Don’t Look BackFebruary 21st, 2014
Reasoned criticism of former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik’s tenure included that he seemed to fall in love with his own draft picks and hung on to them way, way too long hoping beyond hope they would turn around their fortunes — even when guys walking around with a white cane could see their careers circling the drain.
The posterchild for this mentality was none other than Myron Lewis.
If there is to be a stark change in philosophy with the new Bucs regime, then look for new general manager Jason Licht to not have a whole lot of patience for guys who are not living up to their pre-draft resumes.
“With any pick that we have, we are not going to hold on to them if they don’t work out,” Licht said from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis yesterday. ” We won’t hold on to them too long. I think you have to not look in the rear-view mirror. I think you have to look forward and know when to cut your losses. Bill Belichick is the prime example of that. Cut your losses; I made a mistake. Mistakes will be made. Hopefully, we won’t make many.”
That’s the way it should be, but it is a tightrope mentality. Just where is the line to fish or cut bait? If you turn a guy loose too soon, and he latches on and excels with another team, it will likely result in several sleepless nights.
But then again, that’s why NFL general managers are paid the big bucks. It’s high-risk, high-reward.