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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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    macabee

    Those grades sound about right to me. No grade for Kicker? Understandable! lol. Re Kickers per Greg Auman/TBT, the Bucs are bringing in six kickers Nugent, Franks, Lambo, Pat Murray & Marshall Koehn Monday, plus Cairo Santos for physical.

    Two Bass fishermen from Ohio may be invited also. (a lil Sunday afternoon sip of Jack Daniels made me tell that lie) lol. Just my fun loving way of saying, I think we’re desperate for a reliable kicker. Go Bucs!

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      macabee

      Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bucs are bringing in former Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos for a physical to see where he is with his adductor sprain. The source said he is about two weeks away.

      Per ESPN’s Jenna Laine, in four seasons, Cairo Santos has made 89 of 105 field goals (84.8). He also hasn’t missed an extra point since 2015. The Bucs are bringing in multiple kickers Monday for a tryout before a decision is made on Nick Folk.

      The belief is that of the six kickers coming in for a tryout. Cairo Santos is the best, but he is not ready yet – about 2 weeks away. Now this is my opinion, so take only as that and wait for media opinion more familiar with the situation. The Bucs may keep Folks on for that period of time until Santos is medically cleared to play. I am familiar with the other tryouts and there’s not much out there to pick from. Whatever the Bucs do. Go Bucs!

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    sunshineben

    Winston is rated 26th on the nfl qb rating so B- is questionable

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      RootsCrew

      You went to ESPN for their QBR rankings. LOL. That is a terrible stat on it’s own. Winston is ranked 11th (before Thurs game) using advanced stats from Football Outsiders. Try harder to slander our QB.

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        cgmaster27

        You’ll have to excuse sunshine. He has to find the only convoluted statistical outlet that has mariota ranked ahead of Winston.

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        Naplesfan

        QBR is the gold standard of QB stats, give it up CG.

        I am more concerned about performance of the entire offense than of any specific player or unit … with our supposedly MVP quarterback, and what was touted as the best receiver group in the league, we are still ranked just 17th in points for in the league. Only 14 points scored against the worst defense in the league last Thursday. Outscored by a backup quarterback. It’s not just on one player or group, and the offensive playcalling is also not impressive. With our talent, we ought to be a minimum of top ten, closer to top 5 in points for.

        These grades are mostly too favorable. The entire team ranks a C minus, equally shared by offense and defense, though defense has suffered far more on the injury side than the offense, keeping several of our defensive starts off the field for multiple games.

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          cgmaster27

          There you go with that gold standard again. I bet every coach goes right to espn to check their qbs stats. No one but you looks at it as the gold standard.

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            cgmaster27

            But I digress I know you’re never wrong Naples. Espn the gold standard. Hahaha

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            Naplesfan

            You typically try to make this about the commenter, not the comment. Please demonstrate that “no one but me” ever looks at the QBR as the gold standard in QB stats.

            It is repeatedly reported and discussed on literally hundreds of websites, including the gold standard of online pro football stats – Pro-football-reference.com. It is the only QB stat that considers everything a quarterback does, and the context in which he does it, unlike passer rating or the NFL’s “next gen” stats that only address passing.

            The number one job of the quarterback is to lead the offense in performing its number one job, which is to score points. With a a mediocre points ranking of just 17th in the league, accomplished in part against the league’s worst defense, that’s not a good performance. The QBR takes into account everything from passing efficiency in terms of “Expected Points Added”, taking sacks, rushing. and whatever it takes to put points on the board.

            Last season Jameis Winston actually did fairly well in QBR, ranking 12th in the league, above others like Mariota, Rivers, Wilson, Carr, etc. Yet I strangely don’t recall you’re going on a massive rant campaign claiming that QBR was a poor indicator of QB performance that that there was no way Jameis was better than those quarterbacks he ranked above. Do you recall those rants?

            Didn’t think so.

            The stats don’t lie, whether it is bottom line points for, or the QB stats. They don’t tell the whole story either, but they give us metrics to use besides our eyes. Our eyes also tell us that Jameis Winston is a good NFL quarterback, but well below elite statues, despite being handed one of, if not possibly the most potent stable of offensive playmakers to pass to. Yet we continue to not score more than a mediocre number of points against even the worst defense in the league. And that is not just on Jameis, but it’s on the entire offense and offensive coaches too.

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    Alldaway 2.0

    Those grades are a bit generous for the offense IMO.

    But the grades are in the ballpark so that is good.

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    Jon G

    The kicking game needs fixing now. The pats where there for the taking. So there is no chance for errors. Atlanta & Carolina are winning. Let’s get this team together. Find a new kicker & a pass rusher. We got no bi so we need to heal & start winning.

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    Horse

    I see three things that need to improve immediately? Field goal kicking and extra points; offensive play-calling to get Winston up and running right away; defensive play-calling that allows our Corners to play tighter on the LOS.
    It appears they’re going to solve their problems by replacing Folk;. Who’s going to tell the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator to make a change in their own play calling?

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    XpfcWintergreen

    Next four will give us a little better idea of what we have.

    Maybe, they should give Ted Nugent and David Crosby a tryout along with those fishermen. Liven things up a bit. Hardy Har Har! … (::[]::)

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    XpfcWintergreen

    Just re-watched the Koetter press conference for Friday. Some discussion occurred regarding his play calling. Had to listen hard to what he is saying and “read between the lines” some. He is well of aware, I think, of what is mostly his fault and what are execution or other problems.

    I continue have a lot of faith in him.

    I enjoyed his final comment as well.

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    Kin Walden

    look forward to this article on the defense, cornerbacks will get no higher than D thanks to VH3, what happened to javien Elliott

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    surferdudes

    Koetter admitted during the preseason he didn’t game plan for the games because the preseason is more about evaluation then trying to win. I was confused about that, why can’t you do both? Preseason should be about getting you’re team prepared for the regular season, by getting your units in sinc on what you would normally do during a real game. You wouldn’t run a rookie back up the middle 3 times in a row during a regular game, so doing it during the preseason isn’t a true indication of that backs running ability. Isn’t how they take a real game plan to the field, and preform, for both units a better indication? We were all worried Jameis wasn’t throwing T.D. passes to Evans, and D Jax, but we were told that really wasn’t the point, shouldn’t it have been? Three preseason, and four games in, we’re still waiting for that T.D. pass to D.Jax. Koetter also toyed with the idea of giving up play calling duties last year admitting doing both put a lot on his plate. Wouldn’t the preseason have been the prefect time to give Monken that opportunity? So now we sit at .500. We still don’t know what our identity is on offense, but any test I’ve ever taken 50, out of a 100 wasn’t a passing grade. Mark, your B, and C grades should add up to a big fat D, but they don’t. I’m as confused about your grades as much as I’m confused about Dirks preseason reasoning.

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    Bucpride5

    Little to generous to the QB but that’s probably gratitude for Winston making FSU relevant again after seeing this was written by Cook.

    Other than the QB rating I agree with everything else.

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