New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn't hold back when asked his opinion on Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson having his one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles overturned by the NFL. As Nola.com reports on September 18, Brees is not a fan of Goldson's playing style.
As Goldson will still be fined $100,000 for the hit, Brees feels there should still be a much greater punishment for playing dirty. He said Goldson "has no regards for rules in the middle" and that the Buccaneers safety is "going after guys' heads."
It was the second time in as many weeks that Goldson was fined for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area. Brees feels Goldson knows the rules and still continues to play the game with unnecessary roughness.
"I'm not saying that it's not difficult for defensive players. I know it's very difficult for defensive players because instinctively, things are happening so fast and you're kind of in another place as a defensive player. You're thinking about hitting someone as hard as you can and the ball and doing all of those things."
It was clear to the league, and certainly to Brees that Goldson lowered his head and unnecessarily rammed his helmet into the head of Darren Sproles. The league right now is trying to protect the safety of the players but that means all players have to follow the rules as far as tackling goes, not only for the safety of the defenseless players, but also for those delivering the hits.