Dominik Key To Lynch Success

February 4th, 2017

Critical to help John Lynch.

So late this afternoon or early evening, we will find out if columnist eye-RAH! Kaufman wielded his magic and convinced his fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame voters to put Bucs great John Lynch into Canton.

It’s already been a big week for Lynch, as he was named general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. And if he is to be successful near the Golden Gate, Lynch must hire former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik.

That’s the word from former Bucs scout, Jets pro player personnel director and kingpin of SiriusXM NFL Radio, Pat Kirwan.

In a recent Facebook Live video for his fabulous website, Real Football Network, Kirwan said Lynch has an uphill climb to successful in San Francisco unless he surrounds himself with the right guys, which includes Dominik.

“[Lynch] will be OK if he hires a minimum two veteran, seasoned personnel people behind him,” Kirwan said. “I would be more comfortable for John if Mike Shanahan, the father of the new coach, is on the staff somewhere … and then get a guy like Mark Dominik, somebody that has done it all before [to work] behind John.

“John needs a learning curve and he needs to be the face of the organization with real power players behind him. If [the 49ers] don’t do that, John will struggle.”

Joe thinks Kirwan is right on the mark. Lynch has zero experience running any sports organization. It’s a recipe for disaster. The comparison between Lynch and John Elway is misguided.

Elway had run a minor league team before taking over the Broncos. He had to make payroll budgets, oversee talent evaluation, foster player development. Lynch, like Matt Millen before him, who also left the FOX broadcast booth to run an NFL team, has done none of this.

Like Kirwan said, if Lynch surrounds himself with quality NFL folks and learns from them, he will do fine with the 49ers.

To be honest, Joe is much more concerned with Lynch being outfitted for a bust in Canton than if he can pull off wins on the left coast.

28 Responses to “Dominik Key To Lynch Success”

  1. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    if Lynch surrounds himself with quality NFL folks

    Amen brother. And it’s not just learning from Millen’s mistakes…it’s emulating other successful formulas in all walks of life. A person who is comfortable in their own skin and not paranoid can surround themselves with great people.

    This is what I love about the current Bucs. I think Licht is supremely confidant and has no problem listening to everybody in the room and taking the best advice without regards as to who gets the credit.

    I think Koetter is exactly the same as a coach. I love this current duo I think they think alike and work well with everybody and both men believe in their OWN abilities…they are not arrogant…just confidenent.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    ” if Lynch surrounds himself with quality NFL folks and learns from them”

    That is not the pop-star then!!!!! Even coach my scheme knew he was a terrible GM and negotiated with the Glazers that he would be fired when lovie interviewed for the Bucs head coaching job in Oct. 2013!!!!!!

  3. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Dominik would be a good hire for Lynch as long as they let him do everything BUT player personnel. If they let the popstar touch anything having to do with talent acquisition they’re screwed. But I think the book has already been written on Dominik around the league and I’m sure Lynch, Shanahan and Jed York have already read that book. I don’t see them letting the popstar do any talent evaluation, and certainly not allowing him to make decisions on draft picks or free agent signings.

  4. Tampa Tony Says:

    Quality and Dominiks draft record and awful player evaluation skills don’t really mesh. I know Don was nice to the media and made a lot of friends locally but he was an awful GM.

  5. richardtyson Says:

    When i read the title “Dominik Key To Lynch Success” I thought thats right, If Lynch does the opposite of what Dominic tells him to do or if Dominic doesnt intervene or give advice Lynch be will be successfull.

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Sure – If Lynch wants advice like:

    – “Don’t ever draft an offensive lineman. I mean never. Even if you make it to your 5th year in this job – don’t do it….”

    – “Don’t let a top player who is unhappy on another team get to free agency. Why wait and pay top dollar to lure such a player and ensure he’s healthy and wants to be here? – when you can see him get seriously injured in order to trade 1st and 3rd round picks so that you can then pay him 40% more than top dollar and get the pleasure of watching him rehab throughout the next season while he earns $1M per game.”

    – “If you draft a player high – let good and even great players in front of him go to other teams for nothing – You just gotta assume and BELIEVE your guy will turn into a stud despite 0 supporting evidence.”

  7. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Lynch has hired – Adam Peters

    *Note: Peters brought in top Broncos prospects like Von Miller, Chris Harris, C.J. Anderson and Malik Jackson — all key contributors to Denver’s victory in Super Bowl 50.

    Lynch does need DOM

    Always trying to plug your boy –smh

  8. Buddy Says:

    Dom has already been hired by the 49ers. it just hasn’t been reported due to super bowl coverage. So John will have a trusted person in his corner & ear on many different issues as they come up.

  9. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    So far

    John Lynch – General Manager
    Tom Gamble – Assistant General Manager
    Adam Peters – Director of Pro Personnel
    Brian Hampton – Director of Football Administration & Analytics

    So are saying DOM – would leave ESPN for …

    Director of College Scouting?
    National Scout?
    Regional Scout?

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Think he would go with his EX-teammate Martin Mayhew over DOM

  11. Joseph Mamma Says:

    If he can’t find a QB then it won’t matter who he surrounds himself with. That’s the most important piece by far.

  12. Tampa Tony Says:

    Dominik hasn’t been hired and I’d wager the Joes a nice bet he doesn’t get hired.

    Joes if Dominik doesn’t get a job with the 49ers stop referring to him as a Rockstar if he gets hired I’ll donate $100 to your favorite charity. You already lost our bet about Mike Smith getting a head coaching gig here’s a chance to redeem yourself

  13. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Agree with your observation. The Niners like all NFL teams need a solid QB to succeed.

    I’m not sure they have totally given up on Kaepernik..I’m sure that will be Shanahan’s call rather than Lynch. After all Kaepernik did lead the Niners to a Super Bowl..and then the next year led them to the NFC Conference final before losing to the Seahawks.

    What changed? Did Kaepernik suddenly suckkk? Did the league finally after two years figure him and and cutting off his running lanes force him to beat them with his arm? Or was firing Harbaugh the dumbest move in recent memory and losing Harbaugh and having a string of horrid coaches effect Kaepernik.

    I’m not on the West Coast so I do not know. Just that there are a LOT of unanswered questions about Kaepernik that Shanahan will answer. There are certainly no “sexy” choices for QB in this year’s draft. The most famous QB is like a smaller Kaepernik…I just do not see dumping Kaepernik for DeShaun Watson…the kid from ND is the top prospect but he’s far from exciting. Maybe he played on a poor team…I did not see the Irish other than one quarter this year.

    Kaepernik has a year left on his restructured two year deal but he has the right to void 2017 and become an FA. Given what the Niners have agreed to pay I’d be surprised if he’s not a Niner in ’17 unless Shanahan went in and told him to look for another deal.

  14. LakeLandBuc Says:

    This John Lynch hire makes Zero sense. There’s a ton of guys who have worked in several different Front Office positions. Guys who have worked from the bottom to the top. Some have 10-20 years of Hands On experience . But the 49ers goes out and hire a guy with Zero experience.

  15. LakeLandBuc Says:

    People are saying that Colin Kaepernick suck this season. But in reality Kap had one of the better season for a QB in 2016, the 49ers suck, but Kap didn’t. In 10 games Kap had 2241 Passing Yards, 16 TDs,4 INT, 59% completion rate, 90.7 passing rate. And he ran for 468 yards, there’s no way Kap suck this season. The team suck because of a untalented roster, but Kap is still a quality QB.

  16. Buccfan37 Says:

    I like the 49ers because they suck. Sucky teams are no threat. It’s the teams who hog the playoff picture year after year that gripe my a$$. Die mfers die. I think Lynch will steadily improve SF.

  17. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    You’re spot on. A HUGE part of the reason Kaepernik is dissed…of course the pre-game protests…in addition a giant Fro and totally tatted up bothers “some” folks. I got no problem with any of it. I just want to see what he produces and you’re correct…he actually had a decent year playing for a team with NO defense and a “college” coach with no clue about the NFL.

    Shanahan will figure it out. If K is finished…Shanahan will stick a fork in him…if he’s simply been misused by unqualified coaches Shanahan will make him a winner again.

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Remember our former GM Rich McKay had zero – experience as a GM.
    Correct me If I’m wrong – but wasn’t he a corporate attorney – before he joined the ranks.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Rich McKay’s – Crew when he took office
    • Jerry Angelo (1987 -2005)
    • Tim Ruskell (1987- 2005)
    • Ruston Webster (1988 – 2005)
    • John Idzik Jr. (1993 – 2004)

    As been noted – When Rich McKay joined the organization in 93′- he had zero experience when he took Bucs GM position. Yet with the help of the above men, built the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a decade long power and playoff run.

    Per McKay:

    “When I took the job I took (as Bucs GM) and I had no business getting the job. But you know what? The people around me that a lot of other people had written off too, helped me.”

  20. MOTLEY BOY Says:

    Lord help, you know it’s the offseason when we have post about former players and GM. Can’t wait for the draft!!!!

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Kaepernik blew his career when he started taking a knee during the anthem.

  22. mhall085 Says:

    Dominik let Michael Bennett walk for NO GOOD REASON. He also signed MRSA-Toe Nicks to one of the worst contracts in recent Bucs memory. He also traded up for Josh Freeman.

    He’s a clown.

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    LUVMYBUCS, but he was also extremely familiar with the organization.

  24. Joe Says:

    Lord help, you know it’s the offseason when we have post about former players and GM.

    Guess you don’t read Joe often? Joe always posts about ex-players and GMs when they are in the news, and they are very much in the news this week.

  25. LakeLandBuc Says:

    When Kyle Shanahan first got the HC job with the 49ers. My first thought was that he would hire Falcons Assistant GM Scott Pioli as his GM. I know Pioli had a rough outing in KC, but he have learned from his mistakes in KC. For the past three seasons in Atlanta, he has done an excellent job as Assistant GM. Scott Pioli has 25 years of experience, working in several Front Office positions.

  26. Eric Says:

    This one takes the cake.

    He has to hire the rock star to be successful?


  27. James Walker Says:

    Lynch probably has a 150 IQ. He will be fine.

  28. Destinjohnny Says:

    Good at the structure but don’t let him
    Anywhere near anything do with the drafting of players