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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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    I believe their optimism is shared by the fans and season ticket holders. Most of us can see what Jason Licht is building and how Koetter is the perfect HC for this young and coming team. And to think the Buccaneers will be that much better after the draft?
    Exciting times!
    And to the credit of the Glazers, they made tough choices to get here. Firing HC after HC, not being afraid to make a change no matter the cost. Fans have to respect that. The false impression that the Glazers are cheap when it comes to spending on the team has been mostly forgotten. After mistakes, expensive mistakes, like Anthony Collins, Michael Johnson and Eric Wright in FA have not stopped the team from continuing to try and improve.
    I certainly have to believe season ticket sales are on the upswing as the bandwagon variety of fan jumps on board. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be a playoff caliber team not only in the short term, but for the long term as well. YES!

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      The Bucs beat the 2015 NFC defending champions twice last year and split with the 2016 defending champions.
      Not bad as a starter.
      We just played the Rams, Broncos and Cardinals at the wrong point of the season which is often the case for many teams.
      Give us Demar Dotson back against the Cowboys and we quite possibly may have beaten them but that is football.
      One aspect of Winston’s game I’d like to see him work on and it’s a minor one is his cadence before the snap.
      It maybe a minor nuance. but I haven’t seen him draw off one DL with a varied cadence. Far to often I hear him use his favorite cadence with no variance which gives the DL a virtual heads up on the snap.
      It may be minor, but it’s the little things that can win games for you.

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    As Bucs fans we’ve learned to have guarded optimism when peeking behind the curtain of a new season about to hit the stage with the Draft four weeks away. Some in years past even resorted to predicting doom in an effort to limit their anticipated disappointment. As the team and we fans celebrated unexpected victories over the Chiefs, Seahawks, Panthers, Falcons, Saints and others in 2016, the confidence grew and has spilled over into this upcoming season. Can the swagger that departed after the 2003 Colts game be far behind?

    In a couple of weeks the 2017 schedule will be revealed. In the past there’s little doubt that our opponent’s fans and prognosticators would circle the game against the mighty Bucs as a certain win. I don’t think that will be the case anymore. The nine wins last year could easily have been ten or even eleven. No asterisk indicating luck on any of the quality wins.

    This may just be the Draft and Free Agent class that elevates our Pewter Pirates into the group mentioned as Super Bowl contenders. Need to find my shades!

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    Mark, did any P.R. staff even attend the league meetings? I’ve been reading these quotes, and others for days from other sources. Joe Buc Fan, has already reported Marpet starting OTA’s at center, the indoor facility being worked on, and more. You guys can’t just sit on your hands with an hour long podcast thinking that’s enough. I prefer reading short articles for my news then long winded podcasts. Come on man, you guys need to step up your game. Old news, is no news.

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    I’m surprised there’s been no mention here at PR of Rick Stroud’s post two days ago stating that the Bucs have told him they’re going to pick up Mike Evans’ fifth year extension in May … so that he can’t test free agency at the end of this coming season. Furthermore Stroud says the Bucs are also prepared to franchise Mike after the 2018 season.

    Given all the ink spilled and characters typed here at PR in the last few months stating that the Bucs are likely to extend Mike Evans with a big fat long term contract virtually any day now … there should be more than just crickets over this news … maybe it’s just professional jealousy over being so wrong, and missing a scoup that another Bucs reporter got?

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    What else are they going to say, we might suck this year. I kidding aside, the BUCS are on an upswing for sure.
    Can’t wait for the draft. Get a really good player this year. I’m not dreading a horrendous pick with Litch in charge. Very refreshing not to wonder how can we screw up this first round pick.

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      There will be some who bemoan whatever choice is made. The woulda, coulda, shoulda crowd will be in full force.

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