Size Matters To Dominik

August 10th, 2011

"You wouldn't make this team, little man."

One reason Barrett Ruud and Cadillac Williams aren’t Buccaneers is pretty clear: they weren’t big enough.

Raheem Morris and rockstar general manager Mark Dominik have both spoken about how they’re not big on measurables at the NFL Scouting combine and are far more concerned with interviewing players, studying their film and assessing their character and drive.

But the rockstar likes big bodies.

In fact, Dominik wants the biggest, nastiest, most physical Bucs team in history, so he told Steve Duemig on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.

“Obviously we’re trying to be homegrown. But another thing we’ve worked hard here is to be a bigger more physical football team than we’ve ever been before. And we continue to try to do that,” Dominik said. “And when you look out there and you see Adrian Clayborn, you see Da’Quan Bowers, you see Mason Foster, you’ll see Luke Stocker soon enough. … You start looking at last year’s draft class with Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams and LeGarrette Blount now, and that was the importance of bringing back a Davin Joseph, Quincy Black, is that’s the football team. We wanted to get to be the biggest and most powerful Buccaneers team you’ve ever seen. And I’m looking forward to seeing that in the preseason.”

Does size matter? Dominik says, Yes.

Joe hopes the Bucs find someone in the backfield big enough to fill Cadillac’s shoes on third down.

14 Responses to “Size Matters To Dominik”

  1. jvato24 Says:

    I love It!

  2. jvato24 Says:

    But I dont think it is all about size like he says. Look at Cody Grimm and Ahmad Black. I think he makes an execption if the Size of the Fight in the Dog is big which is the most important thing.

  3. Travis Says:

    Black and Cody play much bigger than their physical size. Both will hit you and hit you hard

  4. Eric Says:

    “Biggest and most powerful buccaneer team youve ever seen”.

    Division Title should be a formality.

  5. Chace Says:

    Cadillac and Ruud are gone…..enough with mentioning them and what they could have contributed….its irrelevent. The articale would have worked fine without the first sentence. I like the way Dom is running things and Im confident that the MLB spot and 3rd pass blocking will be a non-issue in 2011.

  6. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    “Joe hopes the Bucs find someone in the backfield big enough to fill Cadillac’s shoes on third down.”

    If Lagarette goes down for a few games (as almost every RB does at some point throughout the NFL season) we are going to be screwed

  7. Dave Says:


    Exactly what I thought. I think the main point is to have the front 7 of the defense be big & mean & more physical. Plus, both Grimm & Black can bring it for their size.
    I also think it applies to the O-Line being big & mean & nasty; hence the move back to a power run game.


    Blount would be an enormous loss, but I think this O-Line is going to be real good at opening holes. With a straight ahead power running game other backs could step up and not that much is lost. Graham and Bradford have that running style and size, so does Lumpkin.

    I am psyched to see what Blount does this year. He apparantly has made over his body like McCoy: added a little weight but lost the midsection and the body fat is down. He might very well be closer to 255 but faster this year.

    The other thing I can not wait to see is how Freeman works Williams & Benn this year. I think Benn is going to surprise people at how many slants he can turn into big gains.

  8. jvato24 Says:

    Creamsicle … Dude dont you know we got a Lumpkin to replace him if that happens ??!

  9. Jonny Says:

    We won’t have a proven back replacing Blount if he goes down. But this Bradford guy looks like this TJ Duckett kind of back and we have insurance Graham, we will see. Well, hopefully not see that kind of a situation.

  10. mjmoody Says:

    Agree with the Grimm and Black evaluations. Outside of Talib and Lewis the Corners fall into that as well. 5’10 vs. 6’2 worries me. Although the way the laundry flies, maybe a more physical corner isn’t such a good idea.

  11. CalicoJack Says:

    We heard all of this in 2009…

    Rockstar = ABBA:

    Mamma Mia, here they go again!

  12. Eric Says:

    Its Jim Bates 2.0.

  13. SRQBucFan Says:

    I love that our WR’s not only can make outstanding catches but LOVE to block to … Alot of the reason Blount was getting deep into oppents backfield. Was because Benn and Williams would have their man blocked Down… You hear it from M. Williams last year when he was mic’d up. He is contatnly asking to run behind him LOL. Love this Team. and Love the direction Dom wants to go with the biggest strongest team the Bucs have ever seen,

  14. SRQBucFan Says:

    I am kind of excited to see how Demar Dotson does this year. He hit IR last year before anyone got a good look see at him. But was filling in for Penn’s spot last year while he was holding out! that kid is 6’9” too.