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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Bucs dis Rattay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Jeff "Don't Call Me Jerry" Garcia and traded for the rights to Jake Plummer on Saturday.

Not only is the move bad for last year's opening day starter, Chris Simms, it's also not good news for former Louisiana Tech standout Tim Rattay.

For whatever reason, Bucs coach Jon Gruden does not like Rattay despite Rattay's decent play in relief of Bruce Gradkowski last season and what he showed when he was with the San Francisco 49ers.

Garcia can still play, but he's getting old. It's never been clear if Plummer could play in the NFL. Plus, Plummer said late Saturday on his Web site he will retire. So why not go with Rattay? The guy is a winner and -- if he ever gets a chance -- can prove he belongs in the league.

Maybe the Bucs will do Rattay a favor and let him go play for a team that needs a capable QB. Otherwise Gruden will be seen as something I've suspected for a long time -- a spiteful, overrated coach whose best years are already behind him.


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