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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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    nitey

    I’ve always felt this was what coaches should do – the whole ‘we want to keep the opposition teams from seeing new stuff’ was just hogwash. There is really little *new* in the NFL. It’s all about execution. And that little bit of new stuff can always be held back.

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    johnnybuc1

    If I remember correctly, several Buccaneer players complained about Schiano acting like they were supposed to revere the Patriots coaches and players and hold them in great stead, simply because Schiano did. So glad that clown is no longer our head coach. How in hell could the Glazers hire fools like that guy?

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    Horse

    Got to be helpful.

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    drdneast

    Actually jonnybuc1, as I remember, it was Gerald McCoy was acting and treating Tom Brady like he was some sort of god, not Greg Schiano.
    Others out here can correct me if I’m wrong but that is the way I remember the situation.

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      BleedOrange78

      Had not heard that about Gerald McCoy…The information I remember was a few (now former) Bucs players saying that Schiano had instructed them to listen to the Patriot coaches just as if they were Bucs coaches – and they(the players) weren’t too thrilled with that. Take it for what its worth. In my opinion, a few joint practices can’t be all bad. If the coaching staff sees value, then why not?

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    fredster

    Makes sense to me. Going against yourselves all the time limits you for sure.

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    owlykat

    Joint practices with other teams goes back a lot further than Schiano. It is a great way to practice different defenses from ours that we will also play on our schedule and the same applies to preparing our defense to play different offenses from our own. It is a win win.

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    drdneast

    Don’t see what the harm is in listening to other coaches. Those teams needed to get as much instruction as possible.
    Or didn’t the players notice their constant losing records.

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    Twistedwires

    I am a competitive cyclist. I’m no pro, but only weekend category level racer. But I’m on a large team that has higher category racers on it. That means that I get my butt kicked on our training rides by dudes way faster than me. It helps me when I am in real races in my own category. There is immense value in practicing with other NFL teams as well. But my point is that the value is maximized only if you practice with other teams that are better than yours. Otherwise your getting a tainted view. I don’t have any comment about whether the Jags or the Browns are better or worse than the Bucs. But I sure could have said that about the Patriots when the Bucs practiced with them a few years ago.

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