February 02, 2012 at 03:44pm by Scott • 7 Comments »
Part of Mark Dominik‘s interview process while searching for a head coach involved some self-scouting. He asked the candidates what they thought of the current team, where they thought the team’s strengths and weaknesses are, how they thought the drafts went, etc. I don’t know why they spent all that money flying around and interviewing these coaches when literally thousands of Bucs fans would have been happy to give them this information for free. After the first few, they’d probably do them from behind plexiglass, but still free is free.
Anyway, Dominik didn’t reveal everything they told him. But he did share what some of those guys thought of the defensive line.
“I think a lot of people, including ourselves, (wonder),” Dominik said. “Let’s be candid and honest: Gerald McCoy hasn’t played a lot of football in the past two years. Da’Quan Bowers played at the end of the year. (Adrian) Clayborn’s played one year and (Brian) Price has been off and on. There’s a nucleus of defensive linemen that we’re still trying to figure out, myself included. But as we talked to people about the defensive front four and the quarterback and the pieces around them, they were intriguing for coaches.”
We were all pretty sure that the quarterback and defensive line were the strengths of this team, but at least now we have Mike Sherman‘s validation, which is worth exactly as much as it sounds. And I don’t think Dominik would have told us that coaches reamed him over draft picks and told him that his linebackers suck platypus dong, so who knows to what extent they gave their criticisms of the team. But it’s nice to hear something besides “follow the plan” or “stay the course” or whatever else they were saying that made it sound like they thought everything was A-OK.