QB Jeff Garcia , 39, still has enough game to awaken Jamarcus Russell's inner warrior. Garcia would like to think he does, which explains during the May interview with LA radio station KLAC. Garcia told reporters that he signed as a free agent with Oakland knowing Russell was the projected starter and that he, Garcia, was here to enhance Russell's development and play when needed. Four days later, having fully processed the minicamp and perhaps sensing Russell is vulnerable to a challenge, Garcia seemed less concerned with incumbent status than the needs and goals of the team. "I'm not going to say that things can't change, and I understand that the role I have basically assumes going in Oakland knowing that JaMarcus was drafted to be the starting QB there," Garcia told host Chris Meyers. "But there has to be some realization at some point as to putting the best players on the field that you are going to give you the best chance to win. "Now if JaMarcus is that guy, then he definitely deserves to be on the field and should be on the field. But if for some reason with what I bring as a player, from a competitive nature and just the intensity and emotion that I bring to the field and the knowledge of the game that I have — if that gives us a better chance to win football games, then that decision is going to have to be left up to the coach and hopefully he can make the right decision for the team."
Wake-up times for JaMarcus
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