Dominik’s Not “Very Good At His Job”January 4th, 2013
In a state of his beloved Bucs address yesterday, former Bucs quarterback Shaun King fired a brutal dagger at rockstar general manager Mark Dominik.
King didn’t mince words.
“I don’t think Mark Dominik’s very good at his job,” King said on WDAE-AM 620.
One of only three quarterbacks to lead Tampa Bay to the NFC Championship game, King said the Bucs’ biggest weaknesses are stains on Dominik’s hands. Investing in Carl Nicks versus a premier cornerback in free agency last year is something King has been talking about since March, and King believes the chickens have come home to roost.
“Very rarely in free agency do you have elite cornerbacks that are on the market. And not getting Cortland Finnegan and Brandon Carr is going to be a problem that is going to continually to rear its head as we move forward,” King said.
“What are the two most deficient areas that we have? Secondary, and most people would say pass rush. We spent seven picks in defensive linemen since Mark Dominik has been our GM. Four of those seven picks were in the first and second round.
“We’ve spent seven picks on defensive backs since Mark Dominik has been GM, yet we go into this offseason with those as the most glaring issues on this team in a free agent period where, and I know some may laugh at this, Aqib Talib is probably be the top cornerback on the market. Brent Grimes will be available but he’s coming off of a major injury. There’s not the market in free agency that was there last year that we didn’t take advantage of.”
King went on to say that Dominik has “not done a good job in accumulating and developing players.”
Joe can’t buy in to all of King’s logic. The Bucs have a pile of talent on the defensive line, including Tampa-developed Michael Bennett from the NFL scrap heap and resurrected Roy Miller from his Raheem-era haze. And the Bucs should get a lot more next year from Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers. All of those guys, including homegrown Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy, should have their best football ahead of them. Plus, Dominik pickup Daniel Te’o-Nesheim (four sacks) proved to be a legitimate young backup, who should truly shine in spot duty next season.
Joe does place some blame on the Bucs secondary on Greg Schiano buying into Aqib Talib’s I’m-a-new-man baloney. Schiano was conned into counting on a guy that was unreliable. Surely Talib would have been gone last winter if Schiano had given the nod.
Also, Schiano could have moved Ronde Barber to cornerback and played Ahmad Black at free safety, something that would have left more talent on the field, an alleged goal of Schiano to get the “best 11” out there.
As for Dominik, yes, he left the Bucs’ cupboard bare in the secondary last season, and the Bucs paid dearly. Overall, Eric Wright was a bust. But Dominik has plenty of money to repair when the free agency bell rings, and a guy like Grimes and perhaps durable veteran CB Quentin Jammer, plus a cornerback in the draft, could make everyone quickly forget the 2012 secondary.