Garcia doesn’t close door on starting


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • CJ Legend 34

    Showing his Wang in public????? HA HA HA HAA HA HA HAAAA!!!!

  • ottocrat

    The flying thing is Kornheiser’s “saving face” excuse. The fact is, he didn’t work out. And they decided to make a change.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kobe Bryant = the Philip Rivers of the NBA

    I don’t care who they play as long as they lose

  • ottocrat

    I love Monte Poole’s depiction of Jamarcus Big Pimpin’ Russle at the Ward fight on Saturday night. True, I think the article is unfair, and I hope everybody eats their words in regards to #2. But, it’s still kinda funny.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Swine Flu more than Kornheiser did …

  • RaiderRockstar

    ota`s are tuesday,wednesday,thursday.


    thanks for the info blackdeath29. should make Jerry’s live chat on tuesday a little more interesting …

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    Jon Gruden is joining the MNF crew…replacing Kornheiser!!!

    that should make for a great game against the dolts!

    From Kornheiser to Kornholer.

  • Philip Rivers won 3 Super Bowls and went to five of them?

  • OAKlifer

    Morning Nation!!!!

    Whats good….
    OTA’s around the corner!!!!!!

  • OTAs coming up this week then…good. Someone claimed they were happening this past weekend. Muthafukin liars!

  • OAKlifer

    any one have the link to the big pimpin artical????

  • Philip Rivers became an NFL quarterback straight out of high school?

  • OAKlifer

    cavs vs la

    cavs win in 6………..

    mouth from the sount < bean bryant

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Bulls should trade Brad Miller, Tim Thomas, Loul Deng, Ben Gordon and Derrick Rose in exchange for Kobe Bryant.

    If that’s not enough, throw in a 1st round pick …

    If that happened I’d root for the Lakers!

  • RaiderRockstar

    morning OAKlifer. how’s it going brother?

  • Mistabrown

    Gruden is a HUGE improvement over Korn I thought he was good on NFLN during the draft.

    Korn always sucked imo.

  • I take that trade, lol.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Korn always sucked imo.


    yeah. Limp Bizkit & Kid Rock too …

  • Voldemort

    What’s wrong with a guy going to a boxing match? The media is so critical of the Raiders, JRUSS in particular. So what if he enjoys himself on a Saturday night? And as far as what they described him to be wearing, a Yankees hat, and a designer backpack, with an unlit cigar in his mouth, honestly, that’s pretty modest for Russell. If Poole thinks that was bad he should check out a couple his post game pressers. At least he wasn’t wearing a fur coat and stunna’ shades to the fight.

  • Another good coach up in a t.v. booth while we have Tom Cable on our sideline…. Great.

  • OAKlifer

    is that fair trade………

    Mornin Double R,

    Life is good….

    korn > gruden…..imo

    Gruden did a good job durning the draft but I see him as a homer in the booth…We will know who he wants to win every week to much passion with that guy…

  • RaiderRockstar

    At least he wasn’t wearing a fur coat and stunna’ shades to the fight.


    or spraying the crowd with dom perignon !!!

  • Russell could dress like Dennis Rodman for all I care, as long as he keeps improving and starts winning some games.

    If not, well, he is only embarrassing himself.

  • Are they doing our monday night game? The season opener? That’s usually a double header. If so, I can’t watch. I can’t watch SD just pick us apart while Gruden is calling the game, knowing he was available this off season.

  • Is it redneck hour in here this morning? If so, I’ll come back later when educated people, living in the 21st century, are here.

  • Mistabrown

    Rob Ryan & Tony Korny both were in their respective positions far too long.


  • “as long as he’s not wearing that there fur coat and bling, dug her her”

  • OAKlifer


    Another good coach up in a t.v. booth while we have Tom Cable on our sideline…. Great.


    Think you meant MEDIOCORE coach in the booth……If it wasnt for Gannon, Gruden would have never got a shot with the Bucs…And if it werent for Dungy he would have lost that job years ago aswell….Gruden = good coordinator Thats about it…

  • That fat bitch who made the girl kill herself on myspace is about to be sentenced.

  • OAKlifer Says:
    May 18th, 2009 at 9:21 am
    is that fair trade………

    Mornin Double R,

    Life is good….

    korn > gruden…..imo

    Gruden did a good job durning the draft but I see him as a homer in the booth…We will know who he wants to win every week to much passion with that guy…


    Could be worse, could be Shanarat.

  • Mistabrown

    Did Obama fire Tony Korny or did MNF do this on their own ?

  • Nope, the normal MNF crew is doing the Bills-Pats game…we get the scrubs…probably Mike and Mike.

  • ottocrat

    Unfortunately, Gruden won’t be in the booth for our MNF game in September. They’re going to put in the B team for the second game. Which is going to be the other Mike & Mike, I believe. And Voldemort, you’re 100% right. I don’t want it to seem like I agree with Poole, because I don’t. I’ve just always been amused by his one man war against the Raiders.

  • OAKlifer

    or spraying the crowd with dom perignon !!!



  • Voldemort

    I don’t think Gruden and Co. will call our game. We have the late game, so we will probably have a different announcing crew.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Gruden did a good job durning the draft but I see him as a homer in the booth…


    don’t know about him being a homer with the Bucsm even though he won a championship there. Most everyone from that team credits Tony Dungy for building that team from scratch and taking it to the next level. Just like Gruden did in Oakland before Callahan took over. Plus the players hate him there and the owner tossed him and Bruce Allen to the street. Not sure how much love he has for Tampa right now. We TRADED him there. It’s not like he was dumped by Oakland and chose TB over many other teams that were interested. Al Davis is the one who gave him the chance to become an NFL Head Coach. he won a lot of football games here. He speaks highly of Davis and the Raiders. If he’s a homer for any team, it’s probably the Raiders and not the Bucs. just a hunch

  • OAKlifer,

    Who was the last Raider coach to win two consecutive division championships? Yeh, that’s mediocre. Please learn something about football before jumping into the conversation.

  • MB, I hope Obama throws Al Davis out of the NFL. I wouldn’t care one bit.

  • I can listen to Mike and Mike. They’ll rip Al Davis the whole game, while we’re getting blasted on the field. That’s fine by me. I just couldn’t handle hearing Chucky’s voice and seeing that worthless puppet Tom Cable on our sideline. Way too depressing. Mike and Mike will work.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Did Obama fire Tony Korny or did MNF do this on their own ?


    no way. thats much too big of a task for him. he’s probably trying to shut down some cheese factory in wisconsin.

  • LMAO, MR must be off his meds.

    He is trying to think up the most obnoxious comments possible so we will argue with him. MR hasn’t been stable since Cable’s team knocked Gruden’s team (resoundingly) out of the playoffs.

    Sick loser thrives on abuse… has no self worth, and wants us to reinforce it.

  • Sorry, MB, it just so happens the president of the US is a little higher on the pecking order than a failing NFL owner.

  • OAKlifer

    If he’s a homer for any team, it’s probably the Raiders and not the Bucs. just a hunch

    Not even inpaticular Double R,

    I just think week to week we would be able to tell who he wanted to win liked/disliked more than others…He has alot of passion to be up in that booth..imo And I agree I think he has a bitter taste for the Bucs and thatsa the type of stuff that would seep throu his persona…

    I hope Al has Barrack VETO MR……

  • Rockstar, it might upset you when Obama throws Al Davis out of the NFL, but a lot of us will enjoy the winning.

  • new post up

  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great week to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?

    Gruden to MNF? Great move for him and for the network…but he’s no Madden — no Everyman — and the world will find out soon enough. Without his trademark scowl, he’s just another boring analyst now.

    Gruden will ditch the network for the first big college head coaching job offer to come his way…NFL teams aren’t likely to hire his “larger than life” personality to be an assistant coach — too much of a distraction. HC or nothing for Gruden…and unless he gets to replace one of next season’s early NFL firings, he’ll be at college soon enough.

    Speaking of distractions…

    Anybody truly thinking Vick would be a good addition to this team is off their rocker. Think about just a few things like

    1. the distractions from football;
    2. the distractions from football;
    C. what if Vick beat-out JaMarcus? Ready for Vick to be the face of YOUR franchise?

    No, I don’t think Vick can win the job immediately. But, six months of football later, Vick is going to be a good player again. Not great — he never was.

    Why bring a never-was-great QB to a team that already has a never-was-great veteran QB on it in Garcia?

    Garcia’s capable enough for his role as professional backup to push Russell — adding Vick to the mix instantly sets this team back to Step-1 in it’s QB quest.

    No way to Vick. No way, no how.

  • HayesDaze, it was a great week to be a Raider fan in like 2001.

  • CantstandtheHaters


    QB Jeff Garcia
    –>brings knowlege, experienced sounding board for our franchise QB, solid backup

    RB Gary Russell
    FB Lorenzo Neal
    FB John Paul Foschi

    WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
    WR Louis Murphy
    WR Samie Parker

    TE Brandon Myers
    TE Chris O’Neill

    OT Khalif Barnes
    OT Erik Pears
    OT Marcus Johnson
    C Samson Satele
    –>they bring power, better protection/time in the passing game, are young, experienced with the potential to eventually replace Green and Carlisle. i like this group. they could all start in the near future (Johnson for Carlisle)


    DE Matt Shaughnessy
    DE Stryker Sulak
    –>Stryker pressuring QBs while Nessy setting the edges

    DL Desmond Bryant
    DT Ryan Boschetti
    –>one is practice-squad bound with great potential and the other brings hustle

    LB Slade Norris
    LB David Nixon
    LB Frantz Joseph
    –>anyone who replaces Sam Williams should be an upgrade

    SS Mike Mitchell
    SS Jerome Boyd

    wow, there could be 8-9 starters in this offseason additions. we basically went for need everywhere

    thats why it was hard to grade RRS so I just went down the list and broke it down to the positions with the guys I think could stick and help

  • Charlie

    Can’t Stand

    Post 421 last paragraph says it best: we are not yet ready to compete against elite NFL teams.

    My optimistic side says that we are building the team from the outside in with elite skill talent as a result of our high draft positions. Next year as we approach 8-8 will will focus on line talent to finish the puzzle and become a playoff caliber team.

    Today’s reality is that Mitchell is a DB and will not impact our poor run defense.

    Kelly,Sands,Warren,Joseph and Boschetti are castoffs and under achievers and Marshall can only hope we can control the ball on offense more than we did last year.
    We have some promise at DE but they are projects and Burgess is hurt too often to be considered a force.

    Barnes, Satele and Pears were all deemed expendable by other NFL teams. We may be bit better than last year especially with Neal but we will get dominated by strong defensive lines.

    The Patriots, Steelers, Colts, Chargers and Titans invested about 70% of their first and second round picks on the offensive and defensive lines.
    Until we do that we will not materially change the face of this team.

  • maryf

    Whats with JaMarcus?? From what I hear from an inside source he thinks he’s the second coming. He does NOT understand the system, has NO work ethic, will call Stabler when HE HAS time this kid has a lot to LEARN.
    Good idea bringing in Garcia maybe he will beat JaMarcus out a the ripe old age of 40 and make JaMarcus think about what went wrong. Get off your butt JaMarcus and step up your work ethic A LOT!!!