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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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  1. 1

    drdneast

    I wish you wouldn’t even bring up the malinger ASJ. The guy is to soft to play in this league.
    I have very few doubts that as soon as he gets back on the field he will get hurt again.
    Lets face it, the Bucs should be 6-2. They have more talent than every team they have played, including the vaunted Panthers.
    For whatever reason, they haven’t been utilizing it or the players haven’t been actualizing it.

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      seat26

      I am with you on that. How many games has he played in over two yrs ? He is brittle. We need players who can play hurt. Obviously if you are hurt bad, you cannot play, but this guy is a bust so far.

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        jongruden

        “More talent than the Panthers”? Oh boy, lol

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      niko521

      Whats the k nock on ASJ? The players don’t decide when they are ready to play, the trainers/docs do. If doc says he can’t play, he can’t play. Not ASJs fault. Id like to see you call him soft to his face.

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    EastEndBoy

    I like the optimism Mark. The league of parity is so evident in our record this year. Most of all, it shines a huge spotlight on the difference between contenders and pretenders that falls down to a few plays each game (there are just a few opportunities in every game that seem to really matter – of course every play matters, but if Martin goes in to the endzone instead of down at the 5 yard line against Washington, we win….if Evans goes into the endzone instead of getting caught at the 10 yard line against NYG, we win…if Winston throws 2 less INTs against CAR (heck maybe even 1 less), we win…if Brindza makes his kicks against TEX, maybe we win)…right now we are not good enough because we don’t make those key plays…that Washington safety did, that NYG CB did, Norman did for CAR, and the TEX goal posts did….when our guys learn that these keys plays are the ones that matter the most and don’t settle for the nice 30 yard run that preceded Martin getting tackled; or the nice 40 yard catch that preceded Evans getting tackled…but instead smell the endzone and get in, then we’ll be contenders (I know I only picked out the offensive examples…the same opportunities exist on defense)…we aren’t that team yet.

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      EastEndBoy

      I could have summarized this I suppose…”we don’t make key plays on either side of the ball”…it’s as simple as that 🙂

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    seat26

    Our Offense is improving fast. If Evans gets rid of the Drops, and Jackson comes back, and we get a TE who can play and catch, we are going to be awesome.

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    jongruden

    That’s a nice “glass half full” article Pink couldn’t have written it better himself. BUT, here is my “glass half empty” rebuttal- No pass rush, Lb’s out of place numerous times, Conte the best of a terrible secondary, we defended the slant one time this yr (Verner) otherwise its been wide open esp in Wash Game with Reed going untouched for a 5 yd slant for game winner. Defense had one stop late in 4th quarter vs Atlanta other wise has been Swiss Cheese defense as we saw vs the Giants and they ate up the final 5 minutes of play and kicked the field goal to place game out of reach. Horrible play calls by Koetter (Washington game, toss sweep on one yd line and then kicking field goal from 1 yd line) Good not great play from Winston, at times he looks great has a big arm when he plants and throws, out of pocket the ball comes off hand wobbly and often sails ball high (2 pt conversion- Giants) Mike Evans probably leads the league in drops, ASJ can’t stay on field, Lovie looks lost and out of sorts when game uses bad game management.
    My glass half full perspective is the O-Line playing above expectations, both rookies playing well and have promise in this league. Jamies is a true “gamer” leadership and moxy we never had at that position, has mobility and courage and flashes a big arm. D Martin playing like Martin of old in a contract yr, Sims great scat back situational runner. Barth locked the kicking job, Kwon has promise and athleticism but raw at position. Henry Melton nice free agent pick up. Conte better than I expected but he’s not great by any means. WE had a cream puff schedule so far this yr with Tenn, Jax, Giants, at home Texans, Wash, Atlanta on road only Carolina was a tough foe and they wiped us off the map.
    Mark did you dare to say the word “Playoffs, PLAYOFFS”? for 2016 I just hope we can win a damn game

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    76Buc

    L. David is the player that worries me most. Something is wrong in Bucville. The other “stars” are admitting their lack of production. All he says is that he is doing what he is told. In other words, it is not his fault and he is not taking ownership. There is a conflict somewhere. Sounds to me like he doesn’t agree with the scheme.

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      scubog

      76Buc” I have an expired Florida Bucs license plate that reads “76Buc”. If you want it I’ll give it to you. Send me a message.

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    Horse

    Well done Mark. This coming draft will put us over the hump. I see us winning 3 more games and this would be a successful season for me. Go Bucs! Get those Cowboys!

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    jiggyjoe

    What I see is a QB who wants and expects to win. I also see a coach who does not have much in the way of very good players, but is getting what he can out of the group. Happy with Winston and Smith. That is something!

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    scubog

    One more Draft to build a homegrown roster and rid ourselves of these vagabond free agents.

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    macabee

    It is always now for my Bucs. But the trend has been never. I don’t want to skip ahead to 2016, but this “now or never” stuff has to stop. Getting old, getting cranky, wanting to throw people off my lawn. Nuff is Enuff! Dadgummit,fix this thing!

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    fredster

    Out of the games left maybe they can win 1 or 2? Who knows. Would not shock me at all if we didn’t win any of them. I don’t see them turning it around on defense. Don’t see much progress. Not getting blown out lately, but that’s simply because offense has had great time of possession as was pointed out here. Very few punts. You guys can talk about one more draft with Lovie all you want, but the players aren’t the whole problem here in my humble opinion. We get out coached, out schemed, play soft coverage, dont bump receivers, don’t manage clock well, guys out of position, etc, etc. maybe some of it is personel, but I’m not buying for one second the players and needing more time or one more draft is the answer from Lovie. Our two stars on defense McCoy and David have gone backwards under his coaching and scheme in his two years. The defense is worse with him calling plays this year. It was showing improvement last 7 games last year with Frazier calling plays. So Lovie got another draft and more free agents and lo and behold it’s gotten worse than last 7 games last year! Time will tell if they keep him around. I’d see how this year plays out if I was Glazers before I gave Lovie “1 more draft”.

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    cgmaster27

    Well this is a good positive article Scott and I fee the same. We have a very good young core and I do believe a turnaround is coming. As for this year , I think we win about three more games, depending on how bad Lovies defense is forbthe rest of the season. But I am pretty optimistic that another solid defensive draft should have us sitting pretty good next year. On a side note I read that Tampa has the least amount of three and outs in the nfl. When is the last time that has ever happened fellow bucs fans? I remember last year was three and out on the regular. We all just need to hang tight guys, I do see progress.

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    cgmaster27

    Sorry mark didn’t see you wrote it.

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    plopes808

    I agree, there is a lot of promise for the future. A defense heavy draft will help get over the hump but I feel the biggest improvement we could make defensively is to let Frazier do his job and give him back the play calling. Obviously taking over hasn’t worked for Lovie

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    Gulfstrings

    Four years. That’s how long it’s gonna take to complete the “rebuild.” It may then take a couple years for fine tuning. I know this ’cause I wrote it on a bar napkin last year! I admit the spelling was poor … Go Bucs!

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    niko521

    Finally some common sense on Pewter Report. Thank You!

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