Peter King Lauds Mark DominikNovember 8th, 2012
Why, it was just a few months ago that some Bucs fans wanted to hang Dominik — not just in effigy. Gerald McCoy, the unruly crowd claimed, was a bust. So too was Mason Foster. Roy Miller was a nothing more than a backup. And Josh Freeman was a bust, too. And Mike Williams. The list goes on.
Almost overnight (and not coincidentally with a new, well-respected coaching staff), GMC became the stud player everyone expected, Foster is making a serious bid to have pineapple in his belly in February, Freeman suddenly throwing like an elite quarterback, Williams doing his best Lynn Swann impersonations. Miller has become a rock on the defensive line.
That’s not to mention that three rookies (the Muscle Hamster himself, Doug Martin, Mark Barron and Lavonte David) look to be the cornerstones of the franchise for perhaps the next decade.
Now the naysayers don’t know what to say. It sure looks like Dominik had a clue to what he was doing, no?
Peter King agrees. The cricket-watching, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, craft beer-chugging, Marriott-sleeping, scone-loathing NFL columnist for Sports Illustrated suggests Dominik may very well be the NFL executive of the year.
@SI_PeterKing: So many good candidates for exec of year: Schneider, Grigson, Rick Smith, Dimitroff, Emery.
@SameOleZ: Mark Dominik also?
@SI_PeterKing: Definitely. Should have included him. Done a great job crafting 53-man roster, as has Grigson.
See what happens when good players meet good coaching? Freeman now has legitimate quarterback coaching. GMC and Foster, among others, are playing up to their abilities?
People mocked Joe for his defense of Dominik over the past couple of years. Again, when talent meets intelligent coaching, the results are something to behold.