Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady once said he would retire when he was no longer effective playing the game of football. I’m paraphrasing of course, and when he said it, it essentially lit a fire under everyone looking for signs of his professional decline.
Chris Godwin has been in the NFL for three years, and arguably has gotten better by leaps and bounds each season. In his third year, the former third-round pick caught 86 balls from Jameis Winston and turned those into 1,333-yards and nine touchdowns. In return, he got his first Pro Bowl selection and a spot on the Second-Team All-Pro list.
Entering his fourth-season, you could imagine he had some questions about his new quarterback’s arm given all the talk in the football atmosphere about the decline of Brady’s arm. Now, after having some time to workout with the legendary quarterback, Godwin’s experiences with Brady should put some of those concerns to bed.
“Over the last couple of years you’ve heard people on TV talking about Tom, and they love to talk about how his arm is dying, or he’s not what he used to be,” Godwin said while speaking to Buccaneers reporter, Casey Phillips. “Because of that I was just expecting to see, you know, not that great of arm strength or whatever. But we get out and start throwing and he’s letting that thing rip. Like, he’s letting it fly. There’s a lot of velocity on the ball, a lot of touch and there’s a difference, you know. I’m glad people are talking down about it, because I know the truth about it, and I’m excited about what’s to come.”
In his five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winston was known for his ability to get the ball downfield and come up with big plays. Unfortunately, he was also known for getting the ball into the hands of defenders more often than acceptable, leading to the team moving in a different direction in the 2020 off-season.
With Brady coming in, excitement was to be expected, but many have wondered if the anticipated drop in turnovers will also come with a drop in productivity. The often-times labeled ‘Greatest Of All-Time’ quarterback may not have the cannon on his shoulder Winston does, but if Godwin’s words ring true - and he would know better than the rest of us - any difference in arms is not enough to be worried about.
Still, some will remain skeptical until they see it with their own eyes; something made more difficult due to COVID camp coverage restrictions and lack of pre-season games. Of course, even when we all get to see Brady’s arm live in-action for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the question which will remain is going to be more about how well he’ll hold up for an entire year.
For now though, confidence from Godwin in the abilities in his new quarterback, will have to serve as the best evidence we have to dispute misgivings about the abilities of Tom Brady.
Check out the entire conversation between Casey Phillips and Chris Godwin!