Yes, You Can Coach Up Big Uglies In Underwear Football

May 14th, 2023

Harold Goodwin explains.

From time to time (often when Joe publishes practice notes), Joe will be asked how an offensive lineman or a linebacker looked during underwear football.

Joe feels awful because there is no answer acceptable. You cannot tell anything from a lineman or a linebacker in underwear football. Ah, but that’s not what a coach with a trained eye would say.

(Joe always has to detail this otherwise someone will misunderstand. There is no hitting in underwear football. No pads. No tackling. Dudes are in shorts. Flag football without the flags.)

So yesterday as Bucs offensive line coach Harold Goodwin spoke with reporters after Day 2 of rookie minicamp, Joe asked Goodwin what, if anything, can he get from underwear football since there is no hitting.

Goodwin said he noticed something with guard Cody Mauch. It was correct and a teaching moment.

“The thing I’m looking for is how guys move,” Goodwin said. “Like yesterday, for Cody [Mauch] for instance, there were a couple of technique issues where he got out of sorts with his hands and his feet, but the athleticism to stay with his guy and not end up on the ground, that’s a plus for me. So there’s something there to work with. He was throwing his hands in his pass sets, even though he may not have been there in the perfect spot throwing his hands – he was throwing them, so that’s a plus for me.

“Just little things like that – as long as guys can retain information and things we try to teach them in meetings, we’re fine. That’s what we’re looking for at this point – and just guys flying around.”

Joe knew footwork is one thing coaches can teach during underwear football. But it was cool to hear there is more.

And it’s neat to see that Goodwin corrected Mauch on one thing in Mauch’s very first practice with the Bucs. And already Mauch took the coaching and corrected himself.

15 Responses to “Yes, You Can Coach Up Big Uglies In Underwear Football”

  1. Hodad Says:

    Just wondering Joe. You think coaches get more excited molding a piece of clay like Mauch, or would they perfer to have vets who’ve been there, done that? These coaches, including Bowles seem energized to have a young team they can coach hard. These kids don’t need old man days off, think we’re going to see some real practices for a change.

  2. BigMacAttack Says:

    Old man days off lol. Lavonte need a day to rest now.

  3. ATLBuc Says:

    Hodad, I’m sure coaches love to see the results of their coaching and teaching. Who wouldn’t love to see their young grasshoppers blossoming into full grown dragons!!

  4. Voice of Truth Says:

    The time of year legends are made LOL

    Kenny Bell was always looking great in OTA’s

    All the progress VH3 was making

    Muscle hamster was really rebounding from his Molly induced stupor

    Gotta love May in the NFL 😂

  5. #99 the Big fella Says:

    Any minute now Goat farmer will spew his hate for Todd Bowles even though this isn’t about him.

  6. Destinjohnny Says:

    Coming from a conference where Hardly anyone goes to the bigs, it will
    Be interesting to see if he can make the adjustment to pro ball.

  7. Steven007 Says:

    99, that’s funny. And probably correct.

  8. Dooley Says:

    Footwork, technique, hand work, pretty much all the stuff OLmen don’t get celebrated for but is cause for appreciation can get done in lids, shorts and shirts. Remember the game is 80% mental & 40% physical, it’s why you practice more than ya play games

  9. Pewter Power Says:

    The phrase is annoying I hate when they talk about coaching someone up because it only applies to the below to average players

    I don’t remember anyone talk about coaching up Winfield or Wirfs, Marpet basically any probowl players because “coaching up” comes down to the bottom of the roster players. Mauch is getting tips on the little details but if he takes off it is because they drafted a top notch guy.

  10. SB~LV Says:

    A taste of what is to come, OTA’s then training camp and then the newest wrinkle, just ONE BIG cut down day of NFL mayhem after the last preseason game.
    Getting closer by the day….

  11. teacherman777 Says:

    Mauch is only 300 pounds.

    He doesn’t have a guards body.

    But he is very athletic. He used to be a TE.

    I honestly think he would make a better RT than RG.

    And Goedeke should try RG. And compete against Hainsey and Leverette.

    I’m not sold on Goedeke as a starting RT.

    We ruined Tom Brady’s final year by starting Hainsey and Goedeke.

    It was Hainseys first season EVER playing center. (He got zero push. Ever)

    And it was Goedekes first season EVER play guard. Or on the left side of the line.

    And Tom Brady was scared all season.

    We couldn’t run last year. No play action because we couldn’t run.

    And we couldn’t pass deep because Tom had no time to throw. And he was scared.

    We destroyed Tom Brady’s final year with Hainsey and Goedeke.

    I hope we don’t do it again.

    Of Goedeke fails at RT and Mauch fails at RG. I’m gonna be livid. I’m

  12. SB~LV Says:


    You have left out the most important part of your story
    It happened on the second day of training camp

  13. garro Says:

    Spent 7 years teaching and my perspective is that i loved it when one of my students took the teaching and excelled. Bt not because I was such a great teacher mind you. But because they excelled and just maybe I helped them.

  14. Joe Says:

    Just wondering Joe. You think coaches get more excited molding a piece of clay like Mauch, or would they perfer to have vets who’ve been there, done that?

    Depends. If coaches want job security they want veterans. If they are true teachers at heart (most are) they enjoy helping get the most out of players.

  15. Destinjohnny Says:

    Right on!!!
    Someone finally sees it