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Dashon Goldson is losing his starting job, and more from the snap counts

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Looking at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' snap counts against the Cleveland Browns, the Bucs are starting to move on from their under-performing players.

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Dashon Goldson is losing his starting job. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave backup safety Bradley McDougald nearly 50% of the defensive snaps, while Goldson played just 70% -- the difference being the packages where the Bucs had three safeties on the field. And McDougald held up reasonably well -- I certainly didn't see him repeatedly exploited in coverage the way Mason Foster was.

Similarly, Michael Johnson continues to lose ground to the likes of Jacquies Smith, Larry English and T.J. Fatinikun. The Bucs are basically punishing under-performers by giving their backups more playing time.

For the first time since week four, Garrett Gilkey didn't get any snaps. Perhaps the Bucs finally came to the obvious conclusions that rotating your right guard is not a good way to build an offensive line that can actually function and communicate comfortably.

Of course, the Bucs now switched to rotating Kevin Pamphile and Oniel Cousins at left tackle. At least that should disappear once Anthony Collins returns from his injury, although it should be said that Cousins and Pamphile seemed to handle themselves reasonably well.

Player Position Offense % Defense % Special Teams %
64 67 27
D Dotson T 64 100% 9 33%
L Mankins G 64 100% 5 19%
P Omameh G 64 100% 5 19%
E Dietrich-Smith C 64 100%
M Glennon QB 64 100%
V Jackson WR 63 98%
A Seferian-Jenkins TE 62 97%
O Cousins T 57 89% 5 19%
B Rainey RB 56 88%
M Evans WR 51 80%
L Murphy WR 37 58%
B Myers TE 29 45% 11 41%
M James RB 9 14% 7 26%
L Stocker TE 7 11% 6 22%
K Pamphile T 7 11% 5 19%
R Shepard WR 4 6% 17 63%
R Herron WR 2 3%
M Foster LB 67 100% 1 4%
L David LB 66 99% 4 15%
M Wright SS 64 96% 1 4%
A Verner CB 61 91% 5 19%
G McCoy DT 61 91% 5 19%
J Banks CB 57 85% 1 4%
W Gholston DE 51 76% 3 11%
D Goldson FS 47 70% 4 15%
M Johnson DE 46 69% 5 19%
D Lansanah LB 45 67% 11 41%
C McDonald DT 44 66% 5 19%
B McDougald SS 31 46% 18 67%
J Smith DE 22 33% 5 19%
A Spence DT 20 30% 2 7%
L English DE 18 27% 5 19%
I Frey CB 14 21% 8 30%
L Johnson CB 8 12% 17 63%
T Fatinikun DE 7 10% 13 48%
C Butler CB 7 10% 12 44%
O Lemon LB 1 1% 17 63%
D Fletcher LB 21 78%
K Tandy FS 17 63%
M Koenen P 13 48%
M Thigpen WR 10 37%
A DePaola LS 9 33%
G Gilkey C 5 19%
P Murray K 5 19%
M Masifilo DT 4 15%