SAN FRANCISCO -- Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia finished as runner-up to Chris Weinke for the St. Louis Rams' quarterback coach job in February. But just because he didn't get that job doesn't mean there's not room for him on the staff.
The Rams hired Garcia as an offensive assistant earlier this month, adding him to a staff that now has three coaches with a history of playing and/or working with quarterbacks. The extent of Garcia's duties are unclear at the moment but it stands to reason he'll be helping Weinke working with the team's four quarterbacks.
Garcia revealed his new position in a tweet Tuesday.
After an offseason in which the Rams did a major makeover of their quarterback room -- in which they deleted Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill, retained Austin Davis and added Nick Foles, Case Keenum and Sean Mannion -- it's clear the team has designs on getting more production from the position.
Weinke replaced Frank Cignetti as quarterbacks coach after Cignetti was promoted to offensive coordinator. Garcia and fellow former NFL quarterback Steve Walsh were also candidates for the job at the time.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher made it clear he wanted a coach with playing experience for his young crew of quarterbacks and that he was impressed with Weinke, Garcia and Walsh before deciding on Weinke.
Garcia spent last season as the quarterbacks coach for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Rams fans probably remember him well from his days playing the position for the San Francisco 49ers (and others). Garcia had been searching for NFL coaching opportunities throughout the offseason, openly discussing his desire to take over available NFL quarterbacks coach jobs in Philadelphia, Oakland and San Francisco.
Garcia last played in the NFL in 2011 but his season with the Alouettes is his only year coaching. He spent seven years in two stints with San Francisco and also played for Cleveland, Detroit, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Houston during his career. Along the way, Garcia went to four Pro Bowls and posted a passer rating of 87.5.