Team Glazer “Patient” With Mark DominikMarch 25th, 2013
One thing that still sticks out in Joe’s memory is the sight of Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik in the press box at Sun Chips Stadium in Miami. It was just before halftime and Dominik was sweating as if he was running laps around the stadium. That’s how seriously he takes games.
And this was a nondescript preseason game no less!
Like in any profession, success brings job security. Sans one season, the Bucs haven’t won much under Dominik but last year showed promise if not progress.
Dominik can somewhat breathe easy knowing he has the backing of Team Glazer. In a wide-ranging interview with eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune, Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer discussed Dominik’s job standing.
Q: Mark Dominik is 24-40 in four years. How patient will you be with your general manager?
A: We’re patient. Every team has to win, that’s not just Mark Dominik or Coach Schiano. Ultimately, you’ve got to win. The NFL has become a league where every year, teams pop up or go down. It’s a bottom-line business and the bottom line is winning. The last few years we haven’t been doing that and I can assure you there’s a lot of attention and awareness that it’s time. There’s nothing worse than losing. We’re as competitive as the next person. Mark and Coach Schiano have an excellent working relationship. They’ve earned each other’s trust and respect and that will pay dividends over the long term.
Dominik should be given, in some measure, a benefit of the doubt. Look what he was saddled with as his first coach. That was not Dominik’s choice. It was made for him.
Joe just found it amazing that the Bucs went from the worst rush defense in the NFL in 2011 to the best in 2012 and added just one piece to the puzzle, rookie Lavonte David. That shows what decent coaching can do for players.
Even Quincy Black has his best year in the NFL under the tutelage of Bryan Cox.
Most NFL general managers are granted two coaching hires. Dominik is currently on his first coaching hire; in the second year of that tenure in fact.