Dominik: Bucs Defense Could Cause TroubleJuly 17th, 2014
Yes, Joe is bringing you, piecemeal, the thoughts of former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik on his former team.
While working for BSPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio, the former 19-year Bucs employee had shied away from talking about the club.
Last week Dominik, who still lives in the Tampa area, opened up in a long conversation while co-hosting “The Blitz” with Howard David, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Dominik’s last big splash move as general manager was trading for All-World cornerback Darrelle Revis. The future Hall of Famer didn’t last a full year with the Bucs. It was a move that many, including Joe, still have their antennae raised about, as Dominik’s successor, Jason Licht, cut Revis this spring and replaced him with Alterraun Verner.
Dominik discussed this move and the Bucs defense as a whole.
“I would say [Verner] is a really good player in terms of a Cover-2 corner,” Dominik said. “I think that’s why they thought [Darrelle Revis was expendable]. I think the way Tampa Bay looked at it was, ‘Hey, we could have Darrelle Revis, or we could have Michael Johnson and Alterraun Verner.’ I think they decided they would take two very good players instead of one elite player.
“That’s good that they have the flexibility to do that and the desire to do that and the players available to [sign]. So I think that is important.
“Johnathan Banks has to continue to develop. But when you look at the back end with [Mark] Barron and [Dashon] Goldson and [Mason] Foster and Lavonte [David], they are a good defensive unit and now they have Michael Johnson coming off the edge. You have a chance to cause some trouble in the NFC South.”
Dominik makes a very interesting point. If L&L didn’t think Verner, or another top-shelf corner, was attainable, would they have turned Revis loose? If they did that, and struck out getting Verner or another strong corner, the best cornerback on the Bucs roster — that wasn’t someone else’s leftovers — would have been Banks.
While Joe likes Banks and thinks he will be a strong player in the not-so-distant future, would Banks have been ready to be the team’s top corner so quickly?
Amazing how the twists and turns of one team affects and influences others.
By the way, Joe totally is on board with what Dominik preaches here. Barring injuries, there should be no concerns about the Bucs defense this fall.