Mark Dominik says leash is short for Albert Haynesworth

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers adding defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth via waivers, and with plenty of people wondering precisely what the Buccaneers are thinking, G.M. Mark Dominik has provided a window into the team’s thought processes.

This is predicated on losing Gerald McCoy,” Dominik told Albert Breer of NFL.com.  “If that doesn’t happen, this doesn’t happen, we don’t claim Haynesworth.  The reality, we lost Gerald for the season, we’re 4-4 and still in the thick of it, we’ve lost our last two and we’re one game off the wild card.  We don’t think we’re out of it.”

Haynesworth will be out of it, quickly, if he doesn’t do what he’s told.

“Sure it is,” Dominik said in response to the question of whether the leash on Haynesworth is short.  “He does have history, of course.  But at the end of the day, you talk to anyone in the NFL, week to week, and you know you can be the hero one week, and be the villain the next.  It’s tough for any player under that scrutiny.  But that’s the nature of our business.  He’s gonna have a shorter leash, but if he’s prepared and ready to play, he’ll play.”

But even if Haynesworth is kept on a short leash, the question remains whether they should have put him on a leash at all.  The Bucs have a recent history of employing folks who find trouble off the field.  Why welcome another one?

Still, Dominik was sold by watching film of each of Haynesworth’s snaps with the Patriots.  “I saw disruption,” Dominik said.  “I saw strength, a finisher, a guy with the ability to put a lot of pressure on an offense.  He’s still able to be a penetrating force.  He can hit it and go.  I didn’t see as much dogging it, but I did see the last play, where he played a 1-gap technique, and I can see why it got them frustrated.  He opened up the run lane, and [Brandon] Jacobs walked in the end zone.  That said, I didn’t see a guy that didn’t care.  He battled and competed.  I think he’s worthy of an opportunity.”

Of all 32 teams in the NFL, the Buccaneers are the only team who felt that way.

33 responses to “Mark Dominik says leash is short for Albert Haynesworth

  1. If im not mistaken did Pat Williams retire or is he still a free agent? They didnt want to give him a call?

  2. At least Dominik signed him this year instead of three years ago when everyone in Tampa was up in arms because they lost out in a bidding war with the Redskins. Either way, it is an 8 game experiment that, if fails, won’t kill the team like it would have if they were on the hook for a hundred mil

  3. I’m extremely disappointed in TB for putting this guy on their roster. What he did to the Redskins organization was disgusting, and he again showed his true self when NE picked him up. This guy should have never played another down in the NFL.

  4. I’m sure Haynesworth will put forth a tremendous effort after he heard his “leash” will be short.

  5. Media:

    Patriots sign Haynesworth: Genius! Incredible! Best front office this decade!

    Bucs sign Haynesworth: Idiots. Dominik should be fired. This will destroy their team.

  6. There is nothing Albert likes more or motivates him more than being challenged by the upper brass. – Mike Shanahan.

  7. It’s a fairly low-cost experiment. They need help on the d-line, and he was available at the right time and the right price. I think there’s very little chance that it will end well, but as a low cost, low probability bet, it’s not awful.

    If anything can motivate the guy, the idea that every team in the league, save one, has given up on him, might be it.

    If Haynesworth truly doesn’t care whether he plays football any more, they’ll find that out pretty fast, and they can get rid of him before he does any damage.

  8. The man has All that talent but no heart, desire, or pride. When he fails to deliver in Tampa, we won’t have to hear about him anymore. Except when he files chapter 11, in about six months.

  9. low risk high reward; honestly, moves like this shouldnt even be questioned. if the guy screws up or is ineffective, he’s gets cut. the bucs are on the hook for what, 750k? big deal.

  10. I don’t know what all the haters are talking about. How many ppl came out and said all this stuff when was signed him for 43 mil guaranteed? That was after he did the head stomp. It seems to me that a lot of ppl were positive he was going to make an impact for was inspite of off the field stuff, now he stinks?

    Now he has messed up, but all the blame for the was mess is not all on him. Everything was changed once he got there. He should’ve handled it differently sure.

    Maybe he has learned something, maybe not, but I say lets give him a game or two and see what happens before you break out the pitchforks and call it a disaster.

    To me it could go either way…it could be the deal of the year or it could backfire and the bucs cut him in a week or two. let’s wait and see.

  11. He’ll be out of Tampa before the end of the season. “Keep it real..Raheem Morris is an in-your-face type. That pick up is puzzling, but they must be desperate for help up front, esp. with Gerald McCoy hurt.

  12. Still, Dominik was sold by watching film of each of Haynesworth’s snaps with the Patriots. “I saw disruption,” Dominik said. “I saw strength, a finisher, a guy with the ability to put a lot of pressure on an offense. He’s still able to be a penetrating force. He can hit it and go. I didn’t see as much dogging it, but I did see the last play, where he played a 1-gap technique, and I can see why it got them frustrated. He opened up the run lane, and [Brandon] Jacobs walked in the end zone. That said, I didn’t see a guy that didn’t care. He battled and competed.
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    Umm, that must have been film of Vince Wilfork you were watching.

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