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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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22 Comments

  1. 1

    Stratobuc

    Wow – aint this place a ghost town. I guess everyone is headed to the skyway…..

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  2. 2

    Garv

    Zero chance this team is “built to win.” When asked in the off-season why the team was making so many changes St. Lovie responded changes were needed when a team finishes 4-12. But these changes have been for the WORSE so far.
    Just as I suspected, after the inexcusable 0-2 start and the blowout in Atlanta, the home crowds are diminishing. Time and time the Buccaneers ask us to make the Ray Jay a home field factor again. Time after time they FAIL to look like a professionally coached team. Guys, I have NEVER seen a team look as bad as the Buccaneers did in the first quarter. They looked like scab players against Super Bowl champions. They SUCKED!
    What a pitiful excuse for a football team. TOTALLY unprepared, TOTALLY outplayed, a TOTAL failure in front of fans who are getting sick and tired of false promises. Big talk, no walk.
    This game was so bad the only noise came from the thousands of Ravens fans who were there after the first three minutes. THEY even got board by mid second quarter.
    Once again, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the laughing stock of the NFL. Once again, an embarrassment. Once again, a GD ripoff.

    But don’t worry……St. Lovie will build on this. There’s hope. For a lot of money, he’ll sell you hope. I guess he believes arrogance sells.

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  3. 3

    player101

    For me, todays game brought me back to my youth. The days of Leeman Bennet, Ray Perkins, Richard Williamson, the creamsicles and the hey hey hey were the Buccaneers chant.

    The Glazers have managed to again make us the biggest joke in the NFL. These guys are riding the coattails of a their successful old man and couldn’t run an Arby’s correctly. They are useless owners and this team will never be anything with their ABYSMAL leadership.

    The whole Buccanners organization should be disbanded.

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  4. 4

    chuckbville

    Don’t change a thing. C,Ya

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  5. 5

    macabee

    Seems reasonable to me. Why change and go to another scheme? We haven’t learned how to play the first one yet!

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  6. 6

    pinkstob

    I still don’t understand the witch hunt to change this scheme. The Cowboys just beat the Seahawks with it. The Panthers dominated the league last year with it. It’s the coaching and the players, not the scheme. Besides, whoever heard of changing a scheme midseason. It took OTA’s, a mini-camp and a training camp to learn the one we have. To Mac’s point, the players still haven’t fully learned it.

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    csidedave

    Can somebody ask Lovie what changes need to be made to prevent the Bucs from trailing by a combined score of 94-0 to start 2 games? Atl 56 and Bal 38 before we put a single point on the board.

    How does that happen? How unprepared can you possibly be?

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  8. 8

    EastEndBoy

    When all you can muster on offense is a series of 3 and outs….and all you can muster on defense in response is to watch TDs be scored….you have reached a new low for the Buccaneers…never thought I would see us back at Yuccaneer levels….how have we regressed from SB champs to the Yucs….don’t just say the right things Lovie, you need to take action as Dungy did to change the direction of this ship, because without that (action) we are headed in the wrong direction.

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    deeznuts

    It’s a sad day to be a bucs fan. It all started with the cutting our entire offensive line (D.Joseph,J.Zuttah,T.Larsen, D.Penn), then we didnt keep guys like D.Watson (Special Teams Ace), A.Hayward (Special Teams), C.Barth,etc. Now we have no name players starting at CB for us. Why is Keith Tandy not getting more reps at (S)?? D.Dotson needs to take over LT, Collins is not nearly as good as Dotson. Glennon doesnt look bad though

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  10. 10

    Horse

    Thank goodness I was out of town and just got back. Maybe I won’t even watch what i recorded because it appears we have little talent? We have changed Coaching; Gruden, Morris, Schiano, and now Smith and I think it still all goes down to drafting talent and trading away draft picks.
    Okay I’ll look at the game in the morning and maybe i see something I didn’t see before.

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  11. 11

    owlykat

    The Cowboys DC had the good sense to play man the entire game today except the last play when he shifted to Tampa Two. Zutah outplayed his replacement today and we should never have let him go. In fact Licht blew it by letting our ProBowl RG go too, when he could have signed him to a one year prove it contract to see if he had fully recovered from his injury. Licht also blew it by not taking a Franchise QB with our first pick too and failing to draft high OL which is how Dallas turned around their sorry team, and his very poor evaluation of Free Agent talent too. Johnson is no double digit sacker and Collins was pathetic today too. We do need to swap our OTs over this break too. Big mistake letting Reavis go too. When Sims returns he should be starting. And it is a big mistake running shrimp RBs inside with no holes. Our FB should be used as a RB when that happens or at least opening holes for shrimp Martin. Need to play our two TE Offense then too so the TEs can chip block before they run routes. Would help if we would pick up an experienced OC over the break too and a OL Coach. I miss Bostad! And Tandy should have been used as a CB today too. He has good speed. Lovie needs to Coach our Defense!

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  12. 12

    scubog

    Schemes don’t win or lose games in the NFL. Talent, and maybe just as important, attitude are what makes a team successful. The legions of Raven fans sure took away any semblance of a home field. That stupid socceresque “Oh….Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh” chant is still buzzing through my head like that “It’s a Small World After All” tine from my last Disney visit in 1996. Here’s a note to Jason Licht. Pick better free agents and stop the revolving door of merely bringing in “different”, but not necessarily, “better” players.

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  13. 13

    matador

    Personally, I have thought Glennon has promise all along, and would like him to have a chance to lead a decent team before passing judgment. If Lovie sits him for Josh, I may literally be done with the team for the rest of the season… There is a good article on tbo.com talking about the fact it is likely to take 1.5-2 seasons for the team to understand Lovie’s version of this defense before they can start playing fast and accurately. Wish there were more insightful articles like that on PR.

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  14. 14

    Morgan

    Glad I decided to unload my tix…at least Raven fans got to enjoy the game. Can’t see sitting in 90-degree sweltering heat to witness a massacre like that. This team is worse than the team that got Raheeem Morris fired, in my opinion.

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    Horse

    I agree with Scubog! I watched the game I recorded and saw little talent. Everybody should be on the market to be traded. We aren’t going to get better with this lot on the roster in two weeks or 10 weeks. Trade now for draft picks! At the end of the season let it go!! I mean all the non performing guaranteed contract players. Keep Mankins and start over with an OL. Keep nobody on the DL and start over. Keep nobody on the LB and start over. Keep Banks on DB’s and start over. Keep Sims and start over in RB’s. Dump McCown and find a replacement Now! We can’t go QB in this years draft and we’ll have to wait until the OL is rebuilt. Glennon is adequate for now. Go Bucs! It’s a new beginning; start now!

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  16. 16

    Buctebow

    Is there a scheme?

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  17. 17

    Buctebow

    If they get trucked by the Vikings, Lovie is done.

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  18. 18

    Horse

    Buctebow; replacing Lovie is the least of the problems. This is the 4th coach since 2008. It’s the poor drafting that has got us here. I’m giving Coach Smith thru 2015 to see if some of the sails are back up. Go Bucs.

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    1. 18.1

      Buctebow

      Horse, I am not against keeping Lovie for a year or two more, as we do need to develop some continuity in order to succeed. You are right that the talent cupboard is bare and Lovie can only work with what is in front of him. It is just hard to watch.

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  19. 19

    bucDsystem

    drafting hasn’t been all that bad.. coaching however has been atrocious

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  20. 20

    Bucko40

    Dear Lovie, The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

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  21. 21

    bucjoe

    We changed most of the offensive line because they were so bad! Collins is better than Penn; Mankins is better than Larsen; eds is WORSE than Zuttah; Omameh is better than “our Pro Bowl G” who is now on the Rams bench, came in for one play and gave up a sack.

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