It was a busy day for Jeff Garcia. First there was a shoutout from his former coach Marty Mornhinweg followed by a nasty body slam of former teammate Donovan McNabb during a radio interview.
Garcia's comments came during a passionate weekly appearance on 94WIP with Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow. It started and ended with some positive Nick Foles chatter sandwiched around some harsh analysis of McNabb and Michael Vick. And let's be clear, 'El Pistolera' held nothing back. Feisty characters like Garcia just can't help themselves. It's likely a reason why his relationship with Terrell Owens ended similar to the way McNabb and T.O. split — contentiously. The truth often hurts fragile egos. It's not the first time McNabb has faced this allegation. His work ethic was also questioned in Washington and Minnesota. Now, six years after the fact, Garcia's saying it restricted McNabb in Philadelphia as well. Maybe even was the difference in winning a Super Bowl or not?"Donovan had a great career, and had a great career there in Philadelphia," Garcia said. "Not to take away from anything that Donovan did, but I think that Donovan, I believe, could have been so much greater if he did have a better understanding at times. If he did put more time and effort into what he needed to do every day of the week leading up to game day in order to be the best he could be."
You can tell Garcia didn't intend to annihilate McNabb at first. That wasn't his objective. Then came the "but," followed by a burst of truth and an allegation that is not taken lightly by any proud professional.
Not to take anything away from Garcia BUT he seems to have an awful high opinion of himself. You would think he led the Eagles (or somebody) to multiple Super Bowls title with the way he speaks when, in fact, he had a nice eight-game run in Philadelphia. McNabb had 11 pretty successful years.
"I know that when I stepped into the huddle with that ['06 Eagles] team, I think there was probably a greater confidence in me from the standpoint of my understanding of the system because of how I was able to speak it, because of how I was able to operate it. It was just different than how Donovan operated it."
Different, definitely. Better, debatable. Sure Donovan wasn't always pretty but he had a unique ability to make plays that Garcia could never dream about. Garcia was a dinker-dunker extraordinaire who scrapped his way down the field and maxed out his talent. In fact, he was probably better suited for the offense, much like Foles is better suited for the Eagles offense than Vick, which was Gargano's point in the first place.
Somehow, however, as always, McNabb seems to enter the conversation. And when McNabb enters the conversation it never ends well.