Bucs Will Coach Dashon Goldson

March 31st, 2014


It was a big splash recently when Yahoo! Sports NFL writer Anwar Richardson detailed how Bucs safety Dashon Goldson, seemingly atop NFL warden commissioner Roger Goodell’s enemies list for physical tackling, hired his old youth football coach in an effort to re-learn tackling this offseason.

Why was Goldson’s going to this extreme? Well, it seems a combination of rule changes and not being coached up properly was making Goldson cough up his children’s college education fund to NFL elders.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith seemed somewhat amused by it all and wanted to set the record straight. He told Joe and ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas that, yes, the Bucs know how to teach tackling and Lovie and his defensive coordinator Leslie Frasier, among others, will do the coaching, thank you.

“The guys that will be coaching Dashon on tackling will be us,” Smith said. “It will be me, it’ll be [defensive coordinator] Leslie Frazier, it’ll be [safeties coach] Mikal [Smith]. We’ll be the ones that will be coaching all of our players. As a general rule, our guys will have one coach. While they’re off, they can get as much help as they possibly can.”

Goldson’s tackling is an issue because he was fined nearly $500,000 and suspended for one game last season due to illegal hits. But Smith said he’s confident he and his coaching staff can correct whatever problems Goldson has.

Lovie explained that Goldson hired his youth coach, in part, because team coaches are not allowed to work with players during the offseason unless it is a league-authorized OTA or minicamp. Lovie was encouraging of any and all players who want to improve themselves in the offseason.

It will be very interesting to see if the Bucs coaches can actually coach Goldson up to make legal hits, or could it be Goldson will actually buy in to what Lovie and his staff are selling?

29 Responses to “Bucs Will Coach Dashon Goldson”

  1. pablo Says:

    hopefully we release him and Vincent Jackson next season so we could save a lot of money

  2. zam Says:

    More power to him for trying to change his fundamentals and not being too proud to look for help wherever he can get it. I’m a Goldson fan now.

  3. Luther Says:

    Totally agree @zam. So often, you see players making an arse out of themselves instead of taking responsibility upon themselves.

  4. Celly Says:


    and then when they do that, you’ll complain that the Glazer’s are being cheap…

    smh. the corruption of the Madden NFL generation.

  5. Macabee Says:

    No! Pablo,

    No comercio el hawk. La hawk nuevo garras!

  6. BucsfanNJ Says:

    Sad thought…but Imagine if Alstott played in this version of the NFL where offensive players carrying the ball aren’t even allowed to lower thier shoulders and deliver the boom?

  7. BucFanForever Says:

    With the salary cap floor, you don’t really save money by cutting players in the NFL, you just spend it differently. The Bucs didn’t save by cutting Revis, they just decided that having a few different players would help the team more than having one of the best players in football.

  8. buccochris Says:

    And a good number of his bad hits last year were good football plays. Like when he nailed a ‘helpless’ Jets receiver in the first game…who was in the act of catching the ball! That one still pisses me off!

  9. stevek Says:


    Good news! The Owners are forced to spend the Salary Cap Up, and Lovie has already mentioned.

    SMH at you for not seeing that the Bucs SUCK.

    When are we going to be relevant again?


    That’s right!

    Madden spoils us, as I would wadger that 75% of Bucs fans could have filled the roster out better during the Dominick era.

    What is “SMH” is that we had to sign Haynesworth a few years ago. Inexcusible. And yes, me from my couch and Xbox, can do a BETTER JOB than Dominick did.

    Who knows? Maybe Dominick was just being a “good soldier”, and the Glazers are the culprits?

    Either way, we need to spend the salary cap. It is important and mandatory.

  10. Buc1987 Says:

    “Imagine if Alstott played in this version of the NFL where offensive players carrying the ball aren’t even allowed to lower their shoulders and deliver the boom?”

    BucsfanNJ…how often do offensive players get flagged for doing it?

    Lynch on the other hand would have been an outlaw.

  11. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    i have said it before but I think Bucs fans would be happy if the Bucs trades Vincent Jackson, promoted Mike Williams to the #1, drafted Sammy Watkins or traded back and picking up Mike Evans in the first. Then draft a qb, ot/og, mlb, cb in any order. Look the first 5 games of the season this new roster will be learning on the job to trust each other and the system. This will mean that the team could get blown out in a game and lose a few close game for teaching moments. The team will be better for it if they trade Glennon and Jackson for 2015 draft picks. The defense would be set and the offensive system will be understood by the vets, helping the 2015 drafted TE, power RB, OT/OG, FS, CB and QB maybe (Winston, hopefully) if this years QB doesn’t pan out to be starter material.

  12. stevek Says:

    SMH at the contracts Dominick was doling out.

    Did you know:

    Dominick offferd more that the Skins for Haynesworth, back in 2010 Free Agency.

    Dominick paid Revis 25% more (4mm annually) than he fetched on the open market.

    Dominick prided himself by not drafting O-Linemen, and you see where that got us.

    Dominick was “forced” to resign Trueblood, by Jospeh a few years ago.

    Dominick cut Derrick Brooks in favor of some youth: Geno Hayes and Quincy Black.

    Dominick paid Derrick Ward for nothing.

    Dominick made this team what it is today, lacking with tacky new uniforms.

    Licht and Lovie have their work cut out for them. I am intrigued by the necessary moves.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Newbucsfan…Winston has said he wants to play football for the NOLES for atleast 2 more seasons. Don’t tease me with Famous Jameis wearing a Bucs uniform. Plus some say he wants to play baseball over football anyways.

    Good for my NOLES! Back to back champs here we come. Bad for the NFL.

    Would love to see Famous Jameis throwing (lasers) footballs at RJS on Sundays though any, way, shape or how….OVER any QB in this YR’S draft!

    Still… don’t tease me.

  14. rayjay1122 Says:

    In the new NFL and the soft rules, guys like Gold son are a liability. In the past he would be great. Why not do away with safeties and just start all corner backs since they generally cover better than skull crush. I miss the old NFL.

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    stevek…don’t forget he also hired evil Schiano.

  16. Buc1987 Says:

    rayjay1122…there’s always hockey.

  17. BucsfanNJ Says:


    You’re right Offensive players are hardly ever called, and as far as lynch thank the good lord that he played before the “No Fun League”…

    Makes me wonder what hidden gems we might have on our roster that aren’t finding thier niche due to these kind of prohibitive contact rules.

  18. rayjay1122 Says:

    Yes…Hockey rocks!!!

  19. theDON Says:

    for some reason, the picture of that Hawk cracks me up.

  20. stevek Says:


    At least O’l Greg had some better drafts than his GM did prior to him joining.

    It is a new day!

  21. Chris Says:


  22. teacherman777 Says:

    Next year.

    We cut Vincent Jackson, Goldson and Nicks.

    And we will have 30 million to work with!!

    The future is bright boys!

  23. Thibs5599 Says:

    Anyone who thinks we should cut Vincent Jackson is a complete moron. VJAX has been te only consistent offensove bright spot this team has had the past two seasons. The guy just got into his early 30’s and some of you are acting like he is a dinosaur. He has plenty of game left and has done nothing but fulfill his contract obligation and actually earn the money he got. Barring anythin crazy as long as VJAX has another 1000 yard season and 7-10 TDs he will definitely be a Buc next year. What’s with some of you wanting to shed someone like that? Explain your logic or better yet don’t because you have none.

  24. Patrick Says:

    Vincent Jackson is just as important to this team as Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David are. But it wouldn’t surprise me if he left in the near future. Going by history, the Bucs like getting rid of good players. I hope he stays here for a long time.

  25. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Patrick and Thibs5599 – You guys are entitled to your opinions I just offered mine. VJax has value now not at 33yrs of age get picks for him and Glennon and continue to build and grow for a continual playoff and superbowl contender. Get rid of players too early rather than to late when the value is gone and you are left to only cut them.

  26. you go joe Says:

    Oh dam I just read one of the most crazed up ideas (eff up fits better) posts ever. Cut vjacks and goldson?? I’m looking at you Pablo, so please elaborate how we will find a replacement for either??? Because right now we are looking into other issues and for sure vjskcs and goldson can provide us with great performance this year and maybe next.

  27. #70 BucFan Says:

    Which WR has the highest yards per catch, in the NFL,
    From 2008 thru the present

    1)Vincent Jackson- 17.8
    2)Malcom Floyd-17.7
    3)Desean Jackson- 17.4

    Greatest deep threat in the game? Our own Vincent Jackson.
    Plus one of the highest character players in the league, at a position filled with prima donnas and unintelligent “gangsta wannabes”

    When we have a QB capable of throwing the deep Ball- no one better at catching it than Vincent Jackson!

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    From 2008 to 2013 is a loooooooooooooooooooooong ass time man. Jackson is quite slow these days and he drops some crucial driving killing catches at times. What’s your point?

  29. #70 BucFan Says:

    5 years is a looooong time?
    His first year with the Bucs, he had his highest total since his rookie season.
    Last year, even with noodle armed Mike Glennon, he was still around 16 yards.

    Still the best yards per catch- even if you only count his years with Tampa.
    He is the best deep threat in the league. He will excell again, with McCown.

    Can a 5’10, 180# midget catch him from behind?
    Yes. Jackson is 6’5, 235#.
    But the midget will always be chasing from behind- because he won’t be able to stop Jackson.

    We have the best deep threat in the league.
    We just need to find a Strong Armed QB, that can throw it to him