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Jeff Garcia returns to the CFL as a Montreal Alouettes coach

Jeff Garcia is heading back to the CFL, this time as a coach.
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Jeff Garcia, who spent his first six years a pro north of the border, is going back to the Canadian Football League. He’s been hired as an offensive coach by the Montreal Alouettes.

Garcia was a CFL star after being passed over by the NFL. He was with the Calgary Stampeders for five seasons and led the team to a victory in the 1998 Grey Cup.

"Jeff Garcia is a fierce competitor who has had success in every situation he has faced in professional football," Tom Higgins, Alouettes head coach, said in a statement. "The addition of Jeff is ideal because he brings the expertise he's gained over his professional years from so many different systems. We are very excited to welcome Jeff to our coaching staff in his coaching debut. His CFL knowledge and comprehension of the game are key qualities that are going to be invaluable for us to improve as a team in the upcoming weeks. Over the next few days, we will be able to better evaluate all of our coaches and establish what their exact roles will be."

Garcia joined the San Francisco 49ers the following season and an injury to Steve Young opened the door for playing time. He threw for more than 30 touchdown passes in 2000 and 2001 and was also a threat to gain yards on the ground.

After five years with the 49ers, Garcia also played for the Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before joining the United Football League for the 2010 season with the Omaha Nighthawks. At the end of his pro career, Garcia had passed for more than 43,300 yards, with 281 TD passes.

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