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Bucs unravel in Garcia's absence

After one game, it's already clear that QB Jeff Garcia is the Bucs' most indispensable player, writes Mike Sando.

Originally Published: September 9, 2007
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

SEATTLE -- Linebacker Lofa Tatupu was heading directly for Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia on a first-quarter Seattle blitz.

An inexperienced passer might have panicked.

Not Garcia. The 37-year-old veteran stared down the Seattle pass rush and fired a perfect strike to Ike Hilliard for a 28-yard gain.

In one play Sunday, Garcia showed the Bucs what they were missing from the position during their 4-12 season in 2006. Garcia showed them again with a 3-yard scramble on a third-and-2 ...

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