- Chris Godwin was less involved than usual in a win against the Panthers
- And his wife was not buying coach Todd Bowles’ explanation as to why
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Chris Godwin’s wife has accused Bucs coach Todd Bowles of ‘lying’ after the coach used injuries to explain the receiver’s reduced role over the weekend.
While the receiver ran for a 19-yard score and played 84 percent of his team’s offensive snaps, he was involved much less than usual vs. the Panthers, as he was targeted only three times and failed to catch a pass. Godwin has been targeted six or more times in all but two games this season.
Speaking after the game, Bowles explained that Godwin’s role vs. Carolina was due to his health.
‘We were subbing him out a lot,’ Bowles told reporters on Monday. ‘Obviously, he’s a little nicked up, so he’s not totally 100%. Nobody is, but he is probably banged up more than most.’
However, Godwin’s wife, Mariah, was not buying that explanation as she took to her Instagram story to defend her husband.
Chris Godwin was only targeted three times as his team beat the Panthers on Sunday
And his wife Mariah did not buy Todd Bowles’ reasoning that it was due to Godwin’s health
Chris Godwin and Mariah are seen with their dogs Ghost and Ziggy in a 2020 picture
‘I’m not sure why we are just blatantly lying here,’ she wrote with a picture of Bowles’ quote included. ‘Regardless of how banged up Chris is, he continues to work his a** off. Hasn’t missed a game. Continues to run great routes and get open.’
‘I don’t know why things are the way they are, this isn’t my team to coach,’ she continued. ‘But this lying on Chris and implying negativity on his work ethic is infuriating. Let’s not act like he had to be subbed out so much more than usual when in fact he’s been playing just the same.’
Mariah continued to urge Bowles to ‘stop lying on Chris’ in subsequent Instagram stories, and reposted a tweet comparing his snap count to previous weeks.
The receiver’s spouse took to Instagram again on Thursday to clarify her previous statements.
Mariah took to Instagram on Thursday once again to clarify her previous statements
‘Lots of people drawing conclusions of things that I didn’t say from what I posted yesterday, which is to be expected from the internet,’ she wrote.
‘To be clear: my point was that I don’t like seeing Chris work so hard, even through injuries, and it be said that he was essentially only working part time. That just wasn’t true so it was frustrating to see. And because of how he prides himself on working hard no matter what and not using injuries as an excuse, that felt like implying negativity on his work ethic.
‘But I am hopeful and excited for the next game as I always am, and it’s always Go Bucs [smiley face] that doesn’t change!’
The 5-7 Bucs will visit the Falcons in an NFC South clash this weekend.