Character Still Key With Mark DominikFebruary 27th, 2011
The NFL Combine, aside from being a glorified track practice (does it really matter just how far a quarterback can long jump; has a Super Bowl been won because a quarterback can jump high?) and a winter conclave for NFL types, is a hive of espionage where teams and agents alike, taking advantage of the hordes of media which flocked to the Indianapolis, plant lies and innuendo so a client/player/team might better themselves somehow.
It seems one of the many rumors floating around central Indiana now is that the Bucs don’t care about character because they drafted/signed Mike Williams and LeGarrette Blount last year.
Speaking to Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, Dominik dismissed this notion.
Though no one has said so publicly, some around the league have begun to wonder if the Bucs have started to cut corners when it comes to character. Dominik has heard the rumblings, and he swears no corners have been cut.
“I don’t believe we have (cut any corners) at all on character,” said Dominik, who is especially upset with those who believe he may have lowered the Bucs’ standard for character by bringing Williams and Blount onboard.
“I’m proud of both of those guys and what they’ve accomplished so far,” he said. “I don’t view them as character issues or concerns, (either) on our team (or) in our locker room. I’m glad they’re members of our team.”
Dominik again Sunday had a sitdown live on Sirius NFL Radio, which Joe will have transcribed by tomorrow, and Dominik again emphasized nothing is more important to him than character.
It’s because Dominik and his scouts did so much research is why Dominik felt comfortable in acquiring Williams and Blount. It appears teams that have put in less work are trying to sully Dominik’s reputation as some form of covering for themselves.