Garcia wants crack at Raiders’ starting QB job

Jeff Garcia intends to compete for the startig QB job for the Oakland Raiders. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)

Veteran QB Jeff Garcia intends to compete for the Raiders' starting job. (Paul Sakuma / Associated Press)

New Raiders QB Jeff Garcia understands that the team’s No. 1 spot is JaMarcus Russell‘s to lose. But that doesn’t mean Garcia isn’t going to fight to get on the field once the regular season rolls around.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Garcia told Los Angeles radio station KLAC that he intends to force the Raiders’ coaching staff into a tough decision when it comes to which quarterback gives the team a better chance to win:

    Said Garcia: “If for some reason with what I bring as a player, from a competitive nature, and just the intensity and emotion that I bring to the field, and the knowledge of the game that I have — if that gives us a better chance to win football games, then that decision is going to have to be left up to the coach and hopefully he can make the right decision for the team.”

Garcia brings 10 seasons of NFL experience with him to Oakland, but he indicated that he doesn’t expect his résumé to win him the job, according to the Chronicle:

    “It’s about the team, it’s not about protecting egos, or protecting investment dollars, it’s about what’s going to give this team a chance to win football games,” Garcia said. “And honestly, if JaMarcus can be that guy, then more power to him, because that’s what he was drafted to do for the team. But it doesn’t always seem to work out that way.”
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