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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 mark@pewterreport.com

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    Find your man, stay with your man, keep good body position, look for the ball, intercept the ball, or knock it down. I would think that they know these things, but can’t do them. So either they lack the talent or physical ability, or they are stupid and everyone knows you can’t teach speed and you can’t fix stupid. Luckily you have to figure something out not me. The problem is that you can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear…but you can make a dog chew out of a sows ear. In other words make the defense you put in place suit the skills that your players do happen to have.

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    At 1-5 and I would say meet more.

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    Fire this dumbass. He has had plenty of opportunity to coach these guys up. He cannot do it so get rid of him.

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    I hear a lot of “it starts with me as a coach”….but then the play on the field is still garbage…so what dies it even mean fir these coaches to be standing up and taking responsibility….who cares about this when the play is still going to be awful in the next game….

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    What would be more meaningful is for the coaches is to say what is wrong,how we’re going to fix it, and what we can expect in the future. Sure you just fell on your sword, but there’s no blood! Do something and tell us after the next game whether it is working or not.

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    If you can’t put pressire from the inside and outside on the QB then nothing works on Defense.

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    Why is Coach Byrd taking the blame? According to some, it’s that antiquated Tampa 2 scheme that’s the culprit. Perhaps the pages of the How to Play the Tampa 2 Defense handbook are too yellowed to read and messed up from Monte Kiffin’s spit sprays that it’s no longer legible. If a traveler is following a map that is outdated, is the problem with the guide? Why doesn’t Byrd just repeat the words of those who are condemning the scheme? “I’m a great coach, we have great players but that relic of a defense we’re being told to employ sucks.”

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    Now scubog, take your spanking from SR graciously..ha! Outside of your definition of the Tampa 2 I thought your comment was right on. SR is writing “headlines” and brought up good points regardless of what are difference in thinking is. I do not buy in that schemes are necessarily relics with no chance of success again. The right players/coaches, schemes work period. The question for me is, what kind of players do we have and do we have the talent to coach them to what we need? Perfect example is New Orleans. Last year defense was top 5 this year so far 28th, scheme?, hardly. Simply put, coaches and players are to blame and that includes GM as well. We need some Brooks and Sapp guys. Attitude and some nastiness could go a long way. How about some coaches that were like Gruden? Maybe the coaches are to “soft”?

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    Schemes have to match the talents of the players you have and if not, you will fail. You can’t change the players, therefor, you have to change the schemes. If Frasier and Smith will not adjust then the problems with the BUCS is coaching!!! This is NOT rocket science. The coaches have been evaluating these players for months and have NO excuses.

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    I really find it hard to believe the Tampa 2 scheme is to blame. Just so everyone knows, all other ZONE defenses have ‘holes’ in them as well – cover 3, quarters, etc. It is pure execution of the defense that appears to be the main culprit, as the DL gets no pressure, the LB’s bite on every fake/bootleg, and the DB’s are making no plays on the ball. To be fair, perhaps the coaching of the defense is becoming predictable, where the O knows what we’ll play. But that is not a Tampa 2 scheme issue, but rather being out coached. But to say Tampa 2 is a relic is non-sense. After all, man to man defense is the oldest scheme in the book, and I still see lots of it played on Sundays.

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    “Byrd Says Secondary Failures Falls On Him As Coach” Buctebow says Byrdsh@t falls on fans heads

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