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Montreal Alouettes add Jeff Garcia to coaching staff


With their offense sputtering, the Montreal Alouettes have added one of the CFL’s biggest success stories to their coaching staff.

The club has hired former quarterback Jeff Garcia, who starred in the CFL and NFL, to assist the offense.

“He brings tremendous experience, great leadership, competitiveness, and the drive to be the best,” Alouettes G.M. Jim Popp said in a team-issued statement Monday. “We feel that by tapping into Jeff’s knowledge, he will be another key addition in getting our season turned around.”

Garcia is listed as an “offensive consultant” on the club’s website.

The Alouettes are 1-4 and are averaging a league-worst 15 points per contest. They have been held to five points in each of last two games, with quarterbacks Troy Smith and Tanner Marsh combining to complete 22-of-59 passes for 185 yards and two interceptions.

Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins said the club will take the “next few days” to “evaluate all of our coaches and establish what their exact roles will be.”

The 44-year-old Garcia was last on an NFL roster in 2011 with the Texans. And it is here we pause to mention, as a matter of record, that Garcia purportedly reached out to the Browns for a tryout last year.


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19 Responses to “Montreal Alouettes add Jeff Garcia to coaching staff”
  1. ctiggs says: Aug 4, 2014 12:39 PM

    Jeff “it takes one to know one” Garcia

  2. doe22us says: Aug 4, 2014 12:41 PM

    Hey, could it be that they have Troy Smith, hmm maybe that is why they are scoring 5 points or whatever.

  3. firerogergoodell says: Aug 4, 2014 12:50 PM

    Great quarterback. Would have made even more Pro Bowls if it wasn’t for that whiner T.O. They had a great team in San Francicso that was broken up because nothing was ever good enough for that guy. He obviously wasn’t Steve Young but he had All-Star talent nonetheless. Too bad his team didn’t believe in him and made him a journeyman.

  4. SparkyGump says: Aug 4, 2014 12:50 PM

    Jeff Garcia was ten years ahead of his time. Every time I see Russell Wilson, I’m reminded of Garcia’s game. Being married to a former playmate of the year doesn’t hurt either.

  5. hornbuckle says: Aug 4, 2014 12:50 PM

    He’s Jerry’s brother right?

  6. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Aug 4, 2014 12:57 PM

    That pic is from the game where Winslow Jr. broke his leg for the first time

  7. grndizzle says: Aug 4, 2014 1:07 PM

    Maybe they should put him under center.

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 4, 2014 1:19 PM

    Well their QB is completing less than 50% of his passes, so that’s clearly a problem. At least they didn’t wait until the season was over to find out what Jeff Garcia thinks, hopefully he can help them figure out what to do!

  9. gmen32 says: Aug 4, 2014 1:26 PM

    After witnessing that pathetic offensive performance under Troy Smith and Alex Brink against the Argonauts, they had to do something. Go Argos!!!

  10. Tim Morris says: Aug 4, 2014 1:31 PM

    What happened to him training Jamarcus Russell ? That’s a question not a sarcastic comment

  11. brokebackbrees says: Aug 4, 2014 1:33 PM

    Garcia probably still better than any QB in the CFL. Come on Jeff, there is still 13 games left for you to win another MVP.

  12. msc4realeagles says: Aug 4, 2014 1:54 PM

    Will T.O be his WR’s coach? Lol.

  13. harrybucsfan says: Aug 4, 2014 1:57 PM

    Jeff was a very good QB. I would hire him just to have his gorgeous wife show up to at the stadium once in a while.

  14. bassplucker says: Aug 4, 2014 2:06 PM

    So in other words, they’re missing Marc Trestman. Like, a lot.

  15. icallbs81 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:37 PM

    Garcia is JACKED!!! I bet he could play a few years up North and be one of the better QBs in the league.

  16. boltman23 says: Aug 4, 2014 2:54 PM

    Media reports out of Montreal say he is willing to come out of retirement to play.

  17. rajbais says: Aug 4, 2014 4:19 PM

    Well, it’s better than to see him on NFL Network. He’s a good guy, but I never thought he was broadcast material.

    I wonder if ex-Jeff Garcia students Mark Sanchez and Jamarcus Russell would join him.

  18. completefan says: Aug 4, 2014 6:15 PM

    What the Als need to do is talk a former two-time Heisman Trophy winner that they have on their neg. list out of his retirement. You know, the one who gets down on one knee and puts his hand on his forehead every time he throws a TD pass.

  19. peckerneckfred says: Aug 4, 2014 6:46 PM

    Garcia’s first order of business will be to make sure the Als do not wear their white uniforms after labor day

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