“You Gotta Have At Least Three Guys”

May 4th, 2013

TCDominik11It seems there never was a doubt in rockstar general manager Mark Dominik’s mind during the final days leading up to the NFL Draft that the Bucs were going to draft a cornerback ASAP.

In chatting with Justin “The Commish” Pawlowski on 98.7 FM yesterday, Dominik made it clear that the Bucs strongly considered trading up for CB Johnthan Banks, nabbed in the second round, and after acknowledging that Danny Gorrer and Leonard Johnson showed well toward the end of 2012, Dominik said of cornerbacks, “You gotta have at least three guys you have confidence in.”

It was a nice way of saying the Bucs were desperate for a talent to blend with Eric Wright and Darrelle Revis.

And that brings Joe to Wright. Are Bucs fans, let alone Dominik and Greg Schiano, really ready to push their chips all-in on Wright staying out of trouble, staying off the training table, and performing well consistently?

Joe’s sure not prepared to gamble big-time on that. Joe sees flimsy evidence to believe in Wright.

Let’s pretend for a moment: If Wright had a head-to-head competition at cornerback with Ronde Barber through this offseason, Joe’s not sure Wright would win. This is why Joe continues to hope for Barber’s return, as well as the Bucs staying vigilant on monitoring other rosters for potential cornerback help.

During a recent interview, Father Dungy summed up the modern-day need for quality cornerbacks quite simply. You need to beat three great passing attacks to win a Super Bowl, Dungy said.

14 Responses to ““You Gotta Have At Least Three Guys””

  1. Mike J Says:

    I don’t think Ronde can play corner anymore. I’d put my faith in Johnson or Gorrer before I’d trust Ronde, esp. in this particular scheme.

  2. Jacko101 Says:

    Ronde can play Nickel better than anyone not named Revis

  3. tampabaybucfan Says:

    We’ve got that new guy with number 31.

  4. TomMT Says:

    I have a feeling Wright could win in head to head training. But I imagine that Ronde is better on the field in a game, when cunning and “been there done that” counts. And Ronde seems to take care of himself much better than Wright, just like Joe mentioned.

    Age takes it in training, speed, leaping etc… Wisdom takes it on the field. If they are going to have to shift a safety to the guy playing opposite Revis anyway, I’d rather see Ronde there. But reality tells me that the ageless wonder has a check down going on with father time.

  5. Bobby Says:

    Gorrer isn’t even in the mix. Anthony Gaitor will make the roster before he will.

  6. Andrew 1 Says:

    hopefully Ronde comes back because that would make for a solid group of CBs with the likes of Darrelle Revis, Eric Wright, Ronde Barber, Jonathan Banks, Leonard Johnson, and Anthony Gator as being the most talented CBs on the roster. thats a nice group right there.

  7. Andrew 1 Says:

    certainly a group that you can win with.

  8. LadyZ Says:

    @Joe. Why do I have this sinking feeling in my gut that Domonic would just wish Ronde would just go away? At least the ronde haters on your blog at least admitt it. I believe he can beat Write in a fare contest during training camp if given a decent shot.

    Ronde if you read this blog; please come back, we need you to make the playoffs.

  9. Macabee Says:

    Revis, Wright, Banks and Barber, should he come back, are locks. There are 3 recently-signed UDFAs, Deveron Carr, Rashaan Melvin, and Branden Smith that are going to make claim on the remaining slots a dogfight. They are really high on Carr even paying him a $20,000 bonus just to sign. Not making a prediction. Just saying everybody is going to have to bring their A game.

  10. Steve from Oregon Says:

    Go away…no, accept a back up role…yes..

  11. Kalind Says:

    So Mark…there’s at least three guys you could go get now for the price of a song and a cold beer, who would immediately make our situation better. Quentin Jammer, Charles Woodson, Sheldon Brown. Why can’t we try and bring one of them in and compete? I know their ancient, but they’re all years younger than Ronde (Yes, Woodson is close).

    Also, love to see Dom sign a NT and a competitive RT. Some of these guys could be reallllllly cheap. So why not? What’s the advantage to seeing if an undrafted FA works out instead?

  12. Machiavellii Says:

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  13. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I would hardly call the keeping of Wright going “all in”. Not with his current contract.

  14. the_buc_realist Says:

    If this guy is a rock star, why has it taken him 5 years to realize this??? In year 6 if the Rockstar going to learn that you need confidence in 3 great D-lineman???