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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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    surferdudes

    I thought it would’ve sent a strong message had the Bucs given Winston a one game team suspension of thier own. He would only miss the Bears game, then be back after the bye week. Let him know he’s on a short leach. Your thoughts Mark.

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      JustaBuc

      He’s already getting suspended, why punish him more? You literally admit yourself that going further is just posturing.

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    Horse

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me I absolutely have no clue what our win /loss could possibly be this year. I lost a lot of confidence these last couple years as to talent, team, coaching, management.
    I just don’t know about where the Bucs are presently, but I will continue to support them like I have since 1976. Go Bucs!

    1. 2.1

      BucRy

      Honestly, I feel like this is one of the best teams we have had in years (on paper atleast) but I am more concerned about the coaching..I hope koetter proves me wrong but I still don’t have too much faith in the guy..questionable play calls, time management..then we hear TJ Ward come out saying the bucs didn’t really let him be himself on the field, I know Ward was a scrub for us last year, but I started thinking about koetter and Winston on hard knocks last year..I feel like koetter does not truly knoq how to maximize a players potential. Just my thoughts..

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      drbill

      I agree. After the hype last year and the abysmal performance that followed I also have no idea what to expect. The Winston debacle just makes any positive thoughts suspect. Unfortunately we don’t really have proven depth at quarterback. Fitzpatrick is a journeyman and 35 years old to boot. Behind him there is nobody with ant credible experience. Miracles do happen, but not apparently not with these Bucs. It’s the legacy of a decade and a half of bad personnel management choices.

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    Runole

    Good to see a rational objective view of the situation versus the burn him at the stake crowd.
    Not excusing his alleged behavior but some of castigation’s towards Winston are beyond rational and are clearly biased against him. Rather obvious they are well indoctrinated by the false narrative promoted by the mainstream media and ESPN.

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      Devasher

      I went to FSU for undergrad and grad school. Was in Tallahassee when FSU won in 2013. Jameis was one of the best college QB’s I’ve ever seen. I defended him ad nauseum against the Kinsman allegation because there were legitimate holes in that case (which is why she couldn’t win the code of conduct hearing). And despite it, it is possible to see a pattern of behavior and look back and say “yeah I can believe he’s responsible for it.”

      Sorry Runole but ESPN didn’t make me think anything.

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    Horse

    Runoke. Obviously I was one of the first ones who rejected to Winston’s behavior. Time takes care of many things. I’m willing now to give him another chance as long as he plays good this season, and of course no more behavioral problems. Go Bucs!

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      scubog

      That’s what I like about you Horse. You might blow your stack about an event or a player, but you always calm down and take the time to think things through. Hopefully Jameis does and says the things that will make folks more willing to give him that chance. Of course winning a few games might help.

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    fredster

    People want to talk about Winston and QB position all time, but it does come down to how both lines play more than anything else. I’ve said it starts up front period and guys want to argue this and that. Yes It’s a team sport. Yes You need a franchise qb in this offense driven league now, but success absolutely agree will depend if we can run ball and protect more consistent this year.

    As far as Jameis goes I said from get go his play this year will determine his fate. Simple as that. Assuming no more issues that is. If it’s mediocre or bad I think they will move on. Not worth the risk and he’s had enough time. They didn’t run the ball last year, protection was not consistent, and worst defense in league makes a QB press. This year hopefully those pieces are improved so hey can fairly and finally avaluate is it worth giving him a big deal. All these idiots saying he Sucks just move on now are morons. Just not time for that yet on any level unless your just a Mike.Seven type broken record so called “fan” blinded by hate and don’t care about the teams fate.

    Time will tell if Winston has changed and alcohol was mainly to blame or the guy is just a scumbag deviant and alcohol brings out his true self.

    As a fan I have to hope he will mature and change and plays great this year. I don’t like that because as a father, etc I think he’s been a real idiot and I’m about tired of it. If we have to cut him and start over it will set this team back again. It won’t be 10 year set back like some have said but it will likely be significant amount time. If he plays great this year and no more troubles and is married, why as a fan would I want that?

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    fredster

    Meant why would I not want that…..lol

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