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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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    Having played in the AFC East, Fitz is probably better prepared then Jameis, I’m not worried about him playing. I’m more worried about the defense.

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    The Deadliest Catch.

    You don’t end up on seven teams and throw ~135 INTs by accident. But it’s still definitely a winnable game if he can limit the turnovers. Need a big game from The Dougernaut

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    Buc 1976

    Fitz is savvy pro I was impressed with how he performed in the Cards game.
    He made some really good throws in the game and also tucked the the ball and ran for I think 2 first downs. He did everything a backup QB should do.

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    I get a feeling that Fitz will be playing this week. Just don’t think you risk Jameis yet.

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    Obviously Fitz is capable of playing well enough to win if the defense also does its job. I thought the defense was coming along pretty well after they held the Pats to just 19 points the week before, only to lay a massive rotten egg at Arizona.

    It’s really impossible to tell how well the Bucs will play, because as a team it’s been inconsistent on a consistent basis.

    If Jameis can play without extending his shoulder issue, fine, but it’s better to let him heal fully than to risk him getting hurt worse or losing a game for us because he can’t drive the ball. That’s up to the staff to figure out.

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    I watched Fitz absolutely shred the Bills last year when he had both Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall as starting WR.s. I mean he totally eviscerated them.
    But it won’t matter who starts if Mike Smith decides to play Lovie Smith defense against them.
    That defense he called against the Card was horrendous.
    Very little blitzing or stunts and letting Hargreaves play off instead of being in tight coverage.
    Hell, if Hargreaves can’t cover anyone, at least get him up on the line where he can try and knock them off the route for the first five yards.
    Robert Ayres doesn’t seem to have the edge this year that he did last year, Swaggy looks like he only wants to tackle a buffer, Noah Spence is crippled again and poor Gerald McCoy is another year older.
    And did anyone catch how the DE injured his shoulder against the Patriots by having to cover a RB in a zone blitz that wasn’t run very effectively. Geeeee whiz.

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