Tag:Mark Dominik
Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 5:50 pm

Looks like Bucs will keep Talib for now

TalibPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib has had his share of legal problems this offseason.

In late March, he was arrested on a felony charge of assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly firing gun shots at his sister’s boyfriend. Before he was indicted, he decided to place all the blame on his mom (perhaps you shouldn’t blame him; if convicted he’d face five to 20 years in prison).

Either way, it seemed like there was a good chance the Buccaneers would release him the first chance they got, especially considering this isn’t exactly Talib’s first time in trouble with the law.

Of course, Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik let us in on a little secret today: Talib, for the time being, isn’t going anywhere. He told reporters today (via ESPN.com) that he expects Talib to report to training camp on time.

There are also reports that Talib will be on the roster for 2011. So, aside from an NFL suspension that’s almost surely coming, Talib should feel OK about everything. Unless, of course, a court of law finds him guilty.

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Posted on: July 10, 2011 12:01 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2011 1:23 pm

Ronde isn't sure Tiki fits in with Buccaneers

R. Barber (left) says he's not sure his brother, Tiki, playing for Tampa Bay is a great idea (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber, who has been largely silent whenever anybody brings up the name of his twin brother Tiki, doesn’t necessarily think the possibility of “Tiki to Tampa Bay” makes a whole lot of sense.

Not now anyway.

"It was an entertaining thought four or five years ago," Ronde told the St. Petersburg Times. "I don't know how realistic it is now. I've not had a chance to talk to (GM) Mark (Dominik) or Raheem (Morris) about it. Maybe the situation would be a little different under different circumstances. But I know he wants to go somewhere where feels like he's wanted."

Where would he be wanted? Um, not sure. Probably the UFL, right Jim Fassel? But if Barber thinks he can catch on with the Steelers or the Buccaneers -- his two stated preferences -- he’s probably very wrong about either spot (even though it sounds like Cadillac Williams isn’t long for Tampa Bay).

"We're not looking to turn this into an auction," Tiki's agent Mark Lepselter said last week. "There are only a handful of coaches he would want to play for."

Tiki Time
As of now, any kind of auction for Barber probably would be welcome. I mean, if your own brother has doubts about whether you’d fit into his team, that’s not a strong endorsement of your return from retirement. That’s not to say, though, that Ronde is totally crapping on his brother’s comeback attempt.

"He's prepared. He looks like [he] did pre-retirement," Ronde said. "He really dedicated himself and has been in there working out for four months. The only thing he doesn't have is the on-field endurance.

"He's very adept at what he used to do. I don't see him having a problem. The one thing he can't fail at is football. He had somewhat mastered it when he retired."

I’m not sure if that last line is Ronde being sarcastic or if it’s some kind of shot at how Tiki did NOT have retirement mastered. Either way, at this point, it sounds like Tiki might be lucky to end up in the NFL again.  

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Posted on: June 4, 2011 9:53 pm

Jeff Faine misses his Buccaneers teammates

J. Faine was delighted to bump into Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik (Getty).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

One aspect of the lockout that has not really been discussed (at least in these parts) is the fact that friends that are used to hanging out this time of year have been kept apart by forces beyond their control.

Which, on the surface, sounds a bit silly, I guess.

But think about it: what if the dude who you hang out with seven days a week for a six-month span and consider a teammate and (possibly) a brother didn’t come around any more? Or worse, what if your employer made sure you guys didn’t come into contact because he locked the doors to your place of employment?

You probably wouldn’t cry in your beer or anything, but you’d probably be bummed out a little bit. Hell, you might even miss your boss (somewhat).

That’s the situation in which Buccaneers C Jeff Faine has lived lately, and the Tampa Tribune shares a quick anecdote about what happened when Faine found himself within spitting distance of Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik.

Basically, the two were attending a local soiree in which the local sports heroes were being honored, and Faine and Dominik accidently conducted interviews within a few feet of each other.

"It's good to see Mark's face,” Faine told the paper. "I miss (offseason workouts) because I miss being around the guys. I had dinner with (left tackle) Donald Penn the other night and it was fantastic just to see his face. These are the guys you go to work with every single day. You have a relationship with them that goes beyond football.

"You're friends and this situation we're in right now is taking us away from our closest friends. I am an optimist at heart and the next couple of days will tell us a lot about what direction we're heading.''

When a big, tough offensive lineman is telling a newspaper reporter that it was just good to see his boss’ face for a few seconds, well, that tells you all you need to know about how badly some of these guys want to get back on the football field.

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Posted on: April 24, 2011 12:17 pm

Report: Bucs will release Talib

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The last month of the offseason apparently has shown the Buccaneers why they need to part ways with the ultra-talented, often-troubled CB Aqib Talib.

That’s the report from the St. Petersburg Times, which writes that, barring a last-minute changing of the mind, Tampa Bay will release Talib as soon as the NFL reopens for business.

Talib's timeline
As you know, Talib has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly pistol-whipping the live-in boyfriend of his sister and then firing gunshots at him as he tried to flee the area in Garland, Texas.

And this is not the first time Talib has created drama around himself or his teammates. At the rookie symposium in 2008, he fought a teammate, and in 2009, he used his helmet to crack CB Torrie Cox in the head (it might or might not have been an accident, as Talib was going after T Donald Penn). He also agreed to a plea deal last year for a battery charge involving a cab driver – which led to a one-game suspension.

As the Times’ Rick Stroud writes, “As far as the Bucs are concerned, the outcome of the (latest) case won't matter. They know Talib at the least faces a long league suspension. The Bucs have reached a point where they believe Talib's talent no longer justifies the trouble he generates. They believe it's only a matter of time before he runs afoul of the rules again. That's why general manager Mark Dominik made it clear last week that the Bucs have altered their draft plans to include selecting a cornerback.”

As some would say, it’s probably about time Tampa Bay came to that conclusion.

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Posted on: April 11, 2011 9:59 am

Bucs sign Mark Dominik to four-year extension

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced a four-year contract extension for Mark Dominik. The 40-year-old general manager has been with the club for 16 years, the last two as the top decision-maker.

"It's been a pleasure working with and getting to know Mark, so it's gratifying to witness his success," said the team's co-chairman Joel Glazer. "Mark is dedicated to delivering the winner our fans deserve."

That success Glazer is referring to is quite impressive. Dominik has overseen the last two drafts, which have brought about five fulltime starters on offense (including budding star quarterback Josh Freeman) and four fulltime starters on defense. The Bucs have made it clear they’re in a youth movement. Despite the “all in” rebuilding effort, they still finished 10-6 in 2010 (their best single season turnaround in franchise history).

Of Dominik’s 15 draft picks thus far, 13 are on the roster and 12 have started at least one game.

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:52 am

Morris: Ronde Barber will be back next year

R. Barber could return for his 15th season (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though he hasn’t made any official announcement, his coach seems pretty adamant that Buccaneers CB Ronde Barber will return for another season.

At least, that’s the impression Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris gave Tuesday.

"Yes, he's coming back and I'm fired up about it," Morris told the Tampa Tribune. "I've got a lot of confidence in him. It's just a matter of him and (general manager) Mark Dominik getting together and coming to an agreement.''

Replied Barber, whose contract is up in March, in a text message to the paper: "That's just my good buddy, Rah, being my good buddy, Rah. You know for a fact that he wants me back. I haven't said no, that's for sure.''

If this is it for Barber, he can retire knowing he’s had a standout 14-year career. He’s played his entire career with the Buccaneers, and he’s the only NFL player in history with at least 40 sacks and 25 interceptions.

Obviously, he’s not quite as sprightly at the age of 35 as he was at 25, but Barber still plays well enough to handle a starting CB role for Tampa Bay (though he’ll have to fight to keep that spot with E.J. Biggers and Myron Lewis continuing to improve).

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Posted on: January 10, 2011 4:21 pm

Hot Routes 1.10.11 wild card aftermath

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

The NFL wild card games averaged over 32 million viewers -- a new record.

Not surprisingly, there are now questions about Reggie Bush’s future in New Orleans.

The Baltimore Sun wants to know….Joe Flacco’s playoff beard: hit or miss?

Michael Oher spent most of Sunday’s game scuffling with KC players.

A fed up Bengals fan is auctioning off his NFL allegiance to the highest-bidding NFL city.

Monday night's BCS National Championship will feature Clay Matthews’ brother (how many Matthews stars are out there?)

Brian Cushing has fired his agent and hired Drew Rosenhaus.

Roger Goodell dressed like Joe Fan and attended a town hall meeting with 60 randomly selected Chiefs season ticket holders Sunday.

As expected, the Bucs exercised their one-year option on GM Mark Dominik.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 12:09 pm

The explanation of why Mike Williams will play

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik gave the clearest indication yet of why Tampa Bay is not outwardly punishing WR Mike Williamsarrested this past week on a DUI charge. It’s because, Dominik said, the only law broken by Williams in his opinion was speeding (for the record, he was 12 mph over the speed limit).

That’s what he told the St. Petersburg Times for today’s paper.

“We’re not going to sit a player for speeding,” Dominik told the paper. "And it looks to us as though that’s the only law he’s broken.”

Dominik also said Williams submitted to a voluntary urine test after taking two Breathalyzer tests (in which he was under the state limit of 0.08, though he did apparently fail the field test). To Dominik, that means Williams didn’t have any illegal products in his system.

Which means he’s totally comfortable in allowing Williams to play today. We’ll see soon if that was the right call.

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