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Mark Cook

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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    Honestly..this is more reason to dislike Lovie Smith more than I aleady do. He lets Arroyo be the “fall guy” for a DISASTROUS season that is 100% on Lovie Smith. He saw an excuse for his incompetence and let Arroyo take the bullet…I have more respect for Arroyo than I do for Smith.

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    +1, BuccanAy

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    I’ve always believed that when a person is given a job he is ill equipped to perform, any failure falls at the feet of the one who mistakenly cast him in the role. Here, the Bucs had ample time to bring in an interim OC with experience that would have at least had a semblance of credibility. But is this on Lovie or also Jason Licht who seems to be like teflon around here? Like McCown, I give Arroyo a lot of credit for his effort. But I also expected the offense to improve over the course of the season as he learned how to swim while on the verge of drowning. Sadly, things got worse. Plenty of blame to go around so don’t neglect to throw some stink on the GM who has been somewhat incognito (pun intended)lately.

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    It’s hard to fault a G.M. who was hand picked by the coach! The all powerful Lovie has final say, so he really is to blame. He was wrong about most F.A.’s including the big one McClown. Maybe this was a good thing, maybe the Glazers take some decision making away. Lovie made a bad team worse, with possibly the #1 pick, would you give him final say? If I’m team Glazer, I’d be making that call.

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    Dungy was stubborn and loyal to his offensive coordinators even when they weren’t producing. Let’s hope that Lovie doesn’t follow in his footsteps. He needs to hire an effective and experienced OC who can design an offense around whoever the Bucs draft as quarterback. Otherwise, he will suffer Dungy’s fate.

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