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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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    Bucs have enough hb horsepower and receiving Te’s/Fb’s/Hb’s to beat a lot of teams. We barely need Wr’s!

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    Everybody seems to talk about this Mike Smith defense like he is kiffen. Honestly, how long do you think he will even be around? Most likely, is he a one and done? Then the defense has to learn yet another scheme?

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      I prefer to give em chance. Geez

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      Lol have you seen his past? He made the jags a contending team and the Falcons were a contending team he has to be better then lovie

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    If we can stay healthy on the DL, and the first two picks pan out we could be close to producing a team that can compete for the Division. Our offense is there. If the bucs have the same kind of luck with this draft as they have had in the last two you better buy your season tickets. Because this Fan remembers what it was like buying tickets in 2002 once they started looking like a serious team. This community is itching for a great football team.

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      I would love to see Tampa community fill the seats at RayJay and support this team. I believe they are on the edge of being a competitive, winning football team. I miss living down there and going to the “sombrero” to see them play. My wife and I can’t get down there this year. But, we would like to see a game in 2017. Go Bucs, I’m ready to win!!!!!

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      I agree we can compete for our division – the teams are just so close that wins/losses tend to come down to bounces, turnovers, injuries.

      However, I wouldn’t agree that “our offense is there”…our QB was hit the most of any QB in the league last year (+90 times), and our OLine lost its best (and only probowl) player…now I’m sure Marpet and Smith will improve in year 2 (fingers crossed), and I’m sure Sweezy has something to offer or we wouldn’t have gone after him in FA…but I think we still have some work to do before we can say we’re there on offense – at the rate Winston was hit last year, he’s not going to have a very long career.

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    Ayron54 this article said the secondary couldn’t get any worse. Hardly says he’s the next coming of Kiffin guaranteed. Lol. I know Players are excited and it will be a more aggressive style defense that attacks more. If that works out depends on lots of things. Players staying healthy, draft picks panning out, etc. I know one thing Mike Smith is a fiery SOB that won’t stand there with a stupid look of bewilderment on his face when our defense is getting torched! He had almost .600 winning percent as head coach, and his defense in Jacksonville was good. Can we play 1 game before we start asking how long he will be around! If after these last 2 drafts, Koetter being promoted after a brilliant job with this offense and rookie QB, and hiring a fiery D coordinator that kicked out ass for 6 years, doesn’t at least get you a little excited I don’t know what to say. Add in free agent signing Grimes who I know damn well can play CB at a high level and played for Smith, Ayers who looks like he can be a solid starting caliber DE, etc etc. I know the last decade has sucked big time but I really think the Bucs are close to being a team that will start winning 8 or more games a season. Go Bucs!

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    If you are truly unhappy with the Buc’s draft check out this nfl.com stuff. Who, knows, you might just cheer up a little.


    Go Bucs!!!

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      Nice, positive article! I almost always feel that way this time of year, though

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    ayron54, guys like you who claim to be fans give me indigestion.
    As fredster said, give the guy a chance before you start with your negativity.
    To be realistic, the jags did have a good defense but Atlanta’s petered out after time due to poor drafting and no pass rush.
    Last year’s pass rush for the Falcons was last in the league I think. But what do you expect when a teams big FA signing is Adrian Clayborn.
    Falcons used to have John Abraham, a stud DE, who used to give our team major and others headaches before he retired. He was about the same size as our No. 2 pick and was a beast.
    When he retired the Falcons defense started to fizz out and they were never able to replace him.

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      Guys, i think my post was misinterpreted! I meant will Mike smith be around for years like kiffen. Due to his success in the past and the success i believe he will have next year with us. Is he one and done, like will he most likely be a head coach after next year. I love the bucs guys and i drink the kool aid EVERY year! Go bucs

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    Great link wintergreen, even though I detest Adam Schein. He must know where someone is buried to have his job.

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    How do you log into Mailbag to ask a question? I noticed a few UDFA’s received a bonus when the Buc’s signed them. Why, are they the most likely to make the 53 man roster or are the Buc’s somehow preventing other teams from recruiting them?

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    Following seat26 comments:

    I can remember a time you could not find a ticket for our games. The list for season tickets was a mile long. (I could not afford them anyhow.)

    I did manage to get some tickets under the Pirate Ship for one game, though, in about 2000, if I remember correctly. We got to see John Lynch intercept a pass from the back side. The game was against Detroit. It was a memorable experience that I appreciate having.

    I was very fortunate to have a friend who had season tickets in 2002 — paid for as a business expense. He invited me to attend games on a couple occasions when he had no client to entertain. I remember how exciting it was to see that Gruden had “cobbled together” a real offense.

    I am optimistic that the Bucs will be competitive this year. I hope that we will have stability and success for years to come. I see improvement overall.

    It won’t bother me to only be able to see all our games on TV if I can’t get tickets easily again.

    Go Bucs!!!

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