“It Was A Mistake”July 20th, 2013
After news broke that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik shipped trouble child, Adderall (?) -popping, (allegedly) driving-under-the-influence cornerback Eric Wright to the 49ers, Tampa Tribune Bucs beat writer and Pro Football Hall of Fame voter eye-RAH! Kaufman quickly pronounced the Wright Era with the Bucs a mistake by Dominik, when the great Kaufman appeared on the “Booger and Rich Show” heard locally on WHFS-FM 98.7.
“Eric Wright is not a Buccaneer Man. I don’t know if there is any other way to say it. Finally I think Mark Dominik had to yield. He couldn’t look Greg Schiano in the eye any more and say, you know this guy was worth picking up as a free agent in 2012. It just didn’t work. When it doesn’t work, you own up to your mistakes and you move on. And Eric Wright was a mistake,” Kaufman said.
“The sky is not falling over at One Buc. They have every reason to believe Darrelle Revis will be ready Day 1 of preseason and most importantly, Day 1 of the regular season. They wouldn’t have made the deal if there was any question about Darrelle Revis’ health. All signs point to he is ready to go.
“This move showed they couldn’t go on with Eric Wright. First, I thought he was a marginal player. He screwed up again. I think in their eyes, he is looked at as a negative influence on a young, impressionable secondary. So what does it mean? It means one of the kids, one of the Leonard Johnsons or the Gorrers – I will give you a name of a guy who I believe has caught the eye of the coaching staff. A kid named Rashaan Melvin. Big, ranging kid, undrafted. A lot to prove there. It wouldn’t surprise us if they go out and sign another veteran for the secondary at some point.”
Now, did Dominik sell himself short on cornerbacks? Maybe.
Look, Wright was a starting cornerback on a secondary that came 14 yards from setting an all-time NFL record for passing yards allowed. So just exactly what kind of depth is that? Wright, whose tackling prowess made Deion Sanders look like Jack Lambert, wasn’t that much better than Leonard Johnson or perhaps Danny Gorrer.
(No, Joe won’t kick a man when he is down by invoking Myron Lewis into the discussion. Let’s not get carried away.)
Then there is the little issue with Wright very likely facing an eight-game suspension as a repeat offender; half the season, provided his lawyer doesn’t somehow save him again and have the case tossed by a judge. Who knows when NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell would bring the hammer down upon Wright?
Joe knows one thing: it’s kind of hard to provide depth in the NFL when you are vegging in a California spa on Sunday afternoons in the fall.