Rotating Door Is DamningApril 28th, 2014
One leg of building a good football team is to establish consistency. Teams that change front offices, coaches and quarterbacks more than some change their briefs leads to trainwreck organizations (yes, Joe is looking right at you, Jimmy Haslam of the Browns).
And one way to build consistency is to draft well.
As Joe has pointed out earlier today, former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik had some bad luck with high picks getting injured or going mental. That is one reason why general manager Jason Licht and Lovie Smith are here.
But Joe didn’t realize just how unstable the Bucs were with their drafts, as detailed by Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.
The Bucs presently have 17 of their own draft picks on the roster. That ties them with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the second fewest. The Chicago Bears have the fewest with only 15 original draft picks. The Green Bay Packers lead the league with 33.
What’s most striking about Tampa Bay comes when you look back at the draft classes of 2009 and 2010. Players from those drafts should be entering their prime. But, outside of defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, that’s not the case for the Bucs.
McCoy is the only player from those two drafts still on Tampa Bay’s roster. It would be easy to blame the lack of draft picks on the roster on the change of regimes from Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano to Jason Licht and Lovie Smith. But it wouldn’t be accurate.
So only the Bears have a worse number at keeping draft picks? Hhhmmm?
But this goes to show how a team can sink to the dregs of the league when draft picks don’t come through. It’s like having a noose around one’s neck.