“If It’s Not Forced”April 22nd, 2013
Rockstar general manager Mark Dominik has wanted no part of competition for Josh Freeman since Freeman was drafted.
Last year, Greg Schiano wanted nothing to do with competition for Freeman, either. Backup Dan Orlovsky got no work with the first team. And, well, journeyman Orlovsky was the only backup.
But now it seems the Bucs’ philosophy might be moving in the other direction. Greg Schiano said he wanted competition for Freeman in January, then Schiano backpedaled, then he reiterated, then he backpedaled, then he performed some sort of medley of wanting competition but not needing it specifically at QB, only as a core belief. Joe’s really enjoyed all the competition theater (and dancing) — while the Bucs have done nothing at QB other than effectively squeeze Orlovsky into a pay cut.
Today at One Buc Palace, Dominik was asked about drafting a QB and said the Packers have served themselves well drafting several late-round quarterbacks over the years, so perhaps that’s a wise approach.
Specifically, Dominik said he’d be happy to draft a QB this year “if it’s not forced,” meaning as long as the guy fits the Bucs’ draft-board rankings and predraft plans.
Of course, as Dominik knows well, in the modern NFL, teams reach for quarterbacks all the time, and QBs are overvalued.
The Bucs’ decision on whether to draft a QB comes probably down to whether they want one or not. Joe’s not convinced the New Schiano Order has any interest. There’s just no evidence to support it.