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Lovie Smith to Dashon Goldson: ‘Aim Low’

August 14th, 2014 at 1:27 PM
By Michael Compton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ free safety Dashon Goldson is one of the NFL’s most penalized players, but head coach Lovie Smith told Pat Yasinskas of ESPN that Goldson doesn’t need to make major changes in his physical style of play.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations,” Smith said. “We’re not asking him to stop doing anything. Really, it’s pretty simple. We talk about a physical player, we want him to remain that. Just lower the target a little bit. It’s kind of as simple as that.”

Goldson has recorded a league-high 16 personal fouls since 2009. He was suspended for one game last year for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles. The suspension was later overturned on appeal and Goldson was instead levied a reduced $100,000 fine.

“You don’t have to change up your style or anything else,” Smith said. “As you aim, aim low. That’s all we’re going to ask Dashon to do. If he’s not playing, it doesn’t help us an awful lot. We don’t want to put Derrick Brooks (former Bucs linebacker and current NFL appeals officer) in a position where he has to fine him.”

Goldson began his career with the San Francisco 49ers and signed a five-year, $41.25 million contract with the Bucs last year.

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