Jeff Garcia

Coaching Record

Years Coached Record Win % Playoff record Playoff win %
1 7-9-0 43.75% 0-0 0.00%


Career Summary

Jeff Garcia was a football coach in the National Football League (NFL) during the 2015 season as the offensive assistant coach of the St. Louis Rams. During his lone season in the NFL the Rams went 7-9-0.

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Playing Career

College Career

Gavilan Junior College

In 1989, Jeff Garcia began his collegiate career playing at Gavilan Junior College in Gilroy, California. During his one season at the school, Garcia played under his father Bob Garcia, head coach of the Rams. Bob designed the team's offense around Jeff's strengths, notably his mobility, to entice major college programs to look at his son again. After one season when Garcia threw for more than 2,000 yards and ran for 700, Jeff transferred to San Jose State University.

San Jose State University

After transferring to San Jose State, Garcia started the next three years and would finish as the school's record holder for total offense. In 1993, his last season with San Jose, Garcia posted a great game against Stanford, coached by Bill Walsh, throwing for 380 yards and three touchdowns. This showcase helped to further Garcia's career, because after going undrafted in the NFL draft that season, Walsh wrote to several NFL coaches at his request. While he didn't land in the NFL, Walsh helped him secure a position in the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders.

Canadian Football League

Calgary Stampeders

In 1994, Garcia signed with the Calgary Stampeders as their backup quarterback to CFL MVP (and future NFL quarterback) Doug Flutie. By 1995, he had replaced Flutie as the starter and began a string of four straight All-Star game appearances, culminating in 1998 with the Stampeders winning the Grey Cup and Garcia winning Grey Cup MVP. At the conclusion of the season, Garcia made his move to the NFL.

National Football League

San Francisco 49ers

In 1999, Walsh returned to the San Francisco 49ers as the general manager and signed Garcia to join the team as the backup quarterback. In Week 4 of the 1999 season, Garcia replaced an injured Steve Young. While he struggled during the his first NFL season, by the second season with the 49ers he had been voted to the Pro Bowl. During his five year tenure with the 49ers, Garcia was voted to three Pro Bowls, led the team to the playoffs twice. He was released after the 2003 season.

Cleveland Browns

Garcia signed with the Cleveland Browns for the 2004 season. He struggled through the season and only started 10 games during the season and was released at the conclusion of the season.

Detroit Lions

In 2005, Garcia signed with the Detroit Lions and his former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci. He suffered a broken fibula during the preseason and when he returned from injury was again ineffective, playing only six games (five starts).

Philadelphia Eagles

In 2006, he signed as the primary backup for the Philadelphia Eagles behind Donovan McNabb. Garcia was forced into the starting lineup after McNabb suffered a season ending injury. Garcia played well down the stretch, helping the Eagles to a five game winning streak to end the season and win the NFC East. While Garcia wanted to stay with the Eagles, the team opted not to bring him back.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

In 2007, Garcia signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to challenge for their starting quarterback position. After securing the position, he would help the Buccaneers make the playoffs as he made his fourth pro bowl. 2008 was Garcia's last season as a starting quarterback in the NFL.

Oakland Raiders

After his two seasons with the Bucs, he signed a year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders as their backup, but would not make it out of training camp and was cut before the 2009 season started.

Philadelphia Eagles

After the Eagles starting quarterback Donovan McNabb suffered a broken rib in the first game of the season, the Eagles signed Garcia for his second stint with the team, but was only on the roster for a few weeks until Michael Vick returned from suspension.

United Football League

Omaha Nighthawks

In 2010, Garcia was signed by the Omaha NIghthawks of the United Football League, the short-lived football league. The Nighthawks finished 3-5, tied for last in the league.

National Football League

Houston Texans

Garcia was signed in an emergency role again after the Houston Texans' starting quarterback was injured. However, he did not appear in a game for the team.

Coaching Career

Canadian Football League

Montreal Alouettes

In 2014, Garcia returned to the CFL, this time as a coach. He joined the Montreal Alouettes as the teams quarterbacks coach. During his lone season with the Alouettes, the team finished 9-9.

National Football League

St. Louis Rams

In 2015, he joined the St. Louis Rams as an offensive assistant coach, primarily working with the wide receivers.


Year Position Record Playoff record
2015 St. Louis Rams Offensive Assistant Coach 7-9-0 0-0

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