Site Claims Dashon Goldson Not “Reliable”February 15th, 2014
In recent weeks, numbers crunchers at Pro Football Focus have spent hours playing with their Excel spreadsheets and watching recorded TV broadcasts of games to cobble together a comprehensive look at the Bucs. And one thing the spreadsheeters don’t like is Dashon “The Hawk” Goldson.
The hard-hitting safety who gives NFL suits irritable bowel syndrome is not the same stud many saw play for the 49ers a couple of years ago. So much so that Khaled Elsayed believes Goldson is below average.
It may surprise some to see Dashon Goldson, the $8M per annum man, getting a below average notch. Well we’ve always been of the opinion he was made to look better than he was in the 49ers’ defense, whereas he was found out somewhat playing in Tampa Bay. He was our 81st-ranked safety last year, and while some of that can be attributed to injuries and six penalties, it’s worth noting he missed one tackle for every 5.9 attempted, 17th-worst in the league. He needs to step up because as last lines of defenses go, he’s not a reliable one.
Did Goldson have a good season last year? Absolutely not. For reasons that are not quite clear, Goldson seemed intent to hit his way, even though NFL rules have changed. As Joe’s dad used to always say, it’s one thing to be dumb and another thing to be stubborn and dumb. Goldson is a smart guy so Joe just cannot understand why Goldson couldn’t or wouldn’t adjust to the current powder-puff ways of playing NFL defense.
Heavy fines did not to deter Goldson. Was that Goldson or was that coaching? Maybe a little of both. At some point last year, former Bucs commander Greg Schiano should have sent Goldson a message by benching him, giving Goldson a very blunt hint that he was hurting his team as much as his bank account.
But Joe has faith. Combined with a new year and a new, defensive-minded coaching staff, Joe believes Lovie Smith, himself a former secondary coach, will be able to get through to Goldson.