After a day in camp in which the defense came up with a few interceptions, Buccaneers new leader in the back FS Dashon Goldson laid down a lofty goal for the season. Goldson said via @TKras, “Our goal is to come up with two takeaways per game, at least.”
That would mean at least 32 turnovers, which would mean a nine turnover addition from last year’s 23.
I love that Goldson is willing to make a bold statement like that. And with the additions of himself, Darrelle Revis, and Johnthan Banks, the goal almost seems attainable. Multiple teams reached the 32 turnover plateau, so it’s not completely out of reach, the league leaders in INT’s a year ago were the Arizona Cardinals, with just 21. So, recovering fumbles will be imperative if the Buccaneers do indeed look to approach 32.
Turnovers are huge in the NFL. And it’s great to see the Buccaneers have a player who understands the levity of creating them. Goldson, Revis, and the rest of the secondary need to become ball hawks to help put the potent (am I being too nice?) Bucs offense in great spots.
A year ago the Buccaneers turnover ratio was +3. If they can find a way to triple or quadruple that number, the playoffs should be a certainty.
The defense seems to be racking them up early in training camp, but as always they come at the expense of the offense. The two takeaway a game goal is a great one to have. And if Freeman can get his turnover numbers down a little, the Buccaneers will be putting tallies in the W column just about every time the defense hits that goal.