Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Parcells airs disgust with team

Cowboys coach still has no idea who will be QB as camp ends

The Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO - Maybe the Dallas Cowboys have been too awed by the presence of their two-time Super Bowl champion coach.

Bill Parcells thinks so.

Parcells said Monday he walked out of a sloppy practice Sunday because he wanted players to realize they must correct their own mistakes - and figure out how to do it - instead of always looking to him for answers.

On the second-to-last day of training camp, Parcells had some other harsh things to say about his new team. He questioned the toughness of his quarterbacks, wondered whether his players have the right mindset and admitted they're all testing his patience.

"Right now," he said, "things aren't going the way I want them to go."

Parcells has been a winner everywhere he's been. The three previous teams he coached - the New York Giants, New England Patriots, and New York Jets - went from losing seasons before he arrived to making the playoffs his second season.

First seasons, though, are about getting ready for the turnaround. With the Cowboys, that means cleaning up the problems on and off the field that caused three straight 5-11 seasons.

"The players need getting after around here," he said. "We need to put the pressure on them and make them accountable. I don't care if we don't win a game, they are going to be accountable."

Publicly, Parcells' emotions have remained intact. The most dramatic outburst came Sunday afternoon when he and his coaching staff calmly left the field and players continued practicing for another half-hour.

Parcells blamed the entire offense for the dropped passes, interceptions and other ineptness that preceded his walkout.

He didn't blame the quarterbacks for all the problems, but he did fault them for not doing more to try getting everyone to snap out of their funk.

The practice was the first after a day off following a 34-6 victory over Houston in a preseason game. Dallas played far better in that game than the preseason opener, a 13-0 loss to Arizona.

When camp opened, Parcells hoped to name a starting quarterback by the end, which is Tuesday. Now, the only announcement coming then will be which QBs he'll use in a preseason game against Pittsburgh on Thursday night. So far, he's only named Chad Hutchinson - the only one not used against the Texans.

"If the quarterback won't fight, you won't win. You've got to have a fighter playing that position," he said. "I've always felt that way."

Asked whether Hutchinson, Quincy Carter, Clint Stoerner or Tony Romo are fighters, Parcells said, "I'm not certain."

BRONCOS: Denver has given coach Mike Shanahan a three-year contract extension, tying him to the franchise through 2008.

PATRIOTS: New England released veteran cornerback Otis Smith, ending his second stint with the team.

BROWNS: Rookie running back Lee Suggs failed his physical and can not yet practice with Cleveland.

Suggs, who signed a five-year contract last week, underwent shoulder surgery in May, one month after the Browns selected the former Virginia Tech star in the fourth round of the NFL draft. The club knew at the time Suggs would need the operation.

FALCONS: Doug Johnson is not the backup any longer. For at least the first four games of the season, he has the unenviable task of replacing the NFL's most exciting player - Michael Vick. Vick broke his right leg in a preseason game Saturday and will need at least six weeks to heal. That knocks him out for the opening month of the regular season - and bumps Johnson to No. 1 on the depth chart.

TEXANS: Team doctors confirmed second-year fullback Jarrod Baxter will miss the season with a severe sprain in the middle of his left foot.

SAINTS: New Orleans, which is still looking for a backup running back in the last week of training camp, brought in former Bengals No. 1 draft pick Ki-Jana Carter.

Carter was cut by the Packers last year.

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