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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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    pinkstob

    I’m glad to see we got something in a trade for Goldson. I think he had a bit of an identity crisis after the rules didn’t allow him to be “The Hawk” anymore as he was only average athletically and instinctually. I hope he does well in Washington though. As it stands, I’m not crazy about any of our starters at CB or safety. I don’t remember that ever being the case with me as a Bucs fan. I see all our secondary starters as average players and we’ll see how that works out in 2015.

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      sidetrack

      The writing has been on the wall for Goldson for a while. I was also hoping for a bit more than a 6/7 swap in 2016, but at least we got something. Pinkstob, I think you maybe right about Goldson having an identity crisis. He had to change his style of play, but that being said, I don’t think he was a good fit for Lovie’s defense.
      I am curious on why you aren’t high on our corners or safeties now though. I am actually comfortable with both position groups.
      It seemed the Buc’s defense was instantly better after trading Baron, and as Goldson played poorly last season, I think the safety position will be improved this year. Looking back at the Kiffin / Smith Tampa 2 type defenses in the past, other than John Lynch at strong, safety has been a very interchangeable position without much of a drop-off over the years. If we lost a guy due to free agency, another would step in without missing a beat. Wright and Conte know Lovie’s defense, and I have been very high on Tandy’s ability. I would say we are stocked at safety depth. No superstars here, but superstars with high salaries are not necessary.
      As far as the corner position, the 2 starters last year played well enough in their first year of Lovie’s system. Also, it may be that I am nostalgic, but Verner reminds me a lot of Barber, and Banks reminds me of Brian Kelly. That being said, we need improvement at the 3rd corner position.

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      georgehicks

      Iagree with you pinkstop. What if Tampa is just trying to get value with the players they had, And Tampa was burned laST YEAR. lOVIE sMITH AND HIS STAFF IS TRYING TO GET PLAYERS THAT WORKED WITH lOVIE sMITH WHY AT cHICAGO. i HOPE THEY DON’T GET wINSTON If they want to make a splash on the field. I understand that both QB won’t be at the NFL draft at Chicago. How about this seniaro! Tampa shocks everyone and gets that no#1 defevensive linemen and trades back in and get Brett Hundley from Ucla. Did Brett have any off season Issuses! Think about this fans. What If Glenn trade is only a smoke screen. That Glen would be a qb that will be ready from day one until Hundley is ready and howabout getting a qb in 2016.

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    macabee

    My understanding is the picks exchanged are 2016 picks. More info is coming in so it’s hard to tell who made out here!

    Assume the Bucs were going to cut Goldson anyway, this trade makes sense because the Bucs owed Goldson 4mil in guaranteed money. Getting a 6th for a 7th next year is some benefit, ie something is better than nothing!

    If we’re still paying that guarantee and the Skins only have to pay the 3.75mil difference, they got a deal. If we’re paying less than the 4mil, we got a better deal. Need more Info!

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    georgehicks

    My big concerns is why did we have to give them a 2016 draft choice. If I was the coach I would give thema 2017 draft choice instaed of a 2016 draft choice. I hope Tampa gets a QB with the first pick plus I hope they don’t messup this draft of 2015. also what are all thes rookies that Tampa has already work out with Tampa, Because I want to see tyhe players that have come to Tampa to tryout.Go Bucs

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    e

    …And to think that Dominick rolled out the red & pewter carpet for Goldson and had him flown in on a private jet on the first day of free agency. What was that about drafting Mariota, Mark? e

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    alldaway

    Bucs have massive upgraded the safety position but dumping Baron and Goldshon.

    All that is left is to find a compliment to McDougald. Wright and Conte are below average but they don’t cost an arm and a leg like Goldshon did or commit stupd penalties.

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    Horse

    All this has shown was how pitiful Schiano and Domnick were. Wasted draft picks for many years with Morris and Schiano.

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      sidetrack

      Horse,

      Dominick’s and HIckey’s Draft track record was poor overall, but improved once Schiano came aboard. Though Baron never lived up to a high first round pick, he was ok and showed flashes in Schiano’s defense even though he stunk in Lovie’s Defense. Doug Martin was a good pick, Johnathan Banks was a good pick, Lavonte David was a great pick, and I love the value we got with Keith Tandy in the 7th round of that year. The only quality pick Dominik made prior to Schiano was Gerald McCoy.

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        sidetrack

        Glennon was a good pick under Schiano as well. I think he better than a few starting QB’s out there.

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    Horse

    Oh so trading your No. 1 pick and next years 4th round pick for Revis was good, plus $16 mil ayear; when we could have gotten him for peanuts after that draft draft?

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      sidetrack

      You are correct. In retrospect trading a 1st and 4th for a rehab-ing Revis was a very bad deal. Poor decisions were made, but my point was Schiano was better at drafting than Dominik. Revis still played well that year, just wasn’t worth it.

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    Horse

    sidetrack; yo’re right about Schiano better at fraft picking than Dominik. The main problem with Schiano was he had no clue how to select a pro coaching staff nor understood the impotance of time management noe how to make adjustments to the other teams defense or offense. He was a horrible pro coach.

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    Roland

    Horse he wasn’t that great in college either lol. He out recruited teams, sent many to the NFL and he couldn’t win his Conference lol.

    Dominik was quite the salesman to stay in this “organization” for so long, and get promoted.

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    Jason Bourne

    So you are banning people for disagreeing with you …Nice !

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  11. 11

    Jason Bourne

    Only Winston fans are allowed

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  12. 12

    Jason Bourne

    C-ya.

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  13. 13

    Jason Bourne

    Just a suggestion before I go …. Lightened up and improve your bandwidth

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    plopes808

    I’m happy with the moves we’re making this year. It seems L&L are on the right track, getting rid of the players that don’t fit the scheme. We may not have a lot of superstars but all our players fit the scheme which will make for positive improvement. Coming into the 2nd year under the same scheme will also make for improved play. Our defense showed marked improvement after the bye week last year and I think they’ll continue to improve. Our new OC will improve our offense along with any additions in the draft. Our defense will have more rest which will improve their play as well. Seeing as the NFC South was a horrible division last year, I don’t think it’s that far fetched to say we could take the division or at least come close. Go Bucs!

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