St. Louis Rams Add Jeff Garcia to Coaching Staff


The St. Louis Rams have reportedly decided to make a late addition to their 2015 coaching staff, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Jim Thomas reported late Wednesday that the team is hiring former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia as an offensive assistant.

The 45-year-old Garcia, who played 11 seasons for five teams, interviewed for the Rams’ quarterbacks coach job in February but was passed over in favor of another former NFL QB, Chris Weinke. Garcia has been working as the quarterbacks coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL while also acting as a private quarterbacks coach for players such as Mark Sanchez.

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It’s probable that Garcia will work in a de facto “assistant quarterbacks coach” role. Though this position has not historically been common in the NFL, it’s grown in popularity in recent years, and the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins employ coaches with the official title of assistant quarterbacks coach. Numerous others employ one with the ambiguous title of “offensive assistant”, which Garcia will have with the Rams.

Though it’s important to avoid having too many voices confusing the players, it could be a major plus for the Rams to have as many hands on deck as possible at the quarterback position this year. With Weinke coaching quarterbacks for the first time at the NFL level, tasked with the responsibilities of helping newly-acquired Nick Foles learn the offense, helping rookie Sean Mannion adjust to the NFL, and continuing to work with two younger signal-callers, Austin Davis and Case Keenum, who will be competing for a backup job, the Rams may need all the help they can get. Garcia, who actually has a bit more pro coaching experience than Weinke with his CFL stint, should be a positive addition because he can provide an extra pair of eyes and an experienced voice on the practice field.

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