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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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    Come on Bucs. Do what you’ve been doing all season and go on the road and beat the Bolts. Then come back home and beat the saints. And then shock the world with a win over the Cowboys. After the first drives of the last two weeks I immediately said to myself “the Bucs can beat these guys”, and you did. Put it all together and YOU CAN WIN. Every game is critical at this point. I am beginning to believe. Go Bucs.

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    I totally agree on all of Gholston, we need to pay him. As far as playoff run is concerned, anything is possible but I think Saints and Panthers are both better than their records, so beating them will be very difficult.

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    I say try hard to keep Gholsron. He’s not best pass rusher but like you said versatility is huge. We have had rotten luck in free agency on D line other than Ayers.

    I think we may lose to Chargers we don’t travel there well and they are pretty good team. Plus last two weeks may have drained the Bucs some. I do think we can beat Dallas. We match up well and play run well. Their defense isn’t that good either they just haven’t been on the field much. I think we likely split with Saints and beat Panthers at home. That still 9-7 and won’t win wild card or the division unless Atlanta really slides. So hoping Atlanta loses. The wild card doesn’t look too realistic. Hoping I’m wrong and Bucs find way to go 4-1 or 5-0 but it’s just not likely. Playing some good ball lately though. Much will depend on injuries etc.

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      Fred, I don’t think that the BUCS have been drained. Just the opposite, I believe they are energized after beating 2 quality teams.
      GO BUCS

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    I’m not sure what you mean by paying him? He obviously is not worthy of pay lile McCoy, McDonald, Ayers on the DL. I would rate him as average with slight continue improvement. I don’t know what the value is; anybody got an idea?

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    Gholston needs to be paid. Not like top 10 tackle money or what ever, but this guy is a key on run downs and can still get to the QB. His versatility is also outstanding as he can play anywhere on the line. You need guys like this on your roster to continue to get better.

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    You have to pay Gholston. Is he the next JJ Watt? No but he is pretty good. You can build a team with guys like him and some quality draft picks.
    Keep Humphries on punt return duties, He is fearless and that is the best trait of a punt returner. Besides that it seems like when he is retuning good things can happen. Plus he doesn’t muff a lot of balls.

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