Is former Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen trying to rebuild in Washington what he once had here in Tampa Bay? Based on the breaking news that came out Friday it seems so.
Several internet reports say Mark Dominik, Allen’s former scouting director with the Bucs and a former Bucs GM himself, is now a candidate to replace Scott McCloughan as the Redskins general manager. MCloughan was fired on Thursday after the Redskins spent the better part of 10 days stonewalling why he was not at the combine in Indianapolis.
Reports also had NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock as a candidate for that job, but Mayock has since put out a statement saying he has not had any discussions with the Redskins, which doesn’t mean he won’t.
Either way, Dominik has put out no such statement and while he’d be walking into quite a mess in Washington it’s easy to see why Allen, the Redskins president, would want to bring him on board.
Allen has never been a very good talent evaluator. He proved that when he was with the Bucs and he’s proving it yet again with the Redskins, who have so far lost more good players than they’ve acquired in free agency.
Dominik could fix that. No matter what some may think of the job he did as a GM here in Tampa, where he was saddled with two coaches who were not NFL ready, Dominik has a strong eye for talent.
This is the guy who pulled left tackle Donald Penn off the Vikings practice squad in 2006 and saw enough potential in right tackle Demar Dotson to sign him as an undrafted free agent.
Dominik is also the person responsible for bringing players such as Lavonte David, Doug Martin and Vincent Jackson to Tampa as well as Will Gholston, Keith Tandy and Mike Glennon.
Sure, Dominik had his misses. Every GM does. But the Redskins could do a lot worse than Dominik. That said, Dominik would have to be desperate to get back into the NFL to agree to join back up with Allen. He has been an ESPN television studio analyst the last three seasons.
There is no question that the Redskins have become the most dysfunctional organization in all of football, worse even than the Browns, and Allen is a big part of that dysfunction. Here’s more from Yahoo Sports on the subject:
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 10, 2017
If Dominik really wants to take on the task of rebuilding this mess of a team he should demand total control over any and all personnel decisions, as well as all staff decisions.
That’s the only way he or anyone else will be able to put the pieces back together in Washington, where owner Daniel Synder is just the tip of an iceberg of trouble that should probably be avoided.