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December 30, 2013 @ 10:12 am
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Dominik Fired After Five Years As Bucs General Manager

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The Buccaneers have fired Mark Dominik, who has been with the team since 1995 and served as Tampa Bay's general manager since 2009. Dominik's record of 28-52 during his five-year stint was his undoing, as the Bucs only produced one winning season in 2010 and never made the playoffs.
The Buccaneers have fired general manager Mark Dominik along with head coach Greg Schiano following the team’s disappointing 4-12 season. Dominik compiled a record of 28-52 during his five-year reign as Tampa Bay’s general manager.

"The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction," the Glazers said in a statement released by the team. "Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals."

The Glazers will begin looking for a new general manager immediately and may look inward towards director of player personnel Shelton Quarles or director of college scouting Eric Stokes, or to former capologist Kevin Demoff, who is the chief operating officer in St. Louis. Arizona director of player personnel Jason Licht, Pittsburgh director of business and football administration Omar Khan, Green Bay director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst and Denver director of player personnel Matt Russell are other hot names that could be possibilities.

After a 3-13 season in 2009, his first year after replacing former general manager Bruce Allen, Dominik helped produce the only winning campaign of his tenure in 2010 as the Bucs went 10-6, but failed to make the playoffs. The Glazers fired head coach Raheem Morris the following season after the Bucs plummeted to a 4-12 mark, but Dominik survived, as Morris was the coach he inherited rather than hired.

After failing to lure Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, Dominik got to hire his own coach in 2012 with former Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, who signed a five-year, $15-million contract in late January. But like Dominik, Schiano was also fired on Monday, following Tampa Bay's 42-17 loss at New Orleans.

The organization was affected by an outbreak of staph infections and MRSA this year, and Dominik came under fire with how he handled the containment of the infection and situation of kicker Lawrence Tynes, who contracted MRSA in his foot in August and may never be able to play again. Pro Bowl left guard Carl Nicks, who was signed in 2012, also contracted MRSA and was limited to just two games in 2013 due to MRSA after missing the final nine games of 2012 due to a toe injury. The underachievement of Tampa Bay's overpaid offensive line was a big reason for the team's woeful record this year.

Dominik, who has risen up the ranks through the pro personnel department since he arrived from Kansas City in 1995, has had a mixed bag of success with player acquisition during his stint as general manager. While Dominik worked in the pro personnel department, he discovered Quarles playing linebacker in the Canadian Football League and played a role in signing him to the Buccaneers in 1997. Quarles would win a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers in 2002 and join Dominik in the front office, working as the team’s pro personnel director years later.

In 2006, Dominik insisted the team sign undrafted free agent left Donald Penn off Minnesota’s practice squad. After making his debut in 2007, Penn has been the Bucs’ starting left tackle for the last seven years, and has over 100 career starts in red and pewter. Dominik also re-signed Penn and Pro Bowl right guard Davin Joseph to contract extensions, keeping both in Tampa Bay. Those moves panned out well until this season as both players struggled in 2013.

In his first season as the Bucs general manager, Dominik traded for Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow, who would break several Tampa Bay records for tight ends in terms of catches and yards per season. He later fortified the special teams with the addition of kicker Connor Barth and punter Michael Koenen, and re-signed long snapper Andrew Economos.

But some of Dominik’s biggest moves have come recently in free agency. He was able to land Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson and Nicks in 2012 and lured both to Tampa Bay to play for Schiano, who hadn’t coached a down in the NFL yet. This past season, Dominik signed Pro Bowl safety Dashon Goldson and traded for four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, who also earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2013.

After failing in his first draft as general manager in 2009, Dominik landed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, a two-time Pro Bowler, in the first round of the 2010 draft. His best draft came with Schiano two years later as Tampa Bay selected strong safety Mark Barron in the first round and then traded up to get running back Doug Martin near the end of the first round. Dominik then traded up in the second round to draft linebacker Lavonte David, who has been the team’s leading tackler and best player the last two seasons.

The 2013 draft saw the team land a starting cornerback in Johnthan Banks, a starting quarterback in Mike Glennon, who broke several Tampa Bay rookie records this season, a starting nose tackle in Akeem Spence, a starting defensive end in Will Gholston and a promising running back in Mike James.

But as promising as all of that talent is, it wasn’t enough to prevent the Bucs from finishing better than 4-12 and saving Dominik’s job.

Dominik had his share of costly misses in the offseason that played a part in his dismissal. There is not a single player remaining from the 2009 draft, and Dominik’s first-ever pick, quarterback Josh Freeman, never panned out and failed to keep his starting job in Tampa Bay this season. After completing less than 50 percent of his passes during the team’s 0-3 start, Freeman was benched and ultimately released during the bye week.

There were also misses in free agency where Dominik re-signed wide receiver Michael Clayton to a lucrative, wasteful, five-year, $26 million contract in 2009, in addition to signing running back Derrick Ward to a four-year, $17-million deal. Ward and Clayton were both busts and released a year later.

In 2012, Dominik added cornerback Eric Wright in free agency, signing him to a five-year, $37.5-million contract. Wright missed several games due a PED suspension and injuries and was released the next year.

Dominik also failed to find an adequate replacement for losing defensive end Michael Bennett in free agency this year. Bennett, who signed with Seattle, led the Bucs in sacks last season with nine, and the combined sack total of every defensive end on the roster was only 10. In 2011, Dominik selected defensive end Adrian Clayborn with the team’s first-round pick over pass rusher Cameron Jordan, who just made the Pro Bowl for the Saints with 12.5 sacks, who selected Jordan right after the Bucs in the first round.

Outside of drafting McCoy, Dominik has tried and failed to upgrade the talent on the defensive line. Defensive tackle Brian Price, a second-round pick in 2010, was a bust, as was defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, the team’s second-rounder in 2011. Aside from David and linebacker Mason Foster, who was a third-round pick in 2011, the Bucs have drafted poorly in the second and third rounds under Dominik, with names like wide receiver Arrelious Benn (2010 second round) and cornerback Myron Lewis (2010 third round) joining the ranks of Freeman, Price and Bowers as high-round draft busts under Dominik.

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    If you are going to spell out Schiano's 11-21 record as coach in his headline wouldn't it make sense to point out Dominik's 28-52 record as GM in his? I know it's in the first paragraph but if you are going to label one guy in such a way wouldn't it be prudent to do so for the other?
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    It is key that the Bucs get a good "FOOTBALL GUY" to be their next GM. Please do not even think about bringing back CAP HELL McKay. Also we do not need any has beens like Charlie Casserly. This is going to be an important hire that could affect the Bucs for years so the Glazers had better get it right. Lovie Smith is a good choice for Head Coach but here again it is important that he hires the right Assistant Coaches and Co-ordinators. Rich Bisaccia would be a nice additon and since he is with the Dallas Cowboys right now he might be willing to return to Tampa Bay. I am glad the Bucs made this decision and starting over is never easy but this is the right directionand it needed to be dione now.Just please make the right deciaons for Head Coach and GM. GO BUCS
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    I am surprised that Dominik was fired because I thought he did enough to stay another year. I do understand that having the GM and Head Coach spots open could raise an eyebrow for a successful NFL Head Coach to come in here and run everything, but that usually doesn't turn out so good either.
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    Horse, you thought he did enough... Like going and getting us a veteran DE to play LE and mentor all the young guys... Like drafting a NT in round 4 who was undersized and had 25% body-fat to be our starter... Like finding us a nickel corner (5 years as GM and he NEVER had us field 3 solid corners)... Like getting an injury prone guy who couldn't handle back up minutes in Green Bay to be our starter at TE... Like getting us a real pass catching 3rd down back to relieve the pressure from our QBs... Like the kind of pressure that comes on a QB when all the WRs the GM signs can only run intermeadiate and long pass routes well... Like Dominik thinking a coach who out recruited all teams in the Big East but couldn't beat those geniuses even though he had more talent... Mark Dominik, form the moment the Bucs won the Superbowl has wrestled more and more power to reach the pinnacle of the Bucs organization and the whole while he has been nothing more then a smooth talking albatross wrapped tightly around this franchises neck slowly, painfully sucking the life out our beloved organization.
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    Oh..I forgot John Lynch as well...funny...it even mentions that draft on the Bengals Web Page in the SB nation.... http://www.cincyjungle.com/2013/6/5/4396780/the-firing-of-sam-wyche-and-bengals-news-and-notes So just to reinforce your point...yes...we didn't do very well in the draft during much of the Dungy/ McKay era. The Keyshawn Johnson trade? I remember that I was visiting Disney when we traded up to pick up Kenyatta....Kenyatta Walker...DARN YOU!!!!!...see what you did?
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    Oh..I forgot John Lynch as well...funny...it even mentions that draft on the Bengals Web Page in the SB nation.... http://www.cincyjungle.com/2013/6/5/4396780/the-firing-of-sam-wyche-and-bengals-news-and-notes So just to reinforce your point...yes...we didn't do very well in the draft during much of the Dungy/ McKay era. The Keyshawn Johnson trade? I remember was visiting Disney when we traded up to pick up Kenyatta....Kenyatta Walker...DARN YOU!!!!!...see what you did?
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    Oh..I forgot John Lynch as well...funny...it even mentions that draft on the Bengals Website in the SB nation.... http://www.cincyjungle.com/2013/6/5/4396780/the-firing-of-sam-wyche-and-bengals-news-and-notes So just to reinforce your point...yes...we didn't do very well in the draft during much of the Dungy/ McKay era. The Keyshawn Johnson trade? I remember was visiting Disney when we traded up to pick up Kenyatta....Kenyatta Walker...DARN YOU!!!!!...see what you did?
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    Kindert...you know, it wasn't personal....Dom seems to be a great guy. From my experience in Management, I just know that it is much easier to eliminate all the problem instead of just part of it...particularly when everyone has had plenty of chances to make things successful. The key is the GM...A good GM will help obtain a good coach. The Glazers sign the HC and then find a GM to work with the HC, and you have undermined the GM from day one. I also hope the Glazers give the GM much more authority than I think Dom likely had. It is different when you promote a guy into a job he is unproven and having to grow into a job, and when you hire an experience professional that has methods and procedures in their experience to do the job and proven competency. Let's face it...doing the Rah/Dom thing had a high probability of failure....neither guy had any real experience and we were trusting two guys to learn their new jobs at the same time....and all the talk about "hot candidates" was likely smoke from those, hoping we would take that chance. Anyway...we need NFL experience at one Buc....GM, Coach and staff, personnel...that is the order.
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    scubog.. I remember John also but as I recall Rich and Tony did not have very good drafts and a lot of people were glad to see Rich leave for Atlanta. He was also asked to step down as GM in Atlanta but was not fired as he was a friend of Blanks.
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    Solid points....Like I said elsewhere...Wyche was involved in the Sapp/Brooks draft....take those guys out and Rich's draft record start to slide....McCray...the Sandman...Curry...wow....all those frightening memories started flooding back to me.
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    Oh..I forgot John Lynch as well...funny...it even mentions that draft on the Bengals Website in the SB nation.... http://www.cincyjungle.com/2013/6/5/4396780/the-firing-of-sam-wyche-and-bengals-news-and-notes So just to reinforce your point...yes...we didn't do very well in the draft during much of the Dungy/ McKay era.
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    Now the Glazers have to figure out why top coaching candidates don't want to come to the Bucs. Hey, we live in paradise. Would you rather live in Philly or here? Even our ex coaches live here. I would love to have either Tony Dungy or Jon Gruden back. BUT the Glazers would have to eat a lot of humble pie.
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    Most large companies make mistakes when they promote from within rather than doing a national search. Not drafting Cameron Jordan was a huge mistake BUT so was not drafting Luke Kuechley instead of Mark Baron. Baron is good - Kuechley is a future Hall of Famer. Listening to Raheem Morris and drafting Josh Freeman Has cost the Bucs 2-3 years in development. I could go on and on about his mistakes. I am just happy the were both held accountable and walked the plank!
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    KINDERRT: To set the record straight for you. When the "Throw McKay in the Bay" slogan was being put on tee shirts and elsewhere, Richie McKay was attending Jesuit High. His famous father John, for whom the quip was made led this expansion team to within 9 points of the Superbowl in year four. Richie became a front office man and GM in 1995 and was, in part, responsible for the 2003 Championship.
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    @mark2001.... We got our wish, Dominik & Schiano gone. Agree with no Lovie, no McKay. For those who don't remember, we wanted to throw McKay in the bay. The Glazers did the right thing but need to finish the job and make it a hat trick and fire Hickey. Then make two great hires for GM and HC. Would let the new GM hire the HC and then find us a real NFL QB.
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    "The 2013 draft saw the team land a starting cornerback in Johnthan Banks, a starting quarterback in Mike Glennon..." Just because a player is starting doesn't mean they are a starting caliber player. Who was going to start in place of these two? Leonard Johnson? Orlovsky? Stop with the hyperbole!
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    Charley Casserly ,16 pro bowlers drafted in 16 yrs as a gm.3 superbowls won.And the Texans team that has drafted terribly since he was fired.
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    Likeable guy, but you are what your record says you are! I would also not be surprised if the next GM dumps his pal Dennis Hickey and promotes Eric Stokes to Director of Player Personnel. Time to clean house top to bottom.
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    Quick, someone pull the press conference clip of Dominik lecturing the media on why he had to trade a 2nd and a 5th round pick to move up and take Arrelious Benn when Golden Tate was also available and falling by telling the media that because Tate fell much further he was clearly not as well regarded as Benn a WR who was coming off 490 yards and 2 TD's for Illiniois that year.
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    Good article...it lays the history out fairly. Too many mistakes...a GM can't survive that. I just can't figure why he never caught more heat from the media. You Scott, probably were the best at laying it out. BTW Scott...hear rumors about McKay...you and I remember how the Gruden era played out here. Marvin Louis, the rift between the boys and Richie about SB credit, his bomb last draft....which he either slept through or worse, his leaving in the middle of the season, and sitting in Blanks private box during the game against the Bucs. Why would anyone in their right mind think the Glazers would swallow those insults and crawl back to him?
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    I liked Dom but he did make a bunch of bone head moves in the last 4 years.
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    Relief.....I liked alot of what Dominick did....but he brought us Schiano...he had to go.
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    YEEESSSSS!!! I love it! Taking Barron over Kueckly may have put me over the edge, but our poor TE, WR and O-line situation this year definitely put the nail in the coffin. Let's get a GM who knows what a NFL QB should be and what offensive players look like. Go Bucs!
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    Like I said....Dom had to go...cutting Schiano was necessary as well, I guess. I understand why we would want a clean start, so I am fine with that. Good luck coach....NOT LOVIE...Ian, you can't be serious. Did you see the Chicago D this year? When they cut him, the bears were running dry....going no where. We don't need that. Tomlin would be a different story...he would be great.
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