Dominik Gets “Good” Grade

March 27th, 2012

It really doesn’t matter if Joe calls Mark Dominik a rockstar every day. What’s far more interesting and key is whether Team Glazer believes he’s a rockstar, or at least a successful general manager.

Now Dominik’s teams have a putrid 17-31 combined record, but any thinking fan can’t pin too much of that on him. And Team Glazer even gave Dominik high marks today in a sit-down with eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune.

Q: How would you assess Mark Dominik’s first three years as general manager?

Joel Glazer: Mark has done a good job. We’ve had a plan and he has managed, through some tough waters, to stick with that plan. In any situation, you’re going to have some negatives to point to, but I think that’s the case with any team in the NFL. He knows what he wants to accomplish and he has stuck with it. The coaching process was not easy and he did a great job helping us navigate through that. In free agency, it’s not easy to come out of the blocks and get all the guys signed up. I’m very pleased with the direction we’re headed.

Joe wonders how Team Glazer assesses Dominik. Do they have an independent third party review his football decisions?

Regardless, Joe agrees that Dominik has done a good job in his tenure. It’s just too hard to dish out the “great” label without a team in the playoffs.

20 Responses to “Dominik Gets “Good” Grade”

  1. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Glazer: Mark has done a “good job . . . he has managed to stick with that plan . . .you’re going to have some negatives to point to.”

    Hardly a “rockstar” review by an employer.

    Well I am glad that the Glazers agree with those of us who think it idiotic to call Dom a rockstar with his resume.

    Again, name one player who he has acquired that we know has panned out? There aren’t any (I know that some of you now want to blame the exiled coach that just months ago you all celebrated). That is an absurdly poor record to date.

  2. Capt. Tim Says:

    Well, I didn’t expect them to say” Jesus! After the Clayton, Ward, Leftwich, and Black contracts- we questioned his intelligence! Then we watched a bunch of “his players” friggin Quit on the field last year- during that rolling Freak Show!!
    We told him you better get some damn players in here, and stop the hemmoraging- or yer ass is as fired as yer lil sidekick Raheem!!””

    Ya, probably what they were thinking, but ya seldom see that is a statement to the Media!

    Unless its Rex Ryan.

  3. CharlieB Says:

    Joe calls Dominik a rock star not because of his performance but because of the media attention he draws every year after the draft. I can’t comprehend why the names I see in the comments section since I started coming here don’t remember what earned him the name in the first place.

  4. Stevek Says:

    Dom is a better GM than the Dolphins, “Fireland”.

    Dom’s grade will be after the draft class is announced.

    Trent Richardson should be an automatic @ #5.

  5. Thomas2.2 Says:

    Every GM gets attention from the media after their draft – that is hardly a reason to call him a rockstar.

  6. the buc realist Says:

    Please wake me up when this GM drafts a guy that can make 1 pro-bowl, I will even accept an alternate.

  7. J 2.0 Says:

    the buc realist Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    Please wake me up when this GM drafts a guy that can make 1 pro-bowl, I will even accept an alternate.


    Well, drafting Trent Richardson would be a pretty safe bet. I personally would go Claiborne, but Richardson is my #2 if Claiborne is gone.

  8. 941-Bucs Says:

    @J 2.0

    I would be happy with either one. Seem like this draft (for us) is dummy proof. Seems like it would be really hard to mess this one up lol.

  9. Patrick Says:

    Ummm….sorry, I think we need to make the playoffs for once before we say he’s done a good job.

    None of his picks have made a real impact for us, except for maybe Clayborn. Williams is ok for where he was drafted.

    Also, I’m not gonna forget about the millions thrown down the drain on Clayton and Black. That was just pure stupidity. If not for the Black contract, we couldve had room for an extra big signing!

    But he did get us some good free agents this month, so I’ll give him credit where it’s due.


    Between free agents, draft choices, and resigning/extensions, I’m not sure how anyone can argue that he got more right than wrong.

    I like the signings this year, but, they have to do it on the field before they can be critiqued.

    But, lots of misses in the draft. Lots of misses in Free agency. Ward? He attempted to sign Fat Albert. Even I could see he loafed until the contract year in Tennessee.

    There’s been some good but, geez. I like Free, but, he is still not a 100% sure thing. The first thing he needs to learn to do is admit his mistakes instead of being bull-headed: Clayton, Black.

  11. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Thomas2.2 Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Again, name one player who he has acquired that we know has panned out?

    – – – – –


    But, aside from that…

    …many of his draftee’s are only in their second or third year this season. So it’s a season or two early on most of them. I would say Blount has worked out…and he was “acquired”. Yes…he fumbled a few times, but not nearly as badly as everyone says…especially not compared to Preston Parker…who people seem to think is a “star”.

    The players entering their 3rd year are the ones who will be a determining factor on the quality of his drafts…GMC, Price, Sammy…

    Although Blount is entering his 3rd year…he has yet to be trained in an off season…so I think he at least deserves an extra season to train…although I think this year will be his true breakout year.

    And btw…Dominick also acquired Nicks, Jackson and Wright…all of which are already proven. So add 3 more to your list.

  12. Pete Dutcher Says:

    The original attempt to get fat Albert was under Bruce Allen I think, wasn’t it? Or is my time table off?

    And I disagree with your evaluation of the draft picks. One bad year does not a bad team make.

  13. Macabee Says:

    Dominik gets a C for 2009 (newcomer), a B+ for 2010 (over achiever), a F for 2011 ( drove the play60 shortbus), 2012 (incomplete-we’ll see).

    Best I could do and I graded on the curve!


    Josh Freeman QB
    Roy Miller DT
    Kyle Moore DE
    Xavier Fulton OT
    EJ Biggers CB
    Sammie Stroughter WR

    Gerald McCoy DT
    Brian Price DT
    Arrelious Benn WR
    Myron Lewis CB
    Mike Williams WR
    Brent Bowden P
    Cody Grimm S
    Dekoda Watson LB
    Erik Lorig DE

    Those are the first two drafts. Who has proven themselves? And if you stay hurt, you can’t prove yourself. Stroughter was nice, but, will be fighting for a roster spot on August.

    Fat Albert was on Dom. So was Favre. Both would have been high cost blunders.

  15. Brad Says:

    Of course you do joe. We all know what you think of the great GM.

  16. eric Says:

    So far this is his best offseason by a long shot.

    Got two bona fide all pros signed.

    Gotta give credit for that.

  17. J 2.0 Says:

    Favre was all Bruce Allen.


    2.0 I knew it was Allen the first time around. I just thought Tampa was involved when he went to Minnesota. If not, my bad.

    I’m not saying he hasn’t done good. He got value for Gaines Adams. He got Blount. But everyone one of those, you have a bad one. Mike Nugent for instance. 2 million guaranteed as a vested vet, and he spent a single month on the roster. He ditched Matt Bryant to get him…Clayton, Ward, Black, and so on.

    He still has MUCH to prove.

  19. thegregwitul Says:

    Thomas, you do understand Joe gave Dom the ‘rockstar’ nickname in part because he was all over the media in regards to radio and TV interviews in the offseason after the Bucs finished 10-6, right? The GM has made several good moves and some bad moves as well, he’s not perfect, but it’s been posters like you and some others who lost their mind reading the ‘rockstar’ in articles like these that resulted in the name sticking around.

    Frankly, it’s a smart move for Joe. Look at the reaction Joe generates with most of the ‘rockstar’ articles. Love or hate the nickname, it gets people talking so kudos to Joe for that.

  20. RustyRhino Says:

    @ buc realist,

    Your alarm is almost ringing, I thought Mark Dominik signed our starting LT and Alt Pro Bowl guard from off the Vikings practice squad in 06..yeah he was not quite yet the GM, Allen was true..that was the ongoing scuttlebutt at the time?..

    🙂 Good morning 🙂