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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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    Kin Walden

    It is not just the 9 points, each time the players have to overcome the momentum loss caused by the missed kick. Let us state the facts: Nick Folk lost us the game and nearly lost the one the week before. Do not sugar coat it, otherwise we never face reality and make adjustments as needed.

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    MudManVA

    Rash, rash! He has been BAD in games, bad. Not a 1 game knee jerk on a bad day, he’s been Aguayo BAD, and the BUCS didn’t spend a 2nd round pick on him.

    Folk, welcome to the regular workforce like the rest of us!!

    Horrible, just horrible, and amazing that the BUCS can’t even get an AVERAGE kicker. Average wins last night.

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    Naplesfan

    It’s clear that Folk’s performance is not acceptable, period. It’s clear that his missed field goals were greater than the margin of loss. The Bucs have to improve our kicking game. If we can try out another kicker this week and then let Folk go, so be it.

    But we can’t just simply blame the loss on our kicker. Don’t forget that it was the pathetically inconsistent performance of our offense that forced field goal tries (or a failed final play of the game) on three trips to the red zone or the opponent’s side of field. If just one of those three scoreless drives had ended in a TD, nobody would care about the kicker.

    We’ve got to get much better at sustaining drives and scoring TDs in the end zone. No kicker can save every game that our offense is blowing.

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    macabee

    If we keep Nick Folk, we’re not smart people! Pun intended and so is the message.

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      owlykat

      Agreed!!! Fire that loser NOW. Then invite all available kickers to a competition under Game type conditions and hire the best one.
      If Howard had stopped and turned and caught the ball and then muscled it into the end zone over the light CBs he could have shown himself worth the first round pick. And stop those stupid and hurtful penalties.
      Got good running from our muscle hamster but his pass receiving was gosh awful.
      Jameis, get accurate and stop overthrowing deep passes!

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    deucefranchise

    his onsides kick was terrible as well

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    surferdudes

    The Cards lost their kicker to injury, picked up a rookie from another teams P.S., and he makes the game winner on the Monday night football stage. Replacing Folk shouldn’t be to hard. I’m sure we can find someone who’s better then 65 percent.

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    Hank Scorpio

    Jameis and Koetter are as culpable as Folk for this loss in my eyes. Maybe if Jameis had been more accurate or we kept handing the ball to Martin, we wouldn’t even be talking about Folk this morning. Folk definitely needs to go, but someone else also needs to be making the play calls and in game personnel decisions besides Koetter. As for Jameis, it’s the same issues he’s had since college and they’re not getting much better despite having one of the most talented WR/TE corps in the league.

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    alejandro

    The game was lost because 2 kick attempts they lost 6 points. I mean besides that incomplete passes.

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    Horse

    He’s got to go. I have no confidence in him for the rest of the season.

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    Sactobuc

    1st and goal inside the 10. We don’t run Martin on three downs…? I don’t get it. The hands to the face on Winston’s scramble wouldn’t have happened if we’re pushing the line to run block. Horrible play calling IMO.

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    chetthevette

    Fire this guy right now. Hell, grab Roberto off the street. Maybe somebody from Armwood High. Don’t care who, show this guy the door.
    GO BUCS
    I STILL BELIEVE

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    inspecto

    They did not run the ball enough!!! Doug was hot with fresh legs. Feed him . Feed him !!! 5 .8 yards a carry. Feed him. Run the fin ball. Kotter this is on you. What game were you watching???? The way Doug was running he would have broke a big one if ya just kept feeding him. I remember the Jag game from a few years back. They ran the ball from their 20 to a TD without a pass.. Kotter wake up.

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    dbucfan

    Agree with the need for a place kicker, and that the HC needs to run the damned ball

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    matador

    I agree with others, Folk should be replaceable but while the odds are much better, you don’t get rid of someone unless you’re pretty darned sure you have a better replacement.

    We’ve failed to learn that lesson repeatedly starting with Gruden which plunged us into the Raheem Schiano Lovie era before Koetter arrived (a word of warning it you’re already tempted to pick up a pitchfork). But hopefully such a kicker is out there sitting on his sofa somewhere…

    On that subject, the Bucs aren’t cursed, we just have a long long history of poor personnel decisions. We had Matt Bryant and still could have if not for being short sighted.. We had Barth, not as good but good enough, and might still if he hadn’t hurt his ankle. Heck, we had Steve Young… 😃

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