Quarterback Jeff Garcia left Oakland on Sept. 5 without explaining his decision to ask for his release.

On Friday, he opened up with both barrels, saying he asked out because of a lack of commitment from some players and him being powerless to effect change as a backup.

"It was to a point where I felt like guys who walked through those doors were just there to collect a check and not really interested in putting everything they had within themselves onto the football field," the unemployed Garcia said in an interview on Fox Sports Radio. "And that was frustrating for me to see."

Garcia said he didn't mind helping starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell develop into a better player. However, he felt as if too much was being asked of Russell and that, perhaps, Russell isn't ready for a starring role.

"It's an unfortunate situation when the entire work ethic and the entire goal of the team is really put upon one guy's shoulder who really isn't maybe ready for that situation or ready to take on that sort of responsibility," Garcia said.

"And I'm not saying JaMarcus can never be that guy. It's just, right now he's still young, he has a lot of growth that needs to take place within himself from a mental standpoint and a physical standpoint."

Russell and the Raiders were en route to Houston when Garcia's interview aired. Therefore, they were unavailable for comment.

  • Raiders left offensive tackle Mario Henderson had his coming-out party against the New England Patriots late last season. A week later, a game against the Houston Texans and Pro Bowl defensive end Mario Williams served as confirmation of Henderson's worthiness as an NFL starter.


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    Mario vs. Mario. Mind you, this came about four months after former Raiders coach Lane Kiffin criticized Henderson for being "a long ways" from being able to start and not "improving the way we'd like him to." Sure enough, it turned into a mismatch, with the Raiders' Mario on top.

    "It was a good game for me to see where I was at," Henderson said four days before a rematch, "and it was a good feeling, too, to know that I can play."

    Raiders coach Cable said he was impressed by how well Henderson played against current Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour when he was with the Patriots last season, but he wanted to make sure it wasn't an anomaly.

    "That one (against Williams) kind of cemented it for me," Cable said.

  • Chaz Schilens' hope of returning for Oakland's second game this season came and went. Same story with the third game. Now, it appears as if Schilens won't play Sunday, either. Cable said Schilens made it through some drills Friday, but he is "doubtful" for the game. Schilens still is recovering from a broken bone in his left foot.

  • Cable and numerous players cited the Raiders' lackluster showing in practice two Fridays ago as a primary reason for their poor play against the Denver Broncos last Sunday. Things went much better this Friday. "Much different," Cable said. "It's the way it's supposed to be. The attention to detail was sharp on both sides of the ball, the kicking game."

  • The league fined Seymour $7,500 for pulling the hair of Broncos tackle Ryan Clady last Sunday. Seymour was penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct on the play.

  • Free safety Hiram Eugene made it through practice and is expected to play Sunday, Cable said. Eugene missed last week's game with a leg injury. Michael Huff will return to his role as the nickel back in certain passing situations.

  • sunday:
    at Texans, 10 a.m.
    TV: Chs. 5, 13.
    Radio: 560-AM