The NFL has evolved drastically for defensive players. The new rules have forced players from around the league to adapt and change the way they play the game. Failure to do so results in heavy fines from the league. Just ask Bucs’ Dashon Goldson.
Goldson racked up a total of four fines equaling out to be $455,000 last season. He was even suspended for one game for one particular fine. In an attempt to protect future paychecks, according to Shutdown Corner’s Anwar S. Richardson, Goldson has hired Train ‘Em Up Academy owner Bobby Hosea. He’ll serve has his own personal hitting coach this offseason.
“I said this cant’ be cool because every time I hit somebody I’m getting a fine,” Goldson said. “At that point, I realized I have to figure something out.”
This is probably a good call being that nearly half a million isn’t chump change by any means. Sure, that kind of money isn’t much within a five-year $41.25 million contract, but with further infractions come bigger fines. Drawing a flag every time you go to lay a hit on an opponent can really stick in the back of your mind. Do you just let him fly by you? Something has to change in Goldson’s game.
This is what got me my deal. This is what got me my name. This is how you make a name for yourself in this league. You set yourself apart by standing out. What I was doing was making a hit. Just playing hard and playing football the way it’s supposed to be played. I’m hearing fans and coaches coming up to me after the game and say, ‘I love the way you play, don’t change the way you play.’ This is after I’m being fined.
They’re not being fair because it’s not their money they’re losing, but at the same time, they understand that it comes with the territory, what the safety position is all about, how you play the game. Now they’re trying to take that away from me. It’s the way I make my money. The way I feed my family. Just the player that I am.
“Guys are going to have to respect me if they come across that middle, regardless. I will have to deal with the rest of that stuff afterwards. At the same time, you got to be smart about it. I’m going to continue to be a hard hitter. I don’t know if that can ever be taken away from you. They can fine me all they want and put me out there to look bad, but as long as I’m playing football in the NFL, I’m going to give a team what I have, which is trying to win a game every week.”
Horsea feels he can help the Bucs’ safety avoid illegal hits in the future with his hit coaching.
“When we get together, we’re going to break it down. We’re going to do film study on tackling, and we’re going to look at all these flags, and we’re going to break it down. Dashon was the best tackler you’ve ever seen in high school … something happened in the last couple of years when he started dropping his hat. I haven’t seen all of them [illegal hits].I saw a couple.”
Hopefully Goldson can adjust to a new era in the NFL. Failure to do so will result in more fines, and will cost his team crucial yards, and possibly wins.
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