Trade Down Til It Hurts

April 20th, 2009
Trading down could help Raheem The Dream and Mark Dominik keep their jobs

Trading down could help Raheem The Dream and Mark Dominik keep their jobs

Lots of healthy draft discussion and disagreement here at the headquarters.

Joe sure hopes Mark Dominik and Raheem The Dream know they could be out on their asses quickly following a horrible draft and a poor 2009 season.

One and done. In 10 years they’d be a good trivia question.

These two got their jobs in record time and could leave just as fast. The Glazer Boys always have been enamored with big name coaches: Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells (twice), Jon Gruden, Steve Mariucci, etc.

Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher or Mike Shanahan in 2010? If the Bucs tank the 2009 season – starting with Saturday’s draft – the Glazer Boys surely would get the phones ringing to these guys.

Chucky’s fat contract no doubt will be off the Glazers payroll for 2010, freeing up plenty of cash. Then little would be in the way of another fresh start, especially if the Glazer Boys are worried about selling tickets in 2010 following a last-place finish.

So that brings us to the Bucs’ draft war room, which will be manned on Saturday by corporal Jim Bates and a bunch of fresh-faced privates. (Cpl. Bates gets a higher rank only for his advanced age, not because he’s picked winners in draft days past.)

To protect their jobs, Dominik and The Dream should be looking to trade down, and trade down some more.

So many draft geniuses say this is a deep draft with no superstars, including former Dominik mentor, Tim Ruskell, the Seahawks’ president.

Ruskell, Seattle’s GM since 2005, is a veteran of more than two decades of scouting and has made draft decisions for Atlanta as the assistant GM (2004) and Tampa Bay, where he worked for 17 years. He says this draft is as unpredictable as any he has seen.

“There really are no franchise players in this draft,” he said.

Dominik and The Dream should play the odds. So they’d be wise to deal their first round pick and somehow parlay it into two second round picks and a high third-rounder, or better

The Bucs need bodies desperately — cutting productive players will do that to a team.

Trading down gives the Bucs’ rookie geniuses their best shot at another season.

3 Responses to “Trade Down Til It Hurts”

  1. dave Says:

    What productive players were cut? Brooks was not productive last season, in fact, he was a liability. Neither Galloway nor June did anything, the only player who produced somewhat was Dunn, and with Ward and Graham and Clfiton Smith, Dunn is not needed.

  2. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:


  3. crease22 Says:

    Brooks was productive. He just tanked at the end of the season with the rest of the defense. Hilliard was strong and June was a quality starter on what still was a top ranked defense. There wasn’t exactly a riot around the league when Brooks made the Pro Bowl. Clifton Smith? Fumble city