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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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    One question in the mail bag this week?

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    Mark, it’s been one of your best articles and your analysis is spot-on! It’s the coach’s job to keep the players focused on the now, and it’s the players job to perform at their very best on every snap. The way I see it right now we are not a team; we have moments of being a team, but more not. Time to sit players down if they’re not going to perform as to what we expect. Time to jump on the GM and ask him what are you doing about it. Time for Koetter to be the head coach and pass the play-calling to the offensive coordinator. Time for Mike Smith to align his defense around his best players and let them play their game. Time for me and other fans to keep quiet because I know we’re not helping and most of us really don’t see the whole picture anyway. So I challenged this team to move forward and play your very best as a team. Go Bucs!

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    What a letdown with all the hype leading up to the start of the season.

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    Keep quiet Horse? The only thing we have left to look forward to is our own pissing, and moaning! Myself included we have some of the best pissers, and moaners you could find on any site! Horse, I just enjoyed your comments. I agree with you. Please don’t stay quiet, it’s our job now more then ever to make our feelings known.

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      Surferdudes; my NFL concern is we get too negative and forget letting the players and coaches work this out if they want to be here in January. I do believe it’s time to shut Winston down and let him heal properly because he is never going to do it himself. The guy shouldn’t be allowed to throw any footballs the rest of the season and I mean not even tossing it around on his hands. No sports what so ever. Just do whatever physical therapy as required and the usual strenghtening workouts. We don’t want another Luck situation. Spence should have followed the same advice because he has a very long journey to come back from his shoulder situation as to the NFL. I love the Bucs and I just can’t keep blasting them and be on the negative so much. At some point I have to start focusing on the good things about the Bucs.

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        Yet, Horse, it’s nigh impossible to be positive when the results on the field are negative… especially after expectations were built up not just here but throughout the league that the Bucs were finally on their way back to relevence.

        Our talk doesn’t change anything, doesn’t matter. It is just some of us fans expressing our opinions, which all fans of all sports do. That’s what it means to be a fan. If we didn’t have and express opinions, we wouldn’t be fans.

        Yet, the real decisions are made in the boardroom, not the chat rooms. The Glazes are the sole deciders when it comes to reacting the humongous disappointment this season has become. Their history says they don’t just sit around and make excuses or wring their hands and shrug their shoulders. They decide, and they act.



          Naplesfan, I hear you. Please continue and other fans to keep pounding the rock. I’ve said about all I can say about where this team is right now. I’m going to start looking for the good in next season. Well here’s a positive; I think we got the attention of the Buc organization we need to draft DE’s. Go Bucs!

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    I agree with the Hype theory. With the additions and third year together one would have been justified to have high expectations. After many years of watching the Buc’s I am inclined to believe that it is simply the way the ball bounces and a few plays per game that determines the winner. There is so much parity in the NFL. You have to take each game independently, and in some cases each quarter as a separate entity. I see 3 area’s affecting Buc’s play. Winston Can’t please all his weapons. All these high octane players on offense are going to have to learn that being a blocker or a decoy is as important as being targeted. The playbook needs to shrink, With solid players you don’t need to be tricky and Koetter needs to let his OC call the plays. Also need TD’s in the Red Zone. The strategy should be to out score our opponents and stop blaming an inconsistent defense for losing games. They are facing top QB’s and Talented specialty players every week. Keep in mind 3 or 4 miscues can result in a quick 21 points, While there is no magic formula to winning, it often seems like the Buc’s get more than their share of Bad Luck.

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      well said, NEED TD’s in the red zone. stop beating ourselves!

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    Yes, there was hype this season.

    But on the other hand, it is not unreasonable to not only hope, but expect, that a decade of futility in not making the playoffs should come to an end this year … not “some day” …. this year.

    The current GM and front office staff, and coaches, and players were not brought here to give us hype, or to give us hope … but to give us a playoff team. Period. End of story.

    That the current crop of OBP residents are under-performing yet again is not a reason for fans to shut up, or to adjust our expectations downwards, or live with yet another failed season. Or to make excuses for GMs, scouts, coaches, and players. Or even for the owners.

    The reality is the Bucs are on the way to becoming the Browns of the South, unless we turn this pirate ship around. The Glazers are the only ones who can make the changes that are needed, because nobody else is gettin’ it done.

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      Naplefan; I can’t argue with those points. What’s your suggestion as to how we get out of this hole?

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        Good question.

        There are just so many things that aren’t working, in all elements of the game, it can’t be just one big thing that needs to change, other than in the front office. The talent seems to be available, but the sum of the whole is less than the sum of the parts.

        It is still theoretically possible for this team to get its act together and make it to the playoffs. But to do that requires a total turnaround from what we’ve seen this season. I’m doubtful, but willing to give Dirk and his assistants and the players the benefit of the doubt. But that only applies for the next three losses. Once we get mathematically eliminated, which may come as soon as Thanksgiving weekend, then it comes down only to willingness to make big changes.



          I think Licht gets too much credit. He missed completely on 2 second round picks and a 3rd one is still questionable, plus gave up 4th rounders to get them in moving up: I think I got that right? Yes he got Alexander and Beckwith, but that should had been a plus, not a balance out. Most of his big signings in free agency haven’t worked out; sure would have liked to have seen all those tens of millions keep ticket prices down. That’s alot of money!

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    Keith F

    Nice job Mark, great content!

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    You know how young QBs in the first quarter of the Super Bowl tend to let their adrenaline get the best of them & they way overthrow their targets? Jameis has been playing like that all season. Yes, at his best he reminds you of Favre, but he reminds me of Favre when he’s at his worst too, rolling the dice on dumb plays. He’s my favorite player but he really needs to raise his game. Steve Mariucci said he’s got the highest football I.Q. of any player he’s scouted, or something to that effect. Well, a high football I.Q. isn’t just about the raw intellect to remember plays and break down defenses, it’s also about having good judgment. IMHO that’s been Winston’s Achilles’ Heel thus far in his career.

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      I have no doubt his football IQ is high but he still isn’t able to process it at game speed.

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    I brought this up on the red board yesterday. Could the Bucs have too many options? Is Jameis Winston struggling to make decisions based on the number of talented players?
    People did not respond favorably. Go figure. It’s under the title : how do you like Desean now?
    Mark you stole my idea or great minds think alike.?

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      The receiving group wasn’t the problem last year, Winston’s decision making and inconsistent ball placement is the problem he’s always had along with his extremely poor ball security issues. Let any 70%+ QB throw to these receivers you would see much better production immediately.

      Not that Winston should be the focus. We are having this discussion because of Mike Smith’s cancerous defense. If they were even just below average we might have a winning record right now. If they were average we would have a winning record.

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    Bob Will

    A few questions. Is anyone actually coaching, in other words teaching our young players actually working with them to improve their basics. Is anyone working with Winston on basics to improve accuracy? Accuracy can be taught through better basics in ball handling and footwork.

    Secondly: Is anyone really looking at our new GM and his track record. Second round pick of a kicker, a bust. This year we cut our fourth round pick I believe. Sims a bust but we keep trying to use him so no one will notice. If we cut Sims no one would pick him up he is not good enough for the NFL.

    Winston his accuracy has always been an issue. I have been a Buc’s fan since day one and I have watched everyone of Winstons games, need I say I have even studied said game. I can count on one hand the number of passes that he has it his receivers in stride over his first three years. Mike is always having to stop, reach back to make a catch, or come back to the ball. How many yards could he gain if he was actually hit in stride on his pattern? Same with D. Jackson he has not been hit in stride this year. This past week we had a wide open field in front of him and he missed him. I realize all QB’s miss some but Winston never hits his receivers in stride, Mike Even make Winston look good because he has that much talent.

    I do think Winston can be taught be we need to get a QB guru to really work with him and not expect him to improve on his own by just throwing balls.

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      my thoughts exactly. We never get YAC.Think if ya could hit Djack in stride on aslant. But no he has to stop or come back to the ball. YAC baby YAC. Go back in time and watch Jerry Rice YAC. Marino and any of his receivers YAC. The Bucs never have yac. Mike Evans could be a real beast. So could Brate and Djack if hit in stride!!!
      YAC baby YAC!!!

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