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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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    “One more year for Keotter?” In the title, but not the questions .
    And were all better for it. 2 mediocre wins against shitty teams do not save his job.

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      Well, it is still theoretically possible that the Bucs could win out over our final 6 games and finish with a 10-win season and a trip to the playoffs.

      Unfortunately, even if the Bucs were a good team this season, those particular 6 games would be a tall order to make a run. Every remaining team has a .500 record or better, and 5 of the 6 teams are strong contenders for either the NFC South division crown or a wild card. Even the weakest team remaining – Green Bay – may yet get Aaron Rodgers back for our appointment with the Packers, and it’s a mid-December game in Green Bay. We could very easily go 0-6 on that run, and finish with just 4 wins.

      Based upon the quality of play and in-game coaching we’ve seen so far, including yesterday, 0-6 seems like a much safer bet than 6-0.

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    At this point I don’t care what they do at QB because I have no faith they can win out. Maybe they prove me wrong. Down the road even if the Winston gets the Uber thing behind him, we still have a QB problem because when he’s not throwing picks he’s fumbling the ball. Winston in no small part is why this team was playing catch up nearly every game.

    As for Koetter and Smith, they should be gone the worst thing that can happen right now is either of them getting enough results to stick around. From my outside observation the players motivated themselves, not the coaches and beating two sorry teams just shows me things could be much worse for us.

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    Buc 1976

    If the Bucs beat Atlanta I may start to believe in them AGAIN.

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    Winston is our QB! There’s no reason why he wouldn’t have won those two games too. The Defense has been much better these last two games and hoprfully will continue to improve, if Mike Stubborn Smith keeps sending one of the LB’s to help with the pass rush. I can’t believe some of you all. He is the best QB we have ever had! Yes there is room for improvement. As to our Offense, Kirk Koetter does okay as an OC; if only the HC would tell him it’s okay to continue with what is working despite being ahead. It’s easy now to say what the problem was as we look back, soft pre season participation from players and coaching, IRMA, slow to make adjustments during the game. I’m leaving out injuries because all teams have this problem.

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    As Parcells was fond of saying, you are what your record says you are. To say Mark if we made some kicks, against N.E., and a few more plays against Buffalo is just wishful thinking not based in what really happened. I can say if Moore started instead of Cutler Miami would’ve won. Does anyone really believe Tom Brady was going to walk off Ray Jay without the win? The season will play out, we will be what are record says we are, and if that’s good enough for the Glazers to keep Licht, Koetter for another year, so be it.

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    I am torn between wanting to do no further damage to players like Winston, Alexander, and Grimes this year and wanting to give the last 6 games everything we have. Realistically, I think we probably split the last 6 games at best. But if we keep Winston out, players like Evans and Brate will probably suffer in stats. Which seems unfair. I want Koetter to stay if for nothing else consistency. In my heart, I think we are a half dozen players away from being a very good team. A new Coach will set us back and stunt the growth of players that are turning into future stars.

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    Nine Penalties at this point in the season is not good regardless of who the quarterback is. Too many mental mistakes. It shows a lack of discipline. (Yes, I know that Miami had 17. That is irrelevant to my point. They were just plain pathetic!)

    I read (or heard) somewhere that Fitzpatrick feels rejuvenated and is enthusiastic about playing again.

    I agree that Winston is a major talent but remains professionally immature. Time and experience is what he needs.

    Our special teams play has been very good at times … somewhat more consistent than our offense and defense. And we finally have a consistent field goal kicker.

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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