Hawk Is Challenging Coaches

August 15th, 2014

GoldsonLovie Smith keeps praising safety Dashon “Hawk” Goldson for being an extremely intelligent football player.

But why does Lovie think Goldson is so smart, given that he’s never seen Goldson play as a Buccaneer outside of a little Tampa Bay practice time?

Joe asked Goldson why he thought Lovie was saying such things, even calling Goldson an added coach on the sidelines.

“It’s just me going into the meeting room with [Lovie]. Sometimes I catch him watching film, and he’ll just, you know, ask me questions. And I’ll fire back at him,” Goldson said. “I mean, ‘I’m seeing this. Or why are we doing this?’ I always have questions. I think that’s what they like, man. Just challenging the coaches in the meeting room just like they challenge us, asking why. I goes a long way, I feel, just being able to understand why we do certain things. It makes you a better football player.”

Hawk takes the field for the first time this season on Saturday against Miami. He got the night off in Jacksonville last Friday, as Lovie wanted to take it extra slow with Goldson, who is healthy but coming off winter ankle surgery.

As for whether he’s corrected his illegal tackling issues that plagued him last season, Hawk said that ultimately the answer will come on the field.

Joe’s very eager to see Hawk in Lovie’s defense. It’s easy to forget that Hawk was a back-to-back All-Pro safety with San Francisco in 2011 and 2012. That didn’t happen accidentally. If he can get back to that level, the Bucs should be one of the most physical and feared defenses in the NFL.


11 Responses to “Hawk Is Challenging Coaches”

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    Maybe “The Hawk” finally grew tired of coughing up those fines….

    To quote the great Gordon Gekko (Wall St.):


  2. PanhandleBucGuy28 Says:

    Cant wait to see Barron and The Hawk on the field together in this D. There gonna have so much freedom to make plays its going to be fun to watch and I would be shocked to see The Hawk have another penalty plagued year like last season. Even though “Warden” Roger I’m sure will be watching The Hawk closely.

  3. SAMCRO Says:

    He’s got an uphill battle to be the All-Pro safety he was in ’11 and ’12 with a target on his back.

  4. Andrew 1 Says:

    With how much he’s being paid, unless he has an excellent season I doubt he’ll be back next year. We’ll see.

  5. Jon Says:

    Sounds to me he’s a stud to have around young players. I recently watched a great commercial about a child asking his Dad why all the time about their insurance. Why, is a great question when used respectively. Sounds like that is what the hawk is doing.

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    LUV tha HAWK, still want us to draft his eventual replacement

    Kyshoen Jarrett (S) Virginia Tech

  7. Joseph Mamma Says:

    This is the same guy that was reported last year was calling out some of San Francisco’s defensive calls during games? Maybe his football IQ improved massively, but I doubt it.

  8. Andrew 1 Says:


    Damn, thats one hell of a football player right there. Reminds me of a harder hitting version of Ed Reed! Would be awesome if we drafted that guy. Thanks for giving me someone to keep an eye out for this college football season.

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @Andrew 1

    U welcome Drew.. I know that you’ve got mad respect for the game.

    GO BUCS!

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @Andrew 1

    He reminds me more of (S) Mike Brown (Played for tha Bears a few years back)

  11. Owlykat Says:

    I think that Goldson will blossom in the Tampa 2 and regain his All Pro form, but if not, no worry either, because Major Wright knows this Defense like the back of his hand and he can step in with no drop off at all. So great to have depth. So we lose Sims for half a year; we have lots of great backs. Ha!