In a move that comes as no surprise, Brian Griese has been placed on the IR for the season.
What is surprising is that no one is talking about this move as the end of the Bucs season. When Pennington went down earlier in the season, most people said that the Jets season was done. If Vick, Manning or Brady went down with injury most people would say the Falcons, Colts and Patriots could say good bye to the playoffs.
Now I'm not comparing Griese to any of these quarterbacks in terms of skill, but Griese was the quarterback for a 4-1 team before he went down with what will most likely be a season ending injury. Why is nobody forecasting the end of the Bucs season after their starting quarterback went down to a torn ACL?
The answer is that the Bucs did not rely on Griese to win games. He played a Trent Dilfer-like role in the offense. Call the plays, throw the ball every now and then, and try not to turn the ball over.
Cadillac Williams is the reason the Bucs have been winning games. Well, Williams and Gruden's play calling. Simms promotion to the starting squad will not change that. This team will need a healthy Williams, not a healthy Griese, to win games.