Posted December 27, 2013

Bucs safety Dashon Goldson fined $60,000 for illegal hit

Bucs safety Dashon Goldson's suspension was overturned Wednesday. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson has 49 total tackles and one interception this season. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson avoided a suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit to St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey but was instead fined $60,000, reports

In the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 23-13 victory Sunday, Bailey caught a 13-yard pass across the middle, and Goldson took two steps and tackled him, hitting Bailey with his helmet before bringing him to the ground.

Goldson was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the play, which led to a Rams field goal.

The two-time Pro Bowler has been suspended without pay for one game this season and fined two other times for illegal hits.

“The new football is discouraging. It’s hard. It’s really hard,” Goldson said. “It’s deeper than I thought it was.”

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“That’s bang-bang. He had no way of avoiding that, other than settling down on the guy and possibly missing him or hurting himself,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “It’s unfortunate that it happened. The way it’s being called, that’s going to be called 100 out of 100 times. I hope that it’s just a penalty.”


This is so easy to fix - players have to learn to tackle as if they aren't wearing helmets, and the vast majority of these ridiculous, dangerous, cowardly hits will go away quickly. 

Have a look at sports like rugby league and rugby union where powerful men are crashing into each other and compare the injury (especially concussion) rates and it is chalk and cheese. Look up "State of Origin" and look at the power of speed of the impacts if you think these aren't collision sports.

Coaches who encourage their players to tackle with their heads - knowing the link to concussions, brain damage and CTE - are simply criminals. This is one of the few occasions where I hope a class-action attorney goes absolutely ape-crazy against institutionalised abuse of players.