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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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23 Comments

  1. 1

    Garv

    Well typed and it’s the TRUTH! Lovie Smith had better get his head on staight and start playing 2014 NFL football or his tenure SHOULD be as long as Richard Williamson’s. This BS is NOT acceptable.

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  2. 2

    Booger

    Does it really need to be said who plays QB for Denver, New England, and New Orleans? Hey Lovie, how come you don’t call plays like your QB is elite? Fail.

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  3. 3

    pittbullbuc

    Thanks MC for the “From the Hip”type commentary about our coach.

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  4. 4

    macabee

    I’m going to let the alcohol and anger subside before I comment. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a measured and thoughtful opinion!

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  5. 5

    zendusty

    Lovie’s postgame comments backup a loss of confidence in McClown. I think he gives McCown one more chance. But another terrible pick like the one in this game and that’s it!

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    scubog

    Well said Scott. Lovie will never admit it and his history is to remain loyal to his starting QB. But if it is his lack of confidence in McCown is the reason behind the ultra-safe play calling then perhaps he should consider another option. But, as I see it; the reason for these two defeats is that our defense is making back-up QB’s and no-name receivers look like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. The question is whether the problem is learning the scheme or a lack of talent. So far, I haven’t seen anything special from the free-agent class of Johnson, McDonald and Verner. The Glazers must be tired of seeing little return on their investments.

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    surferdudes

    Well said. The coaches change, the players change, the result is the same. Does every staff that comes in get handed the same playbook passed down from every other losing staff? They even make the same excuses. Naming McClown the starter over Glennon was a mistake, they should’ve fought it out preseason. I’ve seen enough of Clown to know he’s not the long, or short term answer. The Tampa 2 is dead. Gruden mentioned during MNF that he thought the scheme doesn’t work anymore. When a 3rd string Q.B. getting his 1st start on the road throws for 80 percent, and whips you, I have to agree. We all felt good when Lovie came in bringing back the past, but as Billy Joel was sang, the past wasn’t always as good as it seemed.

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    surferdudes

    On the bright side. Bucs will have an opportunity to draft a Q.B. with a top five first round pick. All the more reason to play Glennon now, we need to find out if he indeed is the future.

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      moose40

      But surferdudes, you’re forgetting that Lovie doesn’t draft qbs in the first round. Orton in the 4th is the highest he’s reached for one. We all want the new shiny sportscar to play with, but Lovie wants his bulldozers for the defense.
      Get ready for 4 years of 9 win max seasons.

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    1bucfanjeff

    We had an all offense draft and new OC skills and decide to use that talent to run the ball and not go for it or be aggressive. Trust in your QB and let it fly. Very disappointed in the ultra-conservative nature. Not going for it at the end of the 1st half is baffling. We could have had the ball with about 1:30 on the clock and two timeouts. That’s damn near the definition of a 2 min drill.

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    Horse

    I am keeping an open position because I saw that the talent wasn’t here. Our drafting has been poor for years. The only way to build a team is from the draft and the first priority in todays NFL is a QB. Meanwhile we don’t have anywhere near the good players from drafting so we fill the pieces of the puzzle with over paid free agents. Don’t you think GM and Coach have told Larry,Moem Curly already and they are on board with it. Lower your expectations this year and look to see how the younger players are doing. Go Bucs! I support you.

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    1. 10.1

      ColoradoBuc

      You’re missing the point – with coaching like we saw this game, it won’t make any difference how much talent we have because we aren’t going to use it.

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  11. 11

    seat26

    Note to self: If I ever become a NFL coach, If you play the bucs, don’t start your starting QB. You don’t need him. Your back up will have a career day.

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  12. 12

    stlbucsfan

    Lovie its time you let go and allow Tedford to do the job you hired him for which is run the offense. Your offensive schemes have never worked and your coaching tenure will likely be linked to your abaility to find a quality QB and taking your hands off of the offense. You call plays on offense like we have Seattles defense not Tampas. If our 35 year old QB cant handle 3rd and shorts in the 4th quarter we might have the wrong guy for the job.

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  13. 13

    nmkinley

    This team is too mediocre to overcome obvious coaching and player (ie. two blocked kicks, last play of game by Mike E., etc) mistakes. Disappointing…

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    pinkstob

    MC, I will do no such thing like, “Forget Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown making another poor decision and throwing a costly red zone interception”. That’s where all the conservative play calling started. But don’t think I’m letting Lovie off the hook. He’s the one that brought McCown in here as his starter. To be fair though, what better option was there at the time? Look at McCown’s preseason numbers compared to Glennon’s. Who would have won a QB competition? The only other FA option at QB was Vick. Would you rather have him? What better options were there in the draft? Have you seen Carr’s performances in Oakland? Pitiful. We didn’t have an opportunity to draft Bortles and no other QB from the draft could beat out the incumbent. At the end of the day though you have to be accountable for your decisions so Lovie has to be held accountable anyway for naming McCown as his starter then not playing him when the game is on the line.

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  15. 15

    Jbrow1287

    The Rams having more faith in their 3rd string quarterback is pathetic. Our inability to create turnovers facing the past two quarterbacks we have is a scary thought when we play starting caliber and pro-bowl qb’s next.

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    Buctebow

    Your defense is all banged up, can’t stop 2nd and third string quarterbacks, even on crappy teams and you don’t get any turnovers, yet you want to be conservative on offense? Stupid is as stupid does……

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  17. 17

    Buctebow

    This is not Tedford’s offense. Lovie won’t let him use it….fail.

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  18. 18

    Dman

    The conservative play calling was frustrating , but mistakes cost us at least 6 to 14 points on the INT and blocked FG. Lovie’s not going to know whether this team can play his style of game unless he puts them to the challenge. Going forward, now he knows better. We’re banged up, but lets see how he does. Go Bucs!

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  19. 19

    KINDERRT

    Lovie is playing not to lose, needs to play to win

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    bizkitlimped

    I agree with everything you said. And I appreciate you asking the question about trust in McCown. It clearly rattled Lovie. Which further proves that IMO he does NOT have faith in his QB. His actions on sunday and his words following prove it.

    If we come out and lay an egg against ATL I wholeheartedly expect a change at QB either during the game or after the game to prepare for PIT.

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    EastEndBoy

    Frustrating….just frustrating…

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