Illness Hit Chris Godwin

December 20th, 2022

Joe wonders what the Bucs record would be if every player was as tough and as dedicated as receiver Chris Godwin.

Godwin caught everything that came his way Sunday, eight targets and eight catches for 83 yards and a touchdown in the gut-punch loss to the Bengals.

That’s not an outrageously special day for Godwin, bit it is special considering what head coach Todd Bowles said on the Buccaneers Radio Network this evening.

Bowles explained that Godwin “came down with a bug” on gameday morning and the Bucs didn’t know if Godwin would be able to play. That struck Joe because it must have been quite significant considering how Godwin has battled through so many small and big injuries through his career, including returning early from ACL surgery this season and a hamstring issue in September.

Bowles said what Godwin was able to deliver through 66 snaps is a “great testament” to the type of competitor he is, and nobody would have known he was ill based on how he played.

29 Responses to “Illness Hit Chris Godwin”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  2. macajubav Says:

    leftwichitus makes one go to empty ones bowels to make todds.

  3. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Very runny todds at that!

  4. BigMacAttack Says:

    Mike Evans is as tough as nails too. They both are as good as it gets.

  5. NEfan Says:

    The guy is a baller!

  6. Kentucky Buc Says:

    Leftwichitis sounds very similar to Irritable Bowles Syndrome.

  7. BucU Says:

    I’ve said before there’s 2 players that are untouchable.
    Chris Godwin and Tristan Wirfs.
    EVERYBODY else including the coaching staff are replaceable. Chris has been a shining light in an otherwise very dark season.

  8. Bojim Says:

    Evans and Godwin. Glad they’re Bucs.

  9. MarkV Says:

    Irritable Bowles Syndrome…now that’s funny Kentucky!

  10. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Best receiver on the team. Such a hard worker and dependable. Never gives up on his routes.

  11. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    These comments are epic winning.

  12. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    Vlad as wondering what has been wrong with is bowles lately. Now we know.

  13. NJbucs23 Says:

    He’s from the northeast. We’re raised different up here !

  14. DungyDance Says:

    Lol Kentucky. Still laughing as I type this. Thanks for the momentary escape from this mess.

  15. Redeemer Says:

    They’re a 3 win team without Godwin. He’s Brady’s go to guy, and isn’t nearly as explosive as last year. Not his fault. It always takes 18 months before the cutting and burst returns normal. Tough bastard. Love him.

  16. Bucfan1988 Says:

    BucU, have to disagree on our best players…

    Godwin, Wirfs, Winfield (when healthy), and Jamel Dean….

    Those are my guys 🤷🏻‍♂️

  17. Dewey Selmon Says:

    4:25 kickoff might have given a couple more hours to recover.

  18. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @Redeemer. Brady trusts him more than Evans, and that’s for a good reason. He’s more reliable than Evans. He doesn’t get his usual separation. Most of the receiving group has struggled in that area. Brady has to make some tight window throws. Gage has been the best at separation. He played well on Sunday, except for that big drop. I’m surprised Tom didn’t freeze him out after the drop lol

  19. D-Rok Says:

    See, this is my problem BucsFan13. Gage and Godwin should be quicker throws. Evans and Julio, more deep/sideline routes. Not sure who is gonna man the middle like Gronk did, but maybe Otton will get there. Rudolph is…LOL, and Brate shouldn’t be on field. That leaves backs outta the flat.

    With some less than brain-dead scheme and play-calling, this offense, EVEN with THIS O-line, should be much better. Use your players’ strengths. The Bucs mostly did that in 1st half of Bengals game, which gives SOME hope.

    These coaches are missing out on the potential of this team! This sucks.

  20. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Talent being wasted by incompetence. Welcome back Tony Dungy.

  21. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @D-Rok. So we’ll said. The coaching is not using their personnel correctly this year. It seems they have no clue how to cater to the QB who’s been in the league for 23 years. There have been injuries and Leftwich has no idea to adjust. Where’s Brady’s James White? Lenny is slow and doesn’t run a variety routes like James. Why aren’t we utilizing Gio in that role? He has a second gear. Brady is one of the best seam ball thrower ever. He and Gronk made a living up the seam. Why aren’t running more Otton seam routes?

    I’m sick of Evans and the Go ball. Run him and Julio with more 989 routes. Max protect if you want to take some shots. Brady at the age of 45 is being asked to carry the entire offense. We have the worse running game in history of the NFL. Last night I watched Rodgers sit back and ride his run game. Tom doesn’t have the luxury. I would argue that Brady, Herbert, Allen, and Mahomes have to carry their respective offenses if the team has any chance of winning.

  22. Frank Pillow Says:

    14 is the best football player on the team. Has been since day 1. Hart of a lion.

  23. Goatfarmer Says:

    Leftbowels should be declared too sick to coich. A medical excuse to save them some face. Please.

  24. FortMyersDave Says:

    Goatfarmer, if this was anywhere else, Bowels and Leftwich would have been fired after the bye. If the Glazers ran the Bucs like a legitimate money making enterprise they would have identified Bowels and Leftwich as the weak links in the management structure and would have circumvented or fired them by now. Its a Bucs’ life. It is almost like 2020 never happened. I guess we can blame Bucco Bruce for leaving the team in a difficult situation.

  25. Buczilla Says:

    It’s a damn shame that all of Chris’s sacrifice and toughness are wasted on this coaching staff. I’ve never seen one of our teams do so little, with so much. If someone can remember a time when we have underachieved more than this year, please remind me.

    Anything less than making the playoffs and winning at least one playoff game should be more than sufficient grounds to clean house.

  26. captivajim Says:

    He is the Most Reliable & dedicated player on the team……..

  27. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Burrrrrrp, farrrrrrrrt. I have never been so tired of hearing about one thing after another with this team. Injuries on top of injuries, personal issues, sickness, just drama in general. It never stops. Idc anymore. Step in to the pocket, step in to throws, get separation, stop turning the ball over, stop looking lidless with bad body language. So about that “culture change” thing…

  28. Joe D. Says:

    It was actually the most explosive I’ve seen Godwin, definitely since the injury, maybe ever. Watch that play with about 4:37 left in the 2nd quarter, he catches about a 15 yard slant end just explodes out of his break, and run after the catch.

  29. Eric b Says:

    We need to win out from here lfgo!! Keep the 1st half game plan going like we did against Cincinnati! Lfgo