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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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    Buc 1976

    I hope Bucs beat Panthers! It can make for a nice 2016 season to build on going in to next Season! GO BUCS

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      76Buc

      Me too! But they won’t. You get what you deserve in life and the NFL.

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    Naplesfan

    Not going to lose any sleep on any of the not-very-likely playoff scenarios for the Bucs. At this point, we’re the most beat up team in the NFL (as measured by number of players on the NFL) and not exactly well situated to do a lot of damage in the playoffs even if we manage to sneak in. Losting Gholston was the last straw for the defense, and he seems unlikely to play again. Not sure what the status is on Brate, but without him and considering the other losses we’ve had at wide receiver this year, that’s just too many holes in the offense.

    Finishing with a win at home over the Panthers, however, is a highly realistic outcome and would net us a winning season for the first time since 2010. It gives us something to build on next season.

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      Naplesfan

      correction – “as measured by number of players on IR”

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      plopes808

      Agreed 100%. I can definitely sleep well at night knowing how far we’ve come after suffering so many setbacks on the injury front. Regardless of if we make the playoffs or not, I’m already looking forward to the offseason. I hope to see the addition of a few more targets for Jameis and a bolstered line on both sides of the ball. Our safety needs seem to have faded to the background as of late, but an addition there wouldn’t hurt us either.

      Next year we will be serious contenders to dethrone the Falcons. Here’s hoping another team doesn’t come steal away our DC. Go Bucs, Fire the Cannons, and Siege the Day!

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    WiltheBrewer

    Understood on the injuries, Naplesfan, but you’ve still gotta be frustrated that they couldn’t pull out a few of the games late-

    I was hoping to have the excitement of this week’s game meaning a bit more, but a Win over Carolina and winning season- gotta be happy with that. Don’t want to finish on a 3 gm slide…Go Bucs!!

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      76Buc

      A win would be great, but I have never seen a Buc team (which is known for leading the NFL is injuries) with this many injuries and IR’s. To borrow a term from another German American, I think it is time to do some serious vetting of the training staff, and the medical personnel.

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    scubog

    There are a ten players on IR. Were we really impacted?

    DE George Johnson-likely wouldn’t have made the team
    WR Cecil Shorts-cut and brought in to replace Jackson. Nothing special
    DE Jacquies Smith-ascending pass rusher who would have helped
    LB Devante Bond-late round pick who is an unknown commodity stashed on IR
    WR Vincent Jackson-once great fading player who would probably still have been better than his replacements
    DE Howard Jones-had a few good plays last season but is just a pass rusher at less than 240
    RB Antone Smith-cut and brought in to replace Sims. Showed a nice burst but was available for a reason
    OC Ben Gottschalk-Horse’s favorite player but has not shown enough to compete with Hawley or Smith
    WR Donteea Dye-fringe player at best
    OG J.R. Sweezy-Licht must think he’s worthy of a high salary so I’ll trust his evaluation. Who knows?

    I think the greater impact was from injuries for which a key player was unavailable or whose ability to play effectively was diminished. Some we may not even be aware. Charles Sims, Doug Martin, Luke Stocker, Russell Shepard, Adam Humphries, Fodser Cherilus, Demar Dotson, Kevin Panphile, Evan Smith, Joe Hawley, Noah Spence, Robert Ayers, William Gholston, Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Chris Conte all were lost for games or were greatly limited. Certain positions were nearly depleted.

    And that my friends, is why our young QB tries so hard to take it on his shoulders.

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