Exit Of “Bust” Ward Not To Be CelebratedSeptember 1st, 2010
Joe is inclined to pat Mark Dominik and Team Glazer on the back. They recognized a mistake and decided to wipe the slate clean, not concerned over the now lost investment in Ward.
Tampa Tribune humorist Martin Fennelly believes this move is not something to be lauded. Fennelly seems to infer mistakes should not be made, rather than applauding the clean up job of a mistake.
He came, he saw, he sulked. Now Derrick Ward is a memory, as if he ever made any here. He turned 30 on Monday and unemployed on Tuesday.
Bucs coach Raheem Morris and GM Mark Dominik, who brought Ward here, cut him loose before the second year of a $17 million contract. Good move. When a guy coming off a lousy season reports to camp out of shape, when he is down to guaranteeing to media that he’ll have a big game … in a preseason tilt with Kansas City … it’s time to go.
The Bucs cut the cord. But, please, no standing ovations for the brain trust. That the cord needed to be cut sort of explains why the Bucs coaches and brass can’t bump chests over Cincinnati releasing receiver Antonio Bryant, just as the Bucs released him.
Later in the column, Fennelly describes Ward as a “bust” and claimed he only talked on Thursdays.
Look, Dominik will be the first person to admit mistakes were made last year. If pressed, he may also admit he’s not one to let a mistake wallow on the roster and let pride and ego get in the way, hence the firings of former coordinators Jeff Jagodzinski and heinous Jim Bates Experiment.
This move is more reinforcement from what Joe has been writing for months: The Bucs running backs are mediocre.