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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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    jongruden

    Danny Lansanah is turning out to be a nice player and McCoy is no fluke he is a all pro player at his position. The oline is the worst I have seen in Tampa ever and I have been a fan since 1985, the qb position is right up there with Shaun King and Bruce Gradkowski talent level

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      76Buc

      Yeh, but we don’t have you coaching the the QBs.

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    halifaxbucsfan

    Come on! Cousin’s at TE! that’s not a solid B- for blocking?

    Offense was a dumpster fire yesterday, but all the way up to the final seconds I naively believed that the Bucs were going to pull out the win. Should have let Murray try the 60+ FG. Couldn’t have been worse than the last play McCowan made.

    D- for the coaching staff as well on Offense. How can we not have someone on the sidelines recognize that we had 12 guys out there? How many plays did this go unnoticed? Did it happen every time they went 4 wide?

    Defense played very well, except for the Johnson covering Green in the 2nd half in the slot. AJ just beat him up.

    Also while props to the guys who kick the ball, how about the coverage teams. 2 great hits on Pacman and another on Tate on Punts.

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    Iabucfan

    I am enjoying the way the defense has played the last few games. Especially with David out. The special teams have played a lot better also. But, same ‘o same ‘o with the offense. Particularly the OL. Every game, dumb penalties and constant mental errors. What is it going to take to get their attention? Next Sunday with Suh and their defense, it will get ugly. Lord have mercy on the Bucs starting QB next week.

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    jongruden

    Why in gods name do we still have Daquan Bowers on this team? Players I don;t want on our roster next yr who are just paycheck grabbers and a waste of a roster spot are as follows Bowers, Stocker, Gholdston, Clayborne, Gilkey, Cousins, Omammeh, every corner except verner and Banks, Dashaun Gholdson, Koenen, McCown, Coaches Arroyo and Frazier

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    EastEndBoy

    I can’t recall…is that the first “F” of the season? A well deserved F at that. It’s not easy to get an F you know. You have to actually really try hard to be that kind of awful…I applaud those guys for being able to indisputably claim an F….there is absolutely no way anyone could argue with that grade…those 5 guys should print out a huge F on a piece of paper and frame it over their lockers…a real trophy that few could ever attain.

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    KINDERRT

    jongruden, Agree with your selections but we need to add Warhop for sure. It’s sad that there are so many players and coaches on one team that has just been rebuilt. Looks like we have the same problem that we have always had, cannot judge talent.

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    chuckbville

    Some grades are too high. Like the O-line just for instance. Plus, no coaches grade can be explained, we evidently don’t have any (that count).

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    Iabucfan

    Lemon’s heads up play on the Bengals’ onside kick was terrific! Obviously he wants to win and his head was in the details of the game. He should go to the OL room and teach them how it’s done.

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    artpac

    Agree, except not sure the WR’s deserved a C. Maybe a D.

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    Horse

    We’re going to know even more after the Lions and Packer games as to where we are in being competitive. Glennon would have grown from 6’6″ to 7′ after been hit from front and back at the same time if he had played. McCown survived from the OL from hell and deserves a B for surviving.

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    niko521

    Why is no one pointing the finger at bucs O line coach George Warhop? Look at his history, no where has an offense really done anything where he has been at. He leaves Cleveland and now Browns line is playing better. Collins, Dietcrich-Smith, Mankins were good players last year with their teams. They were looked at by more than just the Bucs. Now they all stink? common ground? George Warhop. All Offensive coaches need to go.

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      mjmoody

      The point about Warhop is a very good point. Dietrich-Smith was rated as a top 5 Center in the entire league by PFT, & the 2nd best behind the Cleveland kid by BR. What happened?

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    scubog

    These types of games are agonizing but in some ways a little encouraging if I can put a positive spin on it. We have now had a half dozen games in which victory was basically in our hands until we somehow and inexplicably found a way to lose. That tells me that they are playing almost well enough to win. As Ahab the Arab might say, “If I could just get over the hump”. We’d all be celebrating the resilience of the team if Cousins had alerted Heron to leave the field and Murray kicked the game-winner. The real problem is what occurred, or should I say didn’t occur the previous 59 minutes and 30 seconds when our offense in general and O-line specifically do so little to win a game. The problems to correct this off-season are all too obvious making it easier to correct. Easier to cure an illness when you know what it is as opposed to saying, “Doctor, Doctor, Mr. MD, can you tell me what’s ailing me? As the Young Rascalls song says, “Gimmie some Good Lovie”

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    martinii

    Remember the Dungy years when we won a lot of close games. Our defense was ledgendary and our offense was just good enough to win. I sat at the stadium Sunday after the (I can’t count past 11 game) and reflected on those years when Bucs fans filed out of the Ray Jay or the Big Sombrero harassing those fans who wore their colors , heads drooped, and spirits crushed. For the past few years it has been our turn to dread Monday mornings and not really feel decent until Wednsday or Thursday. It’s almost like a parallel universe or that old saying “Some days you get the bear, and some days the bear gets you.) I don’t know if this coach or these players can turn this mess around. I hope things flip-flop back to the way things used to be. I see some positive sighs And I see some really good players. We just need to put the two together and cross over to the Good Buc Side. I’m not getting any younger and would love to live to see the day when my grandchildren have the opportunity to harass those fans in different colored jerseys. Go Bucs…..

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      scubog

      Those were the good times Martini. I hope to enjoy them again as Hugh Culverhouse would say, “Before I cross the creek.” Fun indeed to chide those fans (who live here) when they would walk up the aisle in defeat. That all ended when the Colts fans were exiting with a little over four minutes to play and down 35-14. This year has been the worst “in stadium experience” in that regard and I’m really not looking forward to the Saints game and the Who Dat cheer echoing in our stadium and certainly not the Packers game when these people dig up their Bart Starr jerseys and make Ray Jay their vacation destination.

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    Horse

    scubog; you’re right on. We are close to turning it around. One more draft might do it.

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    Buctebow

    12 men on the field
    11 yards for Rainey
    10 losses this season
    9 third downs not converted
    8 yard kick return for Lemon
    7 points for Murray
    6 punts for Koenen
    5 tackles for Verner
    4 rushing first downs
    3 yards per carry
    2 wins this season
    And not 1 franchise quarterback

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    jongruden

    Remember the days when we would fire coaches for not winning bowls ex. Dungy or firing Gruden for winning a bowl and 3 division titles and going 9-7 in his final season.

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    Buctebow

    We’ve been a long time without a winner, it looks like it will be a while longer….heavy sigh.

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    Buctebow

    If most everything clicks now they are capable of winning, but the clicks are not close enough together yet.

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    scubog

    Buctebow: Was your post meant to be sung to the tune of On the First Day of Christmas……..my Lovie gave to me?

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      Buctebow

      scubog, that was the theory, but I did it very quickly and didn’t worry about following the phrasing of the original verses.

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