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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 [email protected]

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    I’ll tell you what, after watching Winston receive the game ball after the KC win, if I was ever foolish enough to go into a war or a fire fight with real bullets flying, that is one of the few men I would allow to lead me.

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      Drd, well said, I wish I was that mature at his age. He is definitely all growed up.

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      Yeah the letter he wrote to the team was an interesting thing as well. There’s a reason every player he’s ever played with would run through a brick wall for him. Well said Drd

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    As Winston develops, I think we are going to see that the Bucs have a chance to win any game. As the team begins to believe that more and more, winning will become more consistent.

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      Just imagine this team with real weapons outside of Mike at the receiver position. Koetters play calling and route developing is really helping a mediocre receiving core. Not trying to hate on our guys but let’s be real here. , mots of these guys are undrafted. Jameis truly does make those around him better.

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    He was money on Third downs yesterday. That third down throw he made to Evans late in the 4th quarter to seal the game was amazing. He also makes his teammates better. I am so glad he is the Bucs’ qb. Jameis, we are grateful to have you as the quarterback. Go Bucs!

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    Hands down this was Winston’s best game as a pro. The 1 TD stat line doesn’t tell the tale of the game. He moved the ball effortlessly vs a good/opportunistic KC defense. He was poised in the pocket (OL did a great job protecting) and found the open receiver. The clutch throws he made on 3rd down really seals the deal as to this being his best game. That throw on 3rd and 3, rivaled the one he made vs Carolina. Those are not easy throws and he ripped them right to Evans. One wonky pass in the end zone & the bad red zone production (although it’s been great all season) doesn’t negate a great game. All in all, Winston was spectacular yesterday.

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    The word terrific has been bandied about lately. Winston was TERRIFIC. Period.
    But don’t forget the O Line. Also TERRIFIC.

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      Agreed and agreed. I said to my brother while watching the game how I couldn’t believe how well our line was holding up. I expected a very long day for Jameis. But man he was money, especially on 3rd down. You can tell he’s on when he’s dropping it 40 yards down the sideline into a bucket.

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        I was nervous with KC’s pass rush against our tackles but they held up and let Jameis work

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    LOL. I agree chetevette. I was lucky enough to get to work on time, but rarely sober at his age.

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    It feels good to not have to worry about the QB Position on this team. It feels like we can check that position off our need list. When was the last time we actually had a guy who had this much skill at that position ? Accuracy, poise, and stability ? He sees the whole field, and he finds the open guy. He makes things happen. Bucs scored on that pick.
    i have been on our kicker all year and it feels even better to eat crow on that choice. I won’t heap on the praise yet. We still have 6 games and he still has to prove a few things yet. But 4 field goals and perfect on point after.
    Best of all ? We are actually back in the hunt. We actually have a chance to make it to the play offs. Of the remaining 6 games, I think three of them are games we should win. Dallas and Seattle will be tough. Saints we should be able to split. We might get lucky and slip in with 9-7. But there is no room for mistakes. It’s going to depend on how the NFC east and NFC north play out. But two weeks ago I was looking at draft sites. That is always a bad sign at the mid point of the year. You never know.

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    Hey all- I am willing to fall on my sword and say that Winston was AWSOME against the Chiefs. He was decisive and accurate. He looked like the QB we all hoped he would be when we drafted him. I love this leadership and am not yet willing to declare victory. I am rooting for us and him, but am still concerned with his decision making and accuracy

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    Oh- not to be downer, but all of you thinking Bucs as a playoff team , forget it. I can’t happen no matter how much the local media say it is a possibility, it isn’t. Let’s talk draft!

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      No, the Bucs might not yet be on the verge of playoffs this season, but with Winston ” the future is so bright you need to wear shades” . We know you don’t view the world through rose colored glasses, but you don’t need to look away when positive signs are on the horizon. At least for one week we can shelve the Draft talk.

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