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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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    There is no doubt we need improved play at both CB and DE, but at the CB position, I wonder why we haven’t gotten better play from what we have. Certainly Jenkins was bad, but Verner and Banks had pretty good pedigrees. I think the lack of coaching had a lot to do with bad play at both the CB and safety positions. Before they are cut, I would like to see if new coaching wouldn’t help at those positions.

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      Could not agree more with you Ronald. I think in particular Banks, Verner, and Sterling Moore are all very good corners, depending on the scheme and the coaching. I have a feeling our cornerbacks will be next year’s O-line, where we end up with better coaching and better production without having to replace the entire unit.

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      I agree with you. Our corners were a detriment to us throughout the season. I wonder if us having 3 different coaches for our secondary had something to do with inconsistencies or us not playing to their strengths had something to do with it. If I remember correctly, Mike Smith plays a lot of man-zone cover 3 and with a small amount of cover 2. Mark Cook, do you have insight to this? I also think we should have an attacking defense instead of relying on just pressure of front four.

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      Count me in as another who thinks we may have some good corners already;they were just badly coached.

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    Mark, what do you think of Oliver Vernon, the Miami Dolphins DE. He is the right age and I believe Miami plays a 4-3. He looks like the best DE out there right now. Do you know anything about him.
    With the Dolphins spending big money on Suh and Cameron Wake, it would seem doubtful they would unload even more money on a unit that is already eating up huge amounts of cap space.

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    Thanks Mark; good info. It doesn’t hurt us at all if we take another look at almost everyone at OTA’s; at least the first one for sure. Go Bucs!

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    Whatever “style” of 4-3 we choose, please let it NOT rely on the front 4 providing pressure….seen that movie in re-runs quite a few times…

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    EastEndB, a 4-3 defense is schemed to let the four down lineman provide all the pressure on a QB. That is what it is designed to do.

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      tell it to the 4 down linemen…you’re preaching to choir at the PR!

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