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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

    BucWild02

    Hey Mark,
    What is the inside scoop on the excitement level from the players after their first work out of the new season under Coach Koetter? Related follow up question: Will Jason Licht and the Bucs draft players that “love football” this year? Thanks!

    Signed,
    Mr. Obvious

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    1. 1.1

      BucWild02

      Lol. In all seriousness, you and the rest of the crew at PR do a really good job of getting the inside scoop and I just couldn’t resist making an attempt at humor with the last mailbag question. It must be challenging answering the same question everywhere you go. Now you can just direct the people that ask to the website and twitter for an in depth answer to the question they so desperately must know!

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    seat26

    Something has really changed in the management of this team. We are not use to having the kind of draft we had last year. To get 4 starters out of one draft, and for all of them to excel is just so unusual for this organization. Drafts like that don’t happen by luck. They happen by good scouting ( another thing we have rarely had) and good management of the draft board. If Bell turns out to be a decent receiver, this would arguably be the best draft this team has ever had. If we can have a couple more like that on Defense, watch out. Excited ? Yeah I am excited for the first time in a long time.

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    1. 2.1

      BucWild02

      seat26-I love the Bucs too. I just remember reading how excited the Bucs players were in Raheem Morris’s first year. And then how excited some were in Schiano’s first year. And then Lovie’s first year. Now it’s Koetter’s first year. It’s a loaded question. Hopefully Koetter can match Morris’s “Youngry” bunch and get to 10 wins like Raheem did. Or better yet, maybe he could match Jon Gruden’s first year and win it all! That would get us all really excited! And before we annoint the last draft as the best Bucs draft in history, we should probably get a larger sample size.

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      1. 2.1.1

        scubog

        We have a 40 year sample size. So far 2015 looks like it could be one of the best of what has been a sad draft history, especially during the years we kept trading away our picks for the likes of Chris Chandler and Jack Thompson. (see how teams overpay for mediocre QB’s drdneast)Tough to top 1995 with Sapp and Brooks. I remember Mel Kiper graded it a “C”.

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        1. 2.1.1.1

          seat26

          I remember we traded back up into the 1st round with the cowboys and snatched Derrick Brooks and Jerry Jones was quoted as saying ” There is no one left worth a first round pick” He passed on what would be one of the best outside backers in football.

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      2. 2.1.2

        seat26

        Well obviously crowning Evans and Winston as perennial pro bowlers might be a little early. But from where I am standing, Alexander, Winston, Evans, Smith and Marpet are going to be super stars. We cleaned up. And if you look at every single top Offense, it starts with what I call the Trifecta. A great QB, a great Receiver, and a great running back. We have that. And if they stay healthy and we don’t lose any of them in free agency, we will have a fantastic offense for a decade.

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    2. 2.2

      georgehicks

      Well last year getting 4 starters was great.The last 6 months I been giving my opions about what to do. I believe thats look at the overall sistutations. I believe that trading down with LA could be a possibility. Here is why. Tampa needs to get a CB. at #9 is too high unless you get Jalen Ramsley. Here is what I would do. At #15 go after the best CB available at #15. Instead of getting a 2nd rd. Lets get LA #3 rd pick and La future #4 Rd or 2016 no#4. That would bring more value in players. Plus Tampa could trade Mike Glennon in Rd-2 or Rd-3. Go Bucs

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  3. 3

    inspecto

    ok so I put down my diner to say Bring It On. That should be the new mantra for this year like Gruden had pound the rock!!!!

    BRING IT ON !!! Go Bucs!

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    Horse

    PewterReportMark, are you really serious about Glennon being worth more than a 3rd Rounder? What team in their right mind would offer a 3rd rounder or above for a QB who has shown he is average at the very best and is an unrestricted Free Agent in 2017? I would use Gleenon to move back up in the 1st round from our 2nd round spot to say 29-31 spot.

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      cgmaster27

      In his defense Horse, you have to A. Take account of the QB market at the moment, which isn’t very good. and B. You should also take into the account that Glennon does have a 2-1 TD to INT ratio for his career and has done so with a different offensive scheme every single year he’s played.
      While I realize he is limited in athletic ability, the dude is a statue no doubt, and he doesn’t take risks a whole lot, he’s way better than the QB draft prospects this year with a couple years experience. He’s absolutely worth a 2nd this year.

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      1. 4.1.1

        jshumaker

        Horse, IMO cgmaster answered your question perfectly. Before the free agent period began, trading Glennon for a decent pick was probably not a thought for any of PR’s members. But after the Osweiller absurd contract and Fitzpatrick’s absurd contract demands, Glennon looks like a legit 2nd round pick trade. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Jets, Broncos and Cowboys not only need another QB on their roster but they need a cheap QB. Glennon’s contract is another big plus in his trade value

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        seat26

        Yeah, I agree. Because there are only a couple of QB’s worth taking in 1st round, Glennon’s worth could be more. He is worth more than a 2nd. I think two 2nd’s would be good. maybe one this year and one next year.

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    2. 4.2

      grafikdetail

      good point! Pickett971 didn’t even ask about trading Glennon he asked if a QB needy team would be willing to trade up to the #9 spot to get a QB

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    3. 4.3

      jme0151

      Well Horse, I agree with you. Just because it’s not a great QB draft class doesn’t make Glennon a better QB in the eyes of NFL scouts. They have seen his limitations. If we got a 3rd the Buc’s would jump on it.

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    drdneast

    cgmaster, I’m not part of the Glennon nob, but he looked average on a team that had two offensive coordinators who can’t find jobs now in the NFL.
    Because of this, the offensive lines were porous to say the least.
    The only thing I could fault on Glennon was he didn’t have a commanding field presence but more seasoning and playing might correct that weakness.
    The young man has skill and as Scubog pointed out, we traded Craig Erickson away for a No.1 to the Colts one year because they felt they lacked a QB.
    Teams know this is a QB driven league now and If they can find one who is a good game manager, they might possibly trade a No, 2 to get one.
    Why draft a rookie with a No. 2 pick that your are going to have to develop for a year of two when you can get one ready to start.

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      scubog

      Gee, drdneast, you finally got the point I was making about teams often over compensating for a QB who hasn’t done much….like Craig Erickson, who lasted one year after Richie bamboozled the Colts. Our giving up a #2 for Steve Spurrier, a #1 for Jack Thompson, another #1 for Chris Chandler, I think a #2 for Steve DeBerg are great examples right here in our own archives.

      Still not about Dilfer, who had a career far superior to, and much longer than that of Mr. Erickson.

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    drdneast

    Sorry cgmaster, that last post was intended for Horse.

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  7. 7

    fredster

    Glennon is worth what market dictates. In most Bucs fans eyes (mine included) that isn’t a second rounder, but it very well could happen. Supply and demand. You have team on verge of Super Bowl just missing an Oswieler average joe QB, it would make sense to take a guy with experience instead of drafting a potential project.

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    grafikdetail

    per ESPN: the Buccaneers would be foolish to give up Glennon for anything less than a second-round pick. If Glennon lands $7 million or more per year as a free agent next offseason, the Bucs could get a third- or fourth-round compensatory pick.

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  9. 9

    seat26

    We end up trading away good talent for next to nothing time and time again. And we end up paying way too much for talent that is past its prime or not even evident. I was a fan when we took Keith McCants. We love to buy the hype. All we need is a good article about Glennon to appear in Sports Illustrated, and someone will be willing to pay us. Just pray he doesn’t become the next Superbowl champ. ( Steve Young)

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    Seat26, I just wanted second everything you said in your comments at 6:02 pm yesterday. –
    I hope that last year’s draft was not some kind of fluke. There is no doubt that the Dungy/McKay era was the best for having built a contending team in Buccaneer history. Here’s hoping that the current regime can avoid the worst mistakes others have made in the past.

    I am ever optimistic and yes, I think the excitement this year has a little more substance to support it.

    Go Bucs!

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