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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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    I think the success of the upcoming offense is going to depend on the health of the O-line. The team appears to be supremely confident in the current group, but if there are injuries, it’s going to cool off the production from both running and passing numbers.

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      kram0789

      Yes I agree. If the injury bug hits the O-Line all of those skill players will not have a good season.

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      BucWild02

      I remember Dirk Koetter’s first year as OC here in Tampa and he was asked about the O line. He said it didn’t really matter if you had big name players or not. He said there are always ways to get the protection you need. You can chip, you can double, you can max protect, you can get rid of the ball quickly, you can trap and pull, and you can leave a back in to help. I loved his “no excuses” attitude then and I still do. This offense will do well if they stay healthy at QB. That is what matters most.

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        BucWild02

        A link to the SI article…
        http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2015/07/28/dirk-koetter-jameis-winston-tampa-bay-buccaneers#

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        toofamiliar17

        That sounds really great and smart and all. David Irving says hi, though.

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    kram0789

    I am not happy with the Justin Evans pick. He runs a slow 4.57 40. His playing speed comes from anticipation but the NFL QB’s will move him and he doesn’t have the speed to recover. He is not a legitimate Free Safety prospect. His tackling is horrid so he’s not a strong safety prospect either. If he sticks it will be because of special teams. I can see his kamikaze style making an impact there. So next year we draft another safety high. I hope I am wrong because we really can’t afford to miss on second round picks.

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    surferdudes

    I’m with you Mark, don’t write off Mr.T, Stevie. This guys already my hero. Good article By Fennelly in the Times, a must read. We needed a run stuffing tackle, Mike Smith always had one, now he does. I give Licht an A for finally picking up a gem in the 7th round instead of a fullback.

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    drdneast

    The offense will again flourish this year but Winston and the offensive line will both have to improve for it to do so.
    Winston must improve on his completion percentage and take better care of the ball. Although I don’t hold him accountable for all of his INT’s, there were still to many that were directly attributable to him.
    Of course there were a wide variety for many of them, there were very few were he misread the coverage and threw an INT because of it.
    Knowing Winston as we do, he is definitely working on the problem and I hope part of the process is him working on his foot work and lower body mechanics.
    As for the offensive line, the weak link there appears to be Kevin Pamphille and not Donovan Smith. The unit could also use a leader in the form of Logan Mankins.
    Smith has gotten better every year he has played but we still here the same chirping from his detractors using the same negatives that were used against him during the draft.
    Hopefully Pamphile, with a full season under his belt, will improve at the left guard position because Mankins play and leadership was sorely missed last year.
    Many people moaned about the Bucs not taking a better back at No. 3, but I believe Licht looked at the two positions of WR and RB and decided after last year, another quality WR was needed in case one of our two top WRs went out for a while with an injury which would have left us in the same position as last year.
    As for the Justin Evans pick, most draft “experts” had him going at No. 2 or 3. His detractors, like Kram, makes him sound like he should have been an after the draft FA tryout for the roster.
    I think I’ll take the opinion of the man who saw the diamond in kwon Alexander over that of someone who sits on a couch and regurgitates negative draft analysis.

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