Buccaneers pass receiver Chris Godwin is protecting the quarterback who assisted him reach his first Pro Bowl last season however is being released by Tampa Bay after tossing an NFL-high 30 interceptions.
Godwin, 24, stated in a current interview with “The Boardroom” that Winston, 26, “got more of the blame than he deserved” for the turnovers that added to the Bucs ending up the season with a losing record (7-9) and losing out on the playoffs.
His evaluation is both right and wrong.
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The nature of the position is such that the old cliche is true: Quarterbacks get more credit then they should have in wins, and more blame than they should have in losses. This is a timeless example. Remember Winston likewise set profession highs with 33 goal passes and 5,109 death yards throughout his first year in coach Bruce Arians’ plan.
Yet the NFL’s 2019 passing leader is still a complimentary representative in 2020 after the first wave of finalizings.
Here’s what Godwin needed to state about Winston:
” There have actually been times when possibly he hung on to the ball too long, and they’ll be like a strip sack. Or there was a bad keep reading his part where he tossed it to the wrong person. On the other side, there have actually been a lot of times … there have actually been times where receivers either ran the wrong path. I have actually been guilty of running a wrong path or not remaining in an area where he believed I was going to be, and you get obstructed and you get a turnover. It’s not simply him. …
“I think he’s a really, really talented quarterback. Obviously there are things that he does that you can’t teach. And there are plays that he made that just weren’t smart plays. But a lot of the mistakes and interceptions that he made, I would say half of them were because of a bad read on someone else’s part. … The great thing about him is he’s not going to go out there and throw anybody under the bus. He’s going to own up to it, he’s going to take it, and he’s going to be a leader. And there’s respect to that.”
When he recommendations Winston’s management qualities,
Godwin is on point. Even when he was benched a couple years back in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Winston still served as the head of the team in spite of his benched status. Indisputable is the skill that has actually assisted Winston make a college football national championship, a Heisman Trophy and the status of No. 1 general draft choice.
Yet, once again, he is a complimentary representative. This is where Godwin’s easy to understand defense of Winston fails.
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Put simply: If Winston sufficed to conquer the apparent turnover concerns (he likewise has 50 profession fumbles) that peaked last season, the Buccaneers would not have actually been so excited to carry on from their 2015 first-round choice and sign a 42- year-old replacement in Tom Brady.
( This is where we raise how the Bucs oddly consisted of Brady’s remarkably low interception portion when they revealed the finalizing, as if that is among the highlights on the resume of the most accomplished NFL passer of perpetuity).
Also, a 26- year-old who plays the most crucial position in sports would not be stuck in free-agency limbo. And unlike fellow free-agent passer Webcam Newton, Winston’s status is not affected by current, uncomfortable injuries.
In this sense, the variety of turnovers in 2019 that were Winston’s fault– and the degree of that fault– are unimportant elements. Tampa Bay and the other 31 teams in the NFL have actually specified loud and clear through non-action what they think about Winston’s potential customers as a franchise quarterback in 2020.