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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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15 Comments

  1. 1

    nybuccguy

    Mike Smiths scheme is hot garbage

  2. 2

    fredster

    Agree. I don’t have any faith in Smith anymore. Without a bunch of lucky turnovers it just doesn’t work IMO. Hope I’m wrong and he does something different this year.

  3. 3

    owlykat

    After Smith’s success as DC at Jax with two big DTs in the middle, I am hoping he will be better this year with Vea in there and a dependable second string rotation up front.

  4. 4

    inspecto

    with the new faces on the DL the defense has to improve but Smith’s stubbornness leaves me with ?????

  5. 5

    Ken Grant

    If they give Donovan Smith a sizeable extension at $7-8M a year I’m going to blow a gasket. Their inability to properly evaluate him is very disconcerting. He’s probably the worst pass protecting starting left tackle in the league now that Erik Flowers has flipped to the right side.

    I really hope this new emphasis on finishing takes with him. I can’t be the only one that is sick to death of seeing him get beat then turn around and watch a play get blown up in the backfield/Jamie get smacked.

    1. 5.1

      fanofdabucs

      Anyone who thinks Smith is the worst pass blocker in the league is either a complete idiot or doesn’t watch the games, or perhaps has no clue what they’re watching.

      Most of the pressure in pass pro game from the interior. Pamphile was garbage in pass pro and Sweezy wasn’t much better.

      Smith is solid in pass pro. When you’re constantly playing from behind and your QB has to drop back and pass, then DEs are able to forget about the run and tee off. Even the best LTs get beat in these situations. Smith was put in that situation most of his career and with bad guards playing next to him.

      Unreal how clueless folks are.

  6. 6

    majc32

    Mark correct me if I am wrong but Mike Smith has said on multiple occasions that he leaves the depth the corners play up to them ie their comfortability. Its not “his scheme” and its a matter of guys like Hargreaves playing more aggressively like grimes does. Hargreaves’ confidence is shot and Ryan Smith was basically a rookie last year and that is why they looked so bad.

  7. 7

    Charlie

    I really don’t give a crap whether these players like Dirk or not, he needs to stop coaching this team like a fragile pussy. This team would go deep in the playoffs with the talent it has of we had physical training camps and a more physical playing style( play calling first) this ridiculous douche wants to build a finesse offense to compete in a physical game…we won’t improve until then. No matter who is playing QB or protecting him. BTW I really enjoy it when our coaching staff consistently acknowledges that Donovan Smith consistently has 2-3 plays a game where he’s a bonehead and gets beat on a play that significantly hurts the team. Just with Jameis and his turnovers, how long do we have to be patient with this loser to be consistent. Cause I agree anything more than say 8 million per year, would be laughable for this idiot to expect.

  8. 8

    Dude

    You guys have to realize that there are not too many good LT’s out there available. Donovan just needs to up his game. He’s got the size and skill set, he just needs the mind set. I fear that he is only here to collect a paycheck and doesn’t really care how good he can be, or anything else but playing long enough to get paid to retire. The potential is there, but can a coach coach it out of him?

  9. 9

    Darin

    Smith said the same thing when he was hired and before last year. Actions speak louder than words SittinBackSmitty. As far as Dirk being given leeway because Winston played hurt 3 games last year…that should be a knock on Dirk. Fitz went 2-1 as the starter. Why play a hurt qb when the backup can win ya more than he loses? Another gaffe in Dirks list of em. Unless of course Jameis kept how hurt he was from him, which i doubt. Man I hope Dirk learned a ton last year or all the self motivated players Licht brought in to help, wont get wins.

  10. 10

    Charlie

    That’s ultimately my worst fear Darin, that this coaching staff will have essentially wasted years of this team’s potential by acting like vaginas and then Jason Licht becomes collateral damage. We need to keep Jason even if we fire Dirk…

  11. 11

    scubog

    A laughable running game, no reliable kicker, QB fumbles and no pass rush is what doomed the Bucs last season. Not defensive scheme, not Donovan Smith’s two lapses a game, not Hard Knocks and not a soft training camp.

    A reliable kicker, a mediocre running game and a semblance of a pass rush to close out games and we just might have notched victories over the Patriots, Packers, Bills and Panthers to finish 9 dash 7.

  12. 12

    Mark Cook

    Trust me, I had Donovan on the Most Disappointing list a number of games last year. He is NOT the top tackle in the league nor should be paid as such. But he isn’t necessarily the worst. The tools are there, it’s now, as Warhop said, up to him to put in the work. His lapses tend to come in bunches. A false start followed by a hold or giving up a sack. And I know this is petty, but his body language frustrates me sometimes. And I HATE the long-sleeved white t-shirt under his pads. It looks so sloppy to me! Okay, rant over. He is a good dude, a good football player and his teammates like him. And so does the organization.

  13. 13

    Mark Cook

    As far as the coverage goes, Smith does give some leeway, but I don’t think there was a whole lot of confidence from the staff or the CBs to be honest. Problem is, in the division in particular, with no pass rush it is just simple throw and catch. Smith won’t ever throw his guys under the bus or call them out to the media, but I think at times last year it was the staff just trying to keep things in front of them and hoping to get a third down stop along the way.

  14. 14

    ayron54

    Let’s not forget that we have a defensive line now that will definetly help our secondary! I love the direction we are moving in and we have drafted better than I have seen in a very long time! Go Bucs! I think we make some noise this year!!!

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