Bill Parcells have never given anyone a reason to call him a fool until now. Since the start of this season, he along with the Dallas Cowboys big shot
owner, Jerry Jones have made some moves that brings along the reason to use such a word. Fools they are...
The Cowboys and Parcells are experiencing problems at the Quarterback position, because they cannot come to a conclusion on who should be the starter.
The 41-year-old Vinny Testaverde was handed the job in training camp in August after the Cowboys released Quincy Carter, because he ran into some off
the field trouble. He was given a suspension by the NFL, and soon after the Cowboys released him. But that was no reason to release him was it? Well
Parcells and Jones said at the time that they made the right decision, because they felt they had two good Quarterbacks on the team. They meant Vinny
Testaverde, and Drew Henson, who for the past couple years has been playing minor league baseball for the New York Yankees.
At the time I didn't understand why that move was made, and why Carter wasn't given a fair shot to play Quarterback for the Cowboys after he led them
to a 10-6 record and a playoff birth last season. And now the Cowboys are 4-7, and have no clue which direction they are going when talking about
One minute its Testaverde, because according to Parcells, "He gives us a better chance to win the game" and the owner Jones is saying, "Drew Henson is
athletic enough to make us better at that position."
Between the owner and the coach, the Cowboys do not know which direction they are going. In the last game against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving
Day, Henson made his first start, but only wound up playing up to halftime, because Parcells said, "he had enough of that."
What a confidence booster for the kid Parcells. Instead, he went back to Testaverde, the old vet, and grandpa of the team. It resulted in a victory
for the Cowboys.
But so what! They were playing the bears. A man on crutches could of beaten the bears, even though they were on a little roll going into that game.
Parcels made a foolish move by changing Quarterbacks at halftime. If he wanted Testaverde to play so bad, he shouldn't have made the change in the
first place. But I guess, it might have been the owners call on that one. And we know Parcells likes to make his own calls. But, by doing that he
automatically made Henson question his abilities as a Quarterback. And he surely made the team lose the little confidence that they had for the young
man. Parcells is saying, "he doesn't want to mess the kid up by throwing him out there the rest of the season."
But he doesn't realize he accomplished that when he pulled him out of the game.
So what is going to happen now? Are the Cowboys going to win their next five games with Testaverde as a Quarterback?
I think not. I do not think they would have won out with Henson either, but at least Parcells could have used the excuse that he is looking towards
the future. I think the Cowboys gave their season away when they traded away Quincy Carter. It was a dumb move then and it is certainly a dumb move
How 'bout them Cowboys!
By Librado Wright
Copyright Librado Wright 2004
[Edited on 12/3/04 by SportzWriter]