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Still No Respect for Jeff Garcia

Is there any other player–outside of maybe Donovan McNabb–who gets more disrespect than former Tampa Bay quarterback Jeff Garcia?

There’s no question that Garcia is a sensitive guy–but you would be too if your job was consistently threatened despite your proven ability to play in the NFL.

Jeff Garcia Released...Again.

Jeff Garcia Released...Again.

First it was San Francisco.  Garcia came in after a great career by Steve Young and took over the reins of the team in 1999.  In 2000, Garcia exploded.  That year, he threw for 31 touchdowns and just ten intcerptions.  2001 wasn’t shabby, either, as Garcia threw 32 touchdowns, twelve interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 94.8.

During the 2002 playoffs, Garcia was instrumental in helping to lead the 49ers back from a 38-14 deficit in the third quarter.  The 49ers scored 25 unanswered points and went on to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Soon, the Garcia-T.O fued would heat up.  Owens, not liking Garcia for some unknown (but most likely) selfish reason, questioned Garcia’s sexuality.  Owens, discussing Garcia, stated, “if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, chances are it’s probably a duck.”  Garcia would be incredulous, making public statements that he doesn’t know why Owens was bent on cutting him down so harshly.

Garcia would eventually land in Cleveland, where then head coach Butch Davis refused to let him roll out of the pocket and make audibles.  His time in Detroit was equally disappointing in 2005.

The next year, Garcia found himself in Philadelphia, where he was able to resurrect his career.  With McNabb suffering a devastating injury towards to end of the season, Garcia led his team through an improbable run of victories, and the team advanced farther than anyone thought they would in the playoffs.

But then Garcia was promptly released–the team didn’t even make an effort to sign him.  In fact, the Eagles signed Jay Feeley to a contract to be the team’s backup, thus throwing Garcia back into the unemployment line.

Garcia was eventually signed by Tampa Bay, but Jon Gruden’s love for playing “musical quarterbacks” lead to frustration for Garcia.  Garcia eventually stated publicly that his head coach didn’t like to marry quarterbacks, he just wanted to date them.

That was evident in Tampa Bay.  Garcia was routinely yanked out of the lineup in favor of other quarterbacks on the roster.

This past week, Garcia was once again released by yet another team.  At age 39, Garcia would like to still play and doesn’t have any plans for retirement.

But why is Garcia so disrespected?  If anything, his inability to stick onto a team reminds me of Doug Flutie’s NFL career.  Two small, scrambling quarterbacks who were never given any expectation of success.  And despite their ability to lead and to win, they are still discounted.  In Buffalo, Doug Flutie was pulled by Wade Phillips for the highly ineffective (and far too often sacked) Rob Johnson.

It could also be Garcia’s personality–he does seem like a sensitive guy.  It’s possible that he clashes with certain coaches or doesn’t take criticism very well.  But he’s proven that he can win in this league.  And in a league where quarterbacks such as Tarvaris Jackson, Derek Anderson, Brodie Croyle and Dan Orlovsky all started at some point last year, it’s hard to imagine a scenario where Jeff Garcia doesn’t latch onto some team.

Somewhere.

February 18, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let Hyperbole Rule The Day

The Super Bowl experience increasingly wraps and intertwines itself in a bind of hype, hyperbole, and overexposure.  Turn on your TV, radio, or computer today and everywhere you turn Super Bowl 43 stares at you like that money you would have saved if you signed with Geico.  From Sunday to Sunday the coverage is simply too much.  There is no way the game can ever live up to the hype that precedes it.  It’s Monday morning and I’ve already heard the following stories.

  1. Hines Ward is waking up every 3 hours to take medicine and ice his knee.  Big f’*cking deal.  So does the FlyGrandma.
  2. Tampa Bay is bracing itself for a week of record crowds.  New York just called to say “shut the f up.”
  3. Arizona players are spending Monday and Tuesday dealing with the logistics of giving out tickets.  All of America is busy ducking creditors, so giving out tickets seems mighty easy.
  4. This just in…Kurt Warner thanked Jesus.
  5. Mike and Mike on the Radio just went through their top Super Bowl moments.  Every other media outlest will publish their lists by noon on Tuesday.
  6. The weather in Tampa is nice. 
  7. Ben Roethlisberger is happy to be back in the Super Bowl.  What is he supposed to be, pissed off?
  8. Arizona feel like underdogs and nobody respects them.  You know who’s not respected?  The homeless, three-legged dogs, middle-aged call girls, honeybees, and teachers.
  9. John Madden is riding a bus to Tampa.  No shit.  Wow, is it filled with Turducken?
  10. Vegas is bracing for a record in bets.  Of course it is, everyone who’s broke is looking for the quick come up.

Dont Believe the Hype

Don't Believe the Hype

Brace yourselves for the wave of inundation.  If the game can be 1/10 as good as the hype machine says it will be, we’ll have ourselves a game worthy of being played in week 12 of any season. 

 

FlyMaster Signing Off…For Now!

January 26, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL, Talkin Trash | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Detroit’s Fate is 0-16

For a team that is on the verge of being called the worst in NFL history, this week is Detroit’s only hope for redemption…Well, perhaps not redemption but at least ego rebuilding. Since the blowout loss to New Orleans on Sunday, we’ve wondered just one thing – Will the Lions become the only team to end their season 0-16?

Joey Harrington Fans

Joey Harrington Fans

Most likely, though Orlvosky would like to see something unpredictable like Jamie Foxx. This week’s lineup against Green Bay, who’s just five wins ahead, could resurface the Lions and give them hope that another team can do worse…In future seasons. Until now, Tampa Bay was known to have the worst record in history, going 0-14 in 1976. From this day forward however, fans alike will remember another team as the worst in NFL history.

 

This is why Detroit’s win against Green Bay is so important. If they lose, no team can do worse than them, just equally bad! But if they win, it will not only shut critics up from slandering, it may also save Orlovsky’s career. It might even give fans an opportunity to willingly chant his name over Harrington’s.

 

All optimism aside, I hope to see Detroit carry it until the fourth quarter and then collapse. That would really piss off the remaining loyal fans. Knowing you almost had the victory, you almost survived a season from going 0-16, you almost didn’t have to chant “Jo-ey”…

 

It’s this type of historic stuff that people love to eat up and talk about for generations to come. What difference is it going to make for Detroit anyway, other than hoping some team will someday (probably thirty-some years from now) do worse than them. The franchise already needs to be restructured and it’s not really going to help Orlovsky much since Stanton and Culpepper can’t do sh!t and the team already made history by going 0-15. One more loss is for historic moments.

 

Detroit – Take one for the league…Not that you have a choice.

 

Skrybe – Keep it Fly

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Features & Opinions, NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment