Initial Reaction: Dominik Thieved Bears (Again)June 9th, 2013
What is it with Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and the Bears? Twice already Dominik has stolen draft picks from the Bears and now, it appears Dominik may have stolen a starting tackle.
Yes, the Bucs traded a measly sixth-round pick in 2014 to Chicago today for former Bears first round pick, tackle Gabe Carimi. Now to be fair, Carimi has been downright awful thus far in the NFL. There’s a reason the Bears have simply given him away.
But after Dominik swindled a second-round pick from the Bears for Gaines Adams, and got a seventh-round pick out of Brian Price (who the Bears gave up on shortly thereafter), one would think headstrong Phil Emery would stay clear of Dominik.
Well, maybe that is why Emery is headstrong?
The leaguewide look at Carimi must be pretty awful because Emery couldn’t have been that dumb not to shop Carimi around, hoping to get something more than a sixth-round pick, especially as valuable as offensive linemen are.
But Joe thinks there is a good chance this could turn out to be the steal of the year. Why?
It just so happens that the guy who developed Carimi into a first round pick at Wisconsin is on the Bucs’ staff, offensive line coach Bob Bostad, largely regarded as one of the top offensive line coaches walking the face of the earth.
If anyone can turn around Carimi it would be Bostad. Who knows Carimi better than Bostad? Outside of possibly Carimi’s mother, no one.
Now if somehow Bostad can right Carimi, the former Outland Trophy winner (for best interior college lineman) should certainly push Demar Dotson at right tackle, and may become Donald Penn’s successor down the road.
No, Joe’s not saying Carimi should replace Penn, but Penn isn’t exactly a spring chicken. How many more years does Penn have left in the tank?
It seems like the Bears were trying to get rid of Carimi since he got worked over by 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith for 5.5 sacks in a Monday Night Football game in 2011.
Yes, Joe is on a sugar high because he just downed some frogurt. But if Bostad can turn around Carimi, then Bostad truly does possess a magic wand.