Gruden speaks: Bucs-Seahawks edition

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On the reports of a possible Ring of Honor

I don't know much about it. It's great, I'm sure. We've certainly got some worthy people that we can recognize. I've really been in a dark room working hard on Seattle with the coaches and players. But that's certainly great. We're excited about it.

On if Joey Galloway practiced

Yeah, he did. He practiced a little bit and he's getting better.

On Galloway's chances of playing against Seattle

Probably 50/50, I would say.

On if Galloway will be a game-time decision

Yeah, I think so. We'll do it again tomorrow. To be fair to everybody, we'll probably announce that on Sunday.

On Arron Sears

He was limited today although he did practice some. Hopefully he can give it a go tomorrow. If not, we'll see [Jeremy] Zuttah again.

On how he feels with Zuttah in the lineup

I'm comfortable with Zuttah, I really am. He's a good player and he's going to contend for playing time, no question.

On playing at night

We all, I think, would like to get up and play early. We'd just as soon get up and play immediately. You have a lot of idle time during the day. It really affects me a little bit more, probably, than most guys. I'm not a night guy. I know the guys will be excited and the anticipation of playing is sometimes a big deal for a lot of us.

On how Jameel Cook looked He took a crash course getting re-acclimated with the words and some new terms that we've added since he left. We're happy to have him back. We certainly need his help at this point.

On if Cook will start

We have no idea who's going to be starting the game, what personnel group we'll be in. But we do expect him to be active and compete in the game.

On what he's seen from Seattle

They've won three, four straight division titles. They're a heck of a football team. They've had a couple injuries; we've been there before ourselves. They have a lot of pride. They have a lot of really good players, Pro Bowl players, on defense -- [Julian] Peterson, [Lofa] Tatupu, [Marcus] Trufant, [Patrick] Kerney, the big guy, Rocky Bernard in the middle of the defense. They're having great seasons and they're a handful. They're very talented. We have a lot of respect for Julius Jones and the system that they run, Walter Jones. They have a lot of really good players, let's be honest.

On playing in prime time and if that adds to the game

The atmosphere might be that. Again, we need the game like everybody else. These games, they all mean a lot and we're going to have to play really good to win. Whether you play on TV or HBO or UHF, it really doesn't matter. You've got to go out and play.

On celebrating Mike Alstott

I think it'll be a great atmosphere to celebrate what was a great football player and certainly a team leader and icon in our organization. We'll do everything we can to, obviously, welcome him back and celebrate his tremendous career. He's a world champion and a great guy and Tampa, Florida has a lot to be proud of with him.

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