Lynch: Some Change “Impossible” For Goldson

September 19th, 2013

Dashon Goldson is racking up penalties and fines faster than Kevin Ogletree accumulates drops.

Bucs icon John Lynch, known for his violent play, has called Bucs games recently for FOX and will again on Sunday. Lynch has done intensive film study on the Bucs, and has come away believing that much of what the NFL wants Goldson to change is unrealistic.

“You look at the [Darren] Sproles hit [on Sunday]. You gotta guy who is 5-8, being generous, and he’s going to the ground. (laughs) So how much lower can you go? I think some of what the league is asking the guys to do is impossible,” Lynch said on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620. “It’s a fine line for Dashon, because that’s what makes him a tremendous player. He controls that middle of the field. I think we’ve already seen it; receivers aren’t so sure about going across the middle against him and [Mark] Barron. But at the same point, they need [Golson] out there, and he’s not going to be out there if he continues to play the way he’s playing.”

Lynch hits the core of the problem for many of the flags referees are throwing at Goldson and other Buccaneers. There’s just no way to play manly, fast football and avoid illegal contact in many cases.

And there lies the problem. The Bucs are paying Goldson $8 million a year. They’re not paying him to play soft and alter his style. Goldson, himself, has a lot of money riding on his ability to maintain an intimidating presence and he knows his style helped lead to his superstar status.

Don’t look for Goldson to change anytime soon.

25 Responses to “Lynch: Some Change “Impossible” For Goldson”

  1. Adam L. Says:

    Darren Sproles is so short you can see his feet on his driver’s license photo.

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Correct Joe I don’t see him changing either.

  3. Brian Dorry Says:

    It’s amazing how the Seahawks manage to play fast, aggressive defense without racking up personal foul penalties…it’s called playing intelligent and coaching intelligent.

  4. RBellBuc Says:

    So, let’s just put a bullseye on our backs, and put the referees on notice, and tell them to continue putting the Bucs under the microscope, and throwing suspect flags because you, and some others say they won’t never change. That’s real smart. Sometimes you people would bite off your nose in spite of your face. The nerve. Let’s quit focusing everyone’s attention on it, and see if the refs will back-off a little.

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    RBellBuc…you act as if we have any say so in it all. Don’t be so silly.

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Good point brotha

  7. KMAC1322 Says:

    I laugh at Brees calling Goldson a dirty player when he played and was part of a team that put out bounties on players!! what a hypocrite!! Im glad there is some former players standing up for players like Goldson, who play the game hard, who do everything they have been taught to do and praised for their whole life. The NFL is becoming more policy driven then our Govt and we know how messed up our Govt is……

    Besides Black’s hit on Graham (he should have been ejected), the bucs have been getting singled out this season and I feel we have lost 2 games because of the BS! As bad as everyone is saying the Bucs have been I feel this team could rebound and be a contender but with a huge target on our backs from the NFL it will be tough.

  8. Andrew 1 Says:

    the bucs just need to try and lower their target area on all hits. thats pretty much all they can do, because they are certainly not going to take the violence out of their hits, nor would I want them to. even if they do this I dont expect to see the penalties to just disappear, but we HAVE to limit them as best we can. if we end up with penalties in the single digits vs NE, then thats a good start.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    I agree with Lynch. I said the same thing about Sproles and the hit. Dashon had no where else to go, but I look for knee injuries this week on Pats’ receivers. I think our team looks really good as a whole, especially the defense.

    Just Win Baby! No more BS!

  10. BigMacAttack Says:

    Freeman will have a breakout game on Sunday, and Our secondary will have 2 picks with one for a TD.

    Chucky told the boys “give me 10 defensive TD’s & I will get you a championship. The Bucs got number 1 last week. I smell Playoffs.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    LUVMYBUCS…yah it was a good point. I’m going call up Dashon right now on the phone and tell him to knock it off.


    Remember the days when a QB was blamed for “leaving a receiver out to dry” !!!!!!! Coaches used to tear the QB a new one for doing it ! I haven’t heard that said in a long time ! I like the fact that the league is so high on making the game safer, but as we all know sooner or later the knees are going to be the only logical spot to hit these guys. this is very concerning to me. the NFL is EVOLVING into touch football !!!!!!! GO BUCS !!!!!!!

  13. RBellBuc Says:


    I’m sorry you didn’t understand me. I wasn’t talking about the players. I was talking about how the media just can’t leave things alone. They keep focusing on it which cause everyone else to continue focusing on it. Leave it alone. We don’t need to be the squeaky wheel here and continue being under the microscope. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. If you’re out there saying or writing articles that we are not going to change then they won’t leave us alone and will continue calling suspect and borderline penalties.

  14. RBellBuc Says:


    Exactly, now we’ll go by the book and target lower and take someones knees out, and then still be flagged for some BS like excessive force.

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I just don’t get it. Where exactly is Goldson supposed to hit if a 5’5″ guy is falling down and lowering his head to protect himself? And at what point is it when a QB is responsible to not get his players killed throwing over the middle? A safeties job is to come in and jar the ball loose and protect the middle of the field. I don’t understand how he is supposed to do that when he can’t make any contact with his head. Your head is normally pretty close to the rest of your body, so that’s a pretty tough thing to do. Perhaps he should drop kick receivers as an alternative?

  16. RBellBuc Says:

    I seen a lot more flagrant hits during the weekend that weren’t even flagged. Nobody can tell me that there are certain players out there that the officiating crews are not intentionally targeting. And maybe it’s not just single players but entire teams that are being singled out and made examples of. Joe touched on this the other day. None of the larger market teams have been targeted for violations. And it’s BS to even think that none have broken the rules, or because they haven’t been caught, but rather that they were probably mostly overlooked.

  17. Eric Says:

    Totally agree with Lynch. No way to avoid some of the stuff they are calling. If you played like that you would get burned repeatedly and quickly become unemployed.

    The offensive man is already given every advantage.

    Wonder what would happen to a guy now who knocked out his brother in law?

  18. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Aside from being targeted, you also have to realize that Goldson hits harder than any other safety in the league. He hits so hard that it probably sounds and feels like an illegal hit. As much as I thought the opposite a few years ago, I think they need to use instant replay on these calls. These penalties are too critical.

  19. RBellBuc Says:

    I agree

  20. BigMacAttack Says:

    I believe the NCAA is now using replay on these hits. The penalty stands but a player may or may not be ejected and replay was their best way of confirmation. I saw it once last Saturday and the player stayed in. As you said it would be nice if the actual penalty could be reviewed after the play to confirm.

  21. BigMacAttack Says:

    It’s time for the NFL to get rid of chop blocks by O linemen as well. These can end careers faster than a glancing blow to the helmet.

    Sucky A$$ refs also have their pet teams that never get called for anything. I believe the Saints had 1 or 2 penalties all game. The whole thing smells like dead fish.

  22. MadMax Says:

    Finally came to a conclusion on my next jersey….I LOVE hard hitting mofos, thats the only way! A #38 Goldson will soon be draping my shoulders 🙂

  23. scubog Says:

    I love the way “38 Special” plays. If this offense can resurrect its’ 2012 form and start scoring some points; this No Fly Zone defense is really going to “take off.” Bring back the swagger! Now if we can just get McCoy to skip through the opponents warm-ups and do that “plane going down” gesture we might just have it.

  24. Tnew Says:

    Still waiting for the first flag on a lineman on lineman helmet to helmet penalty or one called on a rb for lowering his head to get compact.

  25. Tampamac Says:

    And I’m still trying to figure out how the Jets player that belly to back suplexed Page on the punt return week 1 didn’t get a flag.. THAT was unnecessary roughness.