Coming into this season we had ALOT of 1 year contracts, and for good reason. Case in point, Dashon Goldson
Dashon was a large part of our Defense in 2009, 94 Tackles/ 2 Sacks/ 3 FF/ 1 recovery/ 4 INT's.
2010 was supposed to be his breakout year and also happened to be a contract year, he should have had all the motivation in the world to put up big numbers and become the playmaker we knew he could be. If you've ever seen him up close with his pad's off, he's a specimen like VD. All muscle mass and BIG. ALot of players look smaller up close, but Dashon is one of the few that is the opposite.
2010 was a big disappointment, every stat went down, and left with only 1 sack and 1 INT, zero FF . Come the offseason, no team gave him a respectable offer...and after we signed Whitner and Williams , Dashon took a low ball offer to stay with us, THANK GOD HE DID!
2011, I am at training camp, he looks like he's being treated like a 4th stringer and he looks discruntled, I cant blame him. However, he came to camp IN SHAPE! He really looked ready, compared to many others...cough A. Dixon . I questioned Dashon's level of commitment to the game and his preperation in 2010. Was he one of the "Ballers" who played for the $$$ but was more concerned with the celebrity lifestyle???? HE PROVED ME WRONG, AND I'M GLAD HE DID
Dashon has been one of goto playmakers and has completely changed games with his ball hawk plays and HARD HITTING tackles... he absolutely punishes any player that catches a pass in his coverage. His hands and ability to watch the QB's eyes have been AMAZING, he is playing like a CB. I am willing to compare him to Willis as the "heat sinking missile" of our secondary. Our secondary, especially Safety, has been our weakpoint for years, BUT not this season...Safety is a strong position now
Stats so far for 2011:
Regular Season: 14 Games played, 67 Tackles/ 0 Sacks/ 1 FF/ 1 FR/ 6 INT's Post Season: 11 Tackles (all solo ), 0 sacks/FF/FR, 1 INT for 41yds, 2 Pass defends.
For our 2012 off season, I wanted to franchise tag Goldson... but will his play late in the season... I want to resign him And I'm sure he wants to stay!!!
Another player that has changed my negative opinoin of:
When we drafted T. Brown out of Texas, I was really excited and believed that he could be a solid starter for us...that never seemed to come to fruition. He just never played the ball well and was always a step behind his man and gave up big plays. As a matter of fact, Tramaine Brock, seemed to outplay Brown. But just like Goldson he has opened my eyes and has began to make plays on the ball and get some nice pass defends when it counts most. He still makes mistakes but he has really come a long way this season and should be a starter for us on our nickle and dime packages
Stats: Regular season: 40 Tackles (36 solo), 4 INT's (He had 5 total in 4 previous seasons), 15 Pass Defends
Post Season: 4 Tackles (3 solo), 1 INT (against Brees ), 2 PD's
Please share yours, maybe they will see this thread and see how much they are appreciated for stepping up their game!
[ Edited by irishluder on Jan 16, 2012 at 12:50 PM ]