According to Kelsey Patterson of the Kelowna Daily Courier on Thursday, former Calgary Stampeders quarterback Jeff Garcia will be part of the Montreal Alouettes' coaching staff on Friday as the Alouettes host the Edmonton Eskimos at Percival Molson Stadium in Montreal. Garcia will be assisting Alouettes head coach Tom Higgins, who coached the Stampeders from 2005-2007.
Garcia will be helping out the offense, according to TSN. He was one of three people brought it to help the struggling Alouettes, as he joins Don Matthews and Turk Schonert who were hired by Alouettes general manager Jim Popp as consultants.
The Alouettes currently have a record of 1-4, but amazingly are still in the thick of things for an Eastern Division title. That is because they are only two points back of the 2-4 Toronto Argonauts for first place. The Ottawa Redblacks and Hamilton Tiger-Cats are also 1-4.
Garcia played with the Calgary Stampeders from 1994-1998. In his final season as a Stampeder in 1998, Garcia led the Stampeders to a Grey Cup championship with a 26-24 win over the Tiger-Cats and he was named the Grey Cup game most valuable player.
Garcia and Schonert also have a connection because they were NFL quarterbacks. Garcia quarterbacked the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans from 1999-2011, while Schonert quarterbacked the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons from 1981-1989.
Garcia and Schonert could be working closely with Alouettes' starting quarterback Troy Smith and his backup Alex Brink. Smith, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2006, has struggled this season, completing less than 50% of his passes and only has three touchdown passes in five games.
In other Stampeders news, the 50/50 draw in the Stampeders game between Calgary and British Columbia was delayed on Friday night at McMahon Stadium due to technical difficulties. The winning ticket was A-48739. The total pot, according to the Calgary Stampeders website was $96,495. The question however needs to be raised as to how something so simple have a technical difficulty. A winning ticket should had been randomly selected Friday evening out of a hat and announced to the crowd.