Mark Cook joined Gabrielle Shirley of WFLA News Channel 8 on Wednesday from One Buc Place to discuss Tampa Bay’s depleted defense, and also looked ahead to the upcoming Bengals game this Sunday.

Make sure to follow and WFLA News Channel 8 for the best Bucs coverage, and watch all season long on Sunday night for the Bucs Bonus Show with Dan Lucas and Annie Sabo.

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for 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, the beach and family time.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
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3 years ago

No Kwon Alexander. No Gerald McCoy, Vinnie Curry. Hope that defense can pull off another miracle with a good performance. Good luck to them.

Mike Wright
3 years ago

So What? 31 other team have injuries also! Plug in the next man up and WIN!! NO EXCUSES. Every year its the SOS! EXCUSES. Sick and tired of them. The Saints, Pats, Steelers, and several others make trades..getting their teams better. Not us, we bring back has beens and team rejects because we are afraid to give up draft picks. I question whether this Buc team truly wants to create dynasties..winning calibre teams. Championships don’t come to you, You gotta go out and get them! This being said, If our Defense can repeat last weeks performance, We got a shot… Read more »

Reply to  Mike Wright
3 years ago

Honestly if someone tracked starter injuries or high caliber players hurt, the Bucs would probably be one of the healthiest teams in the league overall. We lost HG3 (unproven), Conte (JAG), Kwon (Was NOT having a good year but we forget that). Zero major injuries on OL, WR, RB, QB, etc… ATL losing Pro-bowlers, Pitt missing L.Bell. Good teams just find a way to win!!