DUI is one of the more common mistakes that NFL players are prone to. Teams have devised entire programs, complete with 24/7 drivers, security and no questions asked, to stave off this issue (oftentimes with little success). Last year when Braylon Edwards was arrested for DUI the Tuesday before the Jets were set to take on the Dolphins, all he had to do was call a number and an off-duty cop under the Jets’ employ would have safely whisked him and his teammates back to wherever they needed to go.
In Tampa, the problem is less the players driving drunk (they tend to prefer to punch people), but rather the coaches and front office personnel. That’s right, in the last 8 months three different members of the coaching staff and front office have been arrested for DUI. Starting with assistant D-Line coach Chris Mosley in September, and followed by scouting director Shelton Quarles and now most recently assistant to the head coach Jay Kaiser, the Bucs coaching staff and scouts like to party. And now Mark Dominik has had enough.
“I’m thankful no one has been hurt because that’s the scariest thing about that arrest or driving under the influence is what the ramifications could be outside of just that one person,” Dominik said. “I’m going to make that very real to everybody within our organization. Hopefully, that continues to help, but it’s not been through a lack of effort internally. All I can say to our fans … is we’re trying to do everything we can to build up this football team to be the team that this town and this community is proud of.”
“They all pay consequences, and everyone has been dealt with how I feel is … fit whenever an action like this occurs,” he said. “The other thing I can say is we’re going to find ways, just like I challenge my scouts in terms of finding players, we’ll continue to find ways to reach everyone in the organization.”
The Bucs regularly come under fire for the way they handle player discipline, but clearly it’s not just the players who get a bit unruly in the Bay area. While this isn’t Dominik’s fault, it doesn’t look good for the Bucs either. Between Geno Hayes and Aqib Talib, three of the coaches getting DUI’s and the bad PR the Glazers are getting in England, there aren’t too many positive national headlines coming out of Tampa right now.