Jeff Garcia is the leader in the clubhouse for the starting QB position in Tampa

Gruden’s endorsement of Garcia came during the “Chalk Talk with the Bucs” breakfast at the Belleview Biltmore Resort in Clearwater – an annual event with the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce. The event was sponsored by BB&T, the official bank of the Buccaneers.

“There’s not a lot of controversy in my eyes right now,” Gruden said. “If you want to catch up to Jeff Garcia, our young quarterbacks have some work to do. Garcia has done a great job from day one since he’s been here. He understands the position. He’s moved offenses wherever he’s been, and right now Jeff Garcia has a big lead – to me – on the quarterback position. He brings a lot of juice and enthusiasm to our offensive team.

“Jeff Garcia is clearly the leader in the clubhouse right now, and we’re excited about that.”