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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

So many quarterbacks, so little certainty



So, coach Jon Gruden is sticking to his guns, saying rookie Bruce Gradkowski could still become the No. 2 quarterback. And after Gruden used Gradkowski for the entire second half against Jacksonville Saturday -- and didn't use Tim Rattay at all -- you have to believe the coach is serious.

No one knows exactly what will happen, but this much we're sure of: what a mess the Bucs' quarterback situation is. After starter Chris Simms, it's a bunch of guys with numerous imperfections. If they're not hurt (Jay Fiedler, Luke McCown), they're inexperienced. If not that, then they're just simply underwhelming (i.e.,  Rattay).

So, when Gruden says the Bucs "have a crowded house" at quarterback, he is right. They just don't have anyone who is unquestionably ready to take on the job of being the first quarterback off the bench.

Is Gradkowski ready? Is Rattay really this average? When will Fiedler ever return? And what's the plan for McCown after his knee surgery? We hear he's supposed to be ahead of schedule on his rehab, which begs the question, is anyone ever BEHIND schedule?

As you can see, it's a bit of a muddled mess. Most likely, the situation will sort itself out in time. But time is running short with the regular season fast approaching.

We at the Times are admittedly confused. So help us out: If you were the coach, what would YOU do? Comment below.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:42pm]


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