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  1. Lord Sun

    Lord Sun New Member

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    Parcells holds invitations to veterans' minicamp

    06:28 PM CDT on Thursday, May 6, 2004

    By MATT MOSLEY / DallasNews.com

    Bill Parcells will spend the next couple of weeks planning a veterans' minicamp that will begin June 5. But first, he had to sit down and draft a letter of invitation to all of his players.

    Starting left guard Larry Allen, a no-show at Valley Ranch so far this off-season, is expected to receive one of those letters.

    In the past, the Cowboys held several minicamps during the off-season, but Parcells favors having one extended minicamp. He indicated last week that the June minicamp could last as long as six days.

    The Cowboys may have some new players on the roster by time the camp begins. Several teams around the league are waiting until June 1 to release players so they can spread out their salary cap impact.

    The Jets are likely to release 40-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who might be the type of quarterback Parcells would like to help tutor Quincy Carter and Drew Henson.

    After the June minicamp ends, the Cowboys won't meet again until July 31, which is the tentative starting date for training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

    "I have to do my teaching schedule for training camp," Parcells said last Friday. "So my coaches can make their installation schedule. That takes a little work."

    E-mail mmosley@dallasnews.com
  2. TonyS

    TonyS Well-Known Member

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    {Begin Vent}

    I don't understand why we need a Vet QB to "mentor" the younger QBs. Isn't that what a QB coach is for? I can see a Vet to step in if there's an injury, but I think Vinny has seen the last of his winning days.

    If this is the case, why not let Vinny retire and hire him as an assistant to the QB coach or find another retired NFL QB that can do the same? Why waste the roster spot on him when we have promising young QBs?

    Let him get released and tell him if he retires, theres a spot for him here. If he declines...find another retired QB who can talk about the demands of the position. I'd hate to see us lose Romo to the PS or another team because the Italian Stallion came in to graze in the pasture.

    {End of Vent} :) Thanks, I feel much better.
  3. InmanRoshi

    InmanRoshi Zone Scribe

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    You need a buffer between the coaching staff and the player, so that the young player can ask questions in confidentiality without fear that its going all the way up to the head coach.


    Every successfull QB can pretty much name a vet QB that was pivitol to his career. Even Troy Aikman speaks fondly about the influence Babe Laufenberg had on him.

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