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Monday, September 16, 2013
Greg Schiano: Penalties have to stop

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- Since the start of the 2010 season, Dashon Goldson's 15 personal fouls are more than any player in the league.

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Thirteen of them came when Goldson played for San Francisco 49ers. The past two have come as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A hit in the opener against the New York Jets earned Goldson a $30,000 fine. But his hit on Darren Sproles in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans reportedly could earn him a suspension, according to Adam Schefter.

“When we made the decision to bring Dashon here, that was not a concern," Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said Monday. “Was I aware that he was a big hitter? Yes. Now, it’s a concern that he may get suspended, but Dashon is trying to do the right thing. He’s just got to lower his target point and sometimes the point moves, so that means you have to go lower still. He certainly is trying. It’s not one of those, 'Oh, I don’t care, I’m just going to do that.' He’s very aware and trying."

Schiano said Monday afternoon that he hasn’t heard anything from the league about a possible suspension. The Bucs have been penalized more than 100 yards in each of their first two games, and Schiano said that has to stop.

“As I tell the guys, whether you think it’s a penalty or not, it’s called, so it’s a penalty," Schiano said. “That’s really the issue. If something is going to be called, we have to avoid it. It’s hurting the football team. By the same token, I want our guys to play hard. I don’t think anybody is intentionally trying to do that. We just have to be more and more aware of that situation and make sure we avoid that as much as we can."