The Montreal Alouettes have added former CFL and NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia to their offensive coaching staff, the team announced Monday.
Garcia, who was a four-time CFL All-Star and named to four Pro Bowls in the NFL, retired from professional football in 2010.
"After several discussions with (head coach) Tom (Higgins) about candidates who could potentially help our offence right now, we welcome Jeff to our organization and to the offensive coaching staff," general manger Jim Popp said in a statement. "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."
The announcement comes a week after the Alouettes hired CFL Hall of Fame coach Don Matthews and former NFL quarterback and offensive co-ordinator Turk Schonert as consultants.
Higgins added that Garcia's experience played a major role in the team's decision to sign the former pivot.
"Jeff Garcia is a fierce competitor who has had success in every situation he has faced in professional football," Higgins said. "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 completed 1249 passes for 16,442 yards and 111 touchdowns in 78 CFL games with the Calgary Stampeders. He also completed 2264 NFL passes for 25,537 yards and 161 touchdowns in 124 games with the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.