Joe’s Take: Garcia Back In The Saddle

October 5th, 2008
Sunday marked the end of the Brian Griese experiment. For now

Sunday marked the end of the Brian Griese experiment. For now.

Forget all the politically correct nonsense. This is football.

So what were you thinking when Champ Bailey drilled Brian Griese in the armpit and he fell to the ground like that big gaudy statue of Saddam Hussein?

Were you at the edge of your seat bursting to see what Jeff Garcia would do with the struggling offense?

Joe was fired up. Nobody’s wishing Son of Bob any harm, but the return of Garcia was a welcome sight and a shot of excitement and hope that the Bucs could rally to beat Denver.

After the broken headset nonsense and what seemed like 100 false start penalties, Garcia lucked out when Marcus Thomas fumbled away his Griese-like interception. But Garcia came back like a warrior to take several licks, make tough throws and move the Bucs down the field. Heck, he even had some completions more than 10 yards.

Bottom line: Garcia showed why he’s the Bucs most dangerous playmaker by far. 

As Chucky would spin, personnel decisions are all about putting the best players on the field, one game at a time. Clearly, Garcia is healthy and better equipped to put points on the board then Brian Griese. 

Chucky now has a save-face excuse to start Garcia. He got his Griese bailout.  Garcia is back in the saddle.

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