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News » Tampa Bay Buccaneers Inside Slant 2008-09-16


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Inside Slant 2008-09-16


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Inside Slant 2008-09-16
Brian Griese's role became more permanent Monday when he officially was named the starter for this week's game at Chicago - and beyond.


Griese missed some open receivers Sunday but did something Garcia didn't do in the season opener - he won the game, beating the Atlanta Falcons 24-9.

"You know what? He warrants being a starting quarterback in the league, period," coach Jon Gruden said. "With that said, we don't anticipate any changes at that position this week."

Meanwhile, Garcia's future with the Bucs is undefined. He was the inactive third quarterback against the Falcons on Sunday, and Gruden would not elaborate on his role the remainder of the season.

"We'll address that. It's going to be a long season," Gruden said. "We're going to need everybody on our football team. We certainly need Jeff Garcia. What his role is will be defined on a weekly basis.

"You're more concerned than I am, okay? Every day I address the same questions with you. I'm not concerned. I'm concerned with beating the Chicago Bears. That's my No. 1 concern. That's the concern of our football team, period."

The Bucs have other worries. Receiver Joey Galloway has a right foot sprain and was on crutches Monday. He is expected to be questionable for Sunday's game at Chicago.

Gruden also denied various media reports that the Bucs have been attempting to drum up interest for Garcia in a trade, including having discussions with the San Francisco 49ers.

"No, I have not. I've not talked to anybody about Jeff," Gruden said. "There's a lot of reports out there. If someone ever came to me that had issued a report, I would be happy to address it. But there's a lot of reports out there that are erroneous and incorrect."

Griese, 33, completed 18-of-31 passes for 160 yard with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Falcons. He missed out on a chance for some big plays by overthrowing Antonio Bryant and Alex Smith.

But Griese was able to produce 10 points off two Falcons turnovers and build a comfortable lead for the Bucs.

"Well, we started fast," Gruden said. "I felt we took advantage of good field position, made a nice play on third down and we capitalized, scored a touchdown on our opening possession. We started quicker, we converted some third downs, we were able to get a lead and that was probably the biggest difference. There's still a lot of room for improvement, me included.

"I thought he did a nice job really. We had the one turnover late in the football game. He managed the offense. He made some great decisions in the running game. We won the football game. I thought he was solid. I thought he played pretty good."



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 16, 2008

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