Former Bronco - Still a Bust

Syndicated columnist Schon takes his stab at former Denver Broncos quarterback Brian Griese.

When Brian Griese first joined the Denver Broncos in 1998, I understood the son of a Hall of Famer to be a difficult person, but decided to give him the benefit of the doubt.

When head coach Mike Shanahan dished out a boatload of money on the teams' starting quarterback, despite a sub par performance that resulted in just one wild card playoff appearance, I began to have some doubts.

After watching his performance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this preseason, I've come to the realization that there is no doubt.

As an NFL quarterback Brian Griese is abominable.

Five unproductive years with the Denver Broncos, a wasted season with the Miami Dolphins and his most recent performance with Tampa Bay has done little to alter that opinion. 

A simple look at the numbers backs up the harsh reality.

In fifty-six career starts Griese has handed out a grand total of fifty-nine interceptions. His quarterback rating, which reached it's peak of 102.9 during the Broncos 2000 season, plummeted to an embarrassing 69.2 during last season's Dolphin disaster. Of fifty-eight total games played in the NFL, Griese has fumbled the ball thirty-five times, which, for all of you stats freaks, boils down to slightly over sixty percent.

Sixty percent of the time you can count on Griese to cough up the ball.

Unfortunately the Broncos learned that the hard way, primarily because of the fact that Mike Shanahan is the most stubborn man on the face of this planet, refusing to admit that his selection for John Elway's successor was in all reality, an NFL bust.

Shanahan believed in Griese, standing up for him during intense media criticism, even going so far as to look the other way when Griese got popped for a late night DUI. The coach's stubbornness extended itself when the "Dink", a nickname eloquently penned by Denver Post columnist Woody Paige, showed up for practice with a black eye, which supposedly occurred during a fall in Terrell Davis' driveway. It extended even further when the Broncos starting quarterback was sidelined for several games with an ankle injury, which Griese claims occurred as he tripped over his dog on the stairway of his house. 

Eventually it all became too much, and with Shanahan's career with the Broncos being questioned for the first time, the head coach finally relented, cutting all ties with Griese. 

The problem had been passed on.

First to the Dolphins and now to the Buccaneers.

My sympathies to Bucs' fans everywhere.

Good luck with the "Dink".

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