Dashon Goldson won more total games with the San Francisco 49ers last season than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won in the last two combined. It gets even more ridiculous when you realize Goldson was a part of more playoff wins in January alone than the Bucs have gotten overall in the past decade.
Obviously, Goldson won these games as one starter amongst a roster of 22-plus but it’s always interesting to see a key component on a winner take the big bucks to join a dormant squad on the up-and-up. It also certainly helps a free safety in getting the ear of his secondary when he played in the NFL’s last game, the Super Bowl epic against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Bucs are listening, especially young corners Danny Gorrer and Leonard Johnson, and are ready to improve upon the league’s worst pass defense and a 7-9 record in 2012.
“Dashon has been a lot of fun to work with,” said Bucs Coach Greg Schiano, via the team website. “He’s a great football mind. He learns very well and he cares a lot. Like you saw, he keeps those young two corners out there and he’s just throwing. No one asked him to do that. That’s on him and that’s what veterans need to do. We have some veterans that I know I can lean on and I think the organization can lean on. You need that. I’m glad he’s ours.”
The Goldson was nominally a free safety he always played a little like a strong in San Francisco’s aggressive safety scheme, and it will be interesting to see how this translates next to fellow a hammer-layer in second-year man Mark Barron. Either way, having Darrelle Revis in the fold will allow Goldson blow up the middle of the field a fair amount like he did back in NorCal.