Dominik Hints Freeman Got Him FiredFebruary 12th, 2014
Joe has written several times that the antics of leaky Rip Van Freeman in two cities — Freeman did his best to firebomb the Bucs locker room to force his way out and continued his tardy stunts in Minnesota — earned Freeman the dubious honor of getting three people fired: former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik, former Bucs commander Greg Schiano and former Vikings head man Leslie Frazier (who is now the defensive coordinator of your Pewter Pirates).
Well, Dominik, while going through the BSPN car wash in Bristol earlier this week, appeared on the insufferable Cowherd Show when the subject of drafting quarterbacks came up. Cowherd stated given how the NFL is a pass happy league, no matter how good Jadeveon Clowney may be, he’d still draft Johnny Football. All Johnny’s perceived baggage was still preferable over Clowney because a defensive player “can’t win me games” but a quarterback can. Cowherd sneered that all of Seattle’s good draft picks didn’t win games “until Russell Wilson showed up.”
Dominik didn’t totally disagree with Cowherd on the value of quarterbacks and explained how picking a QB for a general manager is a high wire act: front office types know teams have to have a quarterback but there is zero margin for error.
“As a GM or a coach, if you pick a quarterback, you are married to that guy,” Dominik said. “If he succeeds, you are a genius. If it doesn’t, well, next guy in.”
Dominik very well could have been talking about himself. His very first pick as a general manager with the Bucs was Freeman. At times, it appeared Dominik hit a home run. But then Freeman melted down like ice cream on a July afternoon. And a weeks later, so did Dominik’s job.
An interesting sidenote to the interview: Dominik was adamant that Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon was the team’s highest rated signal-caller coming out of college in last spring’s draft; higher on their draft board than Geno Smith or EJ Manuel.