Report: Goldson hires tackling coach to curb fines
Dashon Goldson made his reputation – and a lot of his money – by being a safety who punishes ball carriers. But last season, the hardest hits came to his wallet as the NFL fined Goldson nearly a half million dollars for helmet-to-helmet contact and personal fouls, suspending him for a game.
Now he's doing something about it.
Goldson has hired a tackling coach, Bobby Hosea, the owner of Train Em Up Academy, as an effort to adjust to the new NFL rules.
"I said this can’t be cool because every time I hit somebody I’m getting a fine," Goldson told Anwar Richardson of Yahoo Sports. "At that point, I realized I have to figure something out."
In Week 1 last season, Goldson was fined $30,000 for a hit on Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland.
The next week, he had a one-game suspension for a hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles overturned on appeal last season but was still fined $100,000, tied for the largest non-suspension on-field fine in league history.
Goldson was suspended following a hit on Atlanta's Roddy White and fined his game check worth nearly $265,000.
Finally, he received a $60,000 fine for an illegal hit on St. Louis' Stedman Bailey. All told, he forfeited $455,000 in fines last season.
“This is what got me my deal. This is what got me my name,” Goldson said. “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.”
Goldson also was not happy about Saints quarterback Drew Brees accusing him of being a head-hunter.
"He’s an icon guy in our league, and he’s talking about how I’m trying to take guy’s heads off and being a dirty player,’’ Goldson said. “I just felt very disrespected, and I didn’t think that was called for."
Hosea coached Goldson in Pop Warner football and played at UCLA. He’s developed tackling techniques to prevent injuries.
"When we get together, we’re going to break it down," Hosea said. "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.
"I know him. He’s like a son to me. He can control what he’s doing. He’s gotten away from it. I don’t know what (former Bucs coach) Greg Schiano was teaching or emphasizing, or if they were emphasizing anything at all. We’re going to get Dashon back on track, and keep his money in his pocket."