Can’t Blame Dominik For Osi Signing With AtlantaMarch 28th, 2013
Joe was having a nice, calm, peaceful, quiet, relaxing Wednesday evening, the calm before the NCAA hoops Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds, watching DVR reruns of 24 when Joe learned free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora was signed by the Dixie Chicks.
Joe knew what would happen next. The haters were awakened began bombarding Joe about how Bucs rock star general manager let yet another one get away and how Dominik is taking a two-month siesta, not to be disturbed until the first night of the draft.
Frankly, only the misinformed or the uneducated or the plain old haters would rag on Dominik for this non-move.
Short of Bucs coach Greg Schiano firing defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, there is simply no way Osi was going to sign with the Bucs, even if Dominik pursued him like Joe would Rachel Watson on Clearwater Beach.
For those unaware, once upon a time, Sheridan was the defensive coordinator of the Giants, whence Osi came from. Few if any would suggest Sheridan did a good job with the Giants. He didn’t and his tenure was very short.
From Sheridan’s time with the Giants, he and Osi clashed, much of it came about when Sheridan benched Osi, relegating him to a part-time role. There was bad blood between the two. At one point, nerves between Osi and Sheridan were so frayed, the two got into a shouting match and Osi bolted from a team meeting in a fit of rage as a result.
It’s likely there is enough lingering animosity that Osi would never willingly put himself in the position of being an underling to Sheridan again.
And to be fair, Osi, who wasn’t exactly an angel with the Giants, may not have worked with the Bucs, Sheridan or not. There is a very real possibility that Sheridan has good intel on Osi and perhaps persuaded Schiano and Dominik to steer clear of him.
At any rate, those planning to march on One Buc Palace with lit torches and pitchforks wanting to storm Dominik’s office, put the liquor down and take a deep breath. This idea of Osi and the Bucs was dead on arrival.