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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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    Dak Prescott is throwing the ball so accurately. That’s a hard factor to counter, similar to what Derek Carr did. The Cowboys rarely went 3 and out, either, thanks to the running game and many short passes to guys like Witten. A tired defense becomes a passive defense. You just can’t bring the same acceleration to the 8th play of a drive that you can to the 3rd.

    I agree with everything you’ve said, and would add that Demar Dotson’s absence was sorely felt on Sunday. We might have been able to mount a 4th quarter drive if we had someone who could protect the right side on his own. Coverage sacks were a problem, too. You look around on those last two drives and it’s hard to see where Winston has an open receiver. We still need that one guy who’s so dangerously fast that the safeties have to play deep and the corners have to play off.

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    Yes Mark, Martin would have better numbers running behind the Dallas O line, but to suggest he could compare to Elliott is crazy talk. You’re comparing a race horse, with a plow horse. E. Smith could be an upgrade over Hawley at center next season? Mark, wake up, that battle has been waged, Smith lost, remember? Got to say, not on your A game with those answers. It’s O.K., every day can’t be your best at work,lol.

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      Yep, I thought the same thing when I read E. Smith going back to center as an upgrade. NOT!! Lets draft a young center or move Marphet to center.

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      I agree with you surfer dudes. The O-line needs help but I am not sure that Martin hasn’t lost something. ALL of the other backs are running better behind the same line.

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    Dustin Romero

    I agree and I think that there would have been some INT’s had the defense showed the same tenacity or aggressiveness it had in the previous 5 weeks. Thats exaclty what I saw….That Cole Beasley catch for 8-15 yards looked like it was in swatting (jump) range for Tandy but instead he just turned to pursue….And it always seemed on every pass the defender was just about 2-4 yards behind waiting for the tackle. In previous weeks we were up on them when they got the ball to hit and jar it loose or jump the route.

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    People want to jump to conclusions based upon a single game of play. Whether it’s conclusions about the offensive line, the defense, or the quarterback. It was still just a single game, and a single game a trend does not make, nor should the usual, seemingly obligatory over-reactions ensue.

    Yes, Martin has not had a good season. His hamstring injury would have hurt him regardless of what offensive line he played behind. An offensive line that does a better job of run blocking would surely improve our running game, no matter who is doing the running.

    Our defense didn’t suddenly go away. The scheme that we all said was so smart and effective a week ago didn’t suddenly become stupid. A coach we are talking about a few days ago as a prime candidate to be snatched away for a head coaching gig didn’t suddenly become a loser. Jameis Winston didn’t suddenly become a loser, nor can we just say his poor performance was solely due to the offensive line either.

    Look, if our Bucs come out and beat New Orleans like a drum this Saturday, they won’t have suddenly transformed themselves into greatness. Likewise, if we have another off game and lose to the Saints on the road, that doesn’t suddenly turn the Bucs into a bunch of sorry losers either.

    As a team, we have to keep learning from our errors, our coaches have to keep learning how to get the most out of the players we have, and every year we need more talent added to the roster. It never changes, it never ends.

    You can’t draw big conclusions from a single game.

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    My question is how does Koetter justify leaving the teams top rusher inactive when the running game is struggling?

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      I expect there’s a very strong chance that Rodgers will be on the field come Saturday against the Saints. I was surprised to see he was inactive. At the same time, I’m guessing that Dirk expected more out of Martin.

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    So, where do the Bucs stand right now after the Redskins loss? GB is slightly ahead, but they play Detroit on the last week. Do they own the tiebreakers at that point with both GB & DET if the Bucs win their last two? Is it win-and-you’re-in for the Bucs? So, do the playoffs basically start for the Bucs this week or is it out of their hands?

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      There’s still quite a few combinations that result in various teams making the playoffs in the NFC that include the Bucs.

      The easiest and most direct is to win one more game out of the remaining 2 games than Atlanta wins. That would be 2 wins vs. 1, or 1 win vs. 0 … in which case we win the NFC South. Either of those combos gives us a clear tiebreaker over Atlanta.

      Or, we could still get in as a wildcard with any of 2, 1, or even 0 wins in the last two, but that would depend on other teams losing games.

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    Was Rodger’s injured? He should have been in the RB rotation??? Not sure why he was inactive. I agree britbuc! Right now he is our most dangerous RB! Cherilous is playing his last couple of games. Old, slow! Why not have TE in backfield to help chip block? Why is it that we can not call the game based on our strengths? I’m sure by now we are aware of what they are. Slow starts, porous OL, there are some things that the coaches can gameplan design to limit some of these things. Not sure why we are having same issues in terms of game planning? I’m just saying… Go Bucs!

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    This without a doubt was a coaching scheme issue in this game. On Defense the DB’s were playing way back which left open the 10 yard pass over and over. On offense we never threw quick slants and only a couple screens. It was the wrong play calling to call 20-30 yard passes when you had less than 2 seconds to trhow the ball. Koetter & Smith at times were like deer in headlites in their play calling.

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      Of course coaches always share in the blame for any and all losses … it goes with the job. I don’t agree with your “deer in the headlights” description. Neither Koetter nor Smith acted out of their depth or crazy or clueless. The have the players they have on the field. Dotson, our starting tackle was out, Cherlius his backup was out with a groin pull in the 4th quarter, we were down to a totally un-proven third stringer at right tackle.

      How many great plays can you call and get reliable results with scrubs on the field? At an extremely hostile and loud domed stadium with a crazy-noisy crowd?

      And of course, the players we had on the field needed to make plays – linemen, tight ends, running backs, wide receivers, and the quarterback. The coaches could have done better, the players could have done better. And the home team, of course, always gets a vote.

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