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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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    Nice new column Scott! Q1) I think you nailed the Glennon strategy…won’t be surprised to see him back. Q2) Kenny Bell…I’m just not that excited…would much rather have “an aging” VJax back…still our #1 WR IMO until Evans learns a thing or two (or ten) about how to play Q4) Draft…we have so many holes at the moment…and we have a defense built (theoretically) to play a zone-heavy style…we need to see what the next DC will do, because it may be a lot more than a Safety, CB and DE that we need…and I’m not still not sold that our OL is where it needs to be, yet we better fix it or our shiny new QB may not be so shiny anymore…

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    I think we need a DC that adapts his philosophy to fit his personnel until he can get his guys in the draft or FA. Lovie wanted to fit square pegs in round holes. Something nobody is mentioning. You can hire an HC from within and not interview anyone else. The Rooney rule does not apply if you hire an HC from your own staff. It’s a promotion.

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    I don’t understand why bucs would want Mr.Koetter as head coach. His record in college is not impressive and he was not wanted back in Atlanta.

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      I know that I, personally, would hate to see Koetter get the HC position. He has taken one good season, along with a career of mediocrity, and stretched it as far as it will probably go. If he gets the job, it is just bringing the Glazers one step closer to being the Jimmy Haslam of the South.

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    Koetter set a new franchise record for total offense with rookie players and in spite of missing key guys and Lovie’s bungling game management in his FIRST year on the team. I can’t wait to see what this offense can do when they are experienced, healthy, and Koetter has complete control. After 4 decades of defensive strength the Bucs finally have some real potential to build an offensive powerhouse. Koetter is the key to it all. Jameis will improve faster with Koetter leading the way on the field. It doesn’t hurt that we finally have a GM that knows how to stock a roster. It’s great to feel excited about the future of this team for a change.

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      Excellent points Sparky. Few of us know much about other team’s coordinators and I certainly don’t want another retread. As for Koetter; I agree that no one knows how any coordinator will fare as a HC. Many are young and promoted from being the “hot” candidate with relatively limited experience. Koetter at least has a few, grey hairs and is now battle tested from his college HC days. I think the benefits of him and the offensive staff remaining far outweigh the unpredictability of an entire coaching staff upheaval. Even on the defensive side, Cullen and Hardy did well enough with the hand they were dealt. The now departed secondary coaches where indecision was the norm deserved to be shown the exit. Hearing the forthright Koetter speak each week was refreshing.

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    Fans probably forgot when Lovie Smith was the HC they were very upset on Lovie Smith decisions,Now fans are upset about Lovie Smith is gone. Now Buc Fans let see what happens and support the bucs again. Tampa can moved on to the challenges and the future. GO Bucs.

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    Keeping Koetter will make this offense and Winston better at least in the short term. If there is another candidate they took over him would have to be very strong and interview amazingly well. You people can say what has Koetter done and he’s not that great but we know what he did with the offense. If they bring in someone it’s possible they do better eventually, but it is way more of a crap shoot IMO. Unless it’s an experienced head coach they interview you never really know what you will get. At least we know with him we get great offense and don’t go backward. Defense was a joke so it can’t get worse so not even worried about that. Lol. Hopefully we get a really good D coordinator.

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    I am excited for the future, not sure what the correct answer is as far as HC goes. Unless the Bucs pull a top tier coach away from a winning program (I doubt it) then they will have to roll the dice a bit and see how the next HC performs. I have only recently been following Tampa, I am a lifetime diehard FSU fan and always enjoyed NFL but I have not been passionate about it like I am all of a sudden. Love getting to watch my favorite Nole all time (Jameis) playing on sundays. I didn’t miss a game this year, looking forward to the combines and draft.

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