Jimmy Graham Illustrates Goldson Effect

December 28th, 2013
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Hawk has an upside

Are Dashon Goldson’s bone-crushing, fine-inducing ways worth anything more than 15-yard penalties and an occasional suspension?

Saints All-World tight end Jimmy Graham illustrated to New Orleands media that they are.

Yes, Goldson hurts his team, but how does his intimidation value help? And what about the borderline hits that don’t get called? That’s unclear, but Graham told Nola.com he thinks of preserving his body with Goldson roaming the Bucs secondary.

“You definitely have to look to protect yourself, but when those plays are there to be made, you have to just sacrifice yourself sometimes,” Graham said. “And if that’s the case, then that’s how it will be. … This game, this is a violent game, so you can’t run around (like) you’re scared. You’ve gotta be ready for it, and that’s just how he plays.

“He’s a physical player. He’s a physical and talented player. Really good at breaking on routes, mirrors well, and obviously is a ballhawk and looks to dislodge the ball and player. So it’ll be a good matchup. And I’m always excited to play him, because he’s very, very talented.”

Joe’s not condoning Goldson’s screw-ups this season, but it’s naïve to think there’s no flip-side to his actions. Graham surely isn’t the only the receiver wondering about Goldson’s whereabouts. That’s got to be a distraction at times. 

Goldson has a guaranteed contract for 2014. He’s going to be here. If Goldson can find a way to dance the fine line of Roger Goodell’s flag football rules, then Goldson should pay much bigger dividends next season.

13 Responses to “Jimmy Graham Illustrates Goldson Effect”

  1. SombreroBro Says:

    Yeah, I’ll be looking for The Hawk to get smoked for 2 TDs and at least 1 dumb penalty.

  2. DHutch Says:

    Yep ^^^ Just like the first time they played. He may be a hitter but has not offered much else.

  3. Pete 422 Says:

    I find it hard to believe that the coaching staff hasn’t worked with him (and others) on lowering the point of contact and using the shoulder.

  4. Buck Rogers Says:

    I would love for NFL executives to put the pads on and show us how to make a correct hit on a moving target. All my life I have been trained with” hands on training”. Well NFL, why don’t you hit the field and show Goldson how its done. I bet 75% of the times you will be flagged for a illegal hit!!!!!!!!

  5. buccanAy Says:

    Im glad I got to watch 30 years of NFL before it came to this. Defense is no longer allowed. Pass interference is expected on every incomplete pass…I rarely watch an entire game anymore, because, inevitably I get disgusted by what the NFL has become. Never in a million years would I think to say the NFL is unwatchable, but its getting there fast, and is most definitely not “cant miss TV” anymore. What a shame…

  6. Upthegut Says:

    Fire Dominick
    Fire Goodell

  7. Bucfan#37 Says:

    The NFL is just like the government, trying to control and manipulate the game. Just recently, in football seasons time, fans would be elated to have a heavy hitter like Goldson on the defensive side for the Bucs. I’m still in that other era, Goldson is coming back next year, I want to see him absolutely slobberknocker the opponents. Like the NFL actually previously cared about players getting injured.

  8. buccanAy Says:

    would love to see a penalty thrown on ANY player reaching for his ‘invisible flag’ and calling for interference…10 yd unsportmanlike…so sick of this “NFL”…the faster its demise, the faster a real football league takes over.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    I would like to see the Govt get a 4 game suspension.

  10. David Says:

    But see, it’s not about leading with a shoulder or lower point of contact or anything like that. It’s about a player actually wrapping up when they hit somebody. That’s what the NFL wants to see

  11. Donald Speegle Says:

    As long time NASCAR fan, I was appalled to see the subtle changes made to try to inhibit, prohibit, and penalize aggressive drivers. NASCAR racing is a competitive
    and hard charging sport. Football is similar. It’s a very active and violent contact sport. That’s the nature of American Football vs (kick ball) Soccer? I’m also a long time football fan. I am also appalled at the new (TOUCH FOOTBALL RULES). There should never be any special rules for any player position. It’s an 11 man team. All team members are open to equal chances of diversity. It’s a very risky game. IF YOU PLAY YOU HAVE TO PAY. It could be injury or PRO BOWL. Let’s get Football back to Football. GETERDON.

  12. wes Says:

    About health.. C´mon, Even Pewees hit each other head to head sometimes and even if it´s not the big impact, it is enough, to make serious damage (Fact). Sometimes the damages aren´t discovered, because they are minor – netherless, every impact to the head will result to micro-concussions (and in such a young stage of the brain it´s especially bad; Parents dont seem to care much about that). Therefore, the League might be right with what they are doing.

    On the other side: These grown man have got hit enough in college, so it wont matter much in NFL.. Football is meant to be violent. That´s the reason it was a “Real Mans Sport”. That´s the reason you realy had to have passion about the game/team – because you sacrifice a lot.
    Nowadays not so much. They realy want to take the physicality out of the game – which in turn makes it more boring (danger actracts us Fans; and the nice spin moves etc. to avoid this bone crunching danger..).

    NFL is getting pretty boring – that´s it..

  13. buc4lyfe Says:

    Bone crushing? Are we talking about the Golson of the niners cuz he hasn’t had a hard hitting tackle yet, he’s barely had any clean tackles the reputation were given Golson was earned somewhere else and he’s done nothing here. Mark Barron is the only CLEAN hard hitting safety we have