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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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  1. 1

    Mcpo23

    Disagree with the QB rating. It should be F. Don’t care that he scored a TD, his less than 50% passer percentage and his key fumbles in games earns him a failing grade. And Lovie says he gives us the best chance to win. Someone is smokin something.

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      liquidmuse3

      Heck, if Love was smokin’ something, he’d have the inspiration to put in Glennon, or *blache*, sign Tebow (anybody REALLY think Tebow leads us to anything but a winning record, when he’s never, ever, ever had a losing one?). The fact that professional talent evaluators thought McCown + Glennon would = anything BUT the top pick is out of their mind.

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    Horse

    Mark, I’m surprised of your grading. Didn’t the Defense hold them below 20 points? Didn’t one of the TD’s started from our 7 yard line? Lets give the Defense some slack. The Offense was bad as usual. Our punter was bad.

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      Mark Cook

      True Horse but 390 yards is a ton of yards to give to a backup led offense. Just my opinion though.

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    surferdudes

    The score didn’t tell the true story. We couldn’t get off the field on third down, they had the ball 15 minutes more then us. If it wasn’t for the fact they settled for field goals, we would’ve been blown out.

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    scubog

    I usually agree with the grades but I don’t see how that offensive line can get a better grade than the defensive line missing two starters. One hole for #22 to run through that gains 63 yards is nice but it was but one play. The rest saw Cousins getting his butt whipped time after time and Gilkey making his presence felt immediately when he stepped on the field by getting a penalty. In typical fashion one play can be the deciding factor that lands a player on the Most Disappointed List or the Most Impressive List. Here, we get an average grade of C when the team lost and was dominated by a mediocre Panthers team.

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      Mark Cook

      Really basing it on the 151 yards on the ground. And Cousins was really bad, but from first look Dotson, EDS and Mankins played pretty well. Watching the all-22 today, may change my opinion.

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  6. 5

    Buctebow

    I give them all an “A” in “Get the #1 Draft Pick 101”.

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    tjhuth

    After this performance I really hate to see us use the first overall pick on a QB — unless we totally revamp the OLINE.

    The intense pressure put on McCown and the number of times over the past few weeks that he has been slammed to the ground and ridden into the dirt by a 300 lb lineman has been the primary cause for his failures. I don’t blame him for getting rid of the ball as fast as possible to avoid some of those bone jarring hits.

    Anyone who thinks a kid straight out of college could take that kind of pressure and will be our savior is nuts! He will just be the next sacrificial lamb and will be just as gun-shy and throwing interceptions (but a lot more) than McCown.

    There isn’t a QB in the league that would look good behind our porous oline. Nor a running back.

    Let’s move down in the draft, pick up 2 first round linemen (LT, then G) and go from there. Why draft a QB when your OLINE is a QB KILLER?

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    tjhuth

    Oh yeah, for those who think we need a faster, more mobile QB, I will agree, but with our oline they will just run backwards faster!
    Sorry OLINE, but you guys gotta go! I hear Micky-D’s may be hiring…

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    tjhuth

    My apologies to anyone who works at Micky D’s.

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    nmkinley

    Does anyone else find it hard to reconcile the differences in Tampa’s pass defence vs Carolina’s (or anyone else’s in the league for that matter? While they both played a lot of zone, the CAR corners were all over the TB receivers, and contested nearly every catch. Meanwhile, I am sick of watching TB corners back away from uncontested receivers and watch as they catch first downs repeatedly in gaping holes in our secondary. I’m sorry, but while NFL coverages may be complex, it shouldn’t take this long for NFL players to ‘catch on’ to the scheme. If they are not playing it right, then it must mean either bad players or bad coaching. But no defence should be that easy to pick apart. Frustrating to watch….

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    matador

    This is why it was so vitally important to draft OL early and often last year (despite all of the calls for a QB high in the draft) and THEN draft for skill positions, including a QB, a yr or two later depending on who is available and what our draft position is. L&L blew It, so now we have to decide whether to draft Mariota next yr. I say yes, but keep Goennin since unlike McCown he has potential, start him and let M come in during the 2nd half of the season if things aren’t working out. McCown suuuuuuucks and should be cut immediately after securing two more losses for us.

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