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Jeff Garcia Says He Can Start for Oakland Raiders Right Now

If retired NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia seriously wants to put on a uniform again, the Oakland Raiders would be his target.

When asked by Rich Eisen if he can still play today, Garcia replied, “I’ll go to the Oakland Raiders right now and start for them.”

Garcia has been out of football since 2011, when he signed with the Houston Texans in a backup role. His last action on the field came in 2007, when he led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the playoffs.

He is most well-known in the Bay Area for his time with the 49ers, taking over the reigns from Steve Young in 2000. Garcia was named to the Pro Bowl for three straight seasons (2000-2002), but didn’t come close to accomplishing what his predecessor did, never leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl.

Garcia has been appearing in the news lately because he has been helping JaMarcus Russell with his comeback attempt. Russell, the biggest draft bust in history, has lost a considerable amount of weight and appears to be serious about making it to the pros again.

Ironically, Garcia did try to become a starter for the Raiders in 2009, but instead was cut before the season.

The starter that year for the Silver and Black?

JaMarcus Russell.

Man, can you just feel the karma in the air?


Tags: Jeff Garcia Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers

  • Tim Martindale

    Tell Garcia to take a hike

  • Therclusteerin


  • loverpoint

    I’m not sure if it is Karma, more like irony.

    Mark Davis- Garcia could be your George Blanda. If he does not become your starting QB at least he could mentor Flynn or Pryor.

    Jim Harbaugh went down to the San Jose Pro Day just to watch Garcia throw to the receivers. I think Harbaugh was seriously thinking of signing Garcia for the purpose of mentoring.

    If nothing else Garcia would sell tickets.

  • captaindandan

    Oh, YAWN, yea Jeff Garcia is WELL past his prime–he’s deluding himself if he thinks he can play the demanding NFL QB position: What I don’t understand is WHY fat idiot Rex RYAN brought in Garcia when he had Mark Sackchez, Tim Tebow, 3rd string qb_____?__

    and the qB who retired and Garcia and then he brought in JaMarcus Russell for a tryout and then drafted Geno Smith: This Head Coach in Jet-land needs a serious psychological examination . You can ONLY play one or two qbs during the season; does he think having poor defense, poor special teams, poor offensive line and marginal qb — does that add up to a championship team: HINT:: the answer is NO

    Woody Johnson should have gotten rid of Rex “fat idiot” Ryan and AND Mark “Sackchez” Sanchez. Gone with TEBOW and not draft Geno Smith.

    Oh, hell, I’ll never watch another Jets game; run by idiot.