“He’s Been Spilling The Beans”December 13th, 2013
In today’s NFL, there are few if any secrets. The eye in the sky doesn’t lie. If offers every tendency, nook and cranny teams have on the field.
The All-22 isn’t just available to coaches, but to anyone willing to buy a subscription to NFL Game Rewind. But football coaches, a paranoid lot by nature, are convinced secrets can still be learned — and revealed — through covert missions and operations.
Consider Bucs safety “The Hawk,” Dashon Goldson, an agent of espionage, at least for this week.
Goldson came to the Bucs from the 49ers and the Bucs have been using him as a virtual Google search engine to learn whatever they can about his former team, which the Bucs host Sunday.
“He’s been given us everything, he’s been spilling the beans and we definitely appreciate that,” Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis gushed Thursday. “We want to get this win for Dashon. We know he was one of the captains on that team and one of the leaders and a core guy on that squad. We want to get the win for him.”
Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan has even been thankful to what Goldson has offered him this week in preparing for one of the NFL’s best.
“It’s been good and we’ve talked to him quite a bit,” Sheridan said. “I know a lot of our players are talking to him because so much of it is personnel and personnel match up so whatever insight he does have about the players both on the defensive side of the ball and the offensive side of the ball, he’s just tried to share some of that, with not only coaches but the other players, guys their going to be playing against.”
In fact, Goldson has been such a help to the Bucs, that Bucs commander Greg Schiano said Goldson has helped “a lot.”
Goldson, for his part, seemed to dismiss the importance of surveillance.
“I am looking at it as another football game,” Goldson said. “Just another team we have to face at the end of the day. It is hard [to scout the 49ers]. They don’t show a lot of the same things each week. It will be a great challenge for our football team. I’m trying to make it difficult for them.
“Some guys joke around and ask [for intel] and more guys are serious. [The information is] mostly about personnel.”