Initial Reaction: Dominik Thieved Bears (Again)

June 9th, 2013
New Bucs offensive linemen Gabe Carimi talks with his college position coach, Bob Bostad, when both were at Wisconsin. The two reunite as the Bucs acquired Carimi today;

New Bucs offensive lineman Gabe Carimi talks with his college position coach, Bob Bostad, when both were at Wisconsin. The two reunite as the Bucs acquired Carimi today and Bostad is the Bucs’ offensive line coach.

What is it with Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and the Bears? Twice already Dominik has stolen draft picks from the Bears and now, it appears Dominik may have stolen a starting tackle.

Yes, the Bucs traded a measly sixth-round pick in 2014 to Chicago today for former Bears first round pick, tackle Gabe Carimi. Now to be fair, Carimi has been downright awful thus far in the NFL. There’s a reason the Bears have simply given him away.

But after Dominik swindled a second-round pick from the Bears for Gaines Adams, and got a seventh-round pick out of Brian Price (who the Bears gave up on shortly thereafter), one would think headstrong Phil Emery would stay clear of Dominik.

Well, maybe that is why Emery is headstrong?

The leaguewide look at Carimi must be pretty awful because Emery couldn’t have been that dumb not to shop Carimi around, hoping to get something more than a sixth-round pick, especially as valuable as offensive linemen are.

But Joe thinks there is a good chance this could turn out to be the steal of the year. Why?

It just so happens that the guy who developed Carimi into a first round pick at Wisconsin is on the Bucs’ staff, offensive line coach Bob Bostad, largely regarded as one of the top offensive line coaches walking the face of the earth.

If anyone can turn around Carimi it would be Bostad. Who knows Carimi better than Bostad? Outside of possibly Carimi’s mother, no one.

Now if somehow Bostad can right Carimi, the former Outland Trophy winner (for best interior college lineman) should certainly push Demar Dotson at right tackle, and may become Donald Penn’s successor down the road.

No, Joe’s not saying Carimi should replace Penn, but Penn isn’t exactly a spring chicken. How many more years does Penn have left in the tank?

It seems like the Bears were trying to get rid of Carimi since he got worked over by 49ers defensive end Aldon Smith for 5.5 sacks in a Monday Night Football game in 2011.

Yes, Joe is on a sugar high because he just downed some frogurt. But if Bostad can turn around Carimi, then Bostad truly does possess a magic wand.

38 Responses to “Initial Reaction: Dominik Thieved Bears (Again)”

  1. Ryan Says:

    I’m not upset about getting a backup for a 6th round pick but lets not pretend this is some sort of steal. The guy flat out sucks. If he cant start for the Bears then that shows you how bad he is.

  2. Joe Says:


    Joe’s guessing you didn’t read the post.

  3. Couch Fan Says:

    Or maybe the Bears coaching sucked? Or maybe Carimi’s skill set didnt match what they do in Chicago? He didnt suck simply because “He couldnt start for the bears”. In fact I thought he was there starting RT.

  4. Macabee Says:

    Carimi didn’t like playing for the Bears and the Bears didn’t like the production they were getting from Carimi. This fell right into Dominik’s wheelhouse. Dominik and Bostad knows Carimi can play better and Chicago got rid of a potential problem child. May look one-sided, but this is a good deal for everybody!

  5. You go Joe Says:

    @This is not meant to replace anyone, unless he starts of awesome and makes a huge impression during the off season. But this is just to develop the kid back to first round talent.

    Which helps us out in the long run, the kids still VERY young he can still be useful, unless he’s broken beyond repair

  6. Bojacksonsucks Says:

    Shaun King hates this move

  7. bucfanjeff Says:

    I thought his knee was toast. We’ll see.

  8. Vancini12 Says:

    Only time will tell…If his ex-oline coach from college can’t help, noone can…He was a large part of Carimi becoming a 1st round pick in the 1st place…

  9. BucoBruce Says:

    Off subject,I truly haven’t been this crazy for an upcoming season than this year.I love the way Dom and staff are doin things, I really see a DYNASTY being build!

  10. MR.T Says:

    Maybe with a change of scenery and being reunited with his old college coach he can revitalize his career and reach that 1st round selection potential, providing he’s healthy. Another interesting guy to watch in camp.

  11. john Says:

    strong work way to blow a 6th round pic Dom. the guy would have been let go.

  12. Donwaun5585 Says:


  13. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    Joe, is there any way that perchance you could get Shaun King’s take on this move? Because I REALLY would like to know his opinion. I mean, afterall, he IS the #1 Buc’s Fan known to him.

  14. Joe Says:


    Joe, is there any way that perchance you could get Shaun King’s take on this move?

    Joe’s sure Shaun will talk about this at some point.

  15. gotbbucs Says:

    This is a low risk trade for a guy that showed a ton of potential in college. Time will tell.

  16. Curmudgeon Says:

    a) @Joe – Go back and look at the pre-draft comments on him. He’s not a candidate to ever be a starting LT, but he may be a quality RT if he can get his knee right.

    b) @John – WTF do you know? He gave up a 6th rounder for a 24 year old former 1st rounder whose first 2 seasons have been affected by a knee injury. Seems to me it’s a small risk with some great upside, if he can get his knee right. If you can get a quality backup G/T for a 6th rounder, especially a young one, I’d say that’s pretty good. If the guy hit waivers, there’s no guarantee they’d get him.

  17. Joe Says:


    Go back and look at the pre-draft comments on him. He’s not a candidate to ever be a starting LT, but he may be a quality RT if he can get his knee right.

    Joe will leave it at this: Who do you trust more, Mike Tice or Bob Bostad?

  18. TimBucTwo@OneBucPalace Says:

    Being with his old college coach, and the winning atmosphere that surrounds One Buc Palace these days, it may do wonders to resurrect this young mans career. He could potentially be that hidden gem that is well worth a future 6th round pick or he could be washed up. Either way for what it’s worth, considering how we have a relationship with Chicago we did them a favor in good faith.

  19. Vic66 Says:

    Is it just me or does Curmudgeon write and sound a lot like Thomas?

  20. TimBucTwo@OneBucPalace Says:

    Instead of “Rock Star” it should be “Dodger”, (Oliver Twist)

  21. BucsFanInBoise Says:

    R.I.P Gaines Adams

  22. Patrick Says:

    Can you guys chill out, it’s a freakin 6th round pick. Geez.

  23. Bucs Fan #238 Says:

    Who is unchilled Pat?

    Wait a minute… Pat Y??? From ESPN. Is that you?

  24. Raphael Says:

    Hopefully it’s the Marc Columbo story all over again….dude was drafted 29 th by the bears , released in a few yrs…then played RT for the cowboys for 5 yrs.

  25. scubog Says:

    A first round pick only two seasons ago for a mere sixth rounder. Hard to find fault with that unless the guy turns out to be Charles McRae. He’s a run blocking RT with a sore knee that may just need a little time to heal completely. As Dominik says, “we know knees”.

  26. Eric Says:

    Morning coffee and joe blustering about a Dominik “steal”.

    Must be summer.

  27. Kalind Says:

    How can any of you criticize this move?? I dont understand. Just yesterday our backup RT was Jamon Meredith. Now it isnt. And the price? a 6th rounder that Dom was only going to use to trade up earlier in the fifth or something.

    This already is a steal. Bad knee or no. Our line is better today than yesterday, and they got him for a song and a cold beer. Now, we have quality across the line, and additional depth. Larsen (OG only plz), Zuttah, Carimi, Meredith (OG). And even Dotson as a LT. Look, Aaron Rodgers would have killed for our backup line last year. And now its just better.

    Someone above asked what Shaun King will think of the move. We already know the answer. Like a moron, he will probably say some nonsense like, “He gave up a 6 for this guy? How stupid, further proof Dom is a bad GM. He could have had him for free when he got released.” We all know the errors plaguing that statement, and furthermore we know Shaun won’t care about them.

    In my humble opinion, this is further prrof why Dom is going to be an Exec of the year candidate. (Love to get Shaun’s take on that if he won.)

  28. Eric Says:

    Nothing wrong with the move, low risk high reward. 90% chance it’s meaningless.

    But the dominik cheerleading is obnoxious.

  29. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Shawn King “One of two Buc Quarterbacks who lost a NFC Championship game when his defense gave up 11 or fewer points.”

  30. mpmalloy Says:

    Rock Star Rules!
    Sean King Drools!

  31. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    So true tampabaybucfan.. He got dem widdle biddy hands!

  32. SteveK Says:

    Good intentions with this move, we shall see how this plays out.

    Sounds like Carimi was playing like Trueblood for Chicago.

  33. the_buc_realist Says:

    Can we just change the website name from ” ” to “” Seriously , the Gm could sneeze and people will say what a great move he just did. I and real Buc fans are just waiting until all these ” Great ” move manafest to some kind of success on the field

  34. john Says:

    Curmudgeon Says:
    Draft pics are valuable is what i know even 6th round selections, Hell maybe it dosent matter anyway as we never hit on them. . I also have a bud who works for a nfc norris team and he says the guy on his best healthy day is below average. so do i hope i am wrong and you are right yes i do.

  35. Big Rob Says:

    @ the_buc_pesimist

    Do you always wake up on the wrong side of the bed?

    Live a little man… it’s got to be bad for your heart to harbor such hate all your life. I couldn’t imagine living a miserable existence like you do. You’re living proof of the old adage “misery loves company.”

  36. lightningbuc Says:

    Michael Koenen just breathed a sigh of relief with this move as the alleged “rock star” loves to draft punters in the 6th round.

  37. Tomcin Says:

    Anyone who listens to Shaun King or reads his crap is an idiot. ((edited by Joe for hate speech))

  38. James Buc 22 Says:

    Where will Dominik’s #1 contrarian stand on this move?