Good Things Happen When You Get Your Best Players The Ball

December 3rd, 2023


It seems like one of the most elementary basics of football has been lost on the Bucs offense this year. And it has nearly driven Joe into a full-blown alcoholic.

Do the Bucs win today if Mike Evans and Chris Godwin didn’t play major roles in the Bucs offense?

The Stinking Panthers had just taken a 10-7 lead late in the third quarter in a game that was as lethargic and boring as it was important. Fans were booing. Loudly. Audible whispers of “Bobby Slowik” and “Ben Johnson” and “Drake Maye” could be heard.

And then, good ol’ Mike Evans saved the day with a 75-yard touchdown catch where he dove just inside the left pylon after a 55 yard run. And it came on first down no less!

Did that just happen? Was this a mirage? The Bucs throwing deep on first down and not running a two-yard dive up the middle? Was that really Evans being targeted and not Deven Thompkins or Cade Otton?

What got into the Bucs’ playcallers? It seemed a full dose of common sense.

Later in the game with the Stinking Panthers trying to claw their way into another lead, the Bucs (finally) called on Godwin who ran an end-around and scored from 19 yards out to seal the win.

Godwin finished the game with 0 catches on just 3 targets.

Joe has been pounding his keyboard nearly all season long for the Bucs to get the ball to their best players, Evans and Godwin. For reasons that fully confuse Joe, the Bucs all but refused and the losses mounted. They’d rather run up the middle time after time after time after time to no avail.

It was as if the Bucs are totally oblivious to the fact they had the worst run game in the league. It was truly a horrendous, irresponsible waste of some of the NFL’s best players.

Had the Bucs not had an epiphany this evening, Joe would be in the throes of waiting for word that Team Glazer was in the midst of a coaching change.

19 Responses to “Good Things Happen When You Get Your Best Players The Ball”

  1. BucThis Says:

    Regardless of todays win Joe, Todd needs to go.

  2. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    YAY! We barely beat the worst team in the league!

  3. Vlad The Impaler Says:

    Glad to see CG14 making a play though.
    Much respect for that guy.

  4. dmatt Says:

    I believe Trey Palmer is a bigger version of Scotty Miller, he has straight line speed only. He’s also developed the dropsies. What happened to see ball get ball. Hope I’m not the only one to notice but he really fears contact. Devin Thompkins is small but has more courage n guts to make contact than Otton n Trey Palmer. One thing I notice about the cultural of the Bucs is they play soft n passive on both sides of the ball.

  5. Usfbuc Says:

    I don’t understand the lack of use of CG

  6. A Bucs Fan Says:

    @dmatt you’re not wrong. I heard Trey say in one of the team videos he’s afraid to be tackled or hit… that’s why he’s fast.

  7. Kidfloflo Says:

    What is the reason I think Godwin had retired every game!? If Mike is setting records, Stands to reason Chris is not dble teamed. Bowles needs to save his job, Canales needs to prove his creativity, Baker needs to look like a starter, and Chris needs to justify his salary, so why is this once promising young star so non existent??

  8. Nutterbuccer Says:

    Resurection????Resurrection????? He didn’t have a F$cking catch. Yea we…but holy crap I could call better plays using madden than this guy. I don’t know why baker is allergic to throwing godwin the ball. I just don’t get, it’s inexcusable. Call play after play to get this kid the ball. Get the confidence up. But nah we just go 3 and out and punt.

  9. Jerseybuc Says:

    Even feely said in the broadcast white is an off tackle runner n he don’t know why they keep running up the middle hahahha

  10. beeej Says:

    Does Baker simply have bad chemistry with CG? Remember Jaymiss and Desean Jackson? Guy was invisible until the Beard started a few games. Further back, Baker and OBJ at Cleveland—OBJ’s father shared a video of the numerous plays where the kid was obscenely open over and over, yet Baker never threw him the ball

  11. dmatt Says:

    A Bucs Fan, I saw the same video. Why do we draft guys that fall short of the first down or td due to fear of contact. We need to start bringing in players such as your Pacheco, AJ Brown, Debo Samuel, even the rams rookie wr Puka Nacua is a true grit get the first down by any means necessary type player. What do the following players have in common? JDean, JTS, ZMcCulloum, RNeal,LHall, all have in common.

  12. ModHairKen Says:

    This was an appalling win. Baker was horrid. The playcalling was horrid. The blocking was horrid. The run Defense was horrid. The pass rush was horrid. Tryon was horrid. Davis loafed and was horrid.

  13. bill Says:

    21-18….i’ve told my wife all year todd bowles plays for a 20-17 game….today was a perfect win for our soon to be ex-coach.

  14. Bill in Seminole Says:

    Watching the Chiefs game. The Chiefs RB Pacheo seems always to be running forward. Rachad White, I’ve observed, seems unsure which direction to go, and shuffles his feet. He had a good game today. Keep it up.

  15. Conner50 Says:

    Start Trask

  16. Dave Pear Says:

    This game simply proves a coaching change should have already happened but is already in the works

  17. Delusional Intelligence Says:

    When you consider the fact that Chris Godwin was here the ENTIRE off-season; OTAs, Mini Camp, etc. He was above and beyond the most dialed in player on offense. He obviously knows the offense, yet he has been receiving paltry targets and use this season. Not sure who is to blame; Bowles, Canales, Mayfield or some other unknown issue or entity.

    Can one of the Joe’s maybe ask Tom Moore WTF is going on here? Might actually get a straight answer.

  18. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    What’s with the Seattle hat? Foreshadowing?

  19. Brandon Says:

    Dave Canales somehow thinks that there are better things to do with Godwin rather than put him in the slot. He also thinks Cade Otton is so valuable that he should never come off the field. Presnap motion, bunch sets, rub and pick routes are also not his thing… nor are WR quick screens, smoke or tunnel screens, nope. No easy throws for us…. nor do we like to run off tackle, just between the tackles. Play-action has been dead since week 2 and forget about packing our formation in tight so we can go wide…. this offense is struggling because of play design and playcalling. Davey Canales is in way over his head.