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Dashon Goldson: 'We're On The Right Path'

Posted Feb 5, 2016

After one season under the combination of Scot McCloughan and Jay Gruden, Dashon Goldson is sure the Redskins will only a take a step forward in 2016.

After one season under the combination of Scot McCloughan and Jay Gruden, Dashon Goldson is sure the Redskins will only a take a step forward in 2016.

Washington Redskins safety Dashon Goldson is in San Francisco for Super Bowl 50 this week, making the rounds on Radio Row with just about every major outlet.

Three years ago, though, for the San Francisco 49ers, Goldson wasn’t making any sort of appearances on Radio Row. He was answering questions at the podium just days before his 49ers took on the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

Traded to the Redskins this past offseason after two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Goldson was instrumental in Washington’s first NFC East title since 2012.

While the team ended up losing a Wild Card Round matchup against the Green Bay Packers, Goldson believes the Redskins are heading in the right direction.

“We’ve got some work to do, we’ve got some work to do, man,” Goldson told ESPN 980 on Thursday.  “We’re on the right path though, for sure.”

Goldson was the leader of a secondary that saw quite a bit of change throughout his first 10 months with the Redskins.

The team parted ways with Phillip Thomas and David Amerson – two 2013 draft picks -- along with Justin Rogers.

Then due to injuries and one-game suspensions served by Chris Culliver and Bashaud Breeland, the team signed Will Blackmon out of free agency and promoted both Quinton Dunbar and Deshazor Everett from the practice squad.

And with Duke Ihenacho suffering a season-ending injury against the Miami Dolphins in the season opener, and Trenton Robinson being waived in December, the team used DeAngelo Hall at safety for the first time in his career.

“I think so,” Goldson said of Hall making a successful full-time move to safety. “For the simple fact that he can cover, he can cover, he can run, and he’s not scared of contact. I was a little nervous about that. He was taking that hit in there, man, he made some plays. I think once he learns the aspect of it, of at the position, a guy who’s playing safety as a corner, I think he’ll be a tremendous asset for us.”

As for Culliver, Goldson is confident the Redskins have yet to see his full potential.

Hampered by injuries throughout the year, Culliver suffered a torn ACL in a November practice.

The University of South Carolina product believes he’ll be ready for the start of the 2016 season, though.

“You still ain’t seen nothing from Chris,” Goldson said. “He hasn’t been healthy all season, but just looking back, I played with the guy in San Francisco, he’s a competitor, he’s going to talk his trash, he’s going to back it up. That’s the one guy you want to go to war with.”

The secondary will likely face more alterations this offseason as Blackmon along with playoff addition Cary Williams are both unrestricted free agents, while Ihenacho, coming off two seasons dashed by Injured Reserve stints, is a restricted free agent.

But with another offseason to gel as a unit, the secondary has the potential to put up even bigger numbers in 2016.

“I think once we get it all together with some more depth, I think we’re going to be straight,” Goldson said.

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