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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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    Coach Smith please don’t take your mind off the game. We still have two games left and you will have plenty of time to choose your assistants for Jacksonville after the season is over. Bucs deserve to have a full time Defensive coach through the rest of this season. You owe us that much.

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    Isn’t this the same thing that happened when Kiffin was here his last year?

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      Kiffin made his pending departure public and the team went right in the tank.

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        Actually, Kiffin did much more than announce his departure – he departed. Flat out quit his job the last month in December to go work for his son. It gladdened my heart that that move turned into a turd for both coaches.

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    I don’t believe he’s talking to possible asst. coaches. Think about it, that would be tempering. I believe he’s totally focused on his job, coaching the Bucs D. Guy’s a pro, and Dirks friend, don’t believe the media that he’s going over resumes. He won’t be such a hot candidate if Brees, and Cam light us up the next two weeks. You’re as good as your last tape. One thing he said should give pose, I’ve enjoyed rolling up my sleeves, and coaching again. Maybe having been a H.C. already, he’ll be content staying put, and finishing the job here.

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      I agree with you. It’s likely that someone from a team needing a HC called up Coach Smith to discuss a job opening. And I doubt he would refuse to take such calls. And if whoever called Smith then went and bragged to a reporter that he called Smith and went on to exaggerate the scope of the conversation, and then the reporter went on to exaggerate what he was told by his source … none of that would surprise me a bit.

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    Naples I agree and was glad that venture didn’t work out for the Kifdins too. Lane is and idiot also.

    I remember that season tanking after he announced. What crap that was!

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