“He’s Ready”

August 12th, 2014

hawkTwice this evening, and during previous news conferences, Lovie Smith has emphasized that safety Dashon “Hawk” Goldson is a smart football player.

He’s also called Goldson the type of guy who’s an extra coach on the staff.

But finally, Lovie emphasized today what Bucs fans really want to hear about Hawk: “He’s ready,” Lovie said about his two-time, Pro Bowl safety.

The head coach confirmed Goldson will play against Miami. It’s time for him to bond with his teammates under real game conditions and assume the leadership role Lovie seems to be counting on him to secure.

The Bucs planned to ease Goldson back in after he missed the offseason recovering from ankle surgery. Goldson has been steady in training camp and wowed with a one-hand diving interception recently. He got the night off Friday in Jacksonville.

Joe’s pumped up to see Hawk return. Damn, if just one Tampa Bay starting safety can play to his potential this season, the Bucs should be in fantastic shape defensively.

7 Responses to ““He’s Ready””

  1. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Someone needs to bring a humongous plastic jar to home games so we can pass it around at home games and put money in it, to collect for the first couple of fines for “hits that are too hard for the NFL”!

  2. Andrew 1 Says:

    Alright realist, calm down. You’re starting to remind me of your local media, and its really freaking me out. On second thought, is thought you Shelton?! Seriously though dude, stop being a buzz kill. Just keep telling yourself, Dominick is gone! That should cheer you right up.

  3. Louis Friend Says:

    I don’t care about his past, I just want to see the man deliver as much as he can on the field this year. From a penalty perspective, I hope McCoy and Goldson tone down the number of flags they get – Goldson actually had fewer than McCoy, believe it or not.

    Hawk and Barron are probably playing their last year together, if Hawk doesn’t lower his cap number next year (and he likely won’t if he has a great year). Here’s hoping they achieve some excellence.

  4. unbelievable Says:

    McCoys penalties don’t bother me as much (well offsides is always unacceptable). But 2 of those roughing the passer calls he got last year were total BS. Goldsons penalties in general Have been more costly in terms of yardage, and being suspended for games really hurts (not to mention his own wallet, but that’s his own problem).

  5. BucBob1 Says:

    I’m predicting a huge uproar among the NFL fanbase this season over excessive penalty calling. It’s going to get ugly! Just hope Goldson can steer clear of all that.

  6. Chris Says:

    Goldson being suspended last year only proved that Keith Tandy outplayed him in the 3 games he started vs goldsons 13. Goldson is a joke at 8 mm and graded out as the 47th best safety in football last year? Barron was 24 and Tandy was 31. Lol.

  7. Brandon Says:

    Surely even Goldson’s biggest Buc supporters know he isn’t worth half a million a game. Perhaps the 49ers want him back for a Goldson for Boone swap, one bad contract on an above average player for one soon-to-be-bad contract on another above average player.