Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson recently hired a tackling coach to help him cut down on his overly-aggressive tackle attempts that either lead to penalties or missed tackles. Goldson recorded 71 tackles and eight passes defended in the first year of his big contract with the Buccaneers, but he’ll be looking for some more consistency in 2014.
Goldson, though, won’t be able to get work in during the spring, as the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Goldson had ankle surgery this offseason and won’t be able to participate in upcoming offseason activities. Rapoport reports that the Buccaneers will hope to get him back in time for training camp, so it will be interesting to see how he progresses in his recovery.
The 29-year-old forms a talented safety duo with Mark Barron, who could end up having a better season in 2014 than the former San Francisco 49ers safety. Goldson isn’t a true FS in this league, and that showed last season. He’s a little more burn-prone than he should be and isn’t worth the contract, but he’s still a good player and should be involved in some big plays next year after recording just one interception and one forced fumble last year.
Update: Goldson was unable to get work done with the tackling coach because of the injury.