“Could Lead All Rookies In Touchdowns”

May 15th, 2014
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Mark Dominik weighs in on the Bucs’ picks and more

Former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik is a big fan of the draft-day work of his successors.

Sadly, Joe knows legions of Bucs fans will now lose sleep tonight, fearful none of these new Buccaneers will have a Tampa Bay zip code in five years.

Now working as a “front office” expert for BSPN, Dominik joined Bucs beat reporter Tom Krasniqi on WDAE-AM 620 this evening for a post-draft chat. (You can hear the full audio tomorrow.)

Dominik raved about the Bucs’ second-round pick, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, saying he’s a “dynamic red zone target” and “could lead all rookies in touchdowns.” He also reminded fans that Doug Martin was injured on a passing route last season and the drafting of Charles Sims likely speaks to a perceived need there, in addition to the Sims pick being evidence the Bucs stuck to their draft board.

Dominik staunchly defended the Darrelle Revis trade and contract in great detail, and

Interestingly, Dominik said “one of the hardest things to find out” while evaluating talent is whether a player truly loves football. (Joe’s not buying that one.)

And among other takes, Dominik said he remains a Bucs lover through and through.

36 Responses to ““Could Lead All Rookies In Touchdowns””

  1. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Interestingly, Dominik said “one of the hardest things to find out” while evaluating talent is whether a player truly loves football. (Joe’s not buying that one.)

    Its true-the level of that Love. Is the difference between average-good-and great players.

  2. jvato24 Says:

    I agree, the whole draft process is a psycho analysis of all the players, they know early on most physical skills, if the player doesn’t want or need to be great, he will be out of the league

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    “Oh baby Ima Oh baby Ima Oh baby Ima ….Rock Star” -Rhianna

  4. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    The legendary Paul Brown figured that out in the 50’s. In addition to testing people psychologically he also paid attention to their IQ scores.

    But then Brown was an innovator…invented the face mask that we all take for granted today. Can you even imagine an NFL game played without facemasks?

  5. Buc1987 Says:

    Uh oh Uh oh Bob’s in trouble now.“Oh baby Ima Oh baby Ima Oh baby Ima ….Rock Star”

  6. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    If I had a heart by Fever Ray (HD)

  7. AmbushBuc Says:

    Well, I was fairly happy about our draft until I read that Dominik liked it. Now I’m convinced the picks will all bust.

  8. BigMacAttack Says:

    Football without face masks is Hockey.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    Dom had been relegated to irrelevant Pop Star.

  10. Kaptain Morgan Says:

    I think one of the bigger issues with last year’s squad was a lack of leadership on the team. Outside of McCoy, there was a lack of a team leader in the locker room. Gone was Barber from the past year and the team came right out of the gate with the “controversy” of team captains (i.e. no Josh Freeman) and there was a glaring weakness of leadership in the locker room.

    I think the “rockstar” has a point regarding a lack of heart in loving football, but that’s also the fault of the management (GM & Coaches) for putting those individuals together in the first place together on the roster. I respect Dom’s love for his former team, but his insistence of defending past decisions as GM on the press circuit & being on ESPN as a so-called expert ether screams over-sensitivity and or extreme arrogance with a huge ego to parade himself for a potential new employer/team for him to have future love for.

    One thing you can never say about Dom, was/is that he was never media shy. He seems most comfortable explaining in front of a camera or microphone just how difficult a GM job can be.

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    “One thing you can never say about Dom, was/is that he was never media shy. He seems most comfortable explaining in front of a camera or microphone just how difficult a GM job can be.”

    Which is where the name Rock Star came from, right Joe. It’s still confusing to most people though. They see the words Rock Star and think Joe thinks this guy is a God. With that kind of confusion at a constant I would have changed the nickname, but hey I’m not Joe and this ain’t my site.

  12. Jon Says:

    Love him or like him or hate him. He did just step up and talk Bucs. Thought it was cool how he still loves the team.


    I think Dom said that in reference to Freeman. He obviously didn’t love the game.

  14. Architek Says:

    I have nothing but professional respect for Dominik but it’s clear to me that he is not a football guy and talent evaluator. Just listening to his feedback about Revis scares me that they thought they were a player or two away from being a playoff team!

    Truly glad Glazers pulled the plug on that experiment.

    But I do wish him the best.

  15. Barry Says:

    Dominik is a quality human being. A good man.

  16. Eric Says:

    Dominik is right about the love of the game. “Mastery” is a good book by George Leonard that outlines that greatness is achieved by those that love to practice, and has several examples like Larry Bird and Steve Largent.

    The concept applies to just about every profession.

    Hope we got some more guys like that this year.

  17. Aldo Says:

    I dont get the thrash talk to Dom, sure the guy made mistakes but he had succesfull picks too, Dom let an above average squad and very good cap situation, not like bruce allen (who BTW seems to be forgiven by this fan base)…

  18. Eric Says:

    Bruce won two division titles and had three winning seasons during his four year tenure here.

    No need for forgiveness for that.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    @Jon & Architek-I agree

  20. Kaptain Morgan Says:


    I recognize the name rockstar is a tongue in cheek term for this site.

    Dominick wasn’t nearly as bad we all make him out to be. The media liked him obviously for he was accessible and good for several good quotes. I merely was referring to his propensity to still want to defend the past and convince people of what a great job he did. My point is be humble or be confident, but do so in silence regarding your record…let the critics (and us) decide if you did a great job or not, lol 🙂

  21. Mort Says:

    Aldo: Actually Bruce left us in the good cap situation. It was Rich McKay that effed that all up. Bruce CLEANED that up. Dom actually learned quite a bit from him.

    He also learned how to draft from Bruce, apparently.

    That being said, I like both GMs. They just needed to execute better drafts. Part of that is/could be scouting and that department that Dennis Hickey ran, but we’ll just never know that much specifically about how the sausage was made back then.

  22. Louis Friend Says:

    I’ll say this for Dom, he made mistakes, many of them – but the man was absolutely doing the best he could. Somewhere along the way the Glazers overestimated him and made him GM. He had some home runs, but too many strike outs. I don’t blame the Morris/Schiano messes on him though – he didn’t have a say in their hirings.

    On the bright side, we’ve got two potential hall of famers on defense and a salary cap situation that is going to be extremely friendly in the near future thanks to him. No grudges Bucs fans – let’s be grateful things are looking up and put the Schiano/Morris era behind us.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    Kaptain Morgan …I was not disputing your comment or your post. I was merely pointing out the confusion that the title of the Rock Star by Joe has lead to fans on this site thinking Joe thinks Dom is a really good GM.

    It also was not intended for you to think that I think you are one of those fans, because it’s obvious you are not. You made a great point so I quoted it as a reference. lol

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    Louis Friend…I think Raheem was the Glazers hiring and Schiano was Dom’s hiring, but whatever.

  25. Tom S. Says:

    I absolutely believe Dominik does not have the ability to tell if a player loves football or not. This is the same guy who gave Michael Clayton a 20 million dollar contract extension when he mentally checked out of the league three years before.

    Dominik is also the GM that reportedly offered Albert Haynesworth, the king of the ‘I don’t love football’ fan club the highest overall contract terms only to be “beaten out” by Washington, then signed Haynesworth after he was flushed out of New England.

    But just because Dominik did not have the ability to evaluate if a player loved football does not mean that other GM’s had the same weakness.

  26. Bee Says:

    I’m sure Dom is a great person but he was not good at his job. He drafted bust, after bust. Resigned players to expensive extensions unnecessarily and used free agency to waste more money. He may very well be a quality human being but he sucked as a talent evaluator and building a competitive football team. Which is why the majority of the players he acquired during his tenure are off the team or out the league. Thanks for nothing, and with that said I wish him the best.

  27. Patrick Says:

    Dominick actually does a pretty good job on ESPN.

  28. cmurda Says:

    Nuthin but love for MD. Nuthin but love for Licht too.

  29. Maze Says:

    Still remember how proud he was of his Eric Wright signing. Definitely not GM material

  30. MTM Says:

    The Rock Star is a Bucs fan. Great! The Rock Star no longer works for the Bucs. Great!!!!!#

  31. biff barker Says:

    Love for football? Maybe he was referring to MW19. Rap and caveman possee?
    Derek Ward? Love of BBQ?

  32. Philip Says:

    Why is Dominik called Rockstar?

  33. Kaptain Morgan Says:



  34. cbell96825 Says:

    Rockstars down fall was his selection of head coaches morris was to lax and schiano was a nazi he tried both ends of the spectrum two polar opposites when he needed someone with some balance he also put all his eggs in the freeman basket when in all reality freeman just wasnt cut out to be a franchise qb but dominick def had a decent eye for talent mccoy penn barron david martin williams so lets let up on him a little.

  35. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    How can you hate Mark Dominik. I think he meant well, but things just didn’t work out for him. Yes, he made many mistakes, but had Aaron Sears not went nuts, and Brian Price not been injured, and he looks like a genius.
    He meant well, and I enjoy seeing him on TV.

  36. Willy the Purple Helmeted Warror Says:

    I just don’t understand why people like to dance on other peoples grave.