Dominik Must Reach Elite Status QuicklyApril 19th, 2010
While the New York Times story excerpt below is about Giants general manager Jerry Reese, it struck Joe as something of interest to Bucs fans who ponder the potential impact of this week’s draft.
Reese, in his first time with final say on the draft, went a staggering 8 for 8 on picks, remarkable in a business in which even Reese said the goal was merely to get on base and to not strike out. Every rookie played a role in the Giants’ stunning run to the Super Bowl championship that season, and Reese established himself as one of the N.F.L.’s most astute drafters.
“If I listened to everybody who said to do something and I signed what I consider a marginal free agent?” Reese said in an interview last week. “They hired the wrong guy if I would crack under that.” … …Gil Brandt, an analyst for NFL.com, keeps track of how drafts pan out. The Giants have had 24 picks in the last three years — Reese’s tenure — and by Brandt’s count, seven of them are starters, nine are backups and just one is out of the N.F.L. The Patriots, considered astute drafters, have had 28 picks in that time. Four are starters and eight are backups. Seven are out of the league.
For a team like the Bucs that is admittedly putting all their eggs in the draft basket, Mark Dominik needs to quickly become an elite GM in the league. That’s a very tough task, no matter how deep the draft might be, especially for a young GM.
At least Dominik is aware his job is liklely on the line with this draft.
However, the more Joe thinks about it, the current regime’s longevity really comes down to Josh Freeman’s success first and foremost. Barring a miraculous return to the glory years of the Bucs’ defense, Freeman must reach a near Pro Bowl level for Dominik to survive.
Joe sure hopes Dominik picks the right wide receiver this week.