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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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    I would be happy if our defense got back the middle of the pack. If we can stop playing 10 yards off receivers with more press coverage along with more pressure on QB’s we will improve significantly.

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    I like the mailbag Mark. Good questions coming in.

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    Although I understand why you said Winston might regress next year, I don’t think it will happen.
    For one thing, as you mentioned, he has 18 NFL games under his belt.
    For anther, the biggest struggle most rookie QB’s have is in the red zone as the field is compressed and because of it players seem to be moving much faster and the windows are smaller.
    Winston has had a year to deal with this as well.
    The only place where I saw where Winston needed to improve his game was in the long ball but more work with his receivers and experience will overcome that problem.

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    Free Agent = Eric Weddle.

    Regression = I hate to say it but I think it’s our OLine…not so much because they’ll get worse, but because I think they got a little overhyped in some circles this year – IMO, they had an okay year but not really even average…and still that was way better than I expected for them in 2015.

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    EastEndBoy, yes they were way overhyped. Especially with the way Martin ran for close to 1500 yards and Winston had a pretty sound rookie year. Yup, they were overhyped alright.
    BTW, who, exactly, overhyped them?

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    Yes Dr.d they were overhyped. Overhyped by media, fans, etc. Martin did an awesome job. Had a stellar year and ran extremely hard. The run blocking was average-good at times. The pass protection sucked overall. Look at how many times Winston was hit and running around in the pocket. Lucky he stayed healthy the hits he took. It wasn’t the great O line it was Winston buying time and moving around in the pocket and having great vision. Teams that weren’t even good like the Colts had lots of pressure on him. As usual you are clueless and argumentative with just about everything posted here. But you really nailed Lovie not being the problem with this team and defense didn’t you. Lol.

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      Im not running to anyone’s defense but the offensive line does have room for improvement. Last year, Jameis got rid of the ball faster than McCown ever did and the Bucs relied more than usual on the running game. There were times when the Bucs needed to run the ball and sustain drives and were unable to get it done. I understand that the other teams players get paid too, but the offensive line deserves lots of credit and so does Koetter who put everyone in position to make the most of a tough situation heading into the season. The Bucs offensive line, running backs and QB all exceeded anyones best expectations last year, but there is room to grow in all three areas.

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      My issue with question #2 is the part where you say we should shy away from big name FAs bc of past failures like Collins,Wright, McCown and Johnson. The Bucs issue has never been signing big name FAs it is overpaying marginal talent with the hope we can take their careers to the next level. It would be completely stupid for us to pass up legit high end FAs bc we chose to overpay rotational players in the past. @fredster I recommend not even responding to DRDNEAST bc you are correct all he wants to do is argue. He once said Lovie wasn’t part of the problem now he agrees that a change was needed lol. Go Bucs!

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    Great article. However, I’d have to disagree with you on your opinion of Winston’s regress. IMO, a lot is going to depend on if we can keep VJax healthy and Evans can get some better hands this year. Defenses knew that with VJax gone, Evans was the go to guy. Hopefully via free agency and the draft, we can pick up another threat that can effectively give Winston another option. Having faith that this will happen, this will only increase his output. Added to the fact that Martin ran for 1400 yards… success in one part of the game, opens up the other.

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    Actually the player who has the most likely chance to regress next year is Martin. Happened before. 1,500 yards is a tough act to follow.

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    I believe that the defensive coaches will have a good influences in 2016 draft espically if Tampa can swing a deal if Tampa could move down and pick up at least 2 picks besides the other team 1st rd plus a draft pick in later rd’s plus a 2017 draft pick.

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