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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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    kick return averages is completely misleading for kollidays contribution…his first ko return he barely got to the 16 yd line..returner has to ave 30 yds to be counted successful if they run 8 yards deep out of the endzone…..and muffled fair catches aren’t exactly achievements either

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    These grades are for a team in their 7th game at home off a bye against a poor opponent. A really accurate sample of what the Bucs’ truly are. So, what do the Bucs have? No QB, but quality veteran mentoring for a talented rookie next year. A RT, maybe a LT w/ more reps…maybe. No OG’s. Want to run the football? Want to work some screens? Get some big athletic pulling Guards. How are those draft picks developing? WO’s w/o Jackson are still ok. FB, TE show promise. Simms has hands aka Forte, but he hasn’t seen the field yet. On D the Bucs’ look good at DT but lack DE’s. LB’s need an athletic SAM. 2ndary needs depth at CB, and a reboot at Safety. Barron isn’t working. I believe many Alabama players come out very close to their ceiling–and beat up. Our punter costs too much for what he does. How is that position not a quality 5th or 6th round pick? Lastly, there is NO return game whatsoever. After 7 games, that’s who I think the Bucs are. Coaching? That’s a U for Unsatisfactory. Still, there’s no reason they can’t plug some holes while Lovie’s sticking to the “plan.”

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    A very sober look at our team Mark….accurate but painful.

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    These could be the same grades for our entire season. In the great debate about whether we need to prioritize drafting a QB, OL or DE etc. the answer is yes. We need all of them. Above all we need to hit on some picks for a change, I worry about that more than what position we choose first.

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    mjmoody summed it up nicely. We need so much we have to trade down several spots and pick up another 2nd round pick. We need more draft picks. We’re getting very close to playing players who will be here next year not this year. The season is just about done. I don’t know who we can beat anymore. Mark, I do disagree with you about Glennon’s rating. He’s no franchise, but he is better than deer in the lights McCown.

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    The good news: L.David is the best 4-3 OLB in the NFL, G.McCoy is a force.. but 98 million??? Our secondary is disgusting. Our LT experiment is over, he sucks. move dotson over ASAP next to Mankins. D.Martin had his reputation destroyed b/c of Lovie and Licht’s failure in free agency/draft. We need an offensive mind in our front office, Glennon+Doug will be better when our O-line isn’t the worst in the NFL

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    Didn’t there used to be grade for coaching? If so, When we have players talking about being confused by the opponent, especially after two weeks to prepare, the coaching is poor. When the revolving door to the roster is spinning out of control it tells me the initial talent evaluation process was inaccurate. Yes, we want to explore all options to improve the roster but there are three CB’s that came in during the season with no Training Camp. Are they really that much better than who had been with us in the off-season learning the schemes?

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    I think we’ve seen enough of Glennon, and McCown to know with the first pick in the 2015 NFL draft the Tampa Bay Bucs select….? We all think it’d be Mariota, but alot can happen between now and April. Personally I think Winston will make the better pro. I’m leary about west coast kids having to move across country to start their pro lives without their family, and friends. I’m also leary about the numbers Mariota puts up playing one of those wacky college offenses, will his skill translate to the pro game? Winston is a Florida kid. He wouldn’t have to get use to the time difference, and the heat, and humidity. If he wasn’t a head case he’d be the #1 player in the draft, no question. That Presscott kid looks impressive too. Back to point, I don’t care who the Q.B. is going forward this year, it’s next year that matters.

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    Why even grade this squad anymore,they are just plain awful…I now watch games to see them implode- the badnews Bucs are in full effect…I believe Tampa has literally a handful of NFL starting caliber players and the rest are roster filler that would likely be outta football if not in Tampa- hell,the coach even fits the bill…

    QB looks to be a problem for years to come- Glennon is,well Glennon – doesn’t quite seem to be a franchise guy-would he start anywhere else in the league? Next years top two QB options are a duck(name a successful duck QB in the NFL) and a creep who steals crab legs and degrades women- I smell first rounder…what the hell is wrong with Mallett and why hasn’t ANYONE made a play for him from the Pats?seemed like a better option than anything we have( though he was a dumb ass when @Arkansas- might still be a dumb ass)…the QB picture now and in the future looks like a weakness in Tampa…QB position looks like it’s pretty thin throughout the NFL- you need to make the right choices or you will be in the same place the Bucs are…thank goodness they stayed away from Carr….
    McCoy is overrated and overpaid- I’ll say it since most seem scared to..his numbers are good but when you are the only threat up front- you better walk away with some decent numbers…I will give him the benefit of the doubt and say he gets little to no help either but the money he is paid is ridiculous…
    I also think its wise to stay away from Bama players in the draft- those boys wear themselves out playing for Saban and rarely have anything left in the pros- esp. defensive players….

    Oh well,the Bucs are again a letdown- what’s new…it’s been about 12 years of crap in Tampa and it looks like they are well on the way to turn the next 12 into the same…

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    All they need is a few more games and then they will be better. Not good enough to win, but better.

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