“It Doesn’t Affect Us”February 27th, 2011
Joe’s back again wondering why Mark Dominik keeps publicly pronouncing his disinterest and distaste for free agency.
One has to wonder why a general manager consumed with building a Super Bowl winner and a lasting contender is seemingly averse to studying every free agent and determining which one in this massive free agent class — with money never being an issue — could help his team.
Sure, Joe gets the whole stated build-through-the-draft philosophy of the Bucs. But Dominik talks as if free agency is not a tool loaded and ready in his arsenal. Here’s Dominik’s response to a recent question at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, per Buccaneers.com video:
Reporter: Does the uncertainty of free agency change the dynamics of this draft?
Mark Dominik: “Not how we approach it. Obviously in Tampa, it’s cliché, a lot of us like to sit up here and say, ‘We want to build through the draft.’ We’re absolutely going to do it that way. And that’s the way we’ve been going. Clearly the two teams that just played the Super Bowl have the same mindset, which is an encouraging blueprint to where we want to be. So we’ll stay the course. It doesn’t affect us. Not the way that we’re looking at it. I don’t want it to.”
Again, Joe gets the Bucs’ plan. But Joe’s talking more semantics and public relations here. There was a time when Dominik and Raheem Morris would chatter about how they would comb the earth and leave no stone unturned to improve the Bucs. Now it seems they’d do anything — except an expensive free agent. (Joe will have a recent comment from Raheem tomorrow.)
It’s an interesting shift in presentation. Don’t ask Joe why.
Now Joe’s not about to believe Dominik and Raheem aren’t interested in free agency and doing their due diligence. That is their job.
Of course, that doesn’t mean they would actually pull the trigger on one.