About-Face On Leadership Philosophy

September 5th, 2012

Last season, Bucs fans heard often from rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris about how the Bucs were confident they didn’t need veteran leadership at every position because they had ex-players coaching those positions, guys like Eric Yarber, Keith Millard and Alex Van Pelt.

That never made any sense to Joe, as coaches are not teammates, who can guide, mentor and command attention differently than any coach, no matter his resume.

So it caught Joe’s attention when he saw the following Twittering from the official Bucs Twitter feed yesterday.

@TBBuccaneers At Chamber event GM M.Dominik said it was important to add experience & leadership to every meeting room w/likes of Jackson, Clark, Orlovsky

This sure seems like a clear change in leadership and team-building philosophy from Dominik. That stuff just wasn’t a priority last year when the Bucs were yungry.

Now the Bucs have thoroughly lived up to the new experience-in-the-room mantra with the acquisition of veteran running back D.J. Ware and his two Super Bowl rings last weekend. Gerald McCoy already has talked about how much Gary Gibson is helping him enhance his game.

Joe likes the change but wishes it would have come last year.

13 Responses to “About-Face On Leadership Philosophy”

  1. the_buc_realist Says:

    don’t forget about the about face on not putting a premium on the running back position. remember how the Rock Star was so proud to have no drafted running backs on the roster. or how free agency was just admitting that you cannot draft. the Gm has done so many about faces since he took over, its no wonder we always finish 4th and 3rd in the division.

  2. SensibleBuc Says:

    For once I actually agree Buc Realist. All of those little talking points were just spin to put the fan base at ease while we rebuilt. When Dom retires from football he’ll make an excellent politician.

  3. Tbuc Says:

    Bad GM’s do an about face on the way they build a team. Dominik’s horrible drafts and bad moves have built a roster full of busts and zero depth.

  4. Vic Says:

    Disagree BucRealist. This is the same GM that stood by Cadillac Williams and took the top RB in free agency in Derrick Ward. And paid Earnest Graham starters money for a reserve role the past few seasons.

    Get your head out of your ass.

  5. OAR Says:

    More whine tasting again!

  6. Capt. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Let’s just look at the glass half empty / half full scenario. If Rockstar had kept a handful of veterans on the team last year and they went 8 and 8. We would probably still have Raheem Morris as our coach this year.

  7. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    “Joe likes the change but wishes it would have come last year.”

    Raheem agrees with you.

  8. OAR Says:

    Like the team or the season would have played out any differently. Raheem’s team were undisplined and quit on him, no matter if these were changes made or not.

  9. lurker Says:

    how do you know whose philosophy was being followed? perhaps it was raheem’s philosophy that coaches could provide the needed leadership. perhaps it is schiano’s to get in some veteran players at many positions. perhaps dominick is supporting his head coach in a team effort, thus getting players and/or coaches to help in that coach’s philosophy. mmmmmkay.

  10. FLBoyInDallas Says:


    Yes, I agree. I was being sarcastic. I’m not a Raheem supporter in any way whatsoever. Nonetheless, Raheem’s recent comments to the media make it clear he feels he was shafted by not having veteran leadership and not spending in free agency. Personally I think he’d be a horrible head coach even if he had the Packers roster.

  11. OAR Says:

    It kinda of caught me off guard, cause I thought that’s where you sat at this table. Sorry about that.

  12. Bucs4821 Says:

    Gruden used to talk about having a veteran in each position room. Ike Hilliard and Kevin Carter come to mind.

  13. stevek Says:

    Raheem stunk, and so did the payroll.

    Our talent lacked with Raheem.

    2010 was a fluke bc of the QB matchups we faced.

    The payroll was a joke, and a joke payroll provides “joker” players.

    What about the lockout, and more specifically only signing a damn kicker in FA two years ago?

    I hope the talent we acquired through $$$ and FA provides dividends.