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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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    Is he running for President? Sounds like the round around answer to the question.

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    PR could have interviewed any of us and received some specific reasons for the firing other than the standard. “what’s best for the team” Glazer remark.

    While I don’t want the Glazers to act like Jerry Jones constant seeking out the camera and talking to the media; I would like for them to be a little more accessible and open with the fans.

    Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Joel said, “Lovie was insubordinate and stubborn just like Tony Dungy. We told Lovie he needed to get rid of his kid and high school coach and he refused. We told Lovie not to sit on that lead in Washington, but he refused. We told Lovie to do a lot of things that his failure to do so cost us some games. The only directive he followed, and he almost blew that, was to tank the Saints game in 2014 to get Jameis.”

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    @scubog, that’s a good way to make sure people will only want to work for the Glazers as a last resort. I mean, we are darn close to that already, but once you start publicly dumping on former employees you go to the very bottom of the barrel as a team coaches or players want to work for. One of Lovie’s most unpleasant traits was looking at a roster of defensive players that he mostly hand picked and blaming them for not playing better. The Glazers chose not to go that route with the coach they hand picked, and I’m glad they took the high road even as Lovie’s pals in the league and media continue to make excuses for a guy who put the least competitive Buccaneer teams of my adult life out on the field for 2 years

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      I was being sarcastic. Of course they wouldn’t say anything like that. If you think Lovie was bad, you should have witnessed Leeman Bennett and Richard Williamson.

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        I remember meeting Leeman and he seemed intimidated by me. My wife and cat are not even intimidated by me.

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        apologies for not catching the sarcasm. i probably should have read all the way through to the tank for jameis remark and i probably would’ve caught on, but i just went into rebuttal mode halfway through. i also frequent other fan sites where similar comments abound without a hint of irony, so i kinda pounced on it

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      You obviously are young if that was the least competitive team of your adulthood. There have been many worse over the last 40 years.

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    i was a fan when younger, but i don’t think my 9 or 11 year old self measures up as an analyst of football to grown-up me. I am well versed on team history, but my adulthood more or less coincides with year 2 of the dungy era – a good run relative to the first 2 decades, to be sure, but post-mckay has not been a whole lot worse than post-gruden. i still think Lovie might be the pound-for-pound least competitive coach ever when you consider that the bennetts and williamsons had no salary cap or free agency to ease the talent differential. it just shouldn’t be possible in 2014 and 2015 to take teams completely out of the game by halftime as frequently as opponents did to Lovie’s bucs.

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