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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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    How was Buckner not our first choice for DL coach?

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    YES, Yes, Yes!! Bought damn time! Loved all his quotes, he’s right.

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      There can't be 2 Winstons!

      I loved his quotes too, but the part about not blaming a defensive back for giving up too many yardage….I guess he hasn’t seen VH3 play.

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        I think his point is valid. The linemen doing their job makes VHIII, as well as the rest of the secondary, better at his job. How much better, that’s the question.

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        I think he is about not blaming other positions/coaches but focus on your players and your plays at D-line and I like that. He does not say a DB never makes a mistake but asks the question, what can we (as the DL-group) do to make his life easier instead of pointing at him.

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    Buc 1976

    Buckner may very well be the Best pick up in FA. Yes I know he is a coach not a player but if he can get the best out of our D Line and I really believe he will. Then WHAT a great pick up he was.

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    Buc1976, I’ve been saying that since we signed him. I think Buckner makes a big difference in the defense this year and I love the quote ‘I don’t care about a double digit sacker, I care about double digit wins!’ – that quote speaks volumes about his team first philosophy.

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    I like his attitude, but I can’t completely agree that size doesn’t matter. In the end, if you produce, you play, but there’s more to it than that. You can’t field a team of guys that are all undersized or you’ll get pushed around. I think he could’ve answered that question a little better. Vea’s size does have an effect on his game, and it helps in some situations.

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    Well I have been saying the same thing about our secondary for the last four years. DB’s can only cover for so long. If u don’t make an NFL QB nervous they will rip you to shreds. Even Josh McClown.
    Also was interested about Buckner’s take on accountability.
    I was never more disappointed with McCoy’s lack of leadership than after what Baker did in the Panthers game.
    McCoy probably should have been in his grill right then but when Alexander and even Winston have to do your job for you, then you have no business being a team captain.

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    drdneast, I agree with you to an extent but when VH3 plays 10 yard off and QBs are completing 85% against you within 10 yards your DL don’t have time to get to the QB.

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    I love every word that comes out of this mans mouth. He brings that fire and non Bull *hit attitude that this d-line needed. I can’t wait to see what he can get out of these guys. What I want to see more out of MCcoy this year is to stop getting run out of the play area. He runs himself out of so many holes in the run game trying to get to the QB. Now I’m assuming we’ll see less stunts by what I’ve seen from Buckner and I love that. Quickest way to the QB is a straight line. I just hope Mike Smith has the guts to play the DB’s up close, which you know, they are actually good at. And then we might see some serious results. I think this our future defensive coordinator if he can produce some solid number with this unit, which it should. Exciting stuff!

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    Watched on Amazon Prime the All or Nothing Arizona Cardinals series. Very much enjoyed seeing on episode 7 (at about 8:20) Buckner showing his D line clips of his technique against teams. The first play is him crushing Jeff Garcia will Alstott in the backfield. It shows his highly aggressive nature.

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    Buck is a maestro on the mic and seems to be the same on the field. If he can get that fire lit under the players we will see a BIG difference across the board. The front end effects the back end far more than the other way around.

    That said, the secondary does need to make some changes scheme-wise and according to an article I just read on buccaneers.com, Smith has said we will see these changes. Here’s hoping it’s not just smoke and mirrors…again.

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    I love Buckners attitude. “I dont care about double digit sacks, I care about double digit wins”.

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