Bucs Beat

Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Something's got to give at quarterback

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March

So, once again we find ourselves unable to count the Bucs' quarterbacks on one hand.

Yes, Tampa Bay has six signal callers on the roster. Far as I know, there still will be just one football used on Sundays. So, what the heck is going on here?

Monday's trade with Chicago that netted Brian Griese added another quarterback to a roster that already had too many. But I don't see this as a bad move. If the Bucs don't feel confident in any of the reserves behind Jeff Garcia -- and this trade is a clear indication of that -- then they did the right thing in acquiring someone they think can hold things together if and when Garcia is injured.

Question: if Garcia gets hurt in Week 1, how do you feel about Luke McCown going the distance? Don't answer. Just think about it.

So, let's assume things play out this way: Garcia's the starter, Griese is No. 2, McCown No. 3. That leaves Bruce Gradkowski, who probably will be cut, and Chris Simms. Ah, yes, remember him? This is where the Bucs need to do the right thing and release Simms. They obviously have no intention of playing him or investing any time in developing him further. So, the only human thing to do is to allow him to leave and let him attempt to get his career back on track. I have a suspicion that this kid -- he's only 27 -- still can develop into a solid quarterback. But I'm convinced that it will never happen here.

So, at this point, I'm left with only one conclusion: the Bucs are doing Simms a disservice. They need to let the man revive his career. Clearly, that's not going to happen until he leaves Tampa Bay.

EDIT, 12:34 p.m.: I neglected to mention Jake Plummer for those who were counting. How could I forget? Well, maybe because I've never actually laid eyes on him. I'd say that's a good reason.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:58pm]

    

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