He played the good soldier as erstwhile backup at the Raiders three-day minicamp, but Jeff Garcia left the door open to wedging his way in as the starter in a radio interview with KLAC in Los Angeles.
In Alameda, Garcia said he felt he could still be a starter, but realized his role in Oakland. There was no gray area, no inferences about winning the starting job.
Garcia remained diplomatic, but there was a subtle shift in his stance during the radio interview with Chris Myers, particularly in this passage:
“Well, I’m not going to say that things can’t change and I understand that the role I have basically assumes going into Oakland knowing that JaMarcus was drafted to be the starting quarterback there. But I think there has to be some realization at some point as to putting the best players on the field that are you going to give you the best chance to win.
“Now, if JaMarcus is that guy, then he definitely deserves to be on the field and should be on the field. But if for some reason with what I bring as a player, from a competitive nature, and just the intensity and emotion that I bring to the field, and the knowledge of the game that I have – if that gives us a better chance to win football games, then that decision is going to have to be left up to the coach and hopefully he can make the right decision for the team.
“Because that’s really what it’s all about – it’s about the team, it’s not about protecting egos, or protecting investment dollars, it’s about what’s going to give this team a chance to win football games. And honestly, if JaMarcus can be that guy, then more power to him, because that’s what he was drafted to do for the team. But it doesn’t always seem to work out that way.”
Interesting sidelight _ Garcia said he has never spoken with Al Davis. Not as an opponent, not as a Raider.
Click here to listen to the entire interview, courtesy of sportsradiointerviews.com.