“Build Through The Draft”January 23rd, 2014
One of the hallmarks if not a catch phrase of the Bucs era under former rock star general manager Mark Dominik was “Build through the draft.”
Bucs fans, when hearing this, recoiled in outrage, angry that the Bucs did not have a win-now mentality and wanted to go through a rebuilding process. It didn’t help Dominik’s cause when he unloaded older players including the great Derrick Brooks.
Interestingly, few of the older players Dominik released prior to the 2009 season logged significant snaps elsewhere.
Joe in confident most Dominik haters never got over those early weeks and his philosophy of building through the draft, and they wanted him jettisoned virtually from the day he took over as general manager.
Joe is not playing a history lesson here, but swore he heard Dominik’s voice today at the introductory press conference for new Bucs general manager Jason Licht at One Buc Palace.
In his press conference, Licht proclaimed he believed the way to develop a lasting contender was to “build through the draft,” which Joe firmly believes is the smart course. Licht later said that you don’t try to sign the best free agents but those who deliver the best value.
Later, while meeting with the Bucs pen and mic club in the Bucs media workroom, Licht reinterated his beliefs, saying, “You find your starters in the draft and you find value in free agency.”
So Bucs fans who are still dancing with glee over Dominik’s ousting, Joe just hopes you remain consistent. It doesn’t seem like Licht is the type to go after the Vincent Jacksons or Carl Nicks of the NFL world.