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Bucs take exception to suggestion they look past character

Mike Williams

Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik didn’t take kindly to a suggestion that he looked past character concerns with his 2010 rookies.

“I don’t believe we have [cut corners] at all on character,” Dominik told reporters at the Scouting Combine, via the Tampa Tribune.

Receiver Mike Williams and running back LeGarrette Blount both had their share of issues in college.  Joe Henderson makes the case, however, that they are hard-working kids that are well respected in the locker room.

Henderson suggests anyone that believes the Bucs don’t care about character haven’t been paying attention.  While there have been exceptions under Dominik’s watch (Jerramy Stevens hanging around, Tanard Jackson), we agree with the overall message.

The Bucs have a likable and talented young core of players.  It’s great if they have character, but it’s more important they are productive.

“Mike Williams led all rookie receivers in receiving yardage and catches and LeGarrette Blount led all rookies in rushing and yet Josh Freeman is still younger than both of them,” Dominik pointed out.

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8 Responses to “Bucs take exception to suggestion they look past character”
  1. FoozieGrooler says: Mar 1, 2011 7:43 PM

    “…they look past character”
    That would be the Ravens.

  2. blountforce says: Mar 1, 2011 8:45 PM

    While the haters keep hatin’, we’ll just keep flyin under the radar!!

  3. jkaflagg says: Mar 1, 2011 8:57 PM

    Let’s not make these out as bold moves by the GM….investing only a 4th rounder and a waiver claim on talented knuckleheads who behaved themselves (only 1 arrest between them !) and played well for a year……it’s true some guys ‘get it’ when the paychecks start, but more often than not they eventually relapse into knucklehead behavior…..let’s check back in a few years (especially if they play well enough to get a big second contract) before handing out good guy awards……

  4. abshire22 says: Mar 1, 2011 9:18 PM

    Aquib Talib?

  5. lgbarn says: Mar 1, 2011 10:13 PM

    Mar 1, 2011 8:57 PM
    Let’s not make these out as bold moves by the GM….investing only a 4th rounder and a waiver claim on talented knuckleheads who behaved themselves (only 1 arrest between them !) and played well for a year

    Mike Williams had a 1st round grade with only Dez Bryant rated above him in talent. Turns out that that grade was correct. Blount had a high grade on him as well. Give the Bucs credit, they picked what no one else thought would work and it worked out for them

  6. tastethejace says: Mar 1, 2011 11:52 PM

    abshire22 says: Mar 1, 2011 9:18 PM

    Aquib Talib?

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    Was not drafted by Mark Dominik.

  7. armchairgm9 says: Mar 2, 2011 8:09 AM

    The most telling part of the article is when Dominik says that they do their due dilligence and really research these player’s background as thoroughly as possible. So what seems like a blind chance by other teams is a calculated risk by Dom and his staff.

  8. zam1104 says: Mar 2, 2011 8:16 AM

    Aquib Talib was the one player that Dominik pointed to he and Morris working together to bring in before they were elevated. So even if he wasn’t drafted by Dominik the GM, Talib was still their pick.

    I could be wrong, but wasn’t there a quotation somewhere from Morris explicitly saying he didn’t care about locker room values when selecting players?

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