Dominik Sheds Light On O-Line Strategy

November 22nd, 2012

It’s never to early to talk NFL Draft and delve into the intricate strategies of rockstar general manager Mark Dominik.

The rockstar pulled back the curtain as it relates to his long-standing offensive line philosophy during his interview with Steve Duemig yesterday. Dominik explained that he’s only drafted one offensive lineman among his 30 draft picks and that’s because he believes it’s typically better to see an offensive linemen on some level of the pro game before committing to them.

The prevalence of the spread offense in college has made it more challenging to effectively scout O-linemen, Dominik said, and Dominik pointed to successes with Ted Larsen, Demar Dotson and Jamon Meredith.

“Personally, I like them to develop a little bit in this game and then go get a little more information about [them,] ” Dominik said of studying young linemen prospects after the draft. “So if you can be more meticulous, have a mindset as we do as an organization, and Greg’s 100 percent on board which is fantastic for us, you go find them.”

Just something to file away before draft talk gets hot and heavy in February.

Will the Bucs look to draft a highly touted right tackle or a future replacement for Davin Joseph? Those odds seem to be well stacked against it.

10 Responses to “Dominik Sheds Light On O-Line Strategy”

  1. Ian's Gay Lisp & Ron's Drinking Problem Says:

    I guess we won’t be drafting Right Tackle, D.J. Fluker in the 2nd Round then……I will take DT Kawann Short, CB Xavier Rhodes or OLB Khaseem Greene

  2. Have A Nice Day Says:

    With all the money tangled up in the OL, I can’t see an early round pick being used for it. It isn’t as if it is a position of need anyways.

  3. TrueBlue Says:

    It shouldn’t be a position of need next year. With our starting guards healthy again and some well experienced back ups the Oline should be in great shape.

  4. Brad Says:

    @joe and your love fest continues with our GM. It’s boarding on creepy now.. Only you can write 16 articles with a 16 minute interview. He still has a lot of proving to do before he’s out of the hot seat. Dealing Talib too early still proves the mistakes aren’t stopping. Credit goes to Schiano not Dominik, which you always want to give, for turning this team around. I really hope he’s finally learning and the mistakes will be less. But he still has a few to get through before he’s off the hotseat for good. One thing he could do is find some secondary help on this final push to make the playoffs.

  5. admin Says:

    Joe here,

    @Brad – Please don’t make up stuff. There is no reason to lie. Joe hates to police misrepresentations of Joe.
    Joe wrote numerous times in the offseason that the problem with the 2011 team was 85 percent coaching and 15 percent on Dominik. And since then Joe has given the New Schiano Order credit DAILY for its impact on numerous levels. So for you to say/imply that Joe only wants to give Dominik credit and not Schiano, is simply BS.

  6. Fish Says:

    Brad – Dom has done a fantastic job. We haven’t had this much consistent success drafting OR picking up practice squad guys/undrafted free agents since… well, since I’ve been a Bucs fan.

    You can’t put that sloppy mess last year on Dom. The only thing you might be able to give him responsibility for is not making many FA moves, but it sure seemed like that was the Glazers’ plan since the start of the Raheem era.

    He’s not perfect but no GM is. Oh yeah, and he also had a big say in hiring Schiano. There’s a reason the owners gave him MORE responsibility and control over the team after cutting Raheem loose.

    I’ve never been happier in a Bucs GM.

  7. Pete Dutcher Says:

    Brad Says:
    November 22nd, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    …Credit goes to Schiano not Dominik, which you always want to give, for turning this team around.


    It seems other have addressed your comments, but I will as well anyway.

    Schiano is a tough, honorable guy. That has brought change, and in that you are 100% right.

    HOWEVER, Mark Dominick was forced to give Raheem Morris the head coaching position. The Glazers had made promises to get him back to coach the secondary and they had to follow through (promises they had Bruce Allen make).

    While there is no doubt that Dominick made a few mistakes, he was a rookie GM who has progressively improved year to year.

    It’s easy to talk about how great Greg Schiano is…but he hasn’t had time enough to make many mistakes. I think he is a great coach, but don’t deny both men the credit they deserve.

  8. Brandon Says:

    Dotson has been playing on a Pro Bowl level the entire Anybody that thinks the Buccaneers nee to find a right tackle in the off season has not been watching the games. The last time I echoed these sentiments was when Penn replaced Petigout. Of course the know nothings still thought that drafting a left tackle was an off season priority.

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