Garcia's skills, intensity suit Gruden's style

Jon Gruden has always worked well with veteran QBs. That's why he's confident the Bucs can flourish with Jeff Garcia under center, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Originally Published: June 28, 2007
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

We didn't need to wait this long to know Jeff Garcia would be favored to become Tampa Bay's starting quarterback. We should've known it from the moment head coach Jon Gruden started coveting the nine-year veteran during the unrestricted free-agency period.

All you had to understand about Garcia is that he's 37 years old. To skeptics, that age raises the question of whether Garcia is past his prime. To Gruden, it means Garcia is his kind of quarterback.

Although Gruden doesn't ...

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