New Raiders QB Garcia Ready to Take Starting Job?

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It’s no real secret that wherever veteran QB Jeff Garcia goes, usually for some reason he finds his way onto the field as a starter at some point. Happened in Detroit, Philly and Tampa Bay. Now the question is – will it happen in Oakland?

More than likely that answer will be “yes.” The team has young QB JaMarcus Russell, but let’s face it, he hasn’t been able to answer the call in two seasons, last year as a starter. The Raiders have to turn it around, and fast, and Garica is the answer to getting the job done quicker.

Jim Trotter of SI.com recently wrote
that both Russell’s work ethic and position coach (Paul Hackett) are two main reasons you’ll see Garica under center at some point early in the 09 season. Here’s a portion of what Trotter had to say:

He struggled for most of his first 1½ seasons but finally showed flashes of promise last December, when he threw two touchdown passes in each of his final three games after tossing only five in his previous 11 games combined. He also completed more than 50 percent of his passes in those games after finishing beneath that mark in six of his previous 11 outings.

But instead of building on that, the Raiders brought in a new quarterbacks coach (Paul Hackett), a new passing game coordinator (Ted Tollner) and hired wideout and tight end coaches who’ve never been lead position coaches in the NFL. Also, instead of adding an experienced receiver who could be a security blanket for Russell, they plan to rely on rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was taken with the seventh pick in this year’s draft.

“Also those things have set him back a year,” said one of Russell’s former coaches.

So while many think that Russell is the QB of the future for the Raiders, the outlook now is that he won’t even be the starter in the 09 season.


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9 Responses to “New Raiders QB Garcia Ready to Take Starting Job?”

  1. Howie says:

    You Raider haters keep missing the point, it’s not about JR or the WRs until JR has an “O” line that is good enough to give him a consistent running game and OTs that can pass block. Only then will a rookie QB have a chance to develope in Oakland.

  2. dbaby says:

    Ur article is dumb n ur dumb.. He has 2 completely flop in his first 4 or 5 games no matter what.. He is the key 2 our success, without him we are 5-11 again.. Garcia is there 2 teach work ehtic n determination n hard work.. Injury or throwin no TD’s in 4 games 2 start season is only way, this is russell’s team

  3. cj says:

    IM FINE WITH GARCIA TAKING OVER!!!…AT THIS POINT IN MY RAIDER-FAN CAREER,IM SIMPLY TIRED OF LOSING!! I COULD CARE LESS ABOUT NAMES AND CONTRACTS!!! I WANT TO WIN! WITH OR WITHOUT J.RUSS!! PS. I HAVE NO “ZERO” TOLERANCE FOR A CONTRACT HOLDOUT PLAYER WHO DOESNT IMEDIATLY DELIVER ONCE HE GETS HIS MONEY!!!

  4. JEFF Jones says:

    It would be crazy to start Garcia at quarterback because JRessell must developed and he can not do that in the bench. We are paying him too much money not to developed him. He is the future quarterback for the OAKLAND RAIDERS. So we have to start him and see how it goes if he dont produce then put Garcia in.

  5. Mando says:

    lets face it! when have you seen a qb in the NFL that weights 300 lbs? the guy has his money so the hell with the rest.

  6. fistdeep says:

    Your just commenting on what someone else said. Get a job blogger.

    Hackett’s a good coach and if he wasnt there you’d say “They didnt even bring in a QB coach.”
    Try and write your own stories ya repeat..
    Go wrap your car around a tree.

  7. JSpicoli says:

    I have zero tolerance for CAPS using, mouth breathing, non-football fans that think “I HAVE NO “ZERO” TOLERANCE FOR A CONTRACT HOLDOUT PLAYER WHO DOESNT IMEDIATLY DELIVER ONCE HE GETS HIS MONEY!!!”

    Deeeeeeeewsch

  8. kb says:

    i agreee with cj if your gonna holdout/////
    produce

  9. Tweekintekin says:

    He hasn’t played for 1 1/2 seasons. He played more like 1 1/4 seasons. He has 4 games his first year without a mini camp so in my mind he has one real year under his belt. I give the guy one more full year before I even form an opinion. If you start Jeff at any time this year you do more harm than good. Don’t waste my time writing stupid articles like this.