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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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    Smart move. I had hunch this would happen. At his age I’d much rather be a coordinator with a good deal than head coach with all the pressure etc. he was head coach before too so sure he’s not hurting for cash….

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    Great move… This is the kind of consistency that the Bucs were desperate for and now the pieces are starting to settle in from the top down.

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    Ron Gibson

    Fantastic news. BTW, we finished with 17 INTs, second most number in the league and a good bit more than overrated SEA and DEN.

    Now we need to get healthy Jack Smith and Gholston. Hopefully Ayers has another year in the tank.

    Now think about this – A healthy Noah Spence with a season under his belt !

    We need a starting quality OG and depth across both OL and DL. Then we need another RB and WR. I think all these needs can be filled in FA and the draft.

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    Congratulations to Coach Smith! And the players, staff and fans! And a big thank you to the Glazers for doing what’s necessary to win NOW!!!

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    Great news indeed!!!
    Thanks Bucs!
    Does anyone know how long is his contract?

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      Okay, just read it again, two seasons.

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    Good news; still need to draft in the early rounds a DL and CB. Go Bucs!

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      Buc 1976

      I agree with you Horse:
      I would like to see us TRY to sign K. Short from Carolina.
      In the draft I have not seen alot DT play,but did see Taco C. From Michigan and he looks outstanding he more DE he is long and STRONG.
      I am sure there are some others and I will be watching in the E-w game and Senior bowl. As for the draft if Cory Davis is available in first Rd. Take then 4 Defense picks.

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        Kwan Short would be free agent steal.
        Imagine if we snagged Eric Berry also.
        It’s a wet dream.
        GO BUCS

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    Horse, we need playmakers!

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    How refreshing for Coach Smith to commit to the Bucs for the term of his new contract and agree not to seek a HC opportunity. I’m sure the players took note.

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    This is by FAR the best HC/DC combination since Gruden/Kiffen. I mention Jon over Dungy because he, like Coach Koetter, were previously OC’s and as HC’s called their plays on offense.

    I do agree the Buccaneers need to focus on playmakers, weapons for Winston, in the draft. Of course that will be determined after FA, really depends on how needs are met there.

    Anyway, Buccaneers are playing to win NOW and the Mike Smith signing certainly is a statement. The Glazers are NOT afraid of spending money when it’s being spent in the right places.

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    This is great news, continuity and stability on both sides of the ball and guys that want to be here and build. That will filter down to the players and I’m sure that there are guys out there that want to play for the Bucs knowing their potential. Now let’s draft well, snag a few free agents for some depth and go!

    By the way, where are all of those clowns from the national media that were whining about Lovie Smith getting fired last year? It was the best thing that happened for this team, this team’s defense and the perception by others of this team. I’m very happy that Mike Smith came here this year and the improvement that we had hoped for has happened and it will only get better.

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    Our most important offseason move has been finalized! On to the draft Mr Licht

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