Dominik Applauds Jameis

May 25th, 2016
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Now sees the light.

It seems former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik is now on the righteous side of America.

Dominik, a budding NFL media superstar, has worked for BSPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio since his days running the Bucs. Naturally, when you give an opinion, a strong opinion, and repeat the opinion over and over, one is bound to rub some folks the wrong way.

And given how Dominik now offers opinions for a living, he is sure to create enemies.

In the build up to last year’s draft — which gets old and tiresome some two weeks after the NFL Scouting Combine much less eight weeks afterwards — Dominik was pretty adamant he would not have selected America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, No. 1 overall if he was Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht.

Dominik was just too spooked by the supposed ghosts in Jameis’ past, that apparently existed only in talk radio and shameful, fiction films masked as documentaries aimed at the wine and brie crowd who not only don’t know the difference between a down marker and a field goal post, but like to lecture others on how to live while they sip chardonnay after tennis lessons, lounging in their exclusive country clubs in the Hamptons and Hyannis Port, plotting the next week’s yachting venture and an outing to a carefully manicured golf course.

If Joe had any quibble with Dominik’s draft philosophy, it was he seemed to lean more towards boy scouts than football players. Joe is not suggesting Dominik should have trolled penitentiaries for talent, but the Myron Lewis’ of the world, no matter how nice they are, don’t always translate their interpersonal skills to the football field. At the end of the day, it’s about football, not being a daily communicate.

But Dominik has seen the light (Licht?). He still lives in Tampa and still has contacts with the Bucs and of course, his inner circle of NFL friends and colleagues, and he sees and hears things about Jameis that few others outside the NFL do.

Thus, Dominik has come to embrace America, and lauds Jameis — and Licht indirectly for drafting him — per Mike Sando of BSPN.

Sando is giving out his team offseason grades which are based on information from BSPN insiders Bill Polian (who is angered by the jettisoning of Coach My Scheme), Louis Riddick and Dominik.

“People had concerns about him coming out of college, and he has done everything the right way, and for that you have to applaud,” Dominik said.

It warms Joe’s heart to see Dominik finally on board with Jameis. How could one not be?

As far as Polian and Riddick discussing the Bucs, Riddick is giddy over Noah Spence but not seeing the value in Vernon Hargreaves. Polian, meanwhile, is not sold on Spence but thinks as a second round pick Spence is not a bad selection. Polian, however, is very high on Vernon Hargreaves.

You can read it all in the link above while you stand and sing “America the Beautiful.”

33 Responses to “Dominik Applauds Jameis”

  1. MadMax Says:


  2. Mojiska Says:

    He seems to have put the college stuff behind him, but he did have red flags, you can’t deny it. To me the big question was whether those flags were just a kid doing dumb kid things or a lack of processing and maturing? He has so far shown that it was just kid stuff, and hope (and think) that all that jazz is behind him. But remember, just a year prior a guy who had red flags that were passed up as being just a kid being a kid is now out of the league all together and going through some serious problems. There was no guarantee that James would mature out of it, it was at best an educated guess he would. Good call by Licht.

  3. I know why Says:

    Ask Rick Stroud and he will say “good job by Lovie” Ive heard him say that multiple times, meaning Lovie carried the banner for Winston and for that Buc fans should be thankful.

  4. BucTrooper Says:

    Top to bottom this article brings my pee to a rolling boil.

    “People had concerns about him coming out of college?” Notice he leaves himself out of the equation.

    And it cracks me up that someone who was an absolute dumpster fire as a talent evaluator gets a paycheck for his opinion on the subject. We might as well go to Rosie O’Donnell for her review of P90X.

  5. I know why Says:

    Here we go again….every GM misses on free agents, draft picks etc. So what do you judge him on? W/L? He drafted THREE 1st team AP players in 5 drafts, only three other clubs could do better. If its poor contracts, Michael Johnson, Henry Melton, Collins, Bruce Carter I can add more if you’d like. So you go to W/L, well then the Bucs need to go 10-6 for Licht to have more wins that the Dom over the first three years. Look he said he’d take Mariota but is giving Winston credit where credit is do.

  6. bee Says:

    And this is why he doesn’t work in the NFL anymore, he can’t recognize talent.

  7. HarlemBuc Says:

    Best damn article you’ve ever written Joe!!!
    Faith restored… Thank you.

  8. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Offered more $ than Washington for Albert Haynesworth.

    Matt Millen drafted a Hall of Famer, does that forgive his horribleness too? Even the absolute worst GM’s are bound to some players drafted who are good. When you draft that high, that often, even a blind squirrel will get a few acorns….

    Worst decision? Probably allowing his new head coach with zero experience as both a head coach, and also as a personnel guy to influence who he chose as the next franchise QB. You work your entire career to get to be THE guy, and you allow Raheem to influence your choice? Good job Mr. Softee. Should have told Rah to pound sand and keep his mouth shut.

    And if he actually wanted Freeman? I’m not sure which is worse. “It’s all about #5″…..

  9. I know why Says:

    Last ANYONE reported Dom didn’t hire Raheem, Ill stop and let the trolls pile on.

  10. Rrsrq Says:

    So pop star can change his mind and doesn’t get blasted by Joe for carrying the anti-draft Jameis banner, we were futile under pop star, but father Dungy say draft MM because he actually had a working knowledge of MM personally, you get my point, double standard, but it’s Joes site

  11. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    Next you will tell me the Glazer’s gave Rah control of the roster and the draft.

    Some coaches do get that control or a portion. Please try to sell us that first time anywhere HC Rah got such control. Dom got his first big break at his dream job and ceded to a guy who has ZERO experience in personnel. Brilliant.

    You seem to infer Dominik is as good a GM as Licht. Please confirm so it’s on the record for use in the coming years.

  12. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:


    Do you still think Dungy never got another NFL job after being fired by the Bucs?

    That was a good one.

  13. BucTrooper Says:

    Dear L&WD,

    I think Dominik’s worst move was resigning Michael Clayton. He was free and clear and Dominik apparently liked what he saw to give him $10m guaranteed.

  14. I know why Says:

    I was talking about Dungy after his job with the Colts, good grief man. Nope I think Dom had control of the draft and he took Freeman no doubt. Could you please tell me how any first year coach doesn’t have personnel experience? They do work in the league and are certainly part of personnel decisions so Rah had experience in that area.

  15. Waterboy Says:

    Still not much there, he’s still waiting for an I told you so moment to pop up.

  16. OneBuc55 Says:

    Thank God we got rid of Dominic…GMC, LVD, & Doug Martin was the best draft picks he ever made…his worst move was of “letting Michael Bennett walk for no good reason”…

  17. Joe Says:


    To the best of Joe’s knowledge, Dominik wasn’t twisting anyone’s arm at One Buc to draft MM (including the Glazers). Nor did Dominik launch a public and personal campaign locally to whip up folks to squeeze the Bucs to draft MM and disparage Jameis. If that is a double standard by Joe, then Joe wears the badge proudly.

  18. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    You said:

    “I know why Says:
    May 18th, 2016 at 11:18 am

    @Love. Are coach Gruden and coach Dungy bad coaches because they never got rehired or did they find a great career in the media?”

    Dungy retired. Or was that lost on you? Also, I have to say, huge balls on you to compare two Super Bowls winners, both on the good side of .500 football with Dominik. Nice!!

    Also, in your determination, literally all coaches in the entire league have personnel experience, since they work with players. I think we both know the difference.

    Again, are you saying Dominik and Licht are comparable? You seemed to infer that in comparing drafts, FA signings, and w/l records.

  19. ben Says:

    I think Joe and J. Winston are family because Joe keeps talking and giving Mr. Winston names like “America’s qb” and writes about him ALL the time….geez

  20. Joe Says:

    I think Joe and J. Winston are family because Joe keeps talking and giving Mr. Winston names like “America’s qb” and writes about him ALL the time….geez

    Yeah, because Joe knows Bucs fans want to read a helluva lot more about, oh, Hey Jude than the Pro Bowl quarterback. smh

  21. road warrior Says:

    If Bill Polian is upset from the firing of coach my scheme why would anyone in Tampa bay give a duce about what he says. Dominik’s opinions are like aholes.

  22. Buccaneers Says:

    Jeez Jason Licht has been here only two years and fans are telling us how much better Dominick was? There no excuses, Licht hasn’t built a winner yet but can we let him finish what he has built before anointing Dominick the king of the sh/t hill? I’m pretty sure Jason’s goal is not to be better then the GMs we’ve had that ran the franchise into the ground.

    And you can also take Dominicks All-pros and stuff it. That’s because Licht drafted a franchise QB which trumps AP DT or RB. Anybody who knows football knows that.

    The whole argument is dump because both GMs have the same goal….build a perrianal winner. One of the failed the other is still working at it. Let’s set our sights for Licht higher then being better then a bad GM.

  23. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    I think Joe and J. Winston are family because Joe keeps talking and giving Mr. Winston names like “America’s qb” and writes about him ALL the time….geez

    Yea, I mean “geez”!!!!!

    When I come to a bucs blog the LAST thing I want to read about is our 22 year old pro-bowl quarterback. I mean how many posts do I have to read about the future of the franchise, the guy who’s going to lead us to the promised land, and the leader of the team?

    Joe, why in the world do you think news about our pro-bowl quarterback is something any Bucs fan would ever want to read. I come here for Kenny Bell news and THATS IT

  24. DB55 Says:

    more about, oh, Hey Jude than the Pro Bowl quarterback.
    It’s “Hey Jude your man is wide open again” get it right Sir! Jk.

    I’m just here so I don’t get fined.

  25. America's Commenter Says:

    You lost me at Dominik. Was he the worst GM in NFL history? I can’t think of anyone worse.

  26. BucTrooper Says:

    ❤️^^. I don’t know if he was the worst in the NFL of all time. Matt Millen is up there. He was undeniably the worst in Bucs history.

  27. d-roca Says:

    Good rant on the wine n brie crowd joe. Thats good stuff there. Go bucs

  28. Buc1987 Says:

    The greatest GM in Buccaneers history!!!!

  29. DoNUTS Says:

    Story diversity is one of the more difficult challenges of sports writing. We are currently in the Winston-Joe moon phase. Its tough to write when there is really nothing going on at 1buc.

    We could talk crickets but that would just make me think of Chris Thomas and all his funny characters again.

  30. Jbeachbuc Says:

    Preach it!!!

  31. richardtyson Says:

    Really? Are we really debating on whether Dominic was a good GM or not? Ok, here’s a stat…Out of 36 draft picks by Dominic…are you ready for this?…only 6 of those draft picks started 10 or more games last season in the ENTIRE NFL! There is nothing “rock star” about it! That’s just bad man!

  32. The Buc Realist Says:

    LOL, that is so rockstar!!!!! As always one year later he learns he is dead wrong!!!!! This guy is the Charlie Brown of GM’s!!!!!!!

    # worst Gm in Bucs History!!!!

  33. BucTrooper Says: