Chris Godwin Responds; Did He Flash A Me-First Attitude?

December 7th, 2023

Joe wasn’t sure how Chris Godwin would respond today after his wife blasted Todd Bowles yesterday and then tried to clarify her intentions this morning following the deletion of her Bowles darts on social media.

Godwin talked to local media and Joe didn’t think Godwin sounded like a guy who just came off a huge home win, one in which he had a 19-yard rushing touchdown that snapped a two-game losing streak and catapulted the Bucs into second place and a Sunday showdown with the Falcons.

Godwin made it clear that he “never had like any malice or, like, ill-will toward [Dave] Canales or [Todd] Bowles or anybody.”

Gee, that was nice to know. Joe might have felt better if Godwin said he “loves” his coaches.

“We’re just trying to figure out how to move forward and make this the best that we can make because that’s all we want at the end of the day. We want to win and go the playoffs,” Godwin said.

Joe wonders if Godwin and other Bucs are deeply frustrated because the Bucs choose to run the damn ball so much when they’re not good at it. Heck, if Godwin’s frustration about targets is really all about winning, then the run frequency should be the priority subject on the table — and it should be coming from more players than just Godwin.

“For me, it’s not necessarily just like, ‘Oh, I want targets. I want targets. I want targets.’ It’s like I’m trying to be able to provide the most value that I can and that I know I can,” Godwin added.

Joe undersstands Godwin being passionate about wanting the ball more to help the team. Every elite and highly-paid receiver should want the damn rock. That’s a small part of what makes them great. But something feels off when it comes to the timing of the Godwin family comments.

In addition the comments coming after a victory, this wasn’t a typical game. Godwin was battling through a neck injury, and he did appear to drop his first pass. Plus, it was a weird rain day that certainly affected the passing game.

Ultimately, Joe thinks Godwin is like most Bucs fans. He watched the Bucs offense struggle Sunday against a miserable Panthers team and the win sort of felt like a bad loss that needed to be addressed immediately.

Regardless, before Godwin’s comments today, Joe considered Godwin to be the ultimate team-first player. Joe’s not quite sure about that now.

(Joe almost never posts YouTube video, but today will be an exception. You can watch Godwin’s chat with local media below and share your feedback.)

70 Responses to “Chris Godwin Responds; Did He Flash A Me-First Attitude?”

  1. HC Grover Says:

    He wants to escape the staff IMO. At least he will not strip on the sideline and dance to the tunnel…LOL We are in Tatters. Our only chance Sunday is keep it close and a major Atlanta blunder at the end.

  2. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Translation he wants a QB that can throw him a catchable ball.

  3. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Godwin is in a situation here, because while he’s undeniably good, he’s not irreplaceably good. He’s not ME13.

  4. Boss Says:


    are you friggin high?

    CG has not cost us games. I can name several games this year we lost where ME dropping balls directly resulted in us losing.

    BM force feeds ME because he is too damn short and does not have the touch Brady did to hit CG….nor the vision.

    when ME went out hurt we WON the game and CG lit it up!

  5. Mike C Says:

    Grover, do you think the bucs are great?

  6. HC Grover Says:

    All players want to make the playoffs cause of the extra pay.

  7. HC Grover Says:

    MC the Bucs are great bcuz we have a NFL team. That is great. We could be Orlando……

  8. SufferingSince76 Says:

    It would be irresponsible to not scheme Chris into the offense more than he has been. Spread the love. The run game is dead.

  9. K_bassuka Says:

    This is what you get when Maybefield is the QB1. He is a cancer and destroys teams one snap at a time.

  10. ATLBuc Says:

    I didn’t hear anything that he said that suggests he is not a team first player.

  11. UKBuccaneer Says:

    Boss Says:

    are you friggin high?

    CG has not cost us games. I can name several games this year we lost where ME dropping balls directly resulted in us losing


    Evans is open even when he’s covered. CG is not. Sure, ME has had a few drops this year, but he’s still having one of his best seasons ever.

    CG is great, don’t deny it. I’d prefer he was moved to slot, but he’s not a rare-HoF calibre receiver.

  12. Jack Clark Says:

    If Chris Godwin had a problem with Todd Bowles then he should have addressed it with Todd Bowles before his wife did. Totally unacceptable behavior from Chris Godwin. Hopefully he keeps his wife under control and doesn’t become a locker room cancer because Baker Mayfield isn’t throwing him the ball.

  13. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Will you look at that, I actually agree with UKBuc. The Bucs probably cannot afford to pay both Evans and Godwin 20+ mil AND sign guys like Wirfs and Winfield, (and a new G). If I have to choose 1, I choose Mike.

    Also agree with ATLBuc. Nothing in that interview said “me-first.”

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Bowles totally messed up Devin White and now he’s working on Chris Godwin……who’s next……

  15. bob in valrico Says:

    I don’t have any doubts about Godwin being a team first guy and nothing I heard
    in that interview changed my mind. Also think its a coaches responsibility to have an open door policy to address issues a player has. At the end of the day it is up to Baker to find him and give him a chance to make plays. Git er done, Baker.

  16. infomeplease Says:

    CG, is doing the best he can with what this poorly head coached team is allotting him. That goes for Dave Canales too. They are handcuffed by their HC. The style of offense looks very similar to last years with similar results. Coincidence ? I think not! Even with a better play caller in DC. The plays are different but the run game has certain priorities that handcuff the offense. Such as “we must run between the tackles” even if time after time after time this results in 2 yd gains and 3rd and long! Then we hear our HC saying ” this is all good!! We have to keep it up!!”. Of course DC has to echo that or look for another job. So CG gets frustrated especially after the lack of targets and almost losing to that poor ash panther team. He confides in his wife his frustration. Then she hears TB making up sh!t about CG and she can’t hold back… I Don’t Blame Her !!!! I blame this so called head coach who should focus on getting his defense off the field on 3rd and 4th downs instead of focusing on the offense.

  17. cmurda Says:

    @Boss. Are you kidding me? Come on man. ME13 is balling the eff out. You do understand that the man has over 1,000 yards already, again and again, and has 10 TD’s. Everybody drops a ball here and there. Not everybody that drops a ball makes sick catches. ME13 does. He put this team on his back to get the job done vs the Panthers. That’s one of the nuttiest comments I’ve ever read.

    Godwin too is a massive part of this team. He can go over the middle, take the hits, work the sidelines while ME13 runs deep outs and go’s. The problem for Chris is Dave is a meh playcaller and more importantly, Baker has no vision. He locks onto his first read and does a poor job of coming off the first read to scan the field. To top it off, he’s probably just short enough to not see over the trenches to find Godwin.

  18. SB~LV Says:

    Gonna be a veteran talent jailbreak next spring!

  19. Bucs since 76 Says:

    The problem CG is having is because under Brady most of his targets were over the middle. However, Baker doesn’t throw over the middle because he’s to short to see over the line. That’s why Evans is targeted on the outside so much. What is Bowles going to say CG is not being targeted because his QB is too short to throw over the middle. Therefore he just be says CG is injured. Start Trask now.

  20. Since76 Says:

    Godwin is not happy with his Qb. The Mayfield blind faith movement will be calling for CG to go. Can’t have an actual player think Bakers awesomeness isn’t really awesome. How dare anyone think otherwise. Results be danged. We will be losing talent from this roster. We could be reliving the culverhouse Era/misery all over again. It’s a bucs life.

  21. NJBUCS Says:

    He will be here longer than this coaching staff. All good.

  22. ModHairKen Says:

    Chris Godwin is a most decent, unselfish guy who has played through pain and given it all for his team.

    Respect the man.

  23. Beeej Says:

    If we were transitioning to a dink dunk and run team last summer, WHY would we re-allocate the best slot receiver in the NFL? I don’t have all-22 so I can’t see what he’s doing on the far side of the field, but it seems his skills aren’t being taken advantage of

  24. #99 the big fella Says:

    Maybe Odell Beckham had a point! Maybe it’s Baker mayfield !

  25. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    Joe Says:

    Regardless, before Godwin’s comments today, Joe considered Godwin to be the ultimate team-first player. Joe’s not quite sure about that now.

    Not sure why you are on the fence about him being a team-first player. Remember Mr. Godwin was present for the entire off-season at One Buc Palace. Not only to learn the new offense, but help teach his other team members. I heard nothing from his time before the 4th estate today that screamed ”I am Desean Jackson, I am all about me and my targets.” or Did you expect him to throw his wife under the bus?

    Now if you made that comment about Devin White, I would concur with you. If anything I would suspect Joe, just wants the TABLOID headlines. Only sense I can make from your statement.

    Personally, I think a larger conspiracy is why the week off with no notice for the IRA podcast, an apparently pulled off the storage shelf story about Simeon Rice and then when the podcast returns, comments are turned off?

    Something may smell rotten in Denmark, but it isn’t Chris Godwin.

  26. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Godwin is a class act and team first player. He is doing damage control for his wife going Miko.

  27. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Never go full Miko.

  28. BakerBucs Says:

    Kbazzuka says u r the cancer on this site period grf off

  29. Bucs13 Says:

    I bet he wants Brady back! He would make sure Chris got his touches.

  30. stpetebucfan Says:

    Ah yes it’s Baker’s fault. BTW don’t know if you guys heard that horrible fart from the Buc’s cheerleader…Baker’s fault…a fan slipped coming down Ray Jays steps..again Baker’s fault.

    Chris Godwin has 3 drops this year…again as a poster said…Baker’s fault.

    ME13 has SEVEN drops this year…at least one a certain TD again Baker’s fault.

    ME13 also has over 1000 yards on the way to his best production in years including those with the GOAT…again Baker’s fault? Oops of course not.

    ME13 caught a ball in stride and took it to the house to put the Bucs on top of Carolina…again Baker’s fault?

    Cade Otton dropped an easy TD pass…oops Baker’s fault.

    Mayfield led the Bucs to a dramatic 4th Q comeback win over the hot Houston Texans in THEIR crib!!! Touchdown Buccaneers
    (:49) (Shotgun) B.Mayfield pass short middle to C.Otton for 14 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

    But he left :49 second on the clock and the defense gave up the booty. AGAIN Baker’s fault.

    Let’s have a new hashtag here…#Bakersfault

  31. BakerBucs Says:

    All the haters I’m sure baker was the cancer at Panthers last year also he such a bum Heisman trophy winner playoff winner Cleveland fans loved the guy never heard them such such garbage as u jokers do here.i c home games & everyone in the stands r cheering on baker & crew u don’t c nasty signs & stupid stuff from real fans they even pay a premium to go to live games all u haters wud never spend 10 cents cause u r all a pile of bs & cheap skates keep u r garbage to u r self

  32. stpetebucfan Says:

    Winning cures everything including WR’s who feel they’re not getting the ball enough..unless they’re Meshawn Johnson or OBJ.

    IF the Bucs win 4 of their next five and make the playoffs this kind of story will disappear!

    Who is Atlanta going to be targeting defensively Sunday? After this story they’re certainly going to realize CG will get more targets and ME13 was always going to get his share of double coverage.

    Do the Bucs FORCE the ball to them…or do they hit an improved and probably open Trey Palmer or even Cade Otton. Nah that would be unexpected and the Bucs never do the unexpected.

  33. gmoney Says:

    Man…disappointed to see people coming at CG. All anyone has been saying is that we need to get him the ball. Then when there is an opportunity when to amplify that, many in the comment section are turning on Chris. CG didn’t publicly post that…his wife did.

  34. gmoney Says:

    Fact is, if he gets the ball more, our offense is more dynamic. He dominated New Orleans…it’s a mystery he just disappeared after that game.

  35. Falconrap Says:

    Bottom line is he gets open regularly, especially when he goes across the middle of the field. Yet, the ball is not coming to him. If the receivers are getting open regularly, then the passing offense isn’t the problem, the QB is. I don’t know why so many don’t understand this simple concept. It sure as hell didn’t take long for Kyle to target Godwin, and it almost ended up in a score – from a QB relatively cold off the bench, no less. If the Bucs really want Godwin to get more passes, change the QB.

  36. 1#bucsfan Says:

    We all know CG14 is a team first guy JOE. Lay off the bigs storms lol. The offense is bad. They have several good plays but they are bad for most of the game in literally every game so far. This is terrible when you have weapons like our WR. The online holds up in pass protection. ME13 will go a whole half without a target and they barely use CG14. This is criminal. They want to run the ball into a brick wall time and time again and again and not use their weapons. It’s so frustrating. High school coaches could get more out of their stats then these coaches. Bring BA back for a season and I bet the offense goes from worst to frost

  37. 1#bucsfan Says:

    First * lol

  38. Leroy Miles Says:


    I think you’re missing the point here! Godwin is a team first guy but there have been questions about his targets for weeks now! Then, Todd Bowles makes an invalid statement, and I believe that is what caused Godwin’s wife to make that first statement. When you say he’s banged up or he’s not in the game, then you make it something it’s not – and that’s what Bowles did! He wasn’t truthful! So, when it’s time to negotiate for a new contract, that’s the excuse for not getting your value because you’re always hurt, and I believe that Godwin wanted to clear the air. Whether it’s with the Bucs or another team, he doesn’t want his value to go down on the false assumption that he’s hurt all the time. Brilliant move and extremely calculated! He knows folks will look at the snap count and see he played the usual snaps!

  39. It's Corn Says:

    Dumbest coaches in the league. No surprise players see it too.

  40. ATLBuc Says:

    Jack Clark Says:
    December 7th, 2023 at 6:08 pm
    If Chris Godwin had a problem with Todd Bowles then he should have addressed it with Todd Bowles before his wife did.

    How do you know that he didn’t???

  41. Duane in Sanford Says:

    Its a down year for CG, and he is frustrated at the second consecutive season handcuffed to young, struggling OC. Still a Bowles problem because he should know to keep his best players happy. On offense, he only had two jobs- keep Evans and Godwin happy. These guys never gripe until a Bowles regime. I have always had Licht’s back, but he should know this better than anyone else, and if he isnt in someone’s ear over this, he needs to move on as well. They alienate these guys, one of them struggles, and look- Evans is not under contract this year, and it is likely going to be hard to move Godwin with his cap hit if you went in another direction. Thats a bold strategy, Cotton.

  42. WiseCrack Says:

    Thats my DAWG is all that anyone needs to know..

    Chris, you and yours are my dawg homie…. XOXOXOXOXOXOOXOX

  43. Buccos Says:

    Godwin needs to keep his wife in check. If she gets out of pocket again he needs to b-slap her

  44. #99 the big fella Says:

    Stfu bakersbucs, any fan here is a real fan. Get out of here with that crap. I am a baker fan but even the most casual fan can see he doesn’t scan the field. He zeros in on the first read. Baker will not be here next year with the new coaching staff.

  45. Bring back the lawn chairs Says:

    Chris Godwin isn’t getting open like Evans. Hey, it is what it is. Evans is in a contract year! Duh, lack of guaranteed money is a high priority you know.
    Play well and you break da bank. I’m not saying ‘cheetah’ money, but pretty darn near… just sayin.

  46. PSLBucfan Says:

    Ok we can blame the coaches, but they don’t throw the ball. Mayfield just doesn’t have the skill to throw to the all pro receivers. He can only check down to White / Otten / slot. I don’t think this is a coaching problem as much as it is a QB skill problem. I don’t know if Trask is the answer, but it is clear Mayfield doesn’t have it.

  47. Tony Marks Says:

    #99 the big fella Says:
    December 7th, 2023 at 8:56 pm
    Stfu bakersbucs, any fan here is a real fan. Get out of here with that crap.


    No you get outta here with YOUR CRAP. I see Baker scan the field all the time even on some of our red zone TDs

  48. Lakeland Steve Says:

    Didn’t Tom Brady say that Godwin may have the best hands of anyone he threw the ball too? The only thing that has changed is the QB. Brady and Godwin developed a good connection and a trust. I don’t think that has happened with Mayfield. Mayfield has a good connection with Mike Evans but not Godwin. It may be as simple as that. Or it could be something more sinister that may come out as the season ends.

  49. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Godwin is and always has been a baller.

    He shouldn’t have to defend himself to anybody.

    This GM/ Coaching staff gotta go.

  50. Beeej Says:

    Last year Godwin was getting more attention, ME13, outside of that 200 yard Panthers game, wasn’t. Otoh, Godwin getting $20 mil per year

  51. Tb bolts Says:

    He knows theres a trash QB behind center who isn’t capable of threading the needle.

  52. Greg Says:

    @buccos. Hopefully you are drunk off your arse to make a statement like you did. Regardless if you are drunk or not you are clueless and I am being nice! I feel for your loved ones. Embarrassing!

  53. beeej Says:

    Gotta keep’em inline! My wife would NEVER, EVER do something like that to embarrass me

  54. Jmarkbuc Says:

    What’s your secret beej?

    Slap ‘em around once a week, Whether they need it or not?

    You been talking this ish since first thing this morning.

  55. Rod Munch Says:

    There’s one person to point the finger at, and that is Baker Mayfield, who is a middling QB who struggles to throw for 200 yards a week. If Mike has a big game, it means there isn’t much ball to go around.

    If / when you get a real QB that realizes the job of a QB is to score points, then everyone will get the ball more.

    I have no issues with Godwin in the least – he didn’t go to the media or be a dramaqueen about it, it was his wife who p/o’d as she was cashing checks on his huge extension he’s not going to get when Baker leaves Godwin with 0 catches on the week.

  56. TDavis Says:

    I don’t think it’s really fair to question if he’s a team player just over this one incident. I think what you said about having to deal with this offense being crap and the win being more like a bad loss is correct. He’s had to deal with losing for so long, been a stand-up guy, great player, and then he says one thing and now he’s possibly not a team player?

  57. ElioT Says:

    Just gave it.

    This team blows and there isn’t any hope until this entire regime is changed.

  58. ElioT Says:

    *just face it

    Thank you archaic web platform

  59. ElioT Says:

    So sick of Todd Bowels and Jason Licht my b***s.

    Enough is enough.

  60. beeej Says:

    “Jmarkbuc Says:
    December 7th, 2023 at 11:11 pm
    What’s your secret beej?

    Slap ‘em around once a week, Whether they need it or not?

    You been talking this ish since first thing this morning.”

    joking aside, it’s a VERY bad look for him. (or ANY man) Might as well get some birkenstocks, start wearing a manbun, go vegetarian

  61. Tony Marks Says:

    Jmarkbuc Says:
    December 7th, 2023 at 11:11 pm
    What’s your secret beej?


    His secret is if his significant other gets out of line he just deflates them and sends them back to the manufacturer if the return deadline has not passed.

  62. beeej Says:

    Always buy Amazon!

  63. Dave Pear Says:

    Todd. Bowles.

    A guy who could have the 1999 – 2000 Rams Greatest Show in Turf and average 16 points a game and go 6-11 with them.

  64. #99 the big fella Says:

    Tony marks you can leave when baker leaves ,you little bitch boy

  65. Statguy Says:

    Godwin is also the best wr running the ball and that run was the first run or screen I remember him having this season

  66. larrd Says:

    Any player who gives a 10 minute interview complaining about his place in the offense etc.–during an early December week leading into the biggest game of the year–isn’t really impressing me as a team guy.

    Most everyone’s wife is their biggest supporter and top sounding board. Not many dudes’ wives run to the media and the bosses with the private complaints, however.

    Godwin’s got about five fewer catches than Evans on the year. Last year he had a lot more catches than Evans, and the offense sucked then, too. And Evans didn’t complain as far as I can remember.

    OBJ and his daddy had a better case.

  67. Jmarkbuc Says:

    If Bowles, and by extension Canales were awesome, this wouldn’t be happening.

    Women and wives speak out. I don’t think she’s going full Miko. I also don’t think she has to be “ kept in line”.

    She pulled the posts down. She sees that the heat of the moment got to her.

  68. Stanglassman Says:

    CG doesn’t own his wife. Are you guys are stuck in the 1950s? Every marriage is different some people still treat their wives like chattel but these days most respect them as equals. To each their own. I’m not judging. But to assume CG’s wife isn’t allowed to express her own opinion isn’t a given. She knows more about football than any of us. She didn’t run to the press as some falsely stated. She posted some facts and her editorial on Instagram. CG said he found out after the fact and spoke to her about it. Also said he spoke to the Bucs staff. Everything he said was team first, anybody’s opinion otherwise is making stuff up for clicks and or attention.

  69. Ed Says:

    Funny how when a player’s wife has her own personal viewpoint which about 90% of the Tampa Bay fans have watched for 29 games now under Bowles, the column is pointing towards her comments that Chris isn’t a team player.

    Rubbish, the guy has the courage of a lion and skills similar to Deebo Samuels thought not a strong, but just as tough.

    He can can open very quickly in an offense that runs crossers and pick plays in the 10-13 yard area but the Bucs are more focused on trying to push 1st down runs that get 2 yards every time. That shrinks the coverage and a guy like Godwin is best in the middle of the field but when you are in 2 and 8’s the defense closes in that part of the field. Stupid offense, stupid scheme.

    These coaches have had 29 games to figure it out. 400 yards of total offense to get 3 TD’s a game isn’t that difficult with these skill players on the Bucs but it ain’t happening.

  70. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Bowles lied. It wasn’t just “coachspeak”. He lied. The truth from the wife of a player is toxic for some people. This is 2023, not 1923. The LADY is not screaming and yelling at video conferences. She posted the truth, and Chris has supported her, as he should. He doesn’t want to be a twenty million dollar decoy. He wants to be involved. He wants to contribute, as he has done from the very first day that he put on the uniform. He’s frustrated. The fans are frustrated. I’m not confident that Bowles can fix anything at this point. I trust Licht to find a competent replacement next month.