Gruden, Garcia share grinder's mentality

Under pressure to win, Bucs coach Jon Gruden is leaning heavily a quarterback who prides himself on his ability to grind out victories, writes Len Pasquarelli.

Originally Published: July 30, 2007
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- In the fertile but sometimes fractured mind of Jon Gruden, there are probably myriad reasons why he twice attempted to land quarterback Jeff Garcia to run his offense.

What motivated Gruden? Garcia possesses many of the same attributes as former NFL most valuable player Rich Gannon, arguably Gruden's favorite from among all of the league quarterbacks with whom he has worked.

But to Garcia, signed by the Bucs as a free agent in March after the Philadelphia ...

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