Lot Of Changes To How Bucs Scout PlayersApril 18th, 2010
Joe reads this virtually every day and hears it a lot on local sports radio and it’s a fair question:
“Just how can things change if the same guys are in the Bucs front office who were responsible for the bad Dexter Jackson?”
It’s a fair question, but not quite accurate. Last month, Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune spoke at length about this during a segment of the JoeBucsFan.com Radio Network. Recently, he put fingers to the keyboard to type out what he told Joe.
While Bucs general manager Mark Dominik and scouting director are Bucs front office veterans, much has changed under them.
In fact, of the seven men who made up the Bucs’ college scouting staff in 2004, which was Allen’s first year as general manager, only three remain. That staff also is bigger now, having grown from seven members to 10.
And of the 10 college scouts who have spent the past year preparing reports for this year’s draft, three are just now finishing up their first year with the team.
The only members of the staff still around from the 2004 draft are regional scouts Frank Dorazio and Seth Turner and scouting director Dennis Hickey. But their approach to the job has been altered dramatically.
Dominik went on to explain to Cummings that much has changed in how information is gathered, studied and broken down.
In fact, one of Raheem the Dream’s first duties once the 2009 regular season was over was for to evaluate tape of potential Bucs draft choices with his staff. That was not done in previous years.
This only makes sense. The guys who will be coaching the players should have a say in the evaluation of the players. What was Chucky doing, ogling over tape of Brett Favre?