A defensive coordinator always likes to have a few of “his guys” among the players, veterans he can count on to set the example and help keep things running smoothly.
A new coordinator will often adopt a player who played for him before to be his guy. But the Redskins didn’t sign anyone from the Chargers after they hired their linebackers coach to be their defensive coordinator. It appears that Joe Barry has decided that safety Dashon Goldson, acquired from the Bucs in a trade, is one of the guys he will rely on.
“He is an absolute professional in the way that he works, the way that he handles himself in the meeting room,” Barry said when asked about Goldson, who was voted by the players to be the defensive captain this week. You can see he's always taking notes, he’s always talking ball. Out on the field he's always discussing what happened in practice.”
Barry likes the example that Goldson sets for younger players like rookie Kyshoen Jarrett.
“I would classify him as a guy who is totally in to ball 100 percent,” he said. “The thing about that that’s great, when your marquee, star players are like that it’s infectious.”
To say that Goldson fell out of favor in Tampa Bay after signing with them following his first-team All-Pro 2012 in San Francisco would be an understatement. They agreed to pay $4 million of his 2015 salary to expedite a trade to Washington.
But Barry is unconcerned with what went wrong with Goldson and the Bucs.
“Quite honestly, I never watched one snap of Goldson at Tampa Bay,” said Barry.
Some might think it’s surprising that the defensive coordinator did not take a look at a starting caliber player his team was considering acquiring. But other than an occasional glance, Barry claims that he has not watched him play.
But he has formed his opinion of him nonetheless.
“Dashon Goldson is a dang good football player,” he said. “He just loves playing the game, loves preparing and as I said before he’s phenomenal as a leader. I think that’s just the way he is.”