Lynch: Some Change “Impossible” For GoldsonSeptember 19th, 2013
Dashon Goldson is racking up penalties and fines faster than Kevin Ogletree accumulates drops.
Bucs icon John Lynch, known for his violent play, has called Bucs games recently for FOX and will again on Sunday. Lynch has done intensive film study on the Bucs, and has come away believing that much of what the NFL wants Goldson to change is unrealistic.
“You look at the [Darren] Sproles hit [on Sunday]. You gotta guy who is 5-8, being generous, and he’s going to the ground. (laughs) So how much lower can you go? I think some of what the league is asking the guys to do is impossible,” Lynch said on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620. “It’s a fine line for Dashon, because that’s what makes him a tremendous player. He controls that middle of the field. I think we’ve already seen it; receivers aren’t so sure about going across the middle against him and [Mark] Barron. But at the same point, they need [Golson] out there, and he’s not going to be out there if he continues to play the way he’s playing.”
Lynch hits the core of the problem for many of the flags referees are throwing at Goldson and other Buccaneers. There’s just no way to play manly, fast football and avoid illegal contact in many cases.
And there lies the problem. The Bucs are paying Goldson $8 million a year. They’re not paying him to play soft and alter his style. Goldson, himself, has a lot of money riding on his ability to maintain an intimidating presence and he knows his style helped lead to his superstar status.
Don’t look for Goldson to change anytime soon.