Goldson: Bucs Could Be Marked TeamSeptember 15th, 2013
Joe loves hard-hitting football. NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners don’t.
Guess who wins? The owners, of course.
Joe used to holler and scream and throw things and call quarterbacks girls who wear panties for how the NFL protects them. Guess what? Joe had to adjust what he should expect from the NFL. It’s not the same league he grew up watching when the Steelers and Raiders would have virtual street brawls with chains and brass knuckles disguised at football games.
Those days are gone. They are never coming back. This, maybe, is why Joe seems to have a disconnect with so many fans. When quarterbacks get hit anywhere close to the head, Joe expects a flag. But many Bucs fans do not.
Bucs safety Dashon Goldson, who Joe likes a great deal because of his physicality, is a known headhunter. After the Bucs loss to the Saints, Goldson said he believes there is a chance the Bucs are a marked team by the NFL because of their physicality.
“We are just trying to play football,” Goldson said. “We are a football team. We play football.”
As for possibly being a marked or a targeted team?
“Oh sure, you have two hard-hitting safeties,” Goldson said. “You have a dominant defense. A physical defense. We could be a target.”
The above is why Joe didn’t freak out when Adrian Clayborn sacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees and was flagged for helmet-to-helmet contact and a personal foul. The way refs are encouraged to throw flags first and ask questions later, Joe expected a flag.
Just like Lavonte David last week, when he cost the Bucs a win by shoving Jets quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds, by Clayborn going high for a tackle/sack, he opened the door to allow a zebra to throw a flag. And that’s exactly what happened. Don’t give the refs a reason to throw a flag. It’s not that complex.
The Bucs are going to have to learn to target a player’s belt buckle, that way there is simply no way a mistake can be made that a Bucs defender went for the head.
Is it sad the way the NFL has morphed into flag football? You bet. But those who do not adjust get buried. Fortunately for the Bucs, Clayborn’s hit (and Goldson’s and Mark Barron’s) did not directly cost the Bucs a point, as the defense got off the field eventually.