The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be lacking talent at defensive back on Sunday when they head to the Motor City to take on Calvin Johnson and the Lions, because Dashon Goldson’s appeal of his one-game suspension has been denied, and he will have to miss the game against Detroit.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2013
Or as Stephen White put it on Twitter, the Buccaneers are in trouble…
Goldson suspended, Adams on IR, who needs Dime defense when you have to go against Megatron tho? /sarcasm
— Stephen White (@sgw94) November 19, 2013
Michael Adams, as Stephen referred to in his tweet, was placed on IR this week, and his roster spot was filled by signing a third fullback rather than another defensive back. So Danny Gorrer must return to health, or Deveron Carr will be pressed into duty as the fourth corner. The undrafted rookie has been a healthy scratch in recent weeks.
Stopping Megatron is something Darrelle Revis has done on his own in the past, but the Detroit Lions will undoubtedly use creative techniques to get him open, and the Bucs will still have to contend with Reggie Bush, Brandon Pettigrew, Kris Durham and other Detroit receivers.
Goldson now risks a suspension or more every time he commits a similar, boneheaded penalty in the future. It’s clear that the league has no more patience for Goldson, and he’s going to need to alter the way he plays or he’s going to hurt his team by missing out on football games on a regular basis.
The Buccaneers will likely start Keith Tandy at safety, with Kelcie McCray and Bradley McDougald filling in and playing in big nickel situations.