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Garcia joined the coaching ranks only this season with Montreal, but made it clear to the Winnipeg Free Press that he would like a role beyond that of a quarterbacks coach.
“I want to be a head coach and I don’t necessarily think I need to be a co-ordinator first,” said Garcia, who got his break in pro football in 1994 when he succeeded Doug Flutie at quarterback for Buono’s Calgary Stampeders.
“I understand offence and I’m a leader. If Wally called, I’d definitely listen and be interested.”
Buono was reluctant to comment on the report or on any other candidate when contacted Monday. It was previously reported that the Lions may have interest in Garcia as an offensive co-ordinator.
Having Garcia as a potential head coaching option would give Buono his pick of at least one former Calgary quarterback, after a more experienced offensive strategist, Stampeders offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson, positioned himself last week towards staying alongside coach/GM John Hufnagel next season.
The former Lions quarterback, who is just finishing the first of a three-year contract to serve in Calgary as associate coach and heir apparent to Hufnagel, told the Calgary Sun he envisioned returning to the Stamps next season.