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Garcia makes his Raiders debut

After missing more than two weeks of practice due to a calf injury, quarterback Jeff Garcia returned to practice six days ago — and he made his preseason debut for the Raiders last night.

Playing against the team with which he started his NFL career, Garcia entered the game late in the first half, for a two-minute drill against the 49ers.

Raiders coach Tom Cable discussed after the game the decision to pull starter JaMarcus Russell for the final drive of the second quarter.

“We do [the two-minute drill] so much in practice he’s had it,” Cable said in comments distributed by the 49ers.  “Jeff hasn’t.  It’s really just the fact that that we wanted to make sure that we had Jeff in the first half.  The situation didn’t really matter to me, I just wanted to stay with what the plan was.”

Garcia completed three of six passes.  (One of the incompletions came on a clock-killing spike.)  After driving the Raiders more than 30 yards from the Oakland 40, Garcia threw a ball that was picked off inside the ten.

Russell, on the other hand, completed seven of eleven throws for 76 yards and a score.  So if Garcia plans to make good on his declaration that he’s not a backup quarterback, he needs to step it up, quickly.

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10 Responses to “Garcia makes his Raiders debut”
  1. mustbechris says: Aug 23, 2009 12:47 PM

    I bet that team on the other side of the bay would love to have Jeff right now. Irony.

  2. rayrayraider says: Aug 23, 2009 1:30 PM

    Garcia’s interception should’ve been caught by Higgins and all of his throws went to wide receivers unlike Russell.

  3. deymond says: Aug 23, 2009 1:39 PM

    Is the economy so bad that the 49ers and Raiders are sharing a PR department?

  4. DarthPirate says: Aug 23, 2009 1:50 PM

    A couple of points:
    There is no quarterback controversy, Russell was the starter all along.
    Garcia was doing very well until he threw a pass too high and hard for Higgins.
    The 49’ers QBs suck.
    Our run defense needs to be addressed ASAP.

  5. swervinmervin says: Aug 23, 2009 3:24 PM

    Garcia threw at least one pass to Michael Bush. A RB.

  6. masterblaster78 says: Aug 23, 2009 5:26 PM

    The defensive line is terrible at best. Now Morrison is hurt who was the Raiders leading tackler last year. Maybe Cable needs to punch Kelly in the nose and get him fired up. Kelly needs to earn his money he got in the contract. Go Raiders!!!!!

  7. Ray Guy says: Aug 23, 2009 5:39 PM

    “Our run defense needs to be addressed ASAP.”
    What run defense? The one that’s been AWOL for 5 years? That’s o.k., we addressed it by drafting wide receivers and a safety and ignored anything close to a nose tackle.
    I think we’re in for a long season.

  8. Black Sunday says: Aug 23, 2009 5:52 PM

    Florio, this must be your way of writing something good about the Raiders?

  9. formerly dystopianow says: Aug 23, 2009 6:03 PM

    So if Garcia plans to make good on his declaration that he’s not a backup quarterback, he needs to step it up, quickly
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    Are you kidding me, Florio? If someone is in for one series, and a wide receiver knocked his throw up into the air and it’s picked off is no sign that J Russ is ultimately better. Garcia looked sharp, you forgot to mention the scramble he did and all the risks he took for being a 39 year old. He even tackled the guy that intercepted his pass.

  10. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 24, 2009 3:28 AM

    Garcia’s interception should’ve been caught by Higgins and all of his throws went to wide receivers unlike Russell.
    ———————–
    Not at all true. Garcia’s pass to JLH was high and behind him. JLH was barely able to get his fingertips on it.
    Also, 2 of Garcia’s 3 completions were dump-offs to RB Michael Bush. He had one 10-yard completion to a WR while terribly overthrowing a wide open WR on an out route that may have been a TD because the guy was so wide open. Then he threw another poor pass to WR Johnnie Lee Higgins that was picked off.
    Garcia still has great mobility, and aside from those two terrible throws he looked good. Not nearly as good as JaMarcus. But pretty good. No need to make stuff up to cover for Garcia.

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