Bucs hoping Goldson avoids suspension

TAMPA, Fla. – Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano started to lobby the National Football League office on Monday, but cut himself off.

Schiano was talking about a play in Sunday’s game where safety Dashon Goldson was penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit on a St. Louis player.

“As soon as it happened, the way it’s being called, it’s going to get called that way 100 out of 100 times,’’ Schiano said. “It’s unfortunate that it happened. I hope that it’s just a penalty. I don’t …I better shut up on that.’’

What Schiano didn’t say is that he’s hoping Goldson doesn’t get suspended or fined for the hit. Neither scenario is out of the realm of possibility. Goldson previously served a one-game suspension for an illegal hit and he’s very much on the NFL’s radar.

The play in question came early in the fourth quarter when Goldson was flagged for unnecessary roughness with a hit on Steadman Bailey that helped set up a field goal. Schiano has talked numerous times this season about how Goldson has worked to adjust the way he hits.

“That’s a tough one, that play right there,’’ Schiano said. “You could say, take a nosedive. But that’s not what he’s going to do. That’s a tough one, high speed, guys moving, changing levels. It’s clear that he’s really worked to change his aiming point on his contact. It’s clear to me at least. I study him every day. Even in practice, he works on it. As he approaches guys, you can see him lower his center of gravity even though we’re not in pads to tag them. That’s bang-bang. He had no way of avoiding that other than selling out on a guy and possibly missing or hurting himself. On that play, it’s unfortunate that it happened.’’