It looks like Nick Foles won’t be the only former member of the Philadelphia Eagles wearing a new uniform when the St. Louis Rams open training camp.
It was announced Tuesday that former Eagles quarterback Jeff Garcia had been added to the Rams coaching staff. Garcia had interviewed for the vacant quarterbacks coach position in February but Rams head coach Jeff Fisher hired 2000 Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke instead. But Fisher was so impressed by Garcia that St. Louis created the position of offensive assistant for him.
Garcia is a four-time Pro Bowl selection and is the only Eagles quarterback other then Donavan McNabb to lead the team to a playoff win since 1995. He still holds the San Francisco 49ers single-season passing record with 4.278 yards and has been retired since 2011.
The 45-year old Garcia now joins Foles, who was traded to the Rams for Sam Bradford and a second-round pick, and Fisher, who began his coaching career in Philadelphia, as former Eagles that are now members of the Rams organization.
Fisher had nothing but great things to say about Garcia, telling Matt Maiocco of CSM Bay Area.com:
“It was almost as if he was getting ready to go out and play a game. He’s just that guy. He’s so competitive. Throughout his career, people said he couldn’t do what he did. He takes great care of himself. He’s passionate about the game. He loves the game. His dad was a coach. It’s in him.
“He understands the system, the West Coast system and how it’s morphed. He’s familiar with it. He understands how difficult it is to see. Back there, taking snaps, it’s hard to see. But he also understands the game and preparation and loves competing.”
Garcia was always immensely popular here in Philadelphia and many fans still have fond memories of his wild-card playoff victory against the New York Giants. He should be able to do nothing but help Foles grow and improve as a player. This will hopefully be the beginning of a long and successful NFL coaching career for the former quarterback who has wanted to become a head coach for a number of years.