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Schiano: Bucs S Goldson is trying to lower his target



Bucs safety Dashon Goldson, the most penalized player in the NFL the last three seasons, is trying to change his helmet-hunting ways.

Coach Greg Schiano said he has not been informed by the league that it may be considering a suspension for Goldson following his second helmet-to-helmet hit in as many games after he collided with Saints running back Darren Sproles Sunday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday the NFL could have a ruling on a possible suspension for Goldson as early as Tuesday.

Goldson was fined $30,000 last week for his blow to the helmet of Eagles tight end Jeff Cumberland.

Goldson leads the NFL with 15 flags since the start of 2010, including 11 for unnecessary roughness, three unsportsmanlike conduct and one personal foul. But Schiano said that wasn't a concern in March when the Bucs signed him to a five-year, $41.25-million contract.

After two games, the Bucs are tied with San Francisco for the most penalties with 23 for 220 yards.

“No, when we made the decision to bring Dashon here, that was not a concern,'' Schiano said Monday. "Was I aware that he was a big hitter? Yes. And it's not a concern now. It's a concern that he may get suspended but -- when you look at the Jets hit -- Dashon is trying to do the right thing. He's just got to lower his target point. Now sometimes the point moves while your going to hit so that means you have to go even lower still. He's certainly is trying. It's not one of those, 'oh, I don't care.' He's very aware and trying.

"By the same token, I want our guys to play hard and I don't think anybody is trying to intentionally do that. So we just have to be more and more aware of that situation and make sure we avoid that as much as we can.''

Fifteen players have collected penalties for the Bucs in two games, 10 on defense. Tampa Bay has four penalties for unnecessary roughness. Only six other teams have more than one.

"Right now it's a lot of self-inflicted errors, self-inflicted wounds that we need to make go away,'' Schiano said. "And that's no disrespect to the Jets or to New Orleans, because they're both good football teams. Some of those errors are forced by them. But some of them aren't and the unforced errors we have to get our arms around because just eliminating those and we're 2-0 instead of 0-2. That's where we find ourself. That's not where we wanted to be but that's where we are and we just have to address it and keep moving it forward.''


[Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 5:59pm]


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