Apr 22, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik talks as cornerback Darrelle Revis (not pictured) is introduced at the press conference at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dominik's One Fault, Hopefully Not Enough To Get Him Canned


The Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik’s seat has been growing hotter and hotter. I’m here to try to cool it off, because he has one shortcoming, and it’s not worth letting him go for.

Throughout his years as general manager of the Buccaneers, Mark Dominik has worked tirelessly to pile more and more talent on the roster. Just in the past two years he’s brought in Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks, Doug Martin, Mark Barron, Lavonte DavidDarrelle Revis, and Dashon Goldson. He’s also drafted or signed players like Mike WilliamsMason FosterDavin Joseph, Dekoda Watson, Donald Penn as well as many others that have made a significant impact on the field.

When its come to player personnel he’s had some misses. Aqib Talib, Kellen Winslow, and I guess you can add Josh Freeman  to the mix now. But he seems to always sever ties at the right time, and tends to wind up getting something out of these guys. The Freeman situation should be seen as yet another good decision by Dominik rather than a mark on him for drafting him years ago. He didn’t re-sign the guy in the off season, and then got him out of there swiftly in order to help the franchise move on as quickly as possible.

But Mark Dominik does have one issue, that is, he struggles with coaches. And then Dominik lets these bad coaches make important decisions about the direction of the franchise. He let Raheem (who he did not choose) pick the quarterback, and he let his guy Schiano bring in his own coaching staff. A coaching staff that includes an offensive coordinator that’s system doesn’t really work for the QB he has, and a defensive coordinator who gets gifted the best DB in the NFL and he uses him in a zone.

Dominik is clearly at fault for letting all of this happen. But as a fan, I want players more than coaches. Give me talent, and then we’ll find someone to get them going in the right direction. Dominik has built a solid roster of talented NFL players, but he has yet to land a coach who can coach them.

So when the season ends, and the team decides who to keep and who to get rid of, they need to take into account the whole picture. Sure, Dominik’s ability to pick a coach is awful, but his knack for getting good players on the field is close to incredible.

His hand is in all of it. But they need to consider what the future will be like with him vs. without him. He’s proven he can get great players to dawn the pewter and red and lace em up for the Buccaneers. If he’s let go, you can’t guarantee that continues. If you keep him, you might need to assist him in getting a new coach, but you know, the 53 on the field will be good enough to win, and at the end of the day, that’s what really matters.

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  • KeithInTampa

    Your observations are pretty much, “Spot On” Ken, and especially with regard to both the Offensive Coordinator and Defensive Coordinator….I think the Jury is still out on Schiano. My test for a Head Coach in the NFL is pretty simple: “Whether the coach would make a lousy next door neighbor”. If he answer is “Yes” then I would hire him, because you want a mean, arrogant SOB for a Head Coach, versus a coach like “Rah” who is more of a friend with the players than a mentor.

    The question now, is whether Sullivan and Sheridan, as well as Schiano are smart enough to see the error of their ways! For such a complicated offense, (and Josh was just not smart enough to have ever figured it out!) Sullivan’s offense looked a Hell of a lot like Mike Shula’s offense from a decade ago. Sheridan’s defensive schemes are laughable, and I had expected a lot more from him. I do think the Dee will balance itself out as the season progresses, and we will see less zone/Tampa Two with Revis being on the strong side, and Banks (who looked terrible against the Pats last Sunday) on the weak side.

    • Centrale

      Some interesting points, but I would disagree about the character of the coach… simply because Tony Dungy was an incredible coach without being arrogant, short-tempered, etc.

      • KeithInTampa

        Good Afternoon Centrale!
        Although I was “Semi-Serious”, the comment about an ass for a next door neighbor was my tacky attempt at humor! Having said that, the Tampa Bay Community owes a lot to Tony Dungy! Dungy brought dignity and class back to the Buccos after a decade of lousy players with no one holding them accountable for their moral character. As much as I like and respect Tony Dungy. I think the Glazers were correct in removing him at the point in time when they did. Dungy was not able to take a powerhouse team like the Bucs from 1998 through 2002 to the, “Big Show”. Dungy only took the Colts to one Super Bowl, despite having a roster overflowing with talent.

  • RussMillerWY

    Schiano has the upper hand because of his lengthy contract. Like Gruden, he would prefer a GM he had a hand in choosing. He seems to reject out of hand, however, anyone in the organization he did not pick himself. Dominik will go, and the Bucs will continue to slide, stunned and perplexed, through the looking glass into Schiano’s doomed, stubborn dystopia. Time to find another team to follow.