Jeff Garcia quietly tutoring Mark Sanchez and JaMarcus Russell
According to Jim Corbett of USA Today, both Mark Sanchez and ex Raiders Quarterback JaMarcus Russell are working on improving their skills in Southern California by training with former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia.
This is much needed for Sanchez who will be in competition to keep his job as the Jets starting quarterback. The Jets recently signed David Garrard, who is looks to have the best chance to take over as starter. Tim Tebow, Greg McElroy, and Matt Simms will also be competing for the starting job according to Head Coach Rex Ryan.
“Clearly we have to improve at the quarterback position,” Ryan said.
Garcia has said that they are working on improving his knowledge of the west coast offense by working both in the classroom and on the field for the past several weeks.
“He’s doing an excellent job — the progress Mark has made over the past three weeks is definitely very positive,” Garcia told USA TODAY Sports. “It shows Mark is committed to bettering himself and getting himself more mentally prepared.”
As for Russell, he has a much more challenging task, as his mission is to redeem himself and show the league that he does have what it takes to become a NFL quarterback. The No 1 overall pick of 2007 went 7-18 with the Oakland Raiders as the starter before being released in 2010, thus being recognized as one of the biggest bust in league history.
Russell has battled to get back into shape and get his weight from 310 pounds to the 270 pound range in two months.
“But if you look at where he was two months ago to where he is today, he’s come a long way in demanding more out of himself than he ever did.”
Garcia has said the plan is to train him for another month and attempt to put together a pro day where teams can come and see the new JaMarcus Russell. They know it’s a long shot but if he doesn’t do it now it may never happen.