Coaches who go 3-13 aren’t usually described as “very good” or “fantastic,” but those are among the words Tampa Bay Buccaneers General Manager Mark Dominik used to describe head coach Raheem Morris today.
Dominik, addressing the media at the Senior Bowl for the first time since the end of the regular season, said he thinks Morris has the team on the right track.
“I feel like Raheem did a very, very good job of keeping this football team upbeat and motivated,” Dominik said. “I think that was very, very important . I feel like Raheem did a fantastic job calling the defense and being head coach at the same time and I feel like it actually improved his head coaching ability.”
Dominik also defended his own decisions in player personnel, saying that even though the Bucs went from 9-7 in 2008 to 3-13 in 2009, he believes the team is in a better place than it was a year ago.
“I’m aware that 3-13 is the reality, but I’m still excited about the direction we’re headed,” Dominik said. “I really am. As you sit here today, you can pick apart the roster but I do believe that the guys that are in our locker room, the guys we added in 2009 and the success we had with our trades — every trade we made over the last 12 months — were all correct. All the decisions we had to make were difficult, but I believe they were correct and I do believe we had a successful draft last year.”
Dominik is doing his best to put a positive spin on a lousy season. Bucs fans can only hope that another “successful” offseason translates to a little more success in the standings.