At Least Two HomersApril 14th, 2014
No, Joe makes no apologies for being in the corner of former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik. Joe knew what his vision was for the Bucs and it made all the sense in the world.
But no matter how your vision goes, at the end of the day it boils down to wins and losses and there were far more losses with Dominik at the helm than there were wins. In retrospect, the only winning season the Bucs had under Dominik was fluky, beating a bunch of lousy teams in 2010.
Had Dominik’s draft picks worked out better, maybe he would have survived. That didn’t happen often. In a detailed review of Buccaneers draft picks from 2009-2011, Khaled Elsayed of Pro Football Focus claims Dominik nailed only two draft picks: Gerald McCoy and Mike Williams.
Gerald McCoy, DT (3rd overall pick in 2010): The top-ranked defensive tackle in the PFF 2013 rankings, McCoy has been everything he was supposed to be and more. A disruptive influence on every down, he has the kind of speed, explosion, and power that very few do.
Mike Williams, WR (102nd overall pick in 2010): The team may have traded him away for a sixth-round pick but let’s not rewrite history to say the team didn’t get excellent production out of the former fourth-round pick. He lasted 3,246 snaps for the team and was largely impressive in picking up 2,944 yards and 24 touchdowns. A great return.
So this is the task on the front burner for current Bucs general manager Jason Licht: Get a better return on draft picks than his predecessor. And Licht has a good chance to do just that with two selections (currently) in the first 38 (and a better head coach in place.)
If Licht hits two homers right away with those picks, then that will go a long way toward getting the Bucs out of their playoff-less rut and to securing his job long-term.