Buccaneers’ Chris Godwin speaks out on Tom Brady receiving blame for Week 1 loss
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has caught plenty of flak for the team’s disappointing start to the 2020 NFL season. Despite his underwhelming performance, wide receiver Chris Godwin is downplaying any concerns tat may have stemmed from it.
While Chris Godwin acknowledged the pressure that comes with Brady being the quarterback, he is confident that the six-time Super Bowl champ will figure it out, per ESPN’s Jenna Laine:
“We understand that often, quarterbacks take the large majority of the blame for what happens with the team,” Chris Godwin said. “But we’ve been around Tom enough to know that he’s not bothered by that. We certainly aren’t bothered by it. We understand the type of player that he is.”
“We know he’s gonna be better,” Chris Godwin said of Brady. “I’m gonna be better. Mike’s gonna be better. … We’re gonna learn from these mistakes and we’re gonna get better. Our chemistry’s gonna improve. We’ve just gotta keep growing as a team. We’ve got a lot of room to grow and we’re gonna keep doing it.
“It’s turning the page,” Chris Godwin continued. “Obviously, [Brady’s] been through a ton of football. He recognizes that it’s just one week. The more we work together, the better we’ll be. We’re gonna fix these little things. We’re gonna be good.”
It is encouraging to see that Chris Godwin doing what he can to share the responsibility of their 34-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. He also emerged as the top option in the passing game with a team-leading six receptions for 79 yards.
Some rust was to be expected given the challenges involved with learning a new system in a pandemic. Brady is still building the chemistry with Chris Godwin and his other new receivers.