Wrong “Sort Of People” Were On Bucs Roster

April 24th, 2012
Randy Cross thinks the Bucs have fixed their 2011 issues, ones he said were caused, in part, by poor personnel decisions.

Former NFL great Randy Cross fired an arrow at rockstar general manager Mark Dominik today during an interview with Bobby Fenton on WDAE-AM 620 radio.

The good news is Cross said he believes the 2012 Bucs are a winning football team and possibly a playoff team and it was the wrong mix of people, not talent, that soiled the Raheem Morris regime.

“They’re much closer to the team and the record after 2010 than they are after the 2011 season. I just think there was a such a meltdown and an incomplete job done as far as building that roster and stocking with the right kind of personalities,” Cross said. “You add the right sort of people.

“You know, you look at what you’ve done over the last two years. I love Adrian [Clayborn]. You get [Gerald] McCoy healthy and going. Josh Freeman has a Josh Freeman kind of year and doesn’t regress. You’ve done some very, very nice things. I think you’ve got areas that I’d immediately get after. Specifically, and it sounds strange, but I would go back into that defensive line personally and add a little bit. I’d go to that offensive line and add some.”

With all the draft gurus talking about player grades and big-board rankings, etc., it’s refreshing to hear a reminder like this from Cross that GMs aren’t just stockpiling bodies but trying to blend personalities, add the elements for good team chemistry, and all the other stuff that makes a winning football club.

Key player cogs gone from the 2011 Bucs are Albert Haynesworth, Geno Hayes, Sean Jones, Tanard Jackson, Jeff Faine, Josh Johnson and Kregg Lumpkin. Stepping in are Carl Nicks, Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright, Dan Orlovsky, Amobi Okoye and a whole new round of draft picks.

Hopefully, with a new law-and-order coaching staff, that’s enough to wipeout the quit the Bucs displayed in 2011.

11 Responses to “Wrong “Sort Of People” Were On Bucs Roster”

  1. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I never noticed the facebook link there…cool!

  2. Cmurda Says:

    I am aware of all the players we released or signed as a free agent elsewhere. I’m also aware of the new players we signed through free agency, yet somehow seeing it in writing makes me stop and just feel giddy. Take a good long look at the names gone and the new names and if that doesn’t get you motivated for 2k12 nothing will.

  3. MR. PATRICK Says:

    Slowly weeding out previous coaching staff’s favorites/slackers and starting to look like a proffessional football team. Weeding out not finished yet.

  4. Jarret Says:

    He makes more sense than Bill Polian. The other day on espn that senile former Colts GM argued that the Bucs should take a receiver with the fifth pick if Claiborne is gone. Shocking he got fired lol. Could you imagine how many Super Bowls Peyton woulda had with a better cast around him

  5. Pete Dutcher Says:

    I agree Mr. Patrick.

    I still think Talib is history sometime after the draft.

  6. Brandon Says:

    According to Mayock, the highest character guy in the draft and the guy that he says will go to the most pro bowls is MLB Luke Kuechly. Great defenses are built around the front 7, not the secondary. Adding Kuechly to the front 7 would change the dynamics of our woeful D.

  7. Architek Says:

    This is what I beef with DOMINIK over. You have to know what’s on this roster and not just playas that Raheem wanted. Squarely mark responsibility.

  8. Jarret Says:


    Raheem’s number 1 man crush was Freeman. I hope you’re not suggesting he should be gone. Obviously he was a major need.

  9. Lion Says:

    4 kids, 3 women @ the age of 22 might is what I meant to say.

  10. Lion Says:

    Crap disregard that, wrong thread.

  11. Wade Says:

    Can Cross’s assessment be any more convoluted? He makes no sense. He’s saying this because they had a terrible season and Raheem Morris was a big part of it.

    “stocking with the right kind of personalities,” Cross said. “You add the right sort of people.”

    You can say that about any team that has a losing season. Why does he get a paycheck? Even the most half hearted fan could arrive at the same conclusion when a team has a losing season.