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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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    cgmaster27

    These are pretty fair assessments all the way around. After last season, the offense was supposed to take that next step. That’s why Koetter was kept. And while it hasn’t materialized there are a ton of variables here. We’ve played some damn good defenses and teams so far. We all knew that. However Jameis’ inaccuracies topped with a total lack of a run game is dragging this offense down terribly.
    I am a little surprised at he line as well but the sweezy thing pisses me off. How do you sign a guy that has to have back surgery right away? How does that even happen!? I also saw, Donavan smith has given up 25 QB hurries already this season, the most in the league. I think we all agree , the man is meant to be a guard so LT is a position we are going to have to look at at some point here.
    The receivers are pretty much Mike Evans at this point, and that is is fantastic at that. I love Humpheries, but as others ave stated, he needs to be running much more intermediate routes.
    Hopefully we get Dougie back and he is full go after the buy week. It would be nice to string more than one win together at a time.

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    fredster

    You can argue what he’s regressed but he has regressed. Lack of run game hasn’t helped. Hoping last week was sign of things to come and he protects the ball better. He’s got lot to learn still and his accuracy really needs to improve. Love his fire though.

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    Horse

    Spot on Mark. I believe our weakest link at OL is Center; WR is Jackson; Offensive Coordinator is Time Management.

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    surferdudes

    Rewatched the game this morning, two observations. D. Smith gives up to much pressure. He’s a bit slow, and to upright. Needs to get lower, and use better punch with his hands. Don’t see him as anything more then an average LT, wouldn’t mind us using a top pick on one, and move Smith to RT replacing the holding penalty waiting to happen Dotson. Liked what I saw out of Allen Cross. He looked assignment sound, and decleated that safety on JW’s TD pass. I’d like to see him get more snaps as lead blocker, instead of using a TE, he’s built lower to the ground like a true FB, and has more short area pop. Kid did a nice job.

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    matador

    I agree with the dude. We need to use 2 of our top 3, or at worst top 4, draft picks to bolster the OL. This will be the third draft in a row I’ve wanted us to do this, and not by reaching and hoping on Smith. Then depending on how those picks look, we need to take OL on at least 1 of our top 3 picks the following year, or 2 if one of the prior year’s picks doesn’t look like starting material.
    It will make JW better, it will make our defense better, and it will make our running game better, regardless of who is back there. That’s important because while you may be a fan of the Dougernaut it’s apparent we’d be better off having him be the feature but not the workhorse, we need a big back who can pound the rock late in the game. Kind of like the one we gave away.
    Lastly I’m not sorry to see Vitale go, he couldn’t play his way onto a roster with more holes than swiss cheese. Picked up by the Browns says it all. Another hype special courtesy of PR.

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    RootsCrew

    An overall depressing article and still, we’re right were I thought we’d be after 5 games. Injuries and father time has neutered our offense over the last 4 games. I’ll be very excited to get Murphy back after the bye. We have to have some production on the other side of the field. Mike has really excelled this season and taken a step forward. The OL is what it is at this point. Sweezy continues to annoy me & Dot has really not impressed. Doug coming back is essential for Dirk to have a full playbook to use and to keep Jameis from throwing 40+ a game. He’s just not ready yet. Most QB’s aren’t for that matter. Every aspect of the offense can improve…a lot. Let’s hope we’re singing a different tune after the Chicago game.

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