Buccaneers QB’s Battling For Starting Job

Head Coach John Gruden is certainly pleased with the free agent acquisition of QB Jeff Garcia this off-season. He said, “Jeff Garcia gives our team a chance to get centered around a guy we can win with. (He) is far and away the best quarterback on our team at this point.” Garcia showed last year in Philadelphia that he can still be a premier
quarterback. Garcia definitely has the desire to win and wants the starting job. He said, “(Gruden) has given me the opportunity to be the leader of this team and when I get those opportunities I choke them to death.” Garcia desperately wants to be the starting quarterback and he probably will.

Coach Gruden hasn’t forgotten about Chris Simms, “Chris Simms has a bright future. I think Chris is a good player but two of the last three seasons he’s had serious injuries. Right now, he’s not in rhythm.” Chris Simms said, “It’s just June, I take it with a grain of salt, I’m coming into camp to compete. Let the competition begin!” It is good that Simms is ready to compete because he might be in a tight competition. Not a competition for the starting job, but a battle with Bruce Gradkowski for the #2 quarterback spot on the Bucs roster. Don’t completely write off Jake Plummer either, Tampa Bay
traded for the rights to Plummer, who announced his retirement, but has yet to file his retirement papers.


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