River of denial for Gruden
Give coach Jon Gruden credit. He did a lot of tap dancing after practice Wednesday when he faced the music about the Bucs' interest in Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
Gruden reportedly telephoned Favre on Tuesday to gauge his interest in a trade to Tampa Bay. But he refused to address speculation that the Bucs are interested in the three-time MVP.
A sample of how Gruden navigated the minefield of questions:
"No, I'm not going to talk about it. I don't know anything other than what happened today on the practice field and I don't want to address any more speculation at this point. Brett's situation will resolve itself during the coming days, I assume. But at this point in time, all I can comment on is our football team and what we did today.
"I try to deal with reality and facts and right now I don't have all the facts, I don't have half the reports or information that's available and people are trying their best to get the story. If I had information, I would be forthcoming and I will let you know. All I can say right now is I said what I said and I meant what I said.
"I'd like to be informative, but all I can say is there's been a lot coming out of Wisconsin lately. All I can tell you is I don't have any information for you other than what I've stated in the past. I can talk about the guys that are here, that are working. I don't want to speculate. No disrespect to any of the questions, but for me to keep speculating on this report and that report, it's just not right."
Spy vs. spy
With Jeff Garcia nursing a right calf strain, sibling rivalry can occur in Saturday's Bucs-Dolphins preseason game. Brothers Luke and Josh McCown will start at QB for the Bucs and Dolphins.
"The last time two brothers went head to head it was the Manning show," Gruden said. "We're going to have the McCown show, so we're going to make sure the McCown family gets all my seats I'm allotted for."
"I was in seventh or eighth grade or high school when he was winning Super Bowls so to me in a sense he's kind of like an idol."
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