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.