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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 rarely if ever complain about the structure of a PR article (the content inside is the fun part) but I find the title misleading. Based on the title I thought the Bucs had named Dotson the starter at LT for next season and given him a new contract. It scared the hell out of me because it’s way to early for any further commitment to any member of this O-line. Even besides the penalties, this was the worst run blocking Bucs O-line I have ever seen, from LT to RT. I don’t care what Dotson is making, we may draft his replacement in this draft at the top of the 2nd round. Also, we’re already losing $3 million with Collins, why throw another $3 million at anyone unless they’re about to be a free agent? Run blocking strength doesn’t improve with time and Dotson doesn’t have it so let’s not dedicate anymore money to him.

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    jongruden

    Pinkstob over the years I have followed you, you were always a glasses half full guy seeing things in a positive light never seeing things in a negative light, I even stopped reading your posts becaue of it, now you have become more open minded seeing trouble areas on this team and discussing it, glad to see your transformation. JG

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    jongruden

    i agree with Pink the title was misleading as I too assumed we made him thne starter and gave him a new contract, Yes, why would we throw more money at a guy who is under contract already and we don;t even know if he is our new LT next yr? We will draft about 3-4 guys on th eline in this yrs draft and sign a few more free agents, i don’t want to ever see the likes of Gilkey, Cousins and Collins and Omammeh again on this team

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    Horse

    I don’t see Dotson at OLT; I would put him back at ROT and leave him there knowing in a pinch he could slide over to the left side. I would pick up another free agent OLT and also draft one. I am assuming we are drafting a QB in the 1st round. So we still need a OT, DE, Center, LB, RB, WR, OG, CB, Safety; yikes! That’s a lot of needs yet.

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  5. 5

    Sambond

    You’re just giving money away to players already under contract for two more years, Mark?

    And by what measure did Dotson “pass with flying colors” in the final 3 games at LT?

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    scubog

    Title is a little misleading and inferred that the move had already been made when in fact this is just a regurgitation of old news. I have always believed Dotson would make a better LT than a RT but he’s by no means a lock for success at either spot. Once we get our “QB of the now and future” we should gather as many quality offensive linemen we can. I don’t think the coaching staff will know, with any degree of certainty, if Dotson can be one of them between now and the Draft.

    Gee JonnyG, I didn’t realize you were such an admirer of negativity. I’ll need to start posting more “yeah but” comments to entertain you. Things like “Cindy Crawford sure is hot. Yeah but, she’s got that disgusting mole on her face.” Or this one. “Hey I’m going to Disney World. Yeah but, it’s going to be hot, expensive, long lines and no one speaking English. See, I can be “half-glassed too. Pinstob is always a fan who sees things as they are (good or bad) but like me, hopes for the best until proven otherwise. You’re not one of those guys who thinks saying something more critical is somehow more accurate are you? Think the Cardinals would be interested in our # 8?

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      jongruden

      We are the worst team in the NFL, the glas doesn’t even have a drop in it that thing is empty baby. As for the Cards they have Carson Palmer who is rehabbing nicely so No, they don’t want our #8 unless they trade a happy meal for him

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      pinkstob

      Thanks guys. It’s cool to hear feedback on my posts from both of you guys since you’ve both been long time posters. I have respect for all the posters that post to this site now (i.e. no Bucfan47) because everyone has made a good observation at some point or another. I won’t name names because I’m sure I’ll leave someone out.

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    jrwilson85

    I have heard it said that Anthony Collins may project better at LG. If so, couldn’t the Bucs restructure his contract rather than kick him to the curb. The guy should have been backing up for his paycheck last season, but maybe he has value as a guard at a lower salary. Perhaps he would agree to the grand experiment at 3 mil a year, which he will count against the cap if the Bucs jettison him anyway. Based on his play last year, I doubt anyone would offer 3 mil for his services in 2015. I would still draft a tackle, guard and center in rounds 2,3, 4 and 5. Tony Dungy built this team because he knew how to evaluate talent. The Bucs were getting good players in middle and late rounds under his regime. The only way the Bucs are going to get better is to draft solid in every round. I also think Doug Martin will return to form with a line that can actually block in front of him. People talk like Martin is chopped liver…..I can guarantee you he isn’t. He is a player.

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    deeznuts

    I agree that Dotson has outperformed his contract..however I would not give him a raise at this point- he will be moving to a new position. He’s a MAMMOTH (6’9″), great attitude, team first guy with low mileage- I can see him starting for 3-5 more years. Dotson’s run blocking on the left really gave our running game a boost- evidenced by doug martin’s last few games (DOUG IS A BEAST- DO NOT GET RID OF HIM). He as also rated in the top15 O-tackles this season. Dotson should be the only returning starter on our O-line.. Draft Mariota!

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    tjhuth

    This team has so many needs but the offensive line is the most “offensive”. We need to upgrade the entire line as a priority to protect our new QB.
    Free agency and the draft need to net us 4-5 new linemen. Only then can we afford to look at the defense as they were the least “offensive”.
    Looking forward to PR reviewing Free agent and college offensive linemen.

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    EastEndBoy

    I’ll be the first to say that Oneil Cousins and Garret Gilkey performed worse than lining up two of our cheerleaders on the OL…but I guess (okay. let’s have it JG) I am willing to accept that Dotson, EDS and Mankins were as much victims of having to protect for the worst QB in the league, as being guys with nothing left in the tank. I’m not suggesting they are probowlers, or even that we cannot find an upgrade for one or two, but given what we need to fix (i.e., QB with the #1), I would look to the right side of our line for 2 replacements and not touch the left side in 2015.

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