With the untimely departure of Doug Williams, there’s a huge void left in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers front office. One name to keep a watchful eye on is Bill Rees, who assisted the Bucs as an independent draft consultant this year – also evaluated the talent on the teams’ current roster. The relationship between Rees and Bucs general manager Mark Dominik dates back to the early 90’s when both Ress and Dominik worked for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rees, 56, worked must recently as the Director of Pro Personnel for the Cleveland Browns (2005-2007), before stepping down amidst a power struggle within the Browns front office to attend to family matters. Based on published reports, the struggle partially arose from the fact that Ress spent an extraordinary amount of time on the road scouting players rather then at team headquarters.
In this case, it’s currently unclear whether Rees was indeed forced out, or if he left on his own accord. But with his son, Tommy emerging as a big-time quarterback prospect in Lake Forest, Illinois there’s definitely legs to the theory that Rees left to spend time to attend to family matters.
Note: On July 7, 2009 Tommy Rees rated by Rivals.com as a three-star prospect verbally commits to Notre Dame.
With numerous other NFL stints on his resume that include being the Director of Player Personnel for the San Francisco 49ers (2001-2004), and the Director of College Scouting for the Chicago Bears in 1997-2000. Rees began his career at UCLA (1979-1993). His first job in the NFL was as a college scout for the Kansas City Chiefs. Rees attended Ohio Wesleyan University.
With Rees being one of Dominik’s two mentors, the other Chicago Bears general manager Jerry Angelo. The long standing bond between Dominik and Rees, coupled with Rees having already evaluated the current roster of players while sifting through the train wreckage that was the Bucs 3-13 demise and given all of his input on the current draft haul. One would have to consider Rees the leading candidate to replace Williams.