Friday, October 10, 2008

Garcia is in...Galloway? Maybe.

By JC De La Torre

Jeff Garcia is back as the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Garcia is saying all the right things in the media about how he's put the past behind him. He knows this maybe his last shot here in Tampa Bay and all the craziness of the off-season needs to be put in the rear view mirror for good. Garcia says he's healthy and ready to return to the Pro Bowl (albeit as an alternate) level he played at last season. Bottom line, if Garcia is back to where he was last season, the Bucs as an offense will be better. Griese may make more plays downfield, but he also makes a boatload more mistakes. After throwing six picks in two games, he looked hesitant or gun shy against Denver. A gun shy Griese is a worthless Griese for the Buccaneers. It took Garcia a little while to get going (throwing a horrible interception in the process), but he came on towards the end of the game, leading the Bucs on a 90 yd scoring drive. That's the kind of Garcia the Bucs need.

The Bucs may have another crucial weapon returning to the offense for Sunday's crucial NFC South showdown with the first place Carolina Panthers. Joey Galloway is making some comments in the local fishwraps this morning that he might be ready to return soon - perhaps as soon as Carolina. Galloway participated in his first practice since injuring his foot in Week 1 and told the Pewter Report - "I am cutting and actually catching balls today, so we're on the road to playing soon," said Galloway. "I will go do some things [in practice] today and we'll see what happens."

A return of Joey Galloway changes the Buccaneers offense, giving the Buccaneers a deep threat that can keep defenses honest.

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