“Pods” Part Of The Dominik Way

April 17th, 2011

Screw notebooks full of in-house mock drafts and draft-day scenarios scribbled down in the bowels of One Buc Palace. Rock star Mark Dominik doesn’t use those. He leaves those ancient methods for other teams. Dominik is more into pods.


Yeah, “pods,” Dominik explained during an interview with Justin Pawlowski on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.

“It’s a little different than we’ve ever done around here before. It’s worked for the last couple of years for me. It’s really breaking out players into individual traits and kind of rating them within a pod and then looking at a big picture. … I don’t look at [mock drafts]. I’m certainly focused on seeing what other people are saying, but for me we do things a little bit differently in our building, and I’m hoping that gives us a competitive advantage.”

Joe really understands this kind of intricate, personalized grading system that assesses a player’s assets as they relate to team desires. It’s very similar to how Joe grades cheerleaders.

Obviously, Dominik has cooked up great success in his first two drafts. 

If he can pull a ferocious linebacker and defensive end out of some of those 2011 pods, the Bucs will be in excellent shape.

16 Responses to ““Pods” Part Of The Dominik Way”

  1. Amar Says:

    As long as it’s the same method Joe uses to grade cheerleaders, I’m all for it.

  2. Weneeddefense Says:

    Pretty sure he go this idea from one of your advertisers Joe


  3. Weneeddefense Says:

    The traits of a cheerleader:

    Overall body porportions
    How does her body compare to the other cheerleaders?
    Does she have all the intangibles? 🙂
    Is she a leader?
    Does she have good pedigree? 😉
    What did her 3rd grade teacher say about her character?
    All jokes aside, what was her 40 time at the combine???

  4. espo Says:

    If her pom poms are lop sided, we can sign her undrafted.

  5. Pete Dutcher Says:


    This explains a lot!

  6. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    “great success” not in 2010 if you eliminate ufa’s. Remember, they drafted mccoy with the number 3 overall pick. Not 3rd round, 3 overall, mccoy was outplayed by okam and bennett and price in the preseason.
    Freeman, williams, grimm appear to be excellent picks but what else is known?

  7. Brad Says:

    Joe: Are you posting the audio version of the Commish and Dominik? I’m looking forward to Mark and Raheem continued success in the drafts. If they pull off another great one, they will go down as the best the Bucs have ever had and will cement their legacy for years to come.

  8. Weneeddefense Says:

    “If they pull off another great one, they will go down as the best the Bucs have ever had and will cement their legacy for years to come.”


    I thought statues were made for Super Bowl champions, multiple division titles, multiple winning seasons with play off appearances.

    Remember, the horrible Jon Gruden got fired for going 9-7 and missing the playoffs. But he does have a statue of him and his team at one buc place.

    So, will having another ‘premature successful draft’ get Raheem and Mark a statue next to Gruden?

  9. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Weneed: freeman was a “great” pick, mike williams and cidy grimm probably also. After that the draftees all have huge question marks. For some reason, the dungy and gruden standard of just making the playoffs has been lowered dramatically by most on this blog.

    I guess going 3-13 changes perspective and rah gets no blame for that embarrassment. If they step back, the sheep best hold him accountable.

  10. m.wesley Says:

    Thomas we heard it all before Morris tore up that great team that Gruden left him,we all know Dominic and freeman ,Grimm,Blount,alot of luck an easy schedule and a full moon helped us win ten games while Morris sat on his thumb.He is the reason for 3-13 and had nothing to do with 10-6,Dungy got us to the playoff Gruden won the superbowl we fired Gruden too early because we were on the brink of winning it again,did I get everything right there sheep?

  11. Joe Says:

    Thomas 2.2:

    I guess going 3-13 changes perspective and rah gets no blame for that embarrassment.

    If, as you suggest, Morris should be blamed for the team going 3-13 in 2009 — never mind that the team was gutted before his first game — then who should get the credit for the team winning 10 games last season.

  12. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Thomas 2.2, I bleed red and crap pewter, but I will openly admit that none of the Morris/Dominick picks have proven themselves yet.

    Now, before everyone jumps my case, let me clarify.

    Think back to Michael Clayton and Caddy. Great rookie years, and never did anything good after that. We Bucs fans have seen plenty of one year wonders, so in order for any of the draft picks to “prove themselves”, they have to do well more than one year straight.

    Most would say that Freeman is not a bust…but if we’re honest, we do not know that for certain YET. Certainly, his rookie year was nothing to brag about.

    His second year (last year) he did very well.

    So if he can do well again this year, I would consider him a proven commodity.

    As far as the others, Williams could turn out to be another Clayton for all we know. Grimm looked good, but so did Sabby at first (who also got injured his rookie year).

    Mind you…I am not saying that they are busts…I’m saying they need to repeat their good performances to prove they have staying power and are not busts. And this lockout isn’t going to help them improve.

    All of that said…I believe most of the picks so far will work out well for us. Freeman, Williams and Grimm seem very good. I suspect Benn will have a breakout year this year.

    I also think McCoy, Price and Miller will become studs as they develop, and I think McCoy will do much better this year.

    This is also the year Miller needs to breakout. Otherwise he’s in danger of becoming a permanant backup.

  13. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Pete: nice analysis. I disagree on mccoy based on year 1. Not saying he wont be okay, just not 3 overall material. I would have given him a roy miller type 4th round grade.

  14. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Joe: dont u think the hc, rah, who was on the prior staff had some say in HOW the team was “gutted?”

  15. Thomas 2.2 Says:

    Also, they were not as bad from a talent standpoint as 3-13 they were just horribly coached to underperform.

    Every major decision rah made was a joke: from moving phillips to backer then back to safety; to supporting the retention of mccown at 2 mill then handing lefty the job; then the coordinators, to changing the schemes without the personnel . .

  16. Joe Says:

    Thomas 2.2:

    Joe will ask this for the fourth time. Joe doesn’t like being ignored and played on his own site.

    If you are going to blame Rah for the 3-13 season, please, Joe asks once again, who gets the credit for the 10-6 season?

    If you are going to rail on the coach for a rotten season in 2009, Joe believes you should only be fair in giving the same coach credit for turning the team around.

    Or are you just simply looking for attention?

    For every reason you slam Rah for 2009 — which is not out of bounds by the way — Joe can give another reason to give Rah props for 2010.

    Or in your eyes did the 2010 season not even happen?