“It Is Josh McCown’s Job To Lose”July 14th, 2014
Since being relieved of his duties by the team he had worked for since 1995, former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik has, for the most part, shied away from talking about Tampa Bay.
Joe understands. You don’t hear former Colts general manager Bill Polian talk about the Colts very often, if at all.
Even after being hired by BSPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio, Dominik largely has avoided Bucs topics. But last week, Dominik, co-hosting with Howard David during a broadcast of “The Blitz,” opened up.
In general, he believes Tampa Bay has a puncher’s chance of winning the NFC South this fall.
“I have a lot of respect for Lovie Smith,” Dominik said. “I think he is a phenomenal football coach. He’s had a lot of success. I started with Tampa Bay back in 1995, and Lovie was part of that original staff — along with Tony Dungy — as a linebacker coach, so I got to know Lovie very well over the years until he left to start his head coaching path with the St. Louis Rams.
“I have a lot of respect of him. The [Bucs], I think, is a good football team. It is going to take some time because they have so many new additions to that football team in the Michael Johnsons and the Clinton McDonalds, the Alterraun Verners that they did on defense. Obviously, they mixed up the offensive line a little bit. And then they went all offensive all the time in the draft. So, I think it is exciting and I think it is important what they did in the draft in trying to surround the quarterback with playmakers.
“It is Josh McCown’s job to lose. I do really feel like the more that the coaching staff got around Mike Glennon, I think that the more the fans start to see Mike Glennon, the more they will understand this guy is really smart and has a chance to be a quarterback in this league as a starter.
“I think Tampa Bay in general, the NFC South as it is, I really feel Tampa has a chance to move up in my estimation. I think [the Bucs] have a chance [to win the NFC South], but it will come down to the quarterback. I absolutely think they can.”
While Dominik is bullish on his former team, he cautioned that leapfrogging the Saints will be a monumental task. Dominik believes Drew Brees is one of the few quarterbacks who can win games by himself and that the moves the Saints made in both the draft and free agency make the Saints one of the more formidable teams in the NFL. Joe sure cannot argue with any of that.
Dominik later went on to suggest the Bucs will go as far as McCown can take them. Joe’s going to guess that just about every NFL pundit would agree. Outside of offensive line, the lone major question mark on the team is quarterback.
Joe will deliver more nuggets from Dominik tomorrow.