Posts From Mark Cook

Bucs Offensive Coordinator Tedford Taking A Leave of Absence

6 comments 📅September 23, 2014 12:39 pm

Many assumed the drama of last season ended when Lovie Smith was hired after Greg Schiano was let go by the Glazer family following a 4-12 2013 season.

Unfortunately Tampa Bay’s string of bad luck, and black cloud, appears to have followed the team into 2014 now with the news offensive Jeff Tedford is taking a leave of absence to deal with his health situation that started back in the preseason.

The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and then confirmed by

Tedford had multiple stents put in his heart to address a blockage following the Week 3 preseason game at Buffalo and while he has been in the building on and off, the situation has not fully corrected the condition apparently.

There is no set timetable for his return.

NFL: JUL 27 Buccaneers Training Camp

QB coach Marcus Arroyo has served as the team’s primary play-caller through three weeks with poor results. Tampa Bay’s offense is currently ranked 30th in the NFL averaging just 271 yards per game and only ahead of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. The passing offense is 32nd in the league currently, averaging just 163 yards a game.

It appears Mike Glennon will get a shot to help turn things around as starter Josh McCown suffered a sprained thumb in Tampa Bay’s 56-14 loss to the Falcons on Thursday night. The Bucs travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday to face the Steelers who are coming off a 37-19 road win against the Carolina Panthers.

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Jackson has Fractured Wrist According To Report; Will Play Sunday

2 comments 📅September 22, 2014 5:14 pm

According to FOX Sports Ross Jones, Tampa Bay wide receiver Vincent Jackson suffered a fractured wrist in last Thursday’s game with the Falcons, but isn’t expected to miss any time and will play Sunday at Pittsburgh.

Bucs head coach Lovie Smith did not want to get into the injury situation during his Monday afternoon press conference, instead saying he would address them on Wednesday when the NFL requires teams to provide injury updates for their roster.

Jackson, like most of the offense, has struggled through three game notching just 10 catches for 102 yards and just one touchdown.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Atlanta Falcons

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Steelers Dealing With “Significant Injuries” Of Their Own

3 comments 📅September 22, 2014 2:40 pm

Not many teams have been as banged up as Tampa Bay early in the season but the Steelers could be close. In their 37-19 pounding of Carolina on Sunday night, the Steelers had, as head coach Mike Tomlin called them, three “significant injuries.”
Pittsburgh Steelers v Carolina Panthers

The worst most likely was that of veteran cornerback Ike Taylor who suffered a broken arm after a friendly fire hit from teammates Lawrence Timmons.  Linebackers Jarvis Jones(wrist) and Ryan Shazier (knee) both also left the game on Sunday night and could miss Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.

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What The Buc And Pewter Report Podcast (AUDIO)

0 comments 📅September 21, 2014 10:18 pm and have teamed up to provide monthly live hour-long podcasts at locations around Tampa Bay. Last Friday night the live event happened from Keel and Curley Winery in Plant City and Mark Cook, Scott Reynolds and Derek Fournier talked all things Buccaneers football including previewing the Atlanta game, the issues on offense and defense, and looked ahead to the Pittsburgh game next Sunday.

To hear the full podcast, click here.

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McCown Knocked Out With Thumb Injury

5 comments 📅September 18, 2014 11:18 pm

With a Buccaneers injury report that already looks like a M*A*S*H unit, the list grew by one more on Thursday night, as quarterback Josh McCown was knocked out of the game in the second quarter.

McCown hit his throwing hand on the helmet of an Atlanta defender and was taken to the locker room for examination. When McCown emerged from the locker room his hand was heavily bandaged. Backup Mike Glennon took over for McCown bt fared no better.

It was already a forgettable night for McCown prior to the injury, as the veteran was just 5-of-12 for 58 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown by the Falcons.
Photo by: Getty Images

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Bucs-Falcons Live Blog; Share Your Thoughts As The Game Happens

32 comments 📅September 18, 2014 2:22 pm

With the new website, we are trying  a new feature and starting a live game thread for readers to share their thoughts as the game happens. Feel free to join in and have your voice heard during and after the game.

The staff will also be jumping in from time to time and adding our two cents. We know when watching games live emotions runs high at times but please keep the comments clean and no personal attacks on fellow posters and readers.



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Bucs-Falcons Prediction Contest

32 comments 📅September 18, 2014 2:01 pm

A new game day feature will be a Buccaneers score prediction contest. Give us your prediction on the winner and the score before kickoff and the person who gets it right, or comes closest, will win a t-shirt plus bragging rights.

Here are the staff predictions.

Scott Reynolds: Falcons 31-20
Mark Cook: Buccaneers 23-21
Eric Horchy: Falcons 27-23
Zach Shapiro: Buccaneers 27-23
Eric Dellaratta: Falcons 27-17
Kim Roper: Falcons 24-13
Andrew Scavelli: Falcons 27-21

Go ahead and add yours and see who is the winner this week.

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Who’s In, Who’s Out? Bucs-Falcons Injury Report 9-17

2 comments 📅September 17, 2014 3:11 pm

The Buccaneers released the final injury report of the week on Wednesday in advance of their game on Thursday night in Atlanta.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DL Da’Quan Bowers – Abdomen – Full Participant – Probable
C Evan Dietrich-Smith – Back – Limited Participant – Probable
T Demar Dotson – Hamstring – Full Participant – Probable
LB Mason Foster – Shoulder – Did Not Participate – Out
DE William Gholston – Shoulder – Full Participant – Probable
DE Michael Johnson – Ankle – Limited Participant – Questionable
G Logan Mankins – Knee – Limited Participant – Probable
RB Doug Martin – Knee – Limited Participate – Questionable
DT Gerald McCoy – Hand – Did Not Participate – Questionable
CB Bradley McDougald – Knee – Full Participant – Probable
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Ankle – Did Not Participate – Out

Atlanta Falcons
WR Julio Jones – Ankle – Full Participant – Probable
T Jake Matthews – Ankle – Full Participant – Probable
LB Prince Shembo – Knee – Full Participant – Probable
WR Roddy White – Hamstring – Did Not Participate – Questionable

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(Podcast) Reynolds Previews Bucs Game In Atlanta On 98.7 The Fan

2 comments 📅September 17, 2014 11:19 am

Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR’s Scott Reynolds joined Rich Herrera on 98.7 The Fan FM on Tuesday night to discuss the Buccaneers 0-2 start, the rash of injuries and looked ahead to Thursday night’s road trip to Atlanta.

To hear the full interview, click here.

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McCoy’s Missing Cast Mystery Solved On Tuesday

2 comments 📅September 16, 2014 8:20 pm

In the locker room following Sunday’s loss to the Rams, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy’s hand was in a cast. On both Monday and Tuesday the cast was nowhere to be found when McCoy strolled through during the team’s open locker room period, causing some to wonder if maybe the initial diagnosis was wrong. But late on Tuesday afternoon the mystery of missing cast was solved.

“Gerald, we got him fitted in a cast today,” Smith said. “It’s not a club. Today, of course, he had his thumb out, so we’ll see. Eventually, that’s what he’ll end up playing with, with some protection while being able to use all of your fingers.”

The question still remains if McCoy can play on Thursday evening as the Bucs travel to Atlanta to take on the Falcons, but during his post-practice press conference Smith didn’t sound very hopeful that Tampa Bay’s best defensive lineman would be able to suit up.

“You can’t really rush the passer or play three-technique with one arm,” Smith said. “You need to be able to use that. Gerald is a heck of a player but I might have a chance against him if I made him put his hand behind his back and just played with one hand. That’s pretty hard to do. Eventually he’ll be able to use both and we’ll put him out there then. That’s not to say he can’t do it, but it’s a matter of time. He’s a quick healer and he was light on his feet out there today.”

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