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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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    Love it.

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    Everybody is making like this is such a great revelation, but was reported on by Andy Benoit of MMQB during training camp last year when everybody was still second guessing the Bucs #1 pick of Jameis Winston. It makes no difference who wanted who, but that we got the guy that looks like the right guy for the job!

    I have no interest in re-opening that discussion and find little value in the story at this point in Winston’s evolution. Some may say it shows the honesty and forthrightness of Koetter, others will say that due to Lovie Smith’s stubbornness and inflexibility, that the Bucs have its first franchise QB.

    I say it’s time to look forward and hope that Winston, Koetter, and the divine powers that be restore the Bucs to respectability. Onward and upward Buc fans!


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    Well Said Macabee and I have no doubts Koetter is the right man for the job. However, it does raise the concern on Koetters ability to recognize talent. Mariota is talented but not to the extent of Winston. Even with insider info/persuasion from his buddy, Koetter should have still recognized the potential of each quarterback. Especially, being an offensive guru. Hopefully, I am wrong and this does not translate to future player evaluations. Go Bucs!

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    I think the Bucs would have been in capable hands with either QB, although it has become clear that a voice in the huddle was needed. Jameis and Kwon provided that voice of leadership starting midway through the season according to the article Peter King posted on MMQB a week ago. Personally, I still think Marcus Mariotta would have been a great Buc, but now that Jameis has gone through a year without an incident while showing great leadership, heart and maturity, I am 100% on board.

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