Dominik Says Don’t Assume DE

Published: February 28th, 2011
By Bucstats.com

Is there any way we can have one downlineman and six linebackers on the field at once? Because that would be awesome.
In an press conference at the combine this weekend, Mark Dominik told everyone listening that people shouldn’t just take for granted that the Bucs will select a defensive end in the first round despite the fact that they’ve been planning it that way for two years.

“Don’t pigeon-hole us,” Dominik said.

The article goes on to talk about how the Bucs could take a 3-4 edge rusher since the defense is playing so many 3-man fronts lately and Raheem Morris insists that they’re going to keep going that direction.

“We’re definitely looking to use a lot more of those (odd) kinds of fronts,” Morris said earlier this offseason. “We don’t want to be predictable. We don’t want people to look at us and say, ‘Oh, they do this all the time.’ “

“This” = “get to the quarterback”

Mark Dominik has been praised lately as a smart draft master who can see trends a couple years ahead. He knew last year was going to be deep with defensive tackles and that this year was going to be deep with defensive ends, so he planned his drafts accordingly. Mike Mayock has called this season the deepest he has seen for defensive ends, so that’s where the value is. Are there good linebackers? Of course there are. But is Justin Houston (Georgia) (the first OLB likely available at #20) as good a value as, say, Ryan Kerrigan (Purdue) or Cameron Jordan (Cal) or J.J. Watt (Wisconsin)? I’d say no. So all this talk is really just part of the web of lies each team spins in order to create doubt as to who they will draft so they can get the guy they want or maximize the value of their pick. DAMN LYING LIARS!

Did you know the Bucs used to plan their drafts from back to front?

For example, instead of concentrating on the back of the draft first, the way they did last year, the Bucs began their preparation for this year’s draft by looking at the players projected to go in the early rounds.

“Yeah, we started looking at the Big Dogs right away,” Dominik said. “And that threw (our scouts and coaches) off a little bit. But that’s the idea. We have to be prepared for anything, all the time.”

Doesn’t it seem so much harder to start at the back? If someone really good falls to you in the first or second round, wouldn’t that mess up who you’re looking at in the later rounds? I guess they have multiple options for each position in each round, but that just seems hard and I don’t like things that take too much thinking. I’d prefer to pick my football players like I pick my women — either take the one that accepts the cash I’m offering or just club the one I want over the head and throw him in the trunk.

Dominik Says Don’t Assume DE

Published: February 28th, 2011
By Bucstats.com

Is there any way we can have one downlineman and six linebackers on the field at once? Because that would be awesome.
In an press conference at the combine this weekend, Mark Dominik told everyone listening that people shouldn’t just take for granted that the Bucs will select a defensive end in the first round despite the fact that they’ve been planning it that way for two years.

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