Keith Davis: Garcia gives us best chance to win


Included in a transcript of an interview with Raiders safety Keith Davis passed along by the folks at Sirius Satellite Radio is Davis’ belief that Jeff Garcia is the quarterback who gives the Raiders the best chance to win at the outset based on his experience.

Davis makes the statement as diplomatically as possible in the final question of the interview . . .

Q: Thoughts on Greg Ellis’ deal.

Davis: I’m excited, man. I was just talking to Greg on Thursday when I was leaving. I had a meeting with coach Cable and he was just asking me about Greg and what did I think about him. I was like, ‘Greg Ellis is somebody who can definitely help us get where we’re trying to go.’ I said, ‘I will go to war with Greg Ellis anywhere, any place at any time. He’s a leader. He’s a God-fearing man. He can do nothing but good for this team.’ I said, ‘If there’s any way possible, please make it happen.’

Q: So you were instrumental here in the Raiders moving forward with this move to bring in Greg?”

Davis: Um, I mean, I’d like to think so but, you know, at the end of the day Mr. Davis and Coach Cable, they had their minds made up whether they want to bring him in or not pretty much already, I think. I just kind of helped push the situation ahead, I guess.

Q: Did you speak to Mr. Davis directly?

Davis: No, I didn’t get to speak to Mr. Davis directly. I just spoke to Coach Cable and he and I just sat down and had a nice little talk about what Greg can do. And he asked if he had anything left and I said, ‘Yeah, he has a ton of ability left.’ Greg’s years in Dallas, I think we didn’t use him quite like we should have and he was just really over there resting, just chillin’, coming in only on passing downs for the most part. I think he still has a lot left in the tank, man.

Q: Thoughts on JaMarcus Russell . . .

Davis: So far, I’ve been pretty impressed with JaMarcus. He’s made some throws that I was kind of scratching my head, like, ‘Wow, how’d he get that ball in there?’ I know he has a ton of ability. I think the thing right now is just him getting more comfortable with the scheme and the system and just going out there and being himself and not trying to put any pressure on himself and just relaxing and playing football and having fun. I think it’s going to be interesting between him and Jeff [Garcia] both out there, because Jeff wants to be the starter also, so I think that’s only going to make him better. You got a guy who’s going to push him, a legitimate guy who’s going to push him, because Jeff Garcia, at the end of the day, he’s a winner. I don’t care what anybody says. He’s a winner wherever he goes. He just makes plays and he wins, so I think JaMarcus knows that he’s going to have to bring his ‘A’ game each and every day because he’s going to be pushed to the max by Jeff.

Q: Which QB – Garcia or Russell – gives you the better chance to win the game?

Davis: Me, just being in this league for the seven years I have been in it and just being around those guys, me, personally, I think Garcia is better prepared to get us that win right now. Now, that’s no knock against JaMarcus at all because who knows what’s going to happen down the road? I think JaMarcus has a great opportunity to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. But, right now, if I had to play right now, I would take Jeff Garcia because I know what he’s going to bring to the table and I’ve watched him bring it to the table. Now, being around you asking this question, we’re into the season, about a month from now, two months from now when we get into the season, my answer may be different. But if I had to play right now, I would take Jeff Garcia. I just know what he’s done and I’ve been around him. That’s no knock against JaMarcus at all.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • priesttj

    Nothing wrong with an opinion Raider O…..

    I’m doing the same. I don’t know what Walker will do, it was just my opinion based on the coaches comments.

  • Dude


    Walker hasnt even practiced. How could they possibly say he looks good?

  • Dude

    What were the coaches comments?? Where can I find them??

    This will be the point where Priest mysteriously dissapears.

  • priesttj

    Just going on what I heard from a coach and a player. But as I said, in 2 months we’ll all see for ourselves.

  • I never said I was a “Homer”!!

  • Dude

    Maybe not that exact word…………..

  • Dude

    Where can I find these statements??

  • priesttj

    On Raider.com Cable mentioned Walker’s progress. I know I heard it somehwhere and it was very positive from what I can remember.

    But listen Dude I’ve had a very pleasant day talking with Raider fans I’m not in least bit interested in a shouting match with you. OK it aint that serious!

  • Sir,

    I do demand an apology, I never said I was a Homer! lol

  • I said I was ignorant!! That’s different!! lol

  • r8rpaver

    Dude: so let me get this right….if you have kids and they make a couple bad choises in life then you automaticly turn on them and tell them they are no good ??? … Lets say they get a divorce after 40 years of a preaty good marrige… does that mean they are worthless?????$hit dude everyone make bad choices me and even you but do you abandon them because of it…As for me i say F no…but on the other hand you choose to hate…then why stay a fan…just move on

  • BHP,

    To be Fair Bro, Cable did say Walker was looking good and he’s improving, but a mnth after that statement, he said Walker was still recovering. You can’t believe everything you hear.

  • I choose to live in O’s world!!! You guys can come visit any time, but you can’t stay!! It’s great in O’s world!!

  • gilbert

    Post about 150 thru 158 ,who cares,its all about OPINIONS,can we all focus on the up and coming season! Its really ONLY about the Raiders,but,I look forward to Priesttj and his comments,not only cuz hes a homer,well informed,and CIVIL!!He is a ,gosh darn it ,a RAIDERS fan!!!!!!

  • r8rpaver

    Look no one said Walker was going to the pro bowl….All that was said was he has the ability to be a difference maker no more no less…And by the way i for one hope he is…as a RAIDERS fan WHY in the f would i want anything else for anyone that puts on the uniform…I for one choose to look at thing half full..not half empty…

  • priesttj

    That’s exactly why I said we’ll all know in 2 months. What someone looks like now or even in preseason is so different from the regular season that you have to wait and see.

    But Walker has seen pro defenses he’s been successful. Now if he’s lost that much ability in this short of time OK. But the Raiders have built a great history with players that were believed to have fallen off their game.

    So we’ll see soon enough.

  • Eff it!! I’m a Homer!!

  • r8rpaver

    Gilbert: and i know you still have my back like you said a couple week ago… Thanx if i didnt say it already

  • r8rpaver

    Raider O Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 10:26 pm
    Eff it!! I’m a Homer!!
    With a tie-dye shirt and a silver and black turbin….

  • priesttj

    Thanks Gilbert.

    Adios guy’s….

  • Perception!! I see things as they are, not half full, or half empty. I see a glass with 2 halves.!!

  • gilbert

    You as well,Raider O,an informed RAIDER fan,and a homer,you will question,perhaps complain,scream,but when its all said and done,Stand, RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!! out

  • R8,

    I swear, if you say Turbin one more time…..

    I’m Arab, not Indian dude. 🙂

  • Good night BHP and Gilbert, I enjoyed reading your posts as always.

  • r8rpaver

    Sorry o goodnight no more jokes…..

  • R8,


    Dude Arabs don’t wear Turbins, that’s India and Pakistan, etc..

    Put down the keyboard, and step away from the beer. I would ask how many have you had, but I know how you feel about counting!!


  • R8,

    Dude, I was playing!!! Don’t be so sensitive.
    I like your jokes….

  • R8,
    I’m sorry bro, I like your jokes a lot. I was playing, and I didn’t meant anything else. Again I’m very sorry, and I hope you accept my apology.

  • r8rpaver

    LMFAO…its Jose Cuervo Black tonight…dont make me use numbers….LMFAO..nice talking to you guys…BHP O Gilbert ….Have a good one…you too Dude

  • R8,

    Glad to know you still have a sense of humor. I was starting to worry about your little feelings. LMAO

    Good Night Bro, and later Nation.

  • r8rpaver

    O were good….Bro i just dont want to affend you or anyone else (maybe only dorko)

  • Vinous

    KK – Tampax’ defense could not stand up to the physicality of the Raiders offense…that has to be one to remember…but Russell did well hitting some good passes…but this time the OL and Bush just plowed into the Bucs in the 4th Q…instead of falling apart like we did earlier in the season. Garcia is still a good QB and if he were the QB for the Raiders against the Bucs in that game he would have been the winning QB. The Raider OL did the major damage.

  • R8,

    I told you before, I have thick skin, I hate to be PC, and I like ethnic and racial jokes. I just don’t like family jokes, wife, Father, mother, daughter, etc.. Cousins are OK!! lol

  • gilbert

    post 161,R8paver,well said,dont know if youre local,but a HOME game w/this blog would be fun! Perhaps Jerry will do the cooking,plenty of time,Raider O will think of something,out,REALLY

  • Chris in NY

    Dude Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 9:51 pm
    Chris in NY,

    Why on Gods good earth would ESPN hate Jamarcus Russell? Seriously, answer the f in question.


    Nothing personal against JaMarcus, they’re just trying to create news and kick easy targets. I believe it was Al Franken who correctly pointed it out in one of his books: the media doesn’t have a left/right bias; it has “biases” toward sensationalism and laziness. This applies to the sports media as well.

    To paint a picture that JaMarcus is going down in flames is sensationalistic because any time the No. 1 overall pick is a bust — particularly a would-be franchise QB — it’s a) shocking for everyone after that prospect was hyped up to be the next great wonder; and b) devestating to the fans of that team who had such high hopes for that player.

    It’s laziness in this case because the Raiders have become such an easy target to dump on because of their record for the last six seasons. It’s easy to presume they got it wrong again and kick them while they’re down, again. No need to do real analysis of how he’s progressing. Just spout the same old story line.

    There’s an additional factor in this case too. Two of the most prominent NFL analysts at ESPN — Tom Jackson and Schlereth — are former Donkeys. They are hardwired to hate the Raiders. Not to mention the surplus of annoying, over-sarcastic little weasels over there that ESPN specializes in that get off on dumping on any athlete or team that isn’t among the top few they worship and whack it to.

  • r8rpaver

    I would NEVER go there…Have a great night… We Will return…Later Nation…Night O

  • R8,

    And I wanted you to know that I’m not Indian, not that there is anything wrong with wearing Turbins and eating curry! lol

  • r8rpaver

    Gilbert: About 30 miles from the Mac so fairly local

  • Nnamdi21

    185. Yup yup

  • Good night R8.

    Gilbert, and others

    If you guys do that, I will come to Oak for sure. Count me in sir.

  • Nnamdi21

    Enjoy the night Raider bretheren!

    Konnichiawa bishes!~

  • r8rpaver

    O i just had this picture in my head of you….on the beach in SD ….Bro im just a country boy from the central valley in cali…what do i know…..LMFAO

  • Konnichiawa back at ya sir. lol

  • R8,

    Why do you have a picture of on the beach in your head?? I’m really starting to worry now!!


  • r8rpaver

    Night All….just remember…..we WILL have ares again

  • (for those who are as ignorant as me, saving you the google)
    Ares: Greek God of war, son of Zeus and Hera.

  • Good night Nation.

  • r8rpaver

    O…Its not a Bo Deriek thing…LMFAO…its just a S.D thing…You know Bay Watch…..LOL….You long hair in the breeze…LMAO

  • Here here, Keith Davis! I don’t even know who you are. But it’s great to see we have players taking it to Al. It’s a trend and it’s steamrolling. It started out with notables such as Gannon, Brown, Sapp, and now the no names are bucking up and telling the press like it is. And Davis, of course, is absolutely right. Not only does Garcia give us a better chance of winning, he’s our only prayer.

  • Vegas Raider, how much money would you put on the Raiders to win 8 games?