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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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    GBOBUCSFAN

    GMC is saying all the right things but as he said we as fans have heard talking for 5 years as well ! We want to see it on the field

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    warren

    Strong words…much needed…from a good leader. Except for the Pittsburg game, there has been no intensity whatsoever…on either side of the ball.

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    Madman

    Good, glad McCoy said it. This next sentence sums it up.

    A lot of times you look on tape where guys are just sitting on blocks. Why? [There are] a lot of times where guys are just holding up blocks. No, that’s not the way. Get open. If you’re the corner, get off the block and come help out. If you’re supposed to drop ten yards then drop ten yards, don’t drop at eight.

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    Garv

    I like what Gerald said but if Lovie is a “player’s coach” is that working? Not from what I can see. Maybe they’ll turn it up this Sunday but I’ll still have to ask……why not from day ONE?

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    surferdudes

    Read where Brooks said after watching the Ravens game, he saw to many defenders on the ground. Holding up blocks would be an improvement. It’s been fun in the sun so far for opposing teams coming to Tampa. So how does a soft team become fearsome?

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      cbrady2k

      Brooks also said before the season that you don’t learn the Tampa 2 overnight and it will take a while before they start playing it well.

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    dbucfan

    It has been a few years without professional coaching Garv – lost a lot of professional role models at the start of 4 years of less than pro HCs and staffs – going to take a while to make it right, if they can.

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    cbrady2k

    Ugh, people panicking when its been what, 6 games? Probably the same idiots saying Dungy should have been fired after his first 6 games. Lets just see where the team is at the end of the year, how it has improved. People, including myself, overrated the team going into the season, but its going to take longer than we thought to get rid of the stench that was Schiano.

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    macabee

    I hear the words, but at some point McCoy has to step up his own game. Lead by example!

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    pinkstob

    I like what McCoy is doing here. We’ve all been guessing at what the problem is and he’s coming right out and telling us what it is. I hope he and the rest of the defense (and offense) start doing it on Sunday. But this speech sounds like it should be coming from the DC. Reminds me of that sorry QB coach we had last year. What exactly does Leslie do for this team? If Lovie is going to be good cop then someone has to play bad cop. Every Ying needs a Yang. McCoy can’t be the only guy telling the players what to do on defense.

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    stlbucsfan

    Im confident this defense will play much better once they get a better grasp of where to be and the nuances of the defense. GMC’s speech was right on point and should have been said by no one else. If 5 years of losing hasnt made him sick of hearing the same old “its them not us” lines then we have the wrong leader on our defense.

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