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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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    We’re asking a lot from Spence seeing he has injury issues too the last three years. I sure hope we score a lot of points. Go Bucs!

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    Good for Spence! He studied, he kept his head in the game. Then made a play. I am very happy for him. Go Bucs!

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    I know it’s unlikely that opposing teams’ players or coaches will see that comment by Spence. But I still scratch my head as to why a player would say it out loud. I mean, he said that he heard a call by Anderson earlier in the game that he interpreted as a go quick signal. OK, I’m sure players do that all the time. But saying that he was “going on one” instead of watching the ball to either make the play or be off sides is curious to me. I wonder if that is what is taught and coached at the NFL level. As a viewer it’s maddening to see a first down from a pre-snap penalty like that. Even more so in a critical moment. I understand it’s risk vs. reward. If you don’t jump the snap count you might not make the play and he get’s the first down. I get it. However, if I was an opposing team that heard you say what you did I would try to bait you earlier in the game with a fake quick count signal then get you to jump later in the game. It probably happens anyway. I just think you should be more aware of saying things like that out loud. Take one from the Belichick school of saying nothing with lots of words.

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      P.S. I’m a military guy. It’s what we call OPSEC. You don’t give the enemy the information in the first place. But you absolutely don’t confirm something in a case where they think they know something already.

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    I have always been a spense fan but it makes me scratch my head. Is this the reason we jump offsides or get false starts that cost us?

    We got it right this time but how many times have we given free first downs?

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