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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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    At least he’s looked at the games and saw some of the things that I saw that he has completed every NFL throw and thrown into tight windows, just not as often as some other QB’s. I was starting to think I was seeing things because I’ve had to explain that to so many people. You can’t just watch Mariota’s last two games (even though he also made those throws against Ohio State but not many seemed to notice).

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      Pink- People are not subjective when they want the other guy the let personal bias take over their eyes, I have watched many games of Mariotas as i live in Az, the guy can make every throw when need be he is just in your traditional offense so people say he can;t play in one. To be honest many of the people with opinions here have never played organized football and they don’t understand the intracasies of the position plain and simple

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    Seriously, what are they going to say? We don’t feel comfortable with Winston. That would be incredibly stupid. Winston is high risk. All of his friends from FSU will follow him don’t to Tampa. He will be hounded by people with financial schemes and guys who want to party with him. I would love to see him mature and put all of his past behind him, but I know from experience that is highly unlikely I have supervised 75 people in an organization and been responsible for major hiring decisions. I used to think high risk-high reward but no more. You can’t be short-term minded if you’re the boss and responsible for performance. I’ve been burned by guys who came with high recommendations that their talent was superior and they just needed time to mature. Character is not something that is easy to change. I’ll be disappointed if they draft Winston and I’ll root for him–at least until his first mistake. The pressure will be enormous because so many people expect him to fail and because he has shown himself to have a needy personality. I expect Mariota to have the far superior career, though it might take him some time. As for these press conferences, they mean nothing. “Oh, I’m sorry, but we’re really uncomfortable with Jamies.” Would you really expect them to say this? How ridiculous can you get? It’s anybody’s guess what they really think. Remember how high Lovie said he was on Manziel? Remember how they talked about Evans hardly at all. This is a chess match not a shouting match.

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      very, very well said.
      Longevity in the NFL requires discipline. There are a lot of great athletes that don’t make it because the NFL level is the first place they have had to work at being the best and they have neither the maturity nor the fortitude to do what is necessary to succeed vs. hardship. Someone who lacks self-control lacks the discipline at this level to succeed.
      Not sure where either JW or MM stand in this regard, but JW is more of a question mark in my mind.

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    “I think it probably helps a little bit if you’ve done more of the things that you’ll be doing in an NFL game, but a lot of this is about projections though, really.”
    – Lovie Smith

    Obviously he is speaking about the fact that nobody knows how well Mariota’s game will translate to the NFL. He is a read option QB going into entirely new territory where taking off running at the first sign of trouble is not going to work for him.

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