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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.

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  • 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.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

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

  • CantstandtheHaters

    Offense:

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

    RB Gary Russell
    FB Lorenzo Neal
    FB John Paul Foschi
    –>power

    WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
    WR Louis Murphy
    WR Samie Parker
    –>speed

    TE Brandon Myers
    TE Chris O’Neill
    –>toughness

    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)

    Defense:

    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
    –>pain

    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.

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  • 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!!!

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