Former 49ers S Dashon Goldson has had a reputation for hard hits and flashy plays with the 49ers. He still carries it with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after signing a six-year, $41.25 million contract last March.
After 13 games this season, Goldson has drawn more than $130,000 in fines and a one game suspension with the Buccaneers for illegal hits on defenseless players. During his one game suspension, he spent the week at the 49ers practice facility in Santa Clara to work out.
While being praised for several hits in San Francisco, the Pro Bowl safety has been receiving criticism around the league for his hits.
"I remember being on a good side or how good it was [from my hits]," Goldson said. "Commentators and analysts were talking about how I do it the right way. All of a sudden, with the new rule, I’m now a dirty and nasty player. I’m not playing the game how it’s supposed to be played. That’s ridiculous.”
Head coach Greg Schiano defended his safety, saying Goldson has improved his game despite the fines and suspension. He has enjoyed Goldson as a leader on defense with the secondary.
"He has been a great addition not only from a schematic standpoint, but his leadership and attitude [that he brings]," Schiano said. "All those things are a great addition. He's a big part of our defense."
Schiano said he has tried to "reprogram" where the safety can strike opposing players to make sure it won't draw a penalty. He admitted that the Buccaneers don't tolerate any backbreaking penalties which hurt the team, but said Goldson and the rest of the team is continuing to improve each week.
The 49ers selected Eric Reid in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft to replace Goldson last April. He said Reid has done well and praised him for how talented he has been. The only critique he made was that he needs to stay on the field without concussions.
"He has done a tremendous job for the 49ers," Goldson said. "He has to stay healthy. That comes to show you, anyone can hit anybody. I think as far as changing his technique, I think the [coaching staff] can help him out."