What should the Bucs do with Brian Griese?
By the numbers
2-4 The Bucs' all-time record against the Broncos.
1-8 Record of Bucs coach Jon Gruden when facing Broncos coach Mike Shanahan.
2 Sacks allowed by the Broncos this season, fewest in the NFL.
435.5 Yards per game by the Broncos offense, best in the NFL.
33.2 Points scored per game by the Broncos, second most in the NFL.
29.2 Points allowed per game by the Broncos, fourth most in the NFL.
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There will be a familiar voice calling today's game for Fox. Chris Myers, who calls the Bucs preseason games on television, will handle the play-by-play. Tim Ryan will handle analysis, with Tom Helmer on the sidelines.
What they're saying
Brian Griese has had his ups and downs on the field with Tampa Bay, too. He started the season as a backup, and since taking over in Week 2, is 29th in the league in passer rating, 27th in completion percentage and first in interceptions. But he's 3-0 for a team tied atop the NFC South, a bottom-line stat cited by Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden this week. "I thought he was pretty good when he was here, too," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said of Griese, who went 27-24 as a starter. "We just didn't have the supporting cast that we might have today. Brian has demonstrated that with the right supporting cast, he can win a lot of football games, like most quarterbacks."
Lee Rasizer, Rocky Mountain News
Here's a mysterious quote from Brian Griese. "I want to find out how good we are when we don't turn the ball over." You might drop that first-person plural down to first-person singular, Brian. Six picks in two games are a lot, even when accompanied by a pair of W's.
Paul "Dr. Z" Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated
And warming up in the bullpen: Jeff Garcia. Or Luke McCown. Or Josh Johnson. Or Doug Williams. Or Steve Spurrier. Broncos, 30-23.
Peter King, Sports Illustrated
This is one of the better games of the weekend. The Bucs are 3-1, but they haven't really impressed me that much. The Broncos are also 3-1, but their defense is terrible. What gives here? The Bucs bad offense or the Broncos bad defense? I say the Denver defense plays better.
Pete Prisco, CBSportsline
Across the field from Mike Shanahan again, it should make Jon Gruden feel like he's back coaching the Raiders, except for the fact both coaches in this game are actually part of organizations that have winning game plans. Another story line: Bucs QB Brian Griese, who once looked like he would be John Elway's long-term successor, now faces off against Jay Cutler, who looks like it now. The key in this matchup, however, will be on the ground. With Earnest Graham and a strong-tackling front seven, advantage Tampa in both running and stopping the run. Bucs, 30-27.
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News
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