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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 mark@pewterreport.com

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    We already knew this from DC Smith’s introductory presser when asked what the Bucs’ base defense will look like next season. He said “We’re going to base out of a four-man front, But again, when you play with a four-man front, you over-shift and you’re in a 3-4. You start in a 3-4, you over-shift, you’re in a 4-3. There’s not a whole lot of difference in terms of what you do, it’s a matter of how you’re going to put your shell in the back end. And I think that’s the thing that you have to do, is you have to give the quarterback different looks”.
    If the Bucs do not bring back DT’s Henry Melton and Tony McDaniel, look for a bigger nose tackle somewhere down the line!
    Remember D-Line coach Jay Hayes is from the Bengals who aligns in a 4-3 hybrid with a big nose tackle sometimes over center.

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    Just run a defense that fits the talents and skill of our players, unlike the bull headed Smith who tried making players fit into his out dated cover two system

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    macabee” I too always preferred a massive inside DT who presents as an immovable object and forces runs to the outside to be caught by swift DE’s and LB’s.

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    Two players in this draft that will give us the ability to provide multiple looks. Myles Jack who can play anywhere on the back end and allow us to disguise coverages. Vernon Butler because of his ability to 1-gap, or 2-gap can allow us to disguise our fronts.

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