Garcia has his say
We're not trying to start anything here. Just wanted to give Jeff Garcia a chance to respond to Lions receiver Roy Williams' critical comments on Detroit radio about Garcia's supposed selfishness during his one season in Detroit (see the next blog entry for excerpts and to listen to the audio). Williams said Garcia never would accept blame for plays that weren't made.
Garcia disputed that, then put his spin on the story.
"As a quarterback, you're always shouldering the blame," he said. "I had no problem absorbing whatever it was that I had to absorb (at times) when we weren’t able to win football games. We play this game as a team and everybody's responsible and everybody has to have accountability. That's where I felt that, at times, there wasn’t a whole lot of accountability among everyone in that locker room."
Then, Garcia, in a later interview, added the following: "I can't force players to take their playbook home with them. I can't force players to get in the weight room. I can't force players to watch more film. That's up to each and every individual player."
Wow. Sounds like things were pretty dysfunctional up there. Seems to be the opposite here in Tampa -- regardless of where the blame is placed for the way things unfolded during Garcia's tenure in Detroit.