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Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com

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    macabee

    Mark, If you attend the press conference today, will you ask if we’ve seen any of the Tedford offense yet? What was it? Or is it still under wraps? I honestly can’t tell!

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      Mark Cook

      I am sure that will be a topic today for sure! I am here waiting now. Should start around 3:45

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    jongruden

    Lets face it we can’t beat Derek Anderson or Austin Davis at home I don’t see how we can justify winning any game on our schedule this yr, when is the draft again?

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    mattym3

    Was Tedford calling plays on Sunday? I’ve heard it both ways.

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    ColoradoBuc

    How does a grade of “C” (QB) equate to the “Most Impressive” list?

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      Mark Cook

      Did you watch the game? We were limited in our candidates for Most Impressive unfortunately. But despite the bad interception there were some impressive throws. And had that interception been a tipped ball or a great defensive play then he played very well in my opinion. The problem was the situation and decision at the end of the field. That was a F moment, the throw to Evans on the last play was an A moment, and there were a lot of C moments in the middle.

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    Noctus

    Mark, That throw to Evans by McCown doesn’t — in any way — make up for the interception. That interception lost us points. The catch — against prevent defense, I might add — didn’t do anything. They DO NOT cancel each other out, as you suggest.

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      Mark Cook

      Noctus there is no excuse for that interception. I am not saying there is. It cost the team points. Maybe. Maybe that kick gets blocked. I have no problem pointing out the stupid plays, but some fans hatred for McCown doesn’t allow them to be objective.I am not saying you in this case, but some on the message boards. But it shouldn’t be surprising as it was that way when Freeman was here, and then Glennon last season. You have to look at both sides of things. And there were INTS all all the NFL yesterday. Matt Ryan has thrown three this year, Brees had two. Granted I doubt those guys were as poor of decisions as McCown’s.

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        jongruden

        Mark- I can appreciate the effort in giving McCown credit, but saying “other qb’s throw int’s too” is just a weak excuse for his decision making, McCown is a +10 yr vet at the qb position and to throw tha ball irresponsibly as he has done in these two games is inexcusable. His whole carrer he has been a mediocre qb who had a nice 8 game stretch last yr in Chicago even I was suckered into thinking he really was that good, but he is not and its time to turn the drivers seat over to Glennon to see if he is our future cause we will be drafting in the top 3 next yr a very nice spot to get your franchise qb.

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    pinkstob

    No one has said much about it but I actually think the O-line deserves an A, especially since they were up against a great D-line. I thought both the run blocking and the pass protection were great and even when it broke down McCown had places to step in the pocket, or step left or right. Also, that was the best screen I’ve seen the Bucs run in recent memory and the O-line set up their blocks perfectly. The Bucs have never screened well and I hope that’s a sign of things to come.

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    pinkstob

    MC, I don’t think the grade of a C for McCown is the wrong one given what he was asked to do, it’s the fact that Lovie didn’t ask him do anything hard after that horrible INT. I believe McCown would have had 3 INT’s overall if Lovie had asked him to do everything he did in the first game against he Panthers. Then we would have been talking about McCown even more and less about Lovie. Lovie is trying to cover for his screw up of bringing in McCown as his starter by running the ball in throwing situations and I’m not falling for it. McCown may improve, but he’s not giving us any reason to believe he will.

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    BrooklynBucsFan

    Is F- possible for the Special Teams?

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    scubog

    Love your family photo Pinkstob. Isn’t it always the QB’s fault around here? I agree with what Mark Cook said about needing to see and recognize both the good and the bad when evaluating McCown’s play. One TD pass doesn’t get the passer an A and one ill-advised pass shouldn’t warrant an F. So, the C is about right for me. I’m not one to judge the coaching too harshly, but that 3rd and 7 running play puzzled me. Not that it couldn’t work. It’s just the chance for success is minimal. Coaching gets a C-.

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    richbucsfan

    Regarding Tedford, it seems like the recovery period is more indicative of a heart attack followed by stent surgery. I accept being wrong about it, but it is my opinion. These are very sad days for a once proud organization. It was great to see Derrick Brooks inducted into the Ring of Honor and as I watched that and looked at the other names on the Ring it settled in that that was an era I doubt we’ll ever see again. Players in 2014 are just different. They seem more focused on their contracts with the team and sponsors and looking stylish for the game. I miss the days of Sapp, Brooks, Lynch, Alstott, Barber and the rest of those great teams. The days of NFL greats are over … sadly. Now, we have to deal with wife beaters and child abusers.

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      pinkstob

      Rich there are still plenty of great NFL players, McCoy being one of them. The real sadness lies in the fact that there wife beaters and child abusers in every line of work (including yours and mine) and there always has been. The difference in 2014 is a) there is a quick source of pictures and video everywhere now because of smart phones so there are more sources of proof that can make charges stick and b) in 2014 society is much more accepting of people coming out publicly and reporting something they see as wrong, which is a good thing.

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    fredster

    This was a poor team effort and loss. The O line was a bright spot and much better compared to last week. Special teams was an F for sure. The coaching and play calling was not good and way too conservative. Throwing on 3rd and 7 when we really need that first down is just giving up and saying I don’t trust McCown. Which is understandable but why is he in tree then? Agree for most part with other grades but McCown gets a D at best to me. You cannot turn it over and leave points on board and get an average score. Sometimes a receiver falls and not QB’s fault but all his int’s are on him. He got away with running but looking back there were open receivers. Your statement with better QB play we could be 2-0 I think is very true.

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    stlbucsfan

    No unit on offense deserves below a B grade IMO. McCown made yet another boneheaded mistake in the red zone but that was in the 2nd quarter, plenty of time to atone for that mistake. Yet with playcalling that would make Greg Olsen look like Mike Martz he never got a chance to make any real plays from that point forward. Lovie has made his decision now its time to trust he made the right decision. Bc if McCown can’t close games out with his arm, in favorable passing downs then we are better off with Glennon who at least protects the football. Let the man play so the choice will be clear who needs to play and who needs to sit.

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    EastEndBoy

    I think the Oline was pretty good really…we ran for 150+, and managed to keep McCown upright most of the day (that’s no small feat with how slow this guy is to release the ball). Otherwise – ya about right MC…well done.

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    Dbuc63

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Horse

    Mark, I don’t know about you, but I have already lowered my expectations about 5-7 wins to 3-4 wins. How about you? I do think this team is better than last year because we have some better players on it. The difference I see is QB. Sorry I said that scubog, but it’s the way I see it. One more thing? Lets keep the thought that Coach Smith has been much more available and his Staff with Press Conferences 100% more. I do appreciate the Coach and I support him. I understand what is going on. Go Bucs! Do your best.

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    Madman

    Comments about the safeties are spot on. A step slow and a second late EVERY effin time. Just ridiculous.

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    ILoveMeSomeFire

    Great article Mark… I really appreciate y’all’s Honestly and Candor and how you guys are not just Company Men and do a great job of being objective without being overly negative or overly putting rose colored glasses on as well… It really gets annoying how so many people on this site are so directly critical to y’all’s opinions or views and feel it so necessary to try to put you guys down on your articles… If they were such experts and feel their opinions are so much more valid then they should simply go away or start their own dang site… You guys do the best objective reporting out of any dedicated Bucs site and I really appreciate what you guys do… If I have a differing opinion then I will simply share it… I don’t find it necessary to put your opinion down… That’s the thing about opinions is that it is your right to have it and no one has the right to say that it is wrong… If their opinion is different then they should be able to simply share it and not attack yours… Keep up the good works guys…

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