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MONTREAL -- The Montreal Alouettes announced on Monday that former CFL and NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia has joined the team's coaching staff.

Garcia, a four-time CFL All-Star and NFL Pro Bowl selection, joins the Alouettes offensive coaching staff.

"After several discussions with Tom about candidates who could potentially help our offence right now, we welcome Jeff to our organization and to the offensive coaching staff," declared Popp. "He brings tremendous experience, great leadership, competitiveness, and the drive to be the best. We feel that by tapping into Jeff's knowledge, he will be another key addition in getting our season turned around."

Garcia entered the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders in 1994, where he backed up Doug Flutie for two seasons. After replacing an injured Flutie for some time in 1995, he became the starter the following season, leading the Stampeders to 13-5, 10-8 and 12-6 records over the next three seasons, including a Grey Cup victory in his final year North of the border.

"Jeff Garcia is a fierce competitor who has had success in every situation he has faced in professional football," said Higgins. "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."

Following his stellar play in the CFL where he threw for more than 4,000 yards in three different seasons, he went on to play in the NFL for eleven seasons, including his first five with the San Francisco 49ers, leading the team to the playoffs twice.

He then played for the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, the Philadelphia Eagles as well as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He completed his professional career with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL in 2010. At the end of his professional career, he completed 3,645 of his 5,955 passes for 43,300 yards while throwing 281 touchdown passes.

Fan Comments
als rule
good move!! smith needs teaching on the CFL game!! no drop back passing!! rolling out and either passing or rushing!! watched a classic CFL game today of doug flutie vs. damon allen!! now QB troy smith should be using the same game plan as flutie did NO QUESTION ABOUT IT!!
August 06, 2014 - 10:25pm
110 yards
The Pigeons down fall started ~ 5 years ago while MT was building his NFL resume and AC was writing the record book. No young QB got a chance to play fourth quarter action when there was plenty of perfect situations for a young QB.
No team is going to do any thing with out a good QB, Winnipeg and Edmonton the last couple years are perfect examples.
August 05, 2014 - 11:50am
The downfall of the Alouettes did not start either with the arrival of Hawkins as HC or the injury to AC BUT with the departure of Marc Trestman and many of his staff for the NFL !!!
August 04, 2014 - 9:10pm
Might as well call up Tracy Ham too and throw him into this coaching stew
August 04, 2014 - 7:28pm
50+years a fan
This is an excellent start. Still believe though Smith can't cut it and the Als should trade for Tate or alternatively as Sharky99 suggests Matt Nichols from the Esks.
August 04, 2014 - 6:21pm
I was one of those who thought that Jim Popp was not a bad coach and that continuity from last year was a good idea. But the hiring of Tom Higgins was not a bad one. Following Trestman's departure and the hiring of his natural successor Milanovich to the Argos (with a number of other coaches) Montreal needs a new foundation and culture that Hawkins could not provide. So, the foundation is being built by Popp and Higgins, and it is taking longer than hoped - but I have confidence that the Alouettes are on a better track.

Where the new coaches, and the "old" ones like Dinwiddie fit in is a task for Higgins and Popp together. But it can't be bad to have Jeff Garcia as part of the team. There is still some time with the eastern teams virtually tied for changes to be made for this season, and for preparations to be made for solid continuity for next year.
August 04, 2014 - 2:59pm
small town argo
Tom Higgons was a lame duck coach the minute he was hired by the owner and not the GM. The Als have come a complete laughing stock in two years with hires like Higgons, Dinwiddie, Hawkins and tying themselves to Troy Smith. Can the Don and Garcia change their fate? Probably not this year.
August 04, 2014 - 1:21pm
First a QB carrisal and now a coaching one happening. Just admit tom Higgans and the OC were huge mistakes and move on. If a player has no faith in there coaching staff, things can get much worse.
August 04, 2014 - 12:21pm
Yes, desperation is starting to set in. Will be nice to see Montreal languish at the bottom of the league for a change. Great if Ottawa makes the playoffs!
August 04, 2014 - 12:05pm
GC Bound
Absolutely no doubt this is a MAJOR Addition and shows Montreal is holding nothing back at getting winning coaching.
GO Riders GO!
August 04, 2014 - 11:00am