BROWNS Garcia critical of team's decisions in preseason
He says he needs more time on the field to get ready for the campaign.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nearly every time he talks, Cleveland Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia has a new worry.
Two weeks ago he was concerned that the offense wasn't maximizing his talents. Last Wednesday, he lamented the wide receivers' lack of involvement.
But Garcia was clearly at his most frustrated Saturday night following the Browns' penalty-plagued 21-19 victory at Kansas City. The three-time Pro Bowler, who joined the Browns in March, criticized the coaching staff for not playing him enough to get the passing game ready for the Sept. 12 opener against Baltimore.
He's run a combined 52 plays, not counting penalties, in three preseason games. He's completed 12-of-20 passes for 115 yards with a long gain of 25 yards.
Needs more opportunities
"Right now it's very frustrating. We need to find a way to get on the same page," Garcia said. "Throwing the ball six or seven times a game just isn't going to do anything for me and for the receivers. I'm new to this offense, I need some opportunities.
"We haven't really seen enough time on the field to get anything going."
Garcia said he was surprised at the start of the second quarter when offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie asked him if he was ready to come out. The Browns had just scored in three plays, all runs by William Green and Lee Suggs, to take a 7-6 lead with 13:58 remaining before halftime.
"I said, 'I haven't done anything. I don't feel like I've even been in the game. I need at least one more series,' " Garcia said he told Robiskie. "I got three more plays and that was it.
"I know the main thing is that it's the regular season that counts. We don't want to risk injury. But I also want to find my way and be able to get dirty and try to make plays. It just seemed too sporadic."
Garcia said he'd been under the impression that he'd see more action. But Browns coach Butch Davis said taking out the first team offense and defense by the nine-minute mark in the second quarter went along with the plan.
"It was never a time factor," Davis said. "We went in thinking when the magic number got between 23 and 30. When one side came out it had 27 plays, the other side had 25. That's about a half of a ball game."