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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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    j.r.thorn

    Are You Happy Now?? This Sucks

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    macabee

    As I said earlier, this is a case of lowered expectations. The Bucs are a group of talented players that have not learned how to play together as a team. Demar Dotson said early on “I don’t know the guy playing next to me”. An honest explanation for the loss yesterday and many losses on the horizon come down to injuries, inexperience, and a missing in action OC.

    The defense is in a state of flux due to injuries and the movement of new players on and off the team. They do not know how to play this defense – a defense Lovie depends on to win games. The secondary does not have a clue of what to do when there is no upfront pressure. The LBs are not blitzing and can’t cover a TE who wanders into their zone.

    Here is a dose of reality. We are not a play-off team and we are not a 500 team. At best this year is a learning experience and if we’re lucky next year we get a shot at Mariota.

    There are lots that can be said, but it won’t matter. It is what it is. This is a bad football team and there are no quick fixes. I will continue to support the Bucs, but will expect to see the growth and development each week that will eventually lead to a winning team. I actually saw progress this week, but not the confidence to win.

    Swallow hard, take a deep breath, and buckle your seat belt, this is going to be a long tortuous season!

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    KINDERRT

    This is another lost season sad to say. We need a real QB and there is a lot more holes to fill before this is a playoff team.

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    scubog

    Love your posts macabee. More thought….less emotion is what I admire about your comments. Me, I just try to inject a little humor and sarcasm. I’m a lot less emotional than I used to be when I was younger and I don’t take it personally and get angry when the team loses.

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    surferdudes

    If this is a team that needs time to grow, McCown should be drawing a social security check by the time we’re playoff ready. Might as well let Glennon play if we’re lowering our expectations. If Lovie will be honest and say, this was a 4-12 team last year, maybe a 6-10 team this year, so I’m going with Mike, I could live with that. What I can’t see is playing McCown, we need to find out now if Mike is the answer before the draft.

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    cdgerue1

    bring in tebow

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      Buctebow

      If we are going to run every play (which seems pretty likely going forward), you may as well put in Tebow. He can’t throw and he is not a good NFL quarterback, but the boy can run. I had hoped for 8-8 record this year, but have not seen anything that makes me think we will even get 3 wins.

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