Goldson: Caretaker Of SecondaryAugust 1st, 2013
Forget about his play in the NFL, which has been stellar. One reason the Bucs signed Dashon “Hawk” Goldson is that he rubs off on teammates. In a good way.
Yes, the Bucs secondary last year reminded Joe of a barnyard in July. Yes, the Bucs got Darrelle Revis but Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik wanted a guy, not just Revis, who would be open to taking younger defensive backs under his wing. Dominik wanted them shown the ropes of how to be not just a Buccaneer Man, but a solid professional, much in the same way Vincent Jackson does for Mike Williams.
Hawk Goldson was that man, and Goldson has never shied away from helping his fellow teammates and was proud of being looked upon as a mentor when he spoke to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club after practice Thursday.
“I take that leadership role very seriously,” Goldson said. “I know I am here to help the younger guys out and definitely to win football games around here. With Revis down, I have to step up and play a bigger role. I come out here as a leader with experience.
“I am sure [Revis] has more insight into the corner position than I do. At the same time, we have played in some big games and we have done well in this league [to earn street cred] to be vocal and helping the young guys out.
“They have responded very well. I think these guys take to coaching, not just me but also the coaching staff and all the leaders at the same time. Not a lot of Prima donnas around here. That’s a good start.”
It isn’t just words coming out of Hawk’s mouth (beak?). Joe has seen in virtually every practice how Goldson is working after hours with Mark Barron, Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer and Rashaan Melvin. And the younger players simply rave about how they have learned from him.
Yeah, the Bucs dropped a lot of cash in Goldson’s lap. Those many large bills will not just be paid back on the field, but in ways unmeasurable.