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Cable: Jeff Garcia asked for release

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.

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18 Responses to “Cable: Jeff Garcia asked for release”
  1. Rex Grossman says: Sep 12, 2009 6:59 PM

    Garcia is happily resting at home with a very hot wife.
    Hot Wife > Oakland Raiders

  2. tv says: Sep 12, 2009 7:18 PM

    Wouldn’t you ask for your release if you were on da Raidahs?
    Who the hell wants to play for the old crypt keeper anyway?

  3. Krow says: Sep 12, 2009 7:29 PM

    Garcia is a crazy f’er.

  4. madstork43 says: Sep 12, 2009 7:29 PM

    The fact that he sucked when he did play should have made the decision an easy one.

  5. 0tt0 says: Sep 12, 2009 7:35 PM

    raiders dodged a self inflicted bullet there…garcia sucks…and they would have had to give up developing a young qb with starter experience….gradowski and frye are better at this point in their career than a 58 year old garcia

  6. Anrkist says: Sep 12, 2009 7:47 PM

    Cya, Garcia.

  7. Alpheratz says: Sep 12, 2009 7:51 PM

    Along with him went their only chance at a .500 season.
    You guys busting on Al should learn some history of the sport you claim to follow.

  8. Quagmire says: Sep 12, 2009 8:17 PM

    Maybe it was hinted that if he didn’t ask for his release something might happen to his jaw.

  9. JustDieBaby says: Sep 12, 2009 8:19 PM

    “You guys busting on Al should learn some history of the sport you claim to follow.”
    You mean like the record # of seasons in a row with 11 plus L’s. Or only 3 winning seasons the last 15 going on 16 years. 7 winning seasons since 84. Some of the worst FA signings ever like D. Howard, L. Brown, Walker, Hall, Kelly. HC’s like Bugel and the Tree Stump clipboard carrying Art Shell. Fireing Chuckie and Shanahan so they could win 3 Lombardi’s. They great draft picks because of a 4o time etc etc etc.
    The Raiders will win again when Al Davis steps down. Since that wont happen. It will be when he kicks his drool bucket.
    Al Davis “Commitment To Excerment”.

  10. Bigbluefan says: Sep 12, 2009 8:38 PM

    Al Davis was a great owner he is now the laughing stock of the league
    Due to Al Depends now come in Silver and Black
    Radier nation is in big trouble with the new health plan they will all be before the death panel

  11. jeremyb91 says: Sep 12, 2009 10:21 PM

    Just more proof about why Florio and Gregg have definite bias towards Oakland and choose to use sensationalism to produce web page hits.
    When Oakland released Jeff Garcia you guys absolutely ripped the organization for dropping him “because Oakland didn’t want competition for the spot.” That’s not the case because Garcia asked for his own release.
    When Oakland traded for Richard Seymour instantly the Raiders were idiots because it would be a waste of a top 10 first round pick on top of getting a rental player. For the past several days there has been at least 3 daily reports on the Seymour front and everyone of them was wrong.
    More sensationalism as a means to get the big hits?
    I like the site because it’s useful, but there’s also too much bias something a “national writer” should be aware of and keep in the back of his mind instead of writing BS to get page views.

  12. Mike Loves The UFL says: Sep 12, 2009 11:21 PM

    Just more proof about why Florio and Gregg have definite bias towards Oakland and choose to use sensationalism to produce web page hits.
    Lets see there’s the Raider card, then there’s the biased against the Raiders card.
    How about your franchise just sucks and fans of the NFL hate you. And love to watch your franchise degenerate?

  13. jeremyb91 says: Sep 12, 2009 11:58 PM

    Mike- But that’s the beauty of the current Oakland Raiders franchise. People say the team sucks and there’s no depth or potential anywhere.
    The average age of the roster of the starting offense is 25 with 3 years of experience.
    There’s loads of talent just waiting to improve. Jamarcus Russell has completed 66% of his passes during the preseason and improved big time over the past 7 games last year. Darren McFadden is healthy and is going to be a stud running back. Michael Bush is a big stud and could become awesome in this lineup. Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens will get more touches than Darrius Heyward-Bey, but DHB has already shown in preseason that he’s going to force coverage his way thus making the offenses life easier. Johnnie Lee Higgins is the little sparkplug WR who has wheels and can take one to the house at any time.
    Want another young talent on this roster? TE Zach Miller out of Arizona State. Look him up, he’s among the “up and coming” TE’s.
    I could throw out a bunch more names but it’s pointless because the media has failed to account for Oakland’s awesome drafting since 2007.
    The franchise has gone through six bad years, but the next six years are going to be awesome years.
    You are just too thick to see it.

  14. anthony says: Sep 13, 2009 12:26 AM

    I didn’t want his old ass anyway, let’s go Raiders~

  15. Brewster says: Sep 13, 2009 1:29 AM

    jeremyb91 says:
    September 12, 2009 11:58 PM
    Mike- But that’s the beauty of the current Oakland Raiders franchise. People say the team sucks and there’s no depth or potential anywhere.
    The average age of the roster of the starting offense is 25 with 3 years of experience.
    There’s loads of talent just waiting to improve. Jamarcus Russell has completed 66% of his passes during the preseason and improved big time over the past 7 games last year. Darren McFadden is healthy and is going to be a stud running back. Michael Bush is a big stud and could become awesome in this lineup. Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens will get more touches than Darrius Heyward-Bey, but DHB has already shown in preseason that he’s going to force coverage his way thus making the offenses life easier. Johnnie Lee Higgins is the little sparkplug WR who has wheels and can take one to the house at any time.
    Want another young talent on this roster? TE Zach Miller out of Arizona State. Look him up, he’s among the “up and coming” TE’s.
    I could throw out a bunch more names but it’s pointless because the media has failed to account for Oakland’s awesome drafting since 2007.
    The franchise has gone through six bad years, but the next six years are going to be awesome years.
    You are just too thick to see it.
    __________________________
    That’s the beauty of reading posts by die hard Raider fans. They ignore the obvious and talk about the future potential.
    You cant ignore the obvious…..your franchise is and will always be a loser while Al Davis is alive and running the organization. He destroys people: players, coaches front office personnel, team chemistry, and he has destroyed his franchise, which you call your team.
    Wake up. It doesn’t matter how many young players you have with “potential”, the disfunctional organization Al presides over will choke the desire out of them.
    If Garcia actually asked to be released give him credit for having good judgement.

  16. steeler-hater says: Sep 13, 2009 7:06 AM

    Who outside Raider Nation can really blame Garcia for not wanting to play for that train wreck of a franchise?
    Al Davis needs to turn over control of that team to someone else who can properly run an NFL team in the 21st century.
    Trouble with Davis is that he thinks it’s still the 1960s…

  17. soufbayrayda says: Sep 13, 2009 8:46 AM

    I love all these Raider haters, by the way how does all that crow taste about the Seymour issue. Now to Garcia, how are you going to go to the Raiders like you the man and going to be the starting QB? He must be drinking the same stuff Florio drinks. Garcia would have been good at back up for the Raiders but to take over, don’t think so. He wanted to get released because he knew he wasn’t the man. We drink beer in Oakland not sip wine like they do over in San Fran. So you can take your noodle arm back across the bay. Thought you was going to come here and take over. No way. Even the media fed into that crap that he was pushing JaMarcus for a starting position, true Raider fans knew that was bull. So since he can’t win the job he ask to be released(QUIT). Typical 9er!!!

  18. steeler-hater says: Sep 13, 2009 9:51 AM

    Maybe Garcia would rather not be a backup QB on a rotten team in a weak division.
    Maybe he wants a chance to go play someplace where he might have even a tiny chance to get a ring… or at least get into the playoffs.
    Lord knows that ain’t happening in Oakland for a while…

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