Dashon Goldson Will Help Banks, WrightJune 21st, 2013
Yes, Joe’s in a comic book kind of mode today, thanks to Darrelle Revis going DC Comics at his camp in metro Pittsburgh recently.
One reason the Bucs obtained the stud cornerback was, of course, to upgrade an abysmal pass defense. A secondary reason is that Revis allows the Bucs to shade their coverage to help out the corner opposite of Revis, whether that be Eric Wright or rookie Johnthan Banks.
And the guy best suited to help out in coverage on the opposite of Revis is “Batman” Dashon Goldson, writes Matt Williamson of ESPN.
By doing so, the rest of the secondary obviously can manipulate coverage to better deal with other threatening weapons. That means Revis’ counterpart, most likely the disappointing Eric Wright or second-round pick Johnthan Banks, will often have safety help over the top. I would imagine Tampa Bay is hoping Banks grabs hold of that starting spot and doesn’t let go. Wright has been a liability since signing a big contract with the Buccaneers. Leonard Johnson also should factor in as a physical quality fourth corner, but he is speed-deficient. Tampa Bay also signed Dashon Goldson, giving them an excellent pairing of safeties along with last year’s first-round selection, Mark Barron. Barron is more of the strong safety type — and Goldson more of a free safety — but both can operate near the line of scrimmage or deep in coverage.
Joe’s going to go out on a limb and say that unless he really struggles in training camp and preseason, the job playing corner opposite of Revis will be Banks’.
Clearly, teams are going to target Banks (or Wright) so help will be needed. Who better than head-hunting hitter Goldson?
The Bucs’ very own version of Batman.