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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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    EastEndBoy

    I am not sure I understand the whole “I don’t want to come back and disrupt things”…disrupt what?…it’s not possible to make our offense worse…anyway, I wish him well…I was actually more excited about Tedford than Smith, but you can’t force a guy to work…

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      pinkstob

      You took the words right out of my mouth. I don’t mind him going back to college but I better not catch him coaching with another NFL team!

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        Hate

        and if you do ‘catch him with another NFL team’, then what?

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    1bucfanjeff

    There’s more to this. How do you disrupt an offense that IS YOURS?! You don’t, you step right in. I wish him well but there is a little smoke I feel.

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    WeAretheChamps2002

    The public relations staff at One Buc does a good job of writing politically neutral statements.

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    surferdudes

    I can only guess that after all the huddling in the basement, Tedford, and Lovie never saw eye to eye on how the offense should be run. Was Tedford promised a 1st round Q.B. only to be told McCown is the answer? Who knows, but the timing allows him to get back into the coach hiring season.

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    Bullitt

    I’m going to go ahead an assume that he won’t be looking for work as a coach in football with his medical issues, right? Or does his heart work better when he is coaching a team not named the Buccaneers?

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      macabee

      Bullitt,

      Tweet I saw earlier today!

      Mike GarafoloVerified account
      ‏@MikeGarafolo The word I’m getting is Jeff Tedford is interested in heading back to the college level as a head coach. Opportunities are there. We’ll see.

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    JackinJersey

    The rats are starting to leave the sinking ship.

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    mjmoody

    Better now than later. If the Bucs do go QB first, then not switching OC’s and Offensive Systems every 2 years would go a long way in his development. Could we get so lucky, that while Lovie gets a pass this year, perhaps some of his absolute control gets restricted? Offensive direction as an example.

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    tomort1

    The Bucs don’t need another QB prospect, they need an upgrade in the OL & DL.

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      Hate

      is that a joke?

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    scubog

    Somewhat of a non-story here. My reaction was almost “Duh?” since it was obvious that Tedford would not be returning to the team this season if at all. Now we know this page of the playbook has turned. I suspect he doesn’t want to limit Arroyo’s chance to continue with his role as substitute OC. Let’s hope the Bucs organization doesn’t consider this a viable option and has already been developing a list of candidates to bring some credibility to the offense this off-season. I suspect we will see a major purge.

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    macabee

    While I think there is more to this story, I have no interest in being a conspiracy theorist and have no further interest in the Jeff Tedford saga. However, I would like to get my vote in early for a new OC.

    The Chicago Bears have lost Brandon Marshall for the season. The Bears have to play the Saints and the Lions their next two games, ending their season at the Vikings. I wish no man misfortune, but the odds of Marc Trestman surviving as head coach of Da Bears is slim and none and as you know, Slim done already left town. One team’s loss is another team’s fortune.

    If the Bucs decide on a more traditional offense, and I believe they will, they should not rest until Trestman is comfortable in the Florida sun. The man is a virtual QB Whisperer and is known as one of the best offensive minds in the business. Trestman and Norv Turner stand alone in that regard.

    With the state of the QB situation at the Bucs, he is well suited to prepare a new QB for the NFL and work with the existing talent to move the offense forward. This is especially true if McCown is retained as the back-up QB. The pieces immediately fall into place.

    If by some miracle, Trestman is given one more year, I will tip my hat and wish him well. If not then, Marc Trestman gets my vote for new Bucs OC!

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      Mark Cook

      Seriously doubt Lovie hires the guy he was fired for.

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        macabee

        We do have a GM and as I understood the division of responsibility, Lovie has final say on the 53 man roster. Given what happened before, seriously doubt Lovie gets to arbitrarily make this decision.

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        macabee

        This just my opinion and may be a moot discussion. PFT and John Mullin of CSN Chicago believes that despite Trestman’s losing record, it appears that Trestman is safe.

        I would still hope that in picking an OC that Lovie would pick the guy that gives the Bucs the best chance to win and not be guided by his personal emotions.

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    bEubanks11

    We just need a stand alone identity other than that of dismay. More than 3/4 of the way through Smith’s first regular season schedule and we’re still chasing that relevance we were promised from day one. Lovie was right in taking the chance on Tedford, we need something new and exciting that we can claim as our identity. The league is always changing. I believe we tried to be in the forefront, just didn’t work out.

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