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Final Thoughts From Tampa
Posted Jan 6, 2008 by Anwar S. Richardson
Updated Jan 6, 2008 at 06:41 PM
After taking a 7-0 lead, Tampa Bay struggled heavily and was defeated by the New York Giants, 24-14, in the NFC Wild Card game.
After doing a little more research, officials say Tampa Bay WR Joey Galloway left the game early because of a shoulder injury. What is interesting about that is most players immediately walk into the locker room after their injury, but with 5:37 remaining, Galloway was still on the sidelines with a towel over his head and watching Tampa Bay’s offense. Then at 3:16, Galloway walked off the field into the locker room.
I spoke with Galloway after the game outside of Tampa Bay’s locker room and he declined to comment about leaving early. He carried a garment bag over his shoulder as he walked away.
Bucs coach Jon Gruden did say he and Galloway had a disagreement on the sidelines, but would not elaborate about what happened.
Now it is time for your thoughts:
1) Tampa Bay lost four of its last five games. The only game it won was against Atlanta. Do you think resting players hurt this team’s chemistry?
2) Are you surprised at how much Tampa Bay struggled in every area (offense, defense and special teams) against New York?
3) Gruden has one year remaining on his contract. Does Tampa Bay’s performance this season warrant Gruden receiving a contract extension?