When asked if he felt like talking, uncharacteristically, he replied, "not really." But then, just like he does on the football field, Garcia stopped, thought about it for a split second and demanded something he's always demanded from himself...perfection and professionalism.
"You know what, I'm sorry, yes I will talk, let's do it."
"Sorry about that."
The reasons Garcia was beating up on himself were all internal. He had just put on a sizzling execution of the two-minute drill. He made all the throws, all the right checks, and seemingly all the right reads, but in his mind, he had made a mistake... a mental mistake that could have proved costly in a live contest.
Why was he so hard on himself when he looked really sharp?
"[I'm] not as sharp as I would like to feel," he said. "I think it's always a work in progress. I just demand so much out of myself. I want to be perfect on the field and so I can be pretty hard on myself, but that's the only way that I know and that's why I've gotten to where I've gotten today. So I'm going to continue to have that attitude. I'm trying to grow and get better in this system and be the best that I can be so I can help this team."
Despite backup role, Garcia
still own harshest critic
Even heading into a meaningless pre-season game, he has some very specific goals.
"I want to go out there and I want to make good decisions. I want to be good with the football. I want to help the team move the football and hopefully get the ball in the endzone. I know that the [playing] time will be limited, but while I'm out there I want to take advantage of it. That's the approach that I have, I'm excited about the opportunity to play for the Lions come Friday night and I'm going to make the most of it."
His work ethic and high standards have begun to rub off on his young teammates. Garcia spoke out to wide receivers Charles Rogers (#1 pick in 2003), Roy Williams (#1 pick in 2004) and Mike Williams (#1 in 2005) about the need to push themselves to their limits to try to be the best players they can be. Forget about potential Garcia warns, the future is now.
"There's a lot of youth on this team right now, especially at the wide receiver position," Garcia said. "I think that it's important for some of those guys to step up and really become leaders, even though they're in their first or second year of playing.
"They are the guys that this team is counting on and I think that it's important that everybody steps up and takes on a leadership role, expects more out of themselves, expects to be a pro, acts like a pro and works like a pro."
Garcia doesn't think it will take long for the talent to surface.
"I think once we get through some of the growing pains that we're going through right now on this practice field the sharpness is going to come together, the plays are going to be made and the results are going to take place."
As he walked away from the interview and into the dressing room, you can easily see Garcia slipping back into a familiar role -- his own toughest critic. As he beats up on himself for missing that one read, that one audible, that one throw that could be the difference in getting the Lions into the playoffs somewhere down the road, you understand.
It's what's got him here and you hope its contagious.