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Garcia sounds off on Favre talk



Quarterback Jeff Garcia said he is focused on leading the Bucs to another division title and beyond, not on speculation that he may be replaced by the Packers' Brett Favre.

"You know, I really can't even think about it,'' Garcia told reporter Josh Koehn of the Gilroy Dispatch Saturday night. "There are only certain things I can control and that's really what I want to focus upon. I can't control what's being said in the media. I can't control what upper management or what people are talking about or what they're thinking about. All I know is that I have a job to do with Tampa.

"I have a job to build upon as to what I did last year with the team. I'm focused on myself being better, contributing more, hopefully leading this team to another division title and hopefully bigger and better things like the Super Bowl...It's about playing football and whatever happens outside of my ability to control is out of my hands.''

Garcia is attending the 35-year reunion in Gilroy, Calif., of the Galivan College team that won a junior college national title in football. The team was coached by his dad, Bob Garcia. He will return to Tampa Sunday night and be at practice Monday.

Garcia said he appreciated the support he has received from his teammates in recent weeks.

"It's very much appreciated,'' Garcia said. "I feel very fortunate those guys see the true character of what I'm all about. They saw how I approached the game last year when I came onto the team -- my focus, my leadership, my motivation -- whatever it was. And there are things I feel I give to the team. For them to support me in that sort of way makes me feel good. I think that's what's so important about this and game and about this team is that we do have good team chemistry. We do have good team camaraderie and it's important to keep that together in order to have a chance to win more football games.''

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:05pm]


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