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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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    Vincent Jackson looks disinterested to me. No idea what’s going on with him. He is not the same guy he was before his injury last season and certainly not the 2014 version. There’s just no separation. The only receiver who at times is wide open is Adam Humphries.

    This game was much closer than the scoreboard showed. If Evans makes a better play on that pass in the end zone and Grimes makes a pick in the end zone like he’s done many times, it’s perhaps a less lopsided duel. The Falcons game was won on three outstanding plays, but it too was tighter than we might like to admit. For that reason, we need to temper our enthusiasm as well as our disappointment from week to week. Lets let the season play out a little longer before we start making hotel reservations in Houston or visiting Walter Football to get Charlie Campbell’s Draft prediction.

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      Great points scubog. I was thinking the same things. I didn’t take last week’s win as an indicator of great things to come and I don’t take this week’s loss as terrible things to come. The reality is that this team is in the middle of the pack. Which means that they are better than last year but not solid playoff ready yet. This doesn’t need to be an emotional roller coaster. “Oh, we’re awesome! Oh, no we suck again!” Bucs fans, we don’t suck and we’re not awesome. Let’s keep up the support that there is potential for a really fun season to watch improvement. Anyone who lived through the 90’s as a Bucs fan knows how fun it was to see winning beginning and keep improving. This season can be fun even if there are problems along the way. I see a bright future and it’s not that far off. It may even start this week.

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    Mark, It “I” as in Iowa. Not LA (I do understand the confusion). Maybe I should get a nre screen name.

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    Scubog I noticed the same. Can’t tell what people are really thinking but he honestly seems like doesn’t want to be here and don’t see any fire or emotion.

    Lack of pass rush is still killing the D. That simple.

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    So true scubog. It is like I told my friend, another avid Bucs fan, we aren’t as bad as we look but the Cards are as good as they look.
    it was pretty much apparent to anyone watching that game that it looked liked Jackson was running his routes in cement shoes.
    My main problem with the game was the Bucs had a chance to make a turn as an team in the right direction by defeating the Cards.
    Instead, they pulled the same old Bucs stuff by looking like they were unprepared for the Cards intensity.
    Some may say it’s the coaches job to get them prepared for these games and it is to a point and Kotter reminded the team no one was shaking in their boots when the Bucs come to town.
    But a couple of players were quoted as saying they had sloppy practices and were putting to much stock into last weeks game.
    When that happens you need your team leaders to step in and remind the team this is the Not For Long league if you read your press clippings and believe in them like so many Bucs teams have done in the past.
    Players like Winston, Daryl Smith, Vincent Jackson and Robert Ayres should have smacked these knuckleheads in the ears and told them to sharpen up.
    Unfortunately, I think they were to busy reading their press clippings as well. I just hope they remember this lesson this time.

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      You made some good points, drdneast. I trust this was a rude wake up call and the veteran leadership won’t let it happen again.

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    My thoughts are that it was just one game played against a very good team. As long as we win the games we should win and a few of the ones we shouldn’t; we could make the playoffs. BTW, I can’t believe that the Rams beat Seattle….

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    Agree Joe. I can believe the Rams beat them. They always play them very close. Division teams and all…

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