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Evaluating the "Evaluator"


This Buc'Em fanpost is presented to shed some light on our present GM - Mark Dominik. This is the man firmly entrenched behind the "War Room" doors... if you will. The original story here has been abbreviated a bit because of some content issues, but still a halfway decent read. Halfway.


A brief Dominik bio: His first NFL position came working as a scout with the Chiefs. I am unsure of the duration. He first arrived in Tampa Bay as a Pro Personnel Assistant in 1995. Dominik was promoted to pro scout in 1998. In 2000, he was promoted again, to the position of Pro Personnel Coordinator. In 2004, he was named the Bucs Pro Personnel Director. Beginning the 2009 season, he finds himself behind the helm, now piloting the mighty Buccaneer leviathan.

The following thoughts were taken from the Kansas City Chiefs NFL blog - Arrowheadpride.com. They were discussing the prospect of the Chiefs hiring Mark Dominik as GM after the 2008 season. The article suggests that he was not a strong GM candidate because he lacked the experience based on the other candidates interviewed.

It appears that the some of the Chiefs fans had some questions about Dominiks possible hiring as well. Some thought he would try to retain Herman Edwards because of their relationship in Tampa. In an unrelated note, Charlie Campbell of the PewterReport.com has reported that apparently, several months ago, Mark Dominik hired "accomplished" football man Bill Rees to serve as draft consultant in chief. Rees was a college coach and a key recruiter at UCLA during their glory days of the 1980s, and also a co-worker of Dominik when they were both with the Chiefs. He has also worked as an NFL personnel director, most recently with the Cleveland Browns in 2008. Yes, I said Cleveland. Sources working for NFL teams say that this is very rare occurance - for a team to hire an outside consultant to do team draft evaluations. If you have confidence in your own staff, you don't need an outside source. That is why you hire a Director of College Scouting. Hmmm...

Sources say Rees is protecting the team from getting "tunnel vision" regarding draft prospects. The Bucs seem to view Rees' hiring as a way to get another view on college talent from outside their own building. Of course, it’s unknown how much influence Rees has on the Bucs draft.

This discovery adds a peculiar twist for Tampa Bay fans to chew on. I'm just sayin...

 

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