Jeff Garcia Named Rams Offensive Assistant Coach: Details, Comments and Reaction

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2015

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jeff Garcia, of the NFC Pro Bowl team, signs autographs after team practice, Friday, Feb. 8, 2008, in Kapolei, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
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Longtime NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia is reportedly being added to the St. Louis Rams' coaching staff this week in the role of offensive assistant.   

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch passed along the news late Tuesday night:

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Rams adding Jeff Garcia to staff as offensive assistant.

Per Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, Garcia originally interviewed for the position of quarterbacks coach but was passed over for former IMG Academy director Chris Weinke. Rams coach Jeff Fisher was so impressed with Garcia, though, that he created a unique position for him. Maiocco noted Fisher's comments from after that initial NFL Scouting Combine interview:

It was almost as if he was getting ready to go out and play a game. He's just that guy. He's so competitive. Throughout his career, people said he couldn't do what he did. He takes great care of himself. He's passionate about the game. He loves the game. His dad was a coach. It's in him.

He understands the system, the West Coast system and how it's morphed. He's familiar with it. He understands how difficult it is to see. Back there, taking snaps, it's hard to see. But he also understands the game and preparation and loves competing.

Garcia was last in the NFL as a backup for the Houston Texans in 2011. His most recent game action was in 2009 with the Philadelphia Eagles, when he appeared in a single game.

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In all, the now-45-year-old coach spent more than a decade in the league with seven different teams. He also had stints in the CFL and the UFL with the Calgary Stampeders and the Omaha Nighthawks, respectively.

He threw for over 25,000 yards with 161 passing touchdowns, 26 rushing touchdowns and a passer rating of 87.5 in his NFL career.

As Fisher mentioned, Garcia understands the West Coast offense from a couple of different stops. It should allow him to step right in to help everybody in the Rams' rebuild group, including quarterback Nick Foles and running back Todd Gurley, understand their roles.

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So it should be a beneficial pickup for St. Louis, which is looking for any edge it can get in the NFC West, one of the league's toughest divisions.


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