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

  • Mistabrown Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    And what role did Jamarcus have in Garcia losing?

    Once again, one of the dumbest statements anyone could possibly make. What a moron. Considering Jamarcus was the opposing Q, with arguably less weapons, going against a top 10 Tampon Bay defense, and thoroughly outplayed Garcia, I think he had a big role in Garcia losing, but hey, you have to actually know something about the game and not be stupid and drunk, to understand. And BTW, Keith Davis “I think JaMarcus has a great opportunity to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league.” That sounds pretty bona fide to me. But then, I’m not a grade A moron.

  • r8rpaver

    so who can starting a (second string) QB at best be good for the team…only prayer…our only prayer is Russell

  • r8rpaver

    Oak….some guys just dont get it…..what can you do

  • And with the signing of Greg Ellis Derrick Burgess becomes completely expendable. I would be surprised if Burgess is still on the roster in 2-3 weeks.

  • # r8rpaver Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    so who can starting a (second string) QB at best be good for the team…only prayer…our only prayer is Russell

    Exactly. Keith Davis might think Garcia is a winner but I don’t think Garcia has a career winning record. And Let’s say we do start Garcia and he wins 9 games. What do we do the next year?? Sign Dan Marion?? Now, your bonafide overall number one pick Q has been standing around for another year. That helps the team develop?? Absolutely Ridiculous.

  • r8rpaver

    Me too..That one hell of a case of the flu…maybe its swine flu ??? lol

  • Sorry that should say What do we do next year?? Sign Dan Marino??

  • r8rpaver

    Oak : The only way we get better as a team is to have JR starting (good or bad)we have to develope a QB sooner or later and in my opion it need to be sooner then later with JR

  • He Hate Me

    Just win now… Just Win Baby! Start Garcia.

  • r8rpaver

    Oak: have you seen Marinos house for sale ???

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 11:33 pm
    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.


    How is it steamrolling? You prove what a complete moron you are. Did you watch Garcia play this year or are you just talking out of your a$$ again? Please go and watch some Garcia games from last year, especially the last game where he played like sh!t against a defense w/o the best CB in the league that determined their playoff destination.

  • MaddenRaiderisadouchebag

    BTW, I saw nothing earth-shattering in Davis’s statements. Sounds he’s just more familiar with Garcia that’s all.

  • NoMoreFargas

    Garcia was so awesome last year nobody wanted him and all his rings oh damn wait he ain’t gotta any and this he wins were ever he goes wow who was that garcia guy that sucked for the lions & browns. They didn’t pay him all that money to sit it his year and watch the difference a Homerun threat like Dmac will do for Jruss.

  • 4evaRaider

    God Morning NATION!!!

  • 4evaRaider


  • 4evaRaider

    with our improved O-line and our excellent RB’s,Jmac will be able 2 pick and choose when 2 throw,wich is good 4 all involved.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Who is Keith Davis? Never heard of him until now…but oh well…will he be there come September? Doesn’t matter though. Its his opinion and until JRuss proves something this year (which I think he will) he may be right (as of now).



  • 4evaRaider

    Naw Jmac is da man,sink or swim kinda thing,imo.I believe Jmac reads this blog and from what has been said about him in here,he just might finally realize whats EXPECTED OF HIM.Man the NATION is the most RABID entity in football and I think if he dosent care 4 himself he cares 4 da NATION.Could you imagine trying 2 sleep where he lives and him knowing how the NATION feels about him.if ya know what I mean =)

  • OAKlifer

    Morning Nation….

    Ellis will have 8 sacks this year!!

    Bush will surpass 850yrds rushing!!!!!

    Mr. Davis will not let burgess walk for free!!!!!!


    ahhhhh…….first shot of kool-aid is always the best!!!
    How we doin???

  • 4evaRaider

    we doing good Oaklifer!



  • hwnrdr

    Kool-aid…give me the whole bottle, OAKlifer! Football season is still too long away…lol



  • hwnrdr

    That is what I am hoping for Dirt Lot…a 3-0 to start the season!!! But, it is also good to know that we have a proven back up…Russell will bring his “A” game because he knows what is waiting in the shadows!

  • M Lonetree

    An 82nd string DB of little note thinks that the washed-up never-led-any-team-anywhere noodle-armed yet feisty husband of Carmella gives the team the best chance to win?
    Maybe Keith Davis is living in a past that never quite happened. Maybe he’s just plain dunderheaded.

    There are only two scenarios at QB for the Raiders. JRuss healthy or JRuss injured. C’est ca.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Vegas Raider Says:

    Keith Davis just bought his ticket out of town.

    HA HA HA HA!!! I was thinking the same thing before I read your comment.

    WHo the heck interviews a Keith Davis? Who gives a rats @$$ what a Keith Davis has to say? This guys talking like his opinion means as much as a Ronnie Lott or Rod Woodson. Who gives a $#!t Davis you need to try to make the team.

    I guess he is goign to tell Ellis he owes him for making him a Raider. What a joke!

  • 4evaRaider


    thats funny.Polite but very funny like you big dunderhead!!!!!!!=)



  • hwnrdr

    June 16th, 2009 at 6:53 am

    My thoughts exactly…Russell should take Garcia’s leadership skills, but earlier reports is saying that he distances himself from him. Maybe Garcia is a threat to Russell, and I hope that makes him play better (like he has the last 2 games of last year and 1 game that he beat Garcia head to head).

  • M Lonetree

    If Jeff Garcia’s (still wish it was Jerry Garcia the Raiders had signed) “leadership” skills are so evident and so important, why then has the man been allowed to leave without ceremony every team he has been on?
    Garcia’s “leadership” has led to what exactly?

  • hwnrdr

    I think that he has been allowed to leave because he still believes that he can start in the NFL. At Tampa, once they fired Gruden, I knew Garcia will be next. Hey…at least Russell could feed off of Garcia stil believing that he can start at 39. Also, Garcia has lead three teams to the playoffs. Russell could use that.

  • vegas raider Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    Wilt Chamberlein seems to me the Dan Marino of the NBA. Greatest ever stats-wise, but not winning wise.


    Wilt won two championships and was the center for a team that won a record 33 straight games and held the best regular season record for wins at 69 for 20+ years (until the Bulls set the record walking through a watered-down NBA that had just expanded). If Wilt and Russell had changed places Wilt would have at least 11 rings too, Russell was surrounded by 8 or so HOF players.

  • hwnrdr

    Also, Bill Russell was part of that Celtic team that won 8 straight but with only what? 8 teams in the league at that time? That is why there is an * by their earlier championships. And yes, to be fair, the Minneapolis Lakers won 5 of 6 through that time too. But hey, LA now has 10! (The city, not the org).

  • Keith Davis just got cut….he doesn’t know it yet, but he is finished in Oakland. Doesn’t matter how tactfully he attempted to put it, the fact of the matter is he just threw Russell under the bus and Al will take his vengeance by waiting until right before the season to cut Keith.

  • 4evaRaider

    keith smeith

  • hwnrdr

    Al and his revenge factor…oh well…
    On that note: Have a good day Nation!!!

  • M Lonetree

    Perhaps Keith Davis full well knows that his days as a bit player in the NFL are rapidly coming to a close and his statements were calculated to get himself a job as gardener at the Garcia household. That way he can catch an occasional glimpse of the Mrs. when she lounges by the pool.

  • 4evaRaider


  • CantstandtheHaters

    Keith doesnt know, only Bo Knows as far as i know, no?


    watch the play at 1:13 closely where Russell, who is very good at selling the PA btw, finds his third receiver and zips it to Zach underneath. i dont care what Keith or anybody else says cause he is getting better right in front of us and if you guys cant see it then imo you are a hater pointblanc.

    footwork, pocket-presence, timing, accuracy, leadership (patting Henderson on the back when he replaced Harris on the blind side, telling him just give it his all and thats all he could ever ask, is showing leadership lady&gents. trusting his teammate and, at the same time, his coaches), generaly staying out of trouble etc etc.

    doesnt throw many INTs but needs to cut down on the fumbles on the other hand, agreed, but he is WELL on his way to be a very good QB in this league in a year or two, when he is about 25……

    ….and Ellis, i really think he chose us cause he wants to play DE in a 4-3. and he could get around ten sacks in our defense if he stays healthy imo. he is definitly a stud. also, his experience as OLB makes him a good fit for the zone dropping from the DEs i see us feature on defense let alone his willingness to share his knowlege with the youngsters. really like this addition.

    now if we could somehow get the cheap-ass pantriots to trade V Wilfork for Burge/Sands and a 2nd if neccesary, maybe we could do some real damage this year….oh, check out the last play of the highlites for that matter, Mr Bellychick.

  • los raiders de don rober

    Who is Keith Davis? Does the regular season begin tonight? Hey Keith, dont be a smart-az, just follow the company line and support the young Qb. The season does not start tonight, and it wont be up to you who the starting QB will be. So, please pack your stuff and dont let the door hit you on your way out.

  • los raiders de don rober

    You can’t measure a player by wins. I mean are Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Lynn Swan, etc the greatest players ever to play their positions? nope, but they sure have those SB rings to argue they are.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    vegas raider Says:
    June 15th, 2009 at 5:28 pm
    Wilt Chamberlein seems to me the Dan Marino of the NBA. Greatest ever stats-wise, but not winning wise.

    Wilt was one of the greatest athletes of all time. A Big 8 hurdles champ at Kansas, a Harlem Globetrotter,
    NBA Superstar, Champion Beach Volleyball Player. Was scheduled to fight Ali before at the press conference to announce the fight, they asked Ali about the outcome of the fight. After Ali yelled timber, Wilt turned colors and walked out of the fight. Sports Ill has a cover.

  • MaddenRedneck

    You heard it here first, Garcia is already becoming a cancer by splitting thw locker room, cut him now.

  • Anyone home?

  • Einstein

    JaMarcus is a bust. Hey what? I’m just saying what everyone else is thinking.

  • 4evaRaider

    the lights are burning bright but there’s nobody home

  • MaddenRedneck

    Keith Davis needs to learn how to win a playoff game before he runs his mouth.

  • Split locker room? LOL. Keith Davis is only being ignorant. If you have no basis to judge a QB (and he admits he knows nothing of Russell), why would you go on record as preferring his backup?

    In the locker room itself, there is likely no doubt who is better. The returning players should be convinced by Russell’s play at the end of the season, and the new players should be answering that question with a sincere “ask the coaches, I just got here” type remark.

    Davis was supposed to be a poised vet and an example to the youngsters. He may still be an example…of how to get yourself cut.

  • MaddenRedneck

    The same Keith Davis that was a victim of a drive bye shooting in Dallas, cut him now! Last game Davis played as a Cowboy? A 44-6 loss.