Doug Williams Fires Candid Shots At Mark DominikJanuary 20th, 2012
Bucs icon Doug Williams served up strong messages on two of the most polarizing topics for Bucs fans during a tell-all interview on the Ron and Ian Show on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.
As has been reported previously, the former Bucs personnel executive, now the Grambling State head coach, didn’t leave the Bucs on happy terms when he and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik parted ways in early 2010.
During the interview, Williams was pressed on the subject of the Bucs’ low payroll a few times. Williams made it clear he didn’t see any evidence during his Bucs executive tenure that Team Glazer was being frugal when it came to building the roster, emphasizing that the Glazers don’t pick players.
Williams, however, fired off harsh critiques of Dominik’s evaluation of the Bucs’ talent, especially after the Bucs shocked the NFL with a 10-6 record.
“You know, it’s kinda like the stock market,” Williams said. “And this is just a comparison. Sometimes when we buy stock and we think it’s worth a lot more than what it is. I think they might have valued the talent on that football team a little more than what it is.”
“After the 10-6 season, I really think the people in charge of picking the talent thought they were going to be that guru that Richard McKay had become when they picked [Derrick] Brooks and that crew back in the day. They thought they was on to something, I think.
“And I really think Raheem got a lot blame that he didn’t deserve. Because at the end of the day they can say all that they want about the Talibs and all the other guys on the team, but none of them can stay on the team if the guy who’s making the decisions don’t let’em stay on it.”
As for his working relationship with Dominik after Dominik was promoted to general manager, Williams said it was “the toughest nine months of my life.” Though it should be noted that they officially worked together in that capacity for more than a year.
“At the end of the day, I was in a position that Dominik did not want me in the building. And I understand that,” Williams said. “No 1, he wanted to protect Dennis Hickey. I remember when he first became general manager, the first question he asked me was, ‘Did you and Dennis Hickey get into it?’ or ‘Y’all you get along?’ and stuff like that. You know, him and Dennis grew up together. And for so many years, that’s basically the way a lot of these organizations ran. You know, you take care of your boy.
“I knew it was over with when Jon [Gruden] and Bruce [Allen] left and Mark became general manager. I knew that it was probably going to end this way.”
Joe must emphasize that Williams didn’t sound bitter in any way. He came across as a happy guy looking back at his history. You can hear the audio below.
Joe just hopes that Williams’ outspoken negativity doesn’t somehow affect his induction into the Bucs Ring of Honor, an accolade he surely deserves.