Jimmy Graham Illustrates Goldson EffectDecember 28th, 2013
Are Dashon Goldson’s bone-crushing, fine-inducing ways worth anything more than 15-yard penalties and an occasional suspension?
Saints All-World tight end Jimmy Graham illustrated to New Orleands media that they are.
Yes, Goldson hurts his team, but how does his intimidation value help? And what about the borderline hits that don’t get called? That’s unclear, but Graham told Nola.com he thinks of preserving his body with Goldson roaming the Bucs secondary.
“You definitely have to look to protect yourself, but when those plays are there to be made, you have to just sacrifice yourself sometimes,” Graham said. “And if that’s the case, then that’s how it will be. … This game, this is a violent game, so you can’t run around (like) you’re scared. You’ve gotta be ready for it, and that’s just how he plays.
“He’s a physical player. He’s a physical and talented player. Really good at breaking on routes, mirrors well, and obviously is a ballhawk and looks to dislodge the ball and player. So it’ll be a good matchup. And I’m always excited to play him, because he’s very, very talented.”
Joe’s not condoning Goldson’s screw-ups this season, but it’s naïve to think there’s no flip-side to his actions. Graham surely isn’t the only the receiver wondering about Goldson’s whereabouts. That’s got to be a distraction at times.
Goldson has a guaranteed contract for 2014. He’s going to be here. If Goldson can find a way to dance the fine line of Roger Goodell’s flag football rules, then Goldson should pay much bigger dividends next season.