Q&A: Lawrence Dawsey on WR Richard Goodman

Richard Goodman won't fill Vincent Jackson's void in San Diego. However, with a little luck, he could fill the shoes of Kassim Osgood. Goodman is a force on special teams with a strong work ethic and natural leadership abilities. For more on Goodman, we talk with FSU receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey.

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Richard Goodman played through an injury-plagued career at Florida State. He missed the entire '08 season with a broken fibula and the final six games last year with a leg injury. In all, he played 14 games from 2007-2009, nabbing 47 catches for 539 yards and three scores.

Despite his middling statistics, Goodman (6-foot-0, 192 pounds) will prove tough to cut because of his special-teams skills and the team's needs at the position.

For more on Goodman, we check in with Florida State receivers coach and passing game coordinator Lawrence Dawsey.

LaShana Marshburn: Tell us about your time with Richard at Florida State.

Lawrence Dawsey: It was a pleasure to coach Richard. You don't have to do a whole lot. His effort and his study habits were so good; I wish all the players were like him. He was definitely our leader on the field last year. He got off to a great start before he got hurt with six games to go.

LM: Richard got into some off-the-field trouble at FSU, drawing a suspension as the result of an on-campus fight in '08. What did he learn from that experience?

WR Richard Goodman
LD: I think he grew a whole bunch. I sat down and talked to him as a man and explained to him what was expected, treating him like he was somebody instead of just a piece of meat. The thing he's learned from it is that you can't get caught up. When he left [FSU], he wanted to be a better person. Before they leave here we teach them that you have to be a good man, a good husband and a good father. We instilled all of those things in him while he was here and it showed in the classroom -- his grades turned around and everything about him just completely turned around. After that, things just started going the right way.

LM: It sounds like the FSU program really shaped him as a person. What about as a player?

LD: The type of offense we ran here was a pro-style offense. So as far as learning an offense, that's not going to be a problem for him. Also, we taught him how to study film and how to read coverage and all the small things. But the main thing was letting the players know what it was going to take [to succeed] and doing everything we could to make sure that happened.

LM: What will Richard bring to the table in San Diego?

LD: He is going to bring great effort. He is going to have tremendous effort on and off the field.

LM: How can the Chargers best utilize those efforts?

LD: Once he gets out there he'll be a coach [on the field]. That's the kind of mind he has. He loves the game and loves studying film. I could definitely see him being a good football coach someday. He is a mild mannered guy and he's tough and independent, but he is also a guy who makes sure every guy is accountable and responsible for what they do on the field.

LM: Where does he need to make the most improvement?

LD: Staying healthy is the biggest thing. If he stays healthy he'll make it, because he's a guy that can play on special teams. He's a guy that can go in and make plays, so I think that special teams part is going to be huge for him. Punts, kickoff returns, all of that is going to be big for him.

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