Bucs GM Dominik abiding by Glazer family's wishes
So, you're bummed that the Bucs didn't land outspoken Denver receiver Brandon Marshall, who was traded today to the Dolphins and will receive a massive contract extension.
But you really shouldn't be surprised.
There were several reasons we've told you all along that this wasn't something we envisioned the Bucs doing. But one of the primary reasons, I think, is the message that co-chairman Joel Glazer and his brothers delivered to Mark Dominik and Raheem Morris.
In an interview with the Times last month, Joel Glazer said the following:
"We've had long talks about this. And really, the general message is: You think long-term, we think long-term. It's plain and simple. You start thinking short-term, we start thinking short term.
"Everyone buys into this plan. I always ask, "Does everyone have the stomach for this because there's a lot you've got to endure early on."
This is where the whole build-through-the-draft mentality originates from. So, if you're Mark Dominik and you've been told this in no uncertain terms by your bosses, why then would you attempt to do something that runs counter to their wishes? The above quote basically says that if you stick to the plan, Dominik and Morris have a better chance of sticking around. Don't know about you, but that would certainly get my attention.
Yes, Marshall is still pretty young and conceivably will be with the Dolphins for years to come, so in a sense acquiring him is a long-term decision. But it would have cost the Bucs two second-round picks who, if any good, also will be with the team for years. And with as many holes as this team has, quantity is as important as quality right now.
So, in closing, if you're surprised the Bucs didn't make a push to get in on the Marshall deal, you probably shouldn't be.