So Who’s Calling The Shots?April 25th, 2013
It’s been about a year since Tampa Bay Times beat writer Stephen Holder proclaimed Greg Schiano’s “autonomy,” which was “granted by the Glazers” (per Holder), and called Schiano one of the most powerful head coaches in the NFL.
Joe wrote back then that Holder’s take appeared to be baloney. Joe has since studied various nuances of Schiano’s relationship with rockstar general manager Mark Dominik, and Joe still believes Holder was off the mark and Dominik is calling the final draft-day shots while working very closely with Schiano.
Here’s Schiano’s recent comment about Dominik to NBC Sports Network:
“He gets a ton of credit [for the Revis signing]. He did a great job. You know, the thing that I love about our relationship is we communicate constantly throughout the day. And it’s been that way since the day I took the job. And I think that’s why it’s workin’. And, you know, I saw his level of patience throughout this thing, you know, sitting there in the office just he and I and him on the phone. You know, I give him a lot of credit of hanging in there and being patient and he did a great job. It takes a whole group of people to have a successful organization and I’m blessed that Mark’s our GM.”
Schiano’s loving comments reminded Joe of the head coach’s words last June, when Schiano said the following without being asked about Dominik during an interview on Mad Dog Radio.
“There’s no doubt there’s really two learning processes. First you need to learn your own personnel and the team you take over, and then as we got into free agency first then the draft, but I think where I’ve been blessed is our general manager Mark Dominik has been great in getting me up to speed. You know he and Dennis Hickey, who is the head of player personnel, have just been, you know, spoon feeding me since the day I took the job with video and write-ups and certainly I’m willing to put the time in. It’s been a really good relationship. We’ve been able to really build a consensus on who are the guys we need to target.
One of the things that’s just paramount to us is guys who love the game of football. That’s what’s going to work with us. I know my personality. I know how we do things. That passion to play the game, when the business side is done and all the financials are decided, the guy just loves to go out and play and practice. That’s critical to us.”
Schiano also has described in other interviews how he took a watch-and-learn approach during last year’s draft and was busy building a coaching staff and a regime during last offseason rather than giving full attention to the draft.
Last week, it was also made clear to Joe and others in the media by a ranking insider at One Buc Palace that it was Dominik driving the bus on the Revis trade.
Look, Joe knows Schiano has his finger on the pulse of everything, and rightfully so, but Joe fully believes the Bucs will enter tonight’s draft with a full Schiano-Dominik consensus on their draft board with Dominik making the final calls and deciding on any trades up or down.
Given what the Bucs accomplished in the first three rounds of last year’s draft — and Schiano’s apparent trust and love of the Bucs’ first three picks of 2011 — Joe can’t imagine much is going to change.