Mark Dominik’s Biggest MistakeMay 16th, 2014
Yesterday, former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik appeared with Tom Krasniqi on WDAE-AM 620 for chatter about the NFL and the Bucs. Dominik now covers the NFL for the four-letter.
Towards the end of the interview, Krasniqi asked Dominik, after five months to meditate on his 18 years with the Bucs, was the biggest mistake he made running the Pewter Pirates.
Dominik didn’t hesitate
“The disappointment was Brian Price, who was a high pick in 2010,” Dominik said. “He came into rookie minicamp and he had that freak hamstring injury that pulled a bone away from his pelvis and his hips. Then he had all the sad stuff that happened with his family. And I think all of that was just too hard for him to overcome. And that is just life in football. So, although you want to think your draft picks are great today, weird things can happen and that is a significant pick that did not pan out on the defensive line, which is important.”
Now in Joe’s eyes, this was not his biggest mistake. Joe will never forget standing next to Derek “Old School” Fournier of WhatTheBuc.net watching Price in training camp in 2010, and the guy was a combination monster and gazelle. He was literally all over the field wreaking havoc and destroying everything in his path. He was easily a step ahead of Gerald McCoy, and Joe is a big fan of GMC. In short, Price was very impressive.
Before training camp was over, Price suffered that weird injury and was never the same.
No, Joe cannot fault a general manager for injuries. Unless you are a medicine man or a witch doctor or have some palm reading shop open on Madeira Beach, there is no way to predict injuries, especially the one Price suffered.
No, if Joe had to pick Dominik’s biggest mistake, it was giving woeful receiver and blocking icon Michael Clayton a huge payday. Clayton may have been the most hated Bucs player at that time and Joe is convinced many Bucs fans never, ever forgave Dominik for that signing; they’re still PO’ed to this day. The moment many fans learned of the signing, Dominik was dead to them.
And Dominik made a public relations gaffe worse when he told everyone who would listen one of the main reasons he re-upped Clayton was for his blocking skills.
You never, ever sign any wide receiver because he can block. That is not why they are on the field. That’s like saying you signed an offensive tackle because he could catch.