Oakland Raiders

Is Jeff Garcia Trying to Hijack the Raiders' Boat?

ALAMEDA, CA - MAY 08:  Jeff Garcia #7 of the Oakland Raiders throws the ball during the Raiders minicamp at the team's permanent training facility on May 8, 2009 in Alameda, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Raider Card AddictSenior Writer IJuly 8, 2009

Jeff Garcia sure likes to talk about himself.

Recently, it was reported by several newspapers that Garcia wasn't too keen on being second fiddle to JaMarcus Russell. In his own opinion, via the Chicago Times, he is "the best quarterback on the team."

Funny, I thought Tom Cable was the head coach, and isn't Paul Hackett in charge of the QBs?

I can understand Garcia's point of view. He just left a Tampa Bay team that fell apart, and he wanted to go out in his twilight years and try to have one or two more good seasons. For him, Oakland was a logical choice: close to home and with a questionable QB issue.

His mindset may be to throw out jabs at Russell either to get the big guy to perform better or to have a bad enough training camp that Hackett will somehow override Al Davis' wishes as to who will start.

There's also something to be said, though, about biting the hand that feeds you.

Davis brought in Garcia for a very specific job. I doubt his contract says, "Will start games for the Raiders."

Garcia was brought in to mentor and tutor this young QB since Lane Kiffin apparently gave up on the youngster.

Garcia shouldn't be dividing the team, having teammates start questioning who should be the starter. When you start to question your own team, you are no longer focusing on winning the game.

Lastly, anyone remember Jeff George's actions in his last season? He started off badly, got injured, refused to work with his own coaches, and then told a local radio station he was done for the year. After a season of being shocked, it was no surprise the Raiders ditched him.

Part of me would like to keep Garcia handy if he can perform, win games, and do well—but if he wants to stick around, derail the team, and cause infighting, maybe sending him home would be a better idea.

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