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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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    It’s always been amusing to me how folks criticize one of our best players because he smiles and is willing to talk to the media when approached. Others have been intolerant of him getting injured , even cited his play as disappointing when he attempted to play at less than full strength, to help his team. Gerald is a nice man who is similar in many ways to #63. My fellow old schoolers should remember how we wondered how good Lee Roy would be if he ever got angry. He and Gerald are who they are and need not apologize for it. If and when the team around him reaches his stature and the result is wins, it will be Gerald who deserves our apology.

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    We have a rather peculiar species of player haters here in Bucs fandom. I don’t know if it’s replicated with other NFL fan bases or not (I don’t hang out on other team sites). But there’s a small but extremely vocal group of players here who are intent on finding fault with players who don’t measure up to their peculiarly high and irrational standards of performance. These are the amateur scapegoaters, and they love to dis on Gerald McCoy for daring to be a quiet leader and playing while injured(???) and on Doug Martin just for getting injured. Never mind that both players make their living in the trenches fighting off 350 pound offensive linemen, which is about a violent a jobsite environment one can find outside of war.

    Whenever either of these guys is having a good streak of games, the scapegoaters pipe down, but like weed seeds awaiting the next rainfall, they suddenly pop up like dandelions all over the yard the instant either guy has a down day or injury-caused reduction in performance. One loudmouthed dude on another Bucs board regularly proclaimed that Gerald McCoy was a “cancer in the lockerroom” whom all his teammates detested. Others here routinely claim that Doug Martin only performs during a “contract year”, without caring, of course, that all of the years are contract years for short-lived NFL running backs who rarely get beyond 3-5 years in the league with their bodies intact. As if the scapegoating internet armchair heroes could even survive a single NFL practice session without claiming permanent disability.

    In any case, I love to see the lie put to the BSing scapegoaters as in this post. Gerald is indeed much appreciated by his teammates, his coaches, and more than likely a huge majority of the fans.

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