Viewing 6 reply threads

  • Author

    Posts

    • michael89156

      Participant
      Post count: 3229

      It’s A Make-Or-Break Year for Dashon Goldson by Nick John    July 14    2014 gold_zps1fca1fc5.pngNov 17, 2013; Tampa, FLTampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) rushes against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 41-28.  Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsIn today’s NFL, reliability is probably the most sought-after quality in a starting safety. He is the last line of defense. When he hits you, he needs to make sure that the offense can no longer advance the ball past him, and that the yellow flags don’t fly and give the offense free yardage. Dashon Goldson, despite all of his talents, was not reliable during his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the hits he made were entertaining, they generally gave the other team 15 yards and an automatic first down. He faced fines and suspensions, on his way to posting a disappointing season in pewter and red. If Goldson doesn’t want his second year in Tampa to be his last, he must adjust his style of play. To demonstrate that fact, the wonderful folks at Pro Football Reference keep a log of every player’s penalties. Here were Goldson’s in 2013: gold1_zpsd0613fe6.gifHe accounted for seven accepted penalties, which may seem like nothing. However, you have to look at the penalties he was being hit with. Personal fouls, unnecessary roughness, and pass interference calls are all ones that lead to an automatic first down for the offense. That means that there were seven times in 2013 in which Dashon Goldson kept the chains moving for the other team. That is the exact opposite of what he’s supposed to be doing for this team, and it is also why he is on the hot seat this season. Don’t forget that the Buccaneers now have some flexibility at the safety position. If Goldson doesn’t show the ability to adapt given new NFL rules and his current reputation within the league, then I am sure that Lovie Smith will have no issues with subbing in Major Wright or Keith Tandy. Wright has experience in Lovie’s defense, and Tandy was very serviceable in backup duty when his name was called in 2013. Tampa Bay is locked into Goldson’s contract for now, but the options of trading him, or possibly cutting him and enduring a salary cap hit, are two very real possibilities.link

      Please wait…

    • Anonymous

      Inactive
      Post count: 1128

      I think the league decided to put him on a short list before the season started, personally. But regardless, he has to adjust his tackling style and decision making. Hopefully Lovie can help him in that area.

      Please wait…

    • Anonymous

      Inactive
      Post count: 1550

      I think the league decided to put him on a short list before the season started, personally. But regardless, he has to adjust his tackling style and decision making. Hopefully Lovie can help him in that area.

      He's at least taken it very seriously, hiring a tackling coach in the off-season and working at it. He recognizes he has to change and I think that's a good thing. Hopefully it will pan out.

      Please wait…

    • Anonymous

      Inactive
      Post count: 5188

      Two things. First, I think him hiring a tackling coach is a publicity stunt to show the NFL that he is attempting to rectify his game. And second, if he needs to learn to form tackle at this point in his career, he is going to make a lot of big mistakes out there. He should have learned to form tackle in pop warner, like most kids did. Not sold on Hawk anymore. His game doesn't translate, and it's a shame that the NFL has lamed the game. Ten years ago this guy scares receivers and tight ends to death.

      Please wait…

    • Anonymous

      Inactive
      Post count: 8983

      Imo, schiano was booted for the nfl/ref hate. He would’ve never been allowed to win big games against large market teams because of it, even IF he had cleaned up or coached well.Same with goldson. That label will probably follow him. Lucky we now have a defensive guru, who might be able to curtail this goldson situation a bit.

      Please wait…

    • Anonymous

      Inactive
      Post count: 499

      To be fair, I think only 3 of those calls were legitimate. The others were because the nfl had it out for him due to his reputation and the magnifying glass being put on concussions. Does he need to clean up his game some, sure….is he that far off or a “dirty” player, I don’t think so. I think he has to improve his coverage and hopefully avoid any targeting officials.I'm willing to take those 3 or so penalties a year if they are bang bang plays and instill fear in the opposing offenses. I don't think he'd be worth it to keep if his coverage doesn't improve and the nfl doesn't take their sights off of him.

      Please wait…

    • Anonymous

      Inactive
      Post count: 10626

      Two things. First, I think him hiring a tackling coach is a publicity stunt to show the NFL that he is attempting to rectify his game. And second, if he needs to learn to form tackle at this point in his career, he is going to make a lot of big mistakes out there. He should have learned to form tackle in pop warner, like most kids did. Not sold on Hawk anymore. His game doesn't translate, and it's a shame that the NFL has lamed the game. Ten years ago this guy scares receivers and tight ends to death.

      Good post B-man.  If he was a young player, all that would make sense. But 8 years in the league, and going on age 30, and he needs a tackling coach? You can say, well, the rules have changed.  But still, other players have adjusted just fine, why not Goldson?

      Please wait…

Viewing 6 reply threads
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.