a couple tackles and Fournette will gain yards if nobody touches him.

  9. Medicated Pete Says:

    ROJO will prove to be valuable at some point in this season. Remember that 98yd scamper. But RB1 is Lenny & 3rd down is GIO

  10. sgrd0q Says:

    Well, in all fairness, an RB fumbling the ball is more frowned upon than a WR doing so. RB’s are all about running into people and protection is super important.

  11. Buxszntkt Says:

    So RoJo is our second down specialist ?
    Since NO has Jameis maybe we can swap RoJo for Kamara ?

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    RoJo had fumbling challenges last season and folks at One Buc Palace reacted then like RoJo needed serious attention to his psyche.

    ROJO had ZERO FUMBLES IN 2020

    Yes there was one handoff fumble but that was credited to Brady….

  13. Buc Nick Says:

    RoJo will never get a fair shot here under BA. I don’t know what it is but the man Definitely has issue with this guy.

    From pulling him to beaching him. BA has and is doing a very poor job coaching this kid.

    He can be a STUD.

  14. Joe Says:

    RoJo will never get a fair shot here under BA. I don’t know what it is but the man Definitely has issue with this guy.

    If not for Arians RoJo might not even be here. The Bucs — on the insistence from Arians — have worked hard for two years building up his confidence which was rock bottom after his rookie season.

  15. AMI_Chris Says:

    Brady will not survive the season throwing 50 times per game. We’ll need Lenny and RoJo throughout this season. If they’ve lost confidence in RoJo, then de-activate him and give Vaughn some actual carries. But I saw Nick Chubb get plenty of carries yesterday after his brutal fumble at KC. Only 48 active…they all need to play.

  16. Rod Munch Says:

    You can’t learn anything if you’re benched.

  17. Dubcity6 Says:

    That’s not the case at all. I know what the coach said, but Rojo just runs. Thats all. If he can’t hold on to the ball then what good is he. Lenny catches it (sometimes) AND runs. So if Rojo puts it on the ground, you go w Lenny, that simple. Godwin fumbled but he’s still one of the best WR in the league. Which he showed on that back shoulder.

  18. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Rojo has father issues and needs to grow up and get over it.

  19. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Rojo is just really chill. He don’t get to high or too down on himself. He is a cool breeze. Good or bad I have never seen him over celebrate or get angry. BA is not used to it and probably never will be.

  20. Darin Says:

    Godwin already rose up and spoke to RoJo. The game was 4 days ago.

  21. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    They benched him the rest of the game!! I’m sure that doesn’t bode well for how “psyche” …. That’s STUPID to bench a hard running wear you down type of back for one mistake!! I didn’t see fornette or Godwin on that bench!!?? …. I don’t know why they play games like that with rojo .,.. IT’S DUMB!!!

  22. BucsMoK Says:

    Rojo fumbled due to a perfect punch. I want to know a RB that can hold on everytime to that. Rojo runs with reckless abandonment while Lenny is slow at finding the hole. I hate that Bruce ALWAYS benches him after a mistake. Drop a ball? Sit. Fumble? Sit. Hit in backfield? Sit. Lenny was the cause of an interception and wasn’t benched. Why?

  23. Ptwalk Says:

    They just don’t seem to give Rojo the benefit of the doubt. If a pass hits off Rojo’s hands and is intercepted, like the Fournette pass, he’d probably be benched for that too.

  24. Mcruzer Says:

    Rojo has been in the NFL for 4 years and the average career for an NFL running back is 2.5 years. He may have been the guy you would fight to get the bulk of carries in year one or two to see if he is a star and I believe the bucs did try that. Now, he is a committee back, nothing more.

  25. Jim Says:

    Like Rojo…

  26. Brandon Says:

    SlyPirate Says:
    September 13th, 2021 at 2:24 pm
    Rojo will be traded or cut after the season.

    —————-

    Wow, such great insider knowledge…. The dude isn’t under contract after this season. Please STFU if you don’t know anything. Rojo is our best back, most idiots can see that… most. Those that know less than the idiots think he’ll be cut or traded when he doesn’t have a contract next season.

  27. Brandon Says:

    cruzer Says:
    September 13th, 2021 at 9:39 pm
    Rojo has been in the NFL for 4 years and the average career for an NFL running back is 2.5 years. He may have been the guy you would fight to get the bulk of carries in year one or two to see if he is a star and I believe the bucs did try that. Now, he is a committee back, nothing more.

    ————————

    Your stupidity is showing. He’s fresh off what should have been a 1000 yard season with 5.1 YPC…. he’s NOTHING more than a committee RB… okay. What are they putting in the water these days in Clown College?

  28. Brandon Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    September 13th, 2021 at 3:03 pm
    RoJo had fumbling challenges last season and folks at One Buc Palace reacted then like RoJo needed serious attention to his psyche.

    ROJO had ZERO FUMBLES IN 2020

    Yes there was one handoff fumble but that was credited to Brady….

    ———————-

    Yep, funny how people remember stuff that never happened and then don’t remember the stuff that did… like him deserving to go over 1000 yards on the season on 5.1 YPC.

  29. Crickett Baker Says:

    You can’t “redeem” yourself when you are beating yourself up. I am sure if Ro was saying, “Put me in, Coach, my hands are like glue, now”, instead of, “I can’t believe that. I was so bad. I should have made that play”, he would no way be riding the bench. Don’t you guys get it? I sometimes wonder..

 

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