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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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    I really dont get why everyone is down on us right now. Yes 1-3 isnt a good start but look at who we have played. I had us going 2-3 to start the season and with a Win against a hurting Carolina team, we still can. For all the injuries we have had, to start the season 2-3 or 1-4 isnt that bad. Who out there really had us starting better than 2-3 this year?

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      Buc on the Move

      Though playoffs are looking pretty slim, the Bucs do still have plenty chance to show progress this year. The injuries along the D-Line are definitely killing Mike Smith’s chance to build a new defense here. Obviously the high drafting of a kicker when so many other pieces are lacking (i.e. safety) is a pretty glaring eff up as well. All these things said, I agree that a win against Carolina would turn all of that around. For Aguayo’s sake, I hope the team puts him in position to kick a couple of game winners this season, and he connects, otherwise it’s going to be hard for him to get the monkey off his back anytime soon.

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    Living here in Melb Beach, I hope I have a home, let alone power to see the game! Put’s the shitty Bucs problem in the rear view window for right now. Wish me luck boys, and girls, I’ll be riding this one out.

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      Morgan R

      Good luck surferdudes, hoping you get through with minimal damage and disruption. I lived in Orlando when Charlie hit and it’s strongest winds went right through my neighborhood. We had no power for 8 days. It was miserably hot and that’s when I realized that Florida is truly uninhabitable without A/C. Moved to Portland Oregon the following year. If you do end up lucky enough to have power Monday, I truly hope the Bucs don’t crush your spirits with another pitiful MNF performance.
      Rooting against Carolina AND Hurricane Matthew.

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    Y is telling it like it is such a good thing. You know what is better than that it’s winning. I don’t care about anything except winning. It’s football I don’t care if u r a great person or a bad one I just care about wins. We have let more talent leave this team and haven’t replaced it. Just think aqib Bennett blounte Revis and we replaced them with guys like verner Grimes and complete busts. We have no edge we want a 2nd year quarterback to take a bunch of guys who wouldn’t be on alot of rosters and go to the playoffs. Coach can keep telling like it is and we can keep losing then that message will become boring too. I care about one and one thing only and that’s WINNING. So be honest with yourselves and ask if Raheem the country club coach or Greg schiano the control freak coach or lovie Smith the too relaxed conservative coach would have been winners do we care about telling it like it is or cultures no we just care about WINNING and if u say no then u need to tell it like it is. GO BUCS AND JUST WIN

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    The Bucs rely too much on their superstars to carry them. Teams like the Patriots remain confident when superstars go down because they have role players in every roster spot. No one player is indispensible or expendable. Every member of their team has something they’re good at that makes them good enough to start in specific situations that favor that talent. The Bucs have lost superstars Martin, McCoy, Ayers, and pass rushing specialist Smith. They’ve tried to fill their shoes with second stringers who don’t seem to have a particular specialty, they’re just “good enough to be in the top 53.”

    Channing Ward, Davonte Lambert, half the receiving corps, what are they really good at? They’re really just inexpensive depth. They are developing, but probably shouldn’t be on the field as often as they are because they perform no function especially well when they’re out there. Defensive ends who can’t pass rush, wide receivers who can’t get open. Maybe they’ll be good at something someday, but really they should be on the practice squad until then.

    The Bucs should use their roster as an armory of various specific talents. Safeties crowding your line of scrimmage? Gameplan to use fast receivers running fly patterns to keep those safeties honest. But the Bucs don’t have any fast receivers, so single coverage is just fine for keeping them from burning you deep and creating coverage sscks when the team is in comeback mode. Tall wide receiver ruining your best CB’s day? Put in a pretty good tall CB to see what he can do. Use those unique talents to create mismatches, even if sometimes you have to bring in an expensive veteran in decline to have that talent on hand.

    The other thing that’s bad is the Bucs’ fans. Broncos fans were louder than us on third downs Sunday. What the frick is up with THAT? Bucs season ticket holders were leaving in droves at the beginning of the 4th quarter when it was still a two-score game. The Bucs get NO homefield advantage from their fans. Most of them show up to a game the same way they’d show up to a movie, or the mall, or the library. They’re there to quietly observe and criticize, not to cheer their team on with wild abandon. If I was an owner, I’d get fed up and move my team to someplace that cared.

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    This is an overall view from me on the Bucs 1-3 start. Absolutely I’m disappointed…but…I think we all expected too much too soon, especially after that great start in Atlanta. Remember this…we have a new defensive scheme (which takes time). We have a second year QB, whom I support fully. He’s 22! Do you know any 22 year old SuperBowl QB’s? Chill! As mad as I get when he throws picks, a) he bounces back b) I’d rather have a guy with confidence and makes young mistakes than a guy that doesn’t take any chances. c) he makes throws into tight coverage for the most part – once he’s more seasoned, we’ll all appreciate that you’ll see. I’d still pick him again over Marcus Mariota. Why isn’t anyone fawning over Mariota now? Must be all those wins he’s getting for the Titans right? Exactly. Expectations — too high, too soon! Back to the Bucs -with injuries your depth shows, and right now we don’t have depth, we knew that going in, we have to deal with it. I believe in Dirk Koetter, but my opinion is nothing. The players believe in him. Support the guy, he’ll succeed. Support our players, they’ll succeed. A good young core that grows together and then adds pieces as they grow. Sound familiar? The Bucs caught my eye and I became a fan in 1995. They didn’t win a SuperBowl until January 26, 2003. Patience guys, patience. Even with Aguayo, ok, he was perfect in college and we used a 2nd round pick on him and he hasn’t performed near anyone’s expectations, but he is a ROOKIE… and those expectations! I got caught up in it all just as much as anyone else, so I’m not all high and mighty, but reality is this. I predicted anywhere from 8-8 to 10-6. 10-6 won’t happen, hey maybe even 8-8 won’t happen, but I can say that even if they go 6-10 again, but improve week to week, especially in the later part of the season when everyone’s fighting for playoff positioning etc., I will consider it more successful than last season. Last season, while at the Week 16 game vs. the Bears, I KNEW the defence couldn’t stop the Bears, the BEARS (without Alshon Jeffery) and that we were doome. I KNOW that by Week 16 this year, I won’t have the same concern. So again, let’s practice a little patience, as tough as it is. I’m not happy watching losing football either, but I’m a huge BUCS fan and I know that better days are ahead in the not too distant future. Scott, really appreciate your diligent work, I’m a fan. Cheers!

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    The good thing about a balloon is you can blow air back into it just like you can let the air out. It just takes more work to do it, just like winning.
    All the points made about why the Bucs are losing are key factors to why they are. But Fortunately none of these injured players injured except for Smith is out for the season. After the bye week, seeing no other unforeseen injury, all of the Bucs should be up and running.
    Let wait till midway through the season to see which direction the team is headed in.

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    BTW, the Panthers are struggling offensively for the same reason the Bucs are, they lost their top RB Johnathon Stewart to a hamstring as well.
    They also list their top RT who is in concussion protocol as well.
    I really believe the Bucs will be fine when Martin returns and Winston doesn’t feel like he has to win the games all by himself. All Winston needs to do is be more careful with the ball. A punt from your 30 yard line is much more beneficial to your team than an INT.
    It will also help if Robert Ayres can get back after the break {if not before} along with the oft injured Gerald McCoy.

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    This is really a ‘the sky is falling’ article. I agree with wnb’s comments above, as who really expected us to be any better that 2-3 after the first 5 games? The ARZ and DEN games were unwinnable for the young Bucs, as they are playoff-tested veteran teams with great, man-based defenses. No Doug Martin / Luke Stocker / Robert Ayers / J Smith excuses would have saved us from those losses. The Rams game was the one that got away, so they have to make that one up through the rest of the season. Winston will have a fine game and a fine remainder of the season now that those two stellar defenses are behind them. Let’s just hope it’s enough to get enough W’s and show enough progress so the media / fans don’t ask for something stupid, like firing the coach or benching Jameis (aka our only hope). Go Bucs!

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