With the beginning of the season underway and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers off to a 1-0 start after their Week 1 win over the Dallas Cowboys, many fans are unlikely to look in the rearview mirror for mistakes. Unfortunately it’s in the Bucs’ past offseason that you will find what could become the biggest mistake made this season for the team’s long-term success.
This mistake could prove to be the long-term deal Godwin received from the Bucs while they choose to use him poorly after his injury.
Godwin is one of the best receivers in the NFL when healthy, but health has eluded him for quite some time. Hamstring injuries and a torn ACL have been the main factors that have kept Godwin from being a perennial All-Pro, and the Bucs choosing to use such an important player like Godwin in such a silly way remains to be seen.
If Godwin truly is a huge part of the future and the team wants to have access to him during Tom Brady’s final season, why use him in his first game back in such a way? Everyone knew that Godwin was coming back from an ACL tear, and hamstring injuries do follow that surgery as players try to compensate while running.
Instead of putting their injury-prone, 60-million dollar quarterback on a pitch count in his first game back after one of the worst injuries in the sport, the Bucs risked far too much in a game that they would’ve won anyway.
This is obviously not a knock on Godwin. He has always been a great player, teammate, and stand up guy for the Bucs, but at the end of the day, this was a mistake by the Bucs in a game where Godwin wasn’t going to be the difference-maker.
Hopefully he can heal quickly and get back on the field.
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