A lot of theories were advanced in the wake of Jeff Garcia’s release by the Raiders, trying to explain the move.
Many said that Garcia wasn’t happy being JaMarcus Russell’s backup, and that he made it obvious to everyone around the Raiders, giving Oakland no choice but to cut him.
Others thought that Garcia’s physical problems caught up to him, and he was no longer worth a roster spot.
Raiders coach Tom Cable said Saturday that the truth was simpler: Garcia asked to be released. And it sounds like the decision to part ways wasn’t entirely mutual.
“It was a shock to us all,” Cable said to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “We were blown away.”
Garcia clearly had second thoughts about undertaking another NFL season, a fact that explains his mysterious two-day absence from training camp in mid-August.
The show must go on in Oakland, of course, and Cable announced Saturday that Bruce Gradkowski has won the job Garcia was expected to keep. He will be Jamarcus Russell’s backup in the opener, with Charlie Frye as the third optionand Garcia happily resting at home.