There is no question that the Philadelphia Eagles would not have made it to the second round of the playoffs last season without quarterback Jeff Garcia. The QB came in after starter Donovan McNabb went down with a season ending injury at home vs the Titans mid-way though the season, and led them to the NFC East title. That was then, this is now, as Garcia now is set to start his next chapter in his football career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Leaving Philly was not easy for Garcia, who recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer “I felt snubbed.”
“I think there was a lot of anger within myself,” Garcia said, describing when the Eagles did not make more of effort to bring him back. “Here was finally a situation where I felt so comfortable and I felt like I had a good home and a good place, and I wanted to be able to experience more of that and, hopefully, not have to relocate all over again. That opportunity wasn’t presented to me.”
Garcia is set to start with Tampa Bay ahead of Chris Simms, but while he is set to make $5 mil a season as the Tampa starter, he also says the chance to stay with the Eagles is one he would have liked to consider. “As much as I would have liked to continue here, now I have a chance to start and I’m in a place where I see a lot of similarities with the Eagles in Tampa Bay, as far as veteran leadership and quality guys in the locker room,” Garcia said. “It’s hard to replace that sort of situation. It’s a good thing for me.”
At least from the sounds of it, Garcia is not holidng a grudge against Eagles QB McNabb, who’s charity event he recently attended. There was plenty of talk among the fans that Garcia should have been kept around and McNabb should have been moved. All that is now water under the bridge.
“We had a great relationship, and it stems from playing in Pro Bowls together six years ago,” he said. “It’s one of those things where I was always very supportive of Donovan, and when I had the opportunity to step on the field because of his injury, he was supportive of me.
“As a matter of fact, a couple of weeks ago, I was going to invite him out to my event, but I knew he was rehabbing. But he sent a jersey out for us to raise some money for our charities. It’s important for me to be here to support him, and when I have things going on, he’s going to be supportive of me. That’s the way it is. It’s unfortunate people want to create something negative out of something that’s really positive.”