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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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    Let’s get our facts straight. Cover 2 is not dead in the NFL. Lots of teams still successfully play a version of the Cover 2. Nobody, including the Bucs plays the pure Cover 2 of days gone by that some may be referring to.

    Two of the most successful defenses in the NFL play a version of the Cover 2. Carolina plays the exact same defense as the Bucs (Ron Rivera, Lovie Smith disciple)and Seattle plays Cover 3 which uses Cover 2 as the base defense.

    Cover 2 in its modified form is not the culprit. No defense works if you don’t have the skill set or the players don’t know how to employ it. I suspect the Bucs are guilty on both fronts. Lovie needs a FS like Earl Thomas and a SS like Kam Chancellor who can come down into the box and play as an extra LB (Barron has been an epic fail). Lovie does not have a MLB who can play deep and cover, ie, Cover 2. Fix the players, fix the defense!

    Those who want more info, read for yourself.


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      Macabee, I totally agree with your comments, especially the part about having the players that fit the defense. I think the players know that they don’t have the correct skill sets and are frustrated because of that. McCoy and David are really the only two pieces that do fit the scheme well and when they lost McCoy, the D lost hope that they could make it work (and they were right). Without the correct talent it will not work and we do not have that talent now. We need ball hawling safeties, LB’s that can cover and DE’s that can get sacks…cupboard looks bare.

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    No question the horses are needed. Sure Carolina was the No. 1 defense last year but look at that front seven. When you can notch 60 sacks in a season, you could run pretty much any scheme.

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    Gotta wonder if Tomlin is just being kind…today..Wait until sunday…Trust me,his team will exploit our defense and the holes its full of…Funny~Tomlin was the one damn coach we should have kept and or promoted~look at what the bucs have had since he walked and see what hes done for the steelers over his time there.

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    Totally agree macabee. Schemes don’t win…..players do. In our case, schemes don’t lose….players do. But here in Pewterville, we go from being excited about the return of the Tampa Two to thinking it was written on a scroll and ready to abandon it after three games while key players are hurt and still learning the intricacies that our playoff teams mastered. Sapp always said it’s not the scheme….it was those players. I remember when the Tampa Two referred to the two wins we somehow were able to muster.

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    Is it the scheme, or the players? We were horrible last year with a different scheme. This year we changed schemes, and we’re still horrible. We even changed half the roster, result, we still stink. Only in Tampa can you change both, and still be bad. How can this be?

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    The problem is TIME.. Sure the Bucs could use a few players on the D side, but the team hasn’t learned the system to the point of being able to run it without thinking. Brooks pretty much said it himself

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