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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

    jongruden

    Glennon played well enough for the victory but while alot of fans will now soon clamor for him to be our future lets not forget its a “whole body” of work that goes into that evaluation. Glennon threw some horrible balls in the red zone on 3 straight plays and still stares down his wr’s. What he does have is a “live” arm he can make any throw on the route tree like his beautiful throw to Solomon, but he is inconsistent as he only completed 50% of his throws which in todays NFL is terrible, he will tend to sail the ball high and will be wildly innaccurate if not for a beautiful catch by V Jax who knows if we would have won that game that throw was wide and V Jax made a great catch and that was a 6 yd pass. Freeman, and Vinny had their moments where we thought we had our future qb in place but lets see his whole body of work over a course of a year, I for one am not convinced he is the answer like some of you after one win.

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      ILoveMeSomeFire

      You do realize Vinny went on with the Jets to actually be a QB with some credible stats right? Color Blind or not…

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      Anthonyh_60

      You make it sound like Vincent Jackson made Glennon into some great QB, which is actually the opposite. Jackson dropped a lot of easy balls. If he had caught all the easy passes he had, Glennon’s accuracy would have been much higher.

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    pinkstob

    I agree with the grades MC. I’m not sure what there is to figure out with this secondary. Perhaps benching Goldson in favor of McDougald (he looked great in camp) or M. Wright is the only thing I can think of with our current roster. I said the same thing the day we signed Goldson, “Who is going to be our ball hawk in the secondary?” You need a ball hawking FS and most teams are using two FS’s (or three in the case of the Saints) and we’re using two SS’s. No one can close on the guy running a post pattern quickly enough. Banks, who I never liked because he never showed instincts or made much of an impact in college, I thought could at least be a good #2 CB. He doesn’t possess the instincts or killer instinct to put himself in position to use his physical talents. I never paid attention to Verner when he was in Tennessee so I’ll give him a full season before I say anything about him. I at least hope this game goes towards discounting the myth that a great pass rush is all you need for a great pass defense. A great secondary can create coverage sacks by covering their guy longer; a great secondary is just as valuable as a great pass rush.

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      1bucfanjeff

      Pinkstob, your comments about our safeties is accurate. We don’t need big hitters, we need playmakers and ball hawks in our scheme. Barron maybe can get coached up, Goldson not so much.

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    surferdudes

    J.G. you’re kidding right? The 50 percent completions was more on his receivers dropping well thrown passes. As far as being inconsistent, it was his first start in 235 days! He WAS NOT the starting Q.B. to start the season. He is only now getting starters reps, not all off season. The kid was money yesterday, don’t need buzz killers today.

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      jongruden

      Surferdudes- You throw the ball 40+ times you can count on a few drops so lets not make excuses for his inaccuracy. Evaluate the guys skill set and tendacies rather than a “win”, then you will see what I’m talking about. I was not sold on him being the future last yr as was Smith hence him signing a 35 yr old journeyman qb to lead us this yr

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      Buctebow

      All QB’s have receivers that make great catches on bad throws and receivers that drop balls whether they have 70% or 25% completions. The 50% number is real, it shows what he did that day. I think its still a wait and see on Gleen, he did not look THAT good, he just won. They should have scored the TD on the prior series. That was the series that showed me the “typical” Glennon that we will see more the rest of the year than the “miracle” Glennon we saw on the last drive.

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      76Buc

      I couldn’t agree more suferdudes. I counted at least 4 drops by Vjax, 2 by Murphy, and 1 by Evans, and I know there were more.I would give he receivers at best a C+. I have never seen so many dropped passes by guys that are paid much more than bank presidents.

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    macabee

    (posted earlier on another page) We need a MLB or safety that can cover a TE. It’s as if they, Miller, Olsen, Cook, et al have been given clear passage through Buc territory. The very thought of Jimmy Graham gives me the willies. We need instinctive CBs that will play the ball instead of the man. We’ve got counter punchers who wait for the reception, then go after the man.
    It is not the scheme. This is the exact same scheme that Dallas (Marinelli) used to keep the Saints off the board using players that couldn’t even make the Bucs roster. A CB is a fighter pilot with the cockiness and attitude that attacks and believes that he can beat you. Sorry we don’t have those type-A attitudes on our team. Dallas just demoted Claiborne, Banks should take notice!

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      Buctebow

      There is a giant hole in the middle and our MLB’s need to fill it, or Frazier needs to tweak the scheme now and then to trick the opposing QB. The TE’s just kill us.

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    sunshineben

    Glennon will always a nice back-up qb but will never be as good as the other qb’s in our own division. Bucs will need a top tier qb that is more mobile and accurate in the future

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    Buc-Up

    Except when we had Hardy or Shelton in the middle, TE’s have always killed our Tampa 2. Remember Duncan, Webster, Rudd, Foster, & now Fletcher. Sure wish we had drafted Klueche instead of Barron who looks like a bust! Still could’ve drafted David and then moved Foster to SAM.

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    Noctus

    Those of you who say Glennon will “never be” anything are just showing your ignorance. I’m not saying he’s Payton Manning, but he has had less than a season to do anything. It’s not like he’s had four years to prove himself and you’re basing your opinions on a body of work. He’s played in 14 full games, which is not even a full season. In Payton Manning’s first season, he had a 56.7% completion percentage, 26 TD, 28 INT, with a 71.2 QB rating. By comparison, Glennon (through 14 games) has a 59.1% completion percentage, 22 TD, 10 INT, with a 84.1 QB rating.
    Again, not saying Glennon will be in the Hall of Fame. I’m just saying 14 games is not enough to know he’ll “never be as good as the other QBs in our own division” or anything else, for that matter.

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    Noctus

    And FYI, Glennon has exactly the same amount of Super Bowl rings as Ryan and Newton.

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      Anthonyh_60

      SB Rings aren’t a QB statistic

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    fredster

    Great game! Been long time since I’ve enjoyed a bucs game, so I’ll try not to be too negative. Overall was happy with defense but that TE over middle being there time after time was just frigging ridiculous. Why they can’t fix that I don’t understand. Also this secondary needs to get their crap together because they stink. Glennon is better than McCown and Ive said it several times. Offensive line I thought did good job in hostile environment against a good Pittsburg team. We have to get that run game going though. Glennon isn’t good enough to carry this team. Go bucs!

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    zendusty

    Not a totally dominant performance like we all want, BUT I’LL TAKE IT! GO BUCS!

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    scubog

    Grades were about right for me. Always enjoy macabee’s thoughts. Always on point. As for the Glennon debate; I think we all want him to do well and be the “future” or the “now” QB if his play warrants that distinction. We won the game and much of it due to Glennon. But, so far in his young career, I still don’t see much for me to think he’s going to ever rise to the elite status we seek. All QB’s have their passes dropped so we need to stop using that as an excuse. Many have weak offensive lines too. What separates the good from the great signal callers is the fear they put in the minds of defensive coordinators before the game is even played. Anyone think Buddy Ryan’s really fay hippie son Rob is worrying about Mike Glennon and his 50% completion rate, his less than 8 yards per completion and his lack of mobility as much as Leslie Frazier is concerned about Drew Brees? Unfortunately, with Evans out, there probably isn’t anyone on our offense that is causing Rob Ryan to pull his gray hair out. He’ll just stack the line to stop the run and dare Glennon to beat him. If #8 is to be considered great……he will.

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    Noctus

    Great points, scubog. Well put.

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    surferdudes

    Look I’m not saying he’s the second coming, but Mike was a big reason we won yesterday. RG3 is a mobile Q.B., T Brady is not, who would you rather have? Going on the road, not starting a meaningful game in almost a year, and let’s not forget he hasn’t played a full season yet. That said, everyone already knows he’s not good enough. Plus the games he has played were for a team with many problems, last year was a joke, this year was becoming one until Sunday. He’s not the best Q.B.in our division yet, but I think he can be as good as Ryan, and I’d take him over Cam, who’s looked bad after two loses.

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    fredster

    Jury is out on Glennon, but it’s also out on a lot of players on this team right now. He is without a doubt the best option we have right now this year. We need to see if he can show enough improvement this year to be the starter in the future. I’ve seen more than enough of McCown. I think Lovie is the only one who thinks he still is our best option. He may be smart, loyal, and a good leader, but when pressure is on he turns stupid. He did it all preseason and in first 3 games. That is enough for me! I hope Glennon can get it done otherwise we are back to square 1.

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    stlbucsfan

    I think the Mike Glennon debate is simple, was he special on Sunday no, but it just goes to show that with competant QB play this team could easily be 3-1 right now. Glennon may not be the answer long term but he gives us the best chance to win this year bc he simply makes better decisions with the football. I like the position the Bucs are in personally, Glennon has a chance to prove whether or not hes the guy and turn this season around or he will prove thats hes a backup. Not worried about the defense bc Lovie will improve this defense and get the players out that dont fit, defense is his calling card and he will fix that side of the ball this offseason releasing some players that dont fit and drafting his own players.

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    martinii

    I am glad to hear that our punter Koenen may have been instructed to punt short to keep the ball out of Browns hands. I was concerned about his 35 yard average and the poor field position that resulted may definatly require a close examination this week.

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    Horse

    What I am not getting is where is the rookie QB on the PS or on the 53 man roster because kafila is not an answer. I would save face and move McCown to IR and move on from that disaster.

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