Rams hire former NFL QB Jeff Garcia as offensive assistant

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The Rams interviewed a pair of former NFL quarterbacks for their vacant quarterbacks coach job this offseason, before choosing Chris Weinke over Jeff Garcia.

But they found a spot for Garcia anyway.

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams hired Garcia as an offensive assistant.

That’s a rung down the ladder from Weinke’s job, but it’s clear the Rams were looking to add some playing experience to the coaching staff.

Garcia was the more accomplished quarterback of the pair during his stints with the 49ers and Eagles and others, but Weinke has more experience in coaching, after being thrown into the deep end as a rookie on the 1-15 2001 Panthers.

Those two will get to go to work on Nick Foles and third-rounder Sean Mannion for the moment, along with Case Keenum and Austin Davis.

The future of the position was thrown up in the air when the Rams traded Sam Bradford to the Eagles, so having plenty of experience working with that spot can only help.

14 responses to “Rams hire former NFL QB Jeff Garcia as offensive assistant

  1. As a close friend of the organization I believe this is a strong hire with upside potential. My old friend Jeffy G has experience in Canada (coaching) and should be able to fit well within the Rams organization. His experience up north, I feel, has given him the tools to relate to players with skill sets that are more fitting for the bottom of the roster (in the NFL)

  2. I think both Weinke and Garcia can be helpful mentors for young quarterbacks. The problem with that team’s offense hasn’t been quarterback play, though. Austin Davis was developing as you would expect a normal rookie to develop and Fisher still quit on him. With the trade for Foles and selecting a QB in the third round, expect the same dysfunctional musical chairs at the position to continue as long as Fisher is head coach. If I owned that team it wouldn’t be much longer; the league has left Fisher behind.

  3. Who has Wienke coached except HS kids( combine training is not coaching)?? Garcia’s half a year in CFL hardly matters. Garcia has obvious playing experience…Why didn’t they hire Garcia initially??? It will all come down to personalities working together,, always does. Good luck to both of them

  4. I mean, it’s not like their starting QB has ever made the pro bowl, right? Doh.

  5. I played basketball in HS with a guy who flat out sucked as a player, no talent. but very coach-able. After college, he took over as HS coach. Seventeen state titles in twenty years.
    The talented players make lousy coaches because they never had to be coached. Less talented ppl make better coaches because they had to be coached up. Maybe the case here?

  6. Sam Bradford has to be wondering why the Rams never made this kind of investment while he was there.

  7. I’m more concerned if new OC Frank Cignetti will actually open up the playbook and actually take advantage of the speed they have with Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. I know they will be a power running team but Schottenheimer’s game plan was horribly predictable.

  8. TheDPR says:
    May 20, 2015 8:45 AM
    I think both Weinke and Garcia can be helpful mentors for young quarterbacks. The problem
    with that team’s offense hasn’t been quarterback play, though. Austin Davis was developing as
    you would expect a normal rookie to develop and Fisher still quit on him. With the trade for
    Foles and selecting a QB in the third round, expect the same dysfunctional musical chairs at the
    position to continue as long as Fisher is head coach. If I owned that team it wouldn’t be much
    longer; the league has left Fisher behind.

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    How was there problem on offense not quarterback play? Austin Davis wasn’t a rookie and was turning over the ball too much.

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