Let me begin by saying that I was in favor of the Drew Bledsoe signing. Now here’s my reason why. He is a proven commodity at the quarterback position in the NFL without a doubt. All you have to do is look at Chicago over the last few seasons to see that just finding a serviceable, mediocre, worth a nickel, average quarterback is hard to find in the NFL these days. Coach Parcells brought Bledsoe here to win football games. They will attempt to do this by using the surrounding 10 players on offense to score points and hope the defense does their job. Julius Jones, Jason Witten, Terry Glenn and Keyshawn Johnson will have as much, if not more, of an impact on the win loss record for this team in 2005 than either Drew Bledsoe or Coach Parcells. Take this into context. If Vick goes down in Atlanta the entire world will forgive the Falcons for a 4-12 season, but if Bledsoe goes down the world will not forgive the Cowboys for the same season. Run the ball, run the ball and run the ball is what Coach Parcells wants to do in 2005. If Drew Bledsoe throws 15 passes a game and the Cowboys win enough football games to make the playoffs you will see two huge smiles on the faces of both Bledsoe and Parcells. There have been 100 reports about how both of these guys see their reunion as a chance to show the world each still has what it takes to be a winner. But don’t for a second think each of these men don’t know it all depends on the legs of Julius Jones to determine if that will happen. All Coach Parcells wants from Drew Bledsoe is for him to be the team leader at the team leader position, quarterback. He will not ask Bledsoe to come out and throw the ball every first down in the first half and create a 35-0 lead. He will not send Terry Glenn on any 80-yard pass routes on 2nd down and put Bledsoe in a tough 3rd and long situation. He will not allow Bledsoe to call an audible to a pass play every time Keyshawn says he can beat his man. This offense is going to grind it out and wear the other team’s defense down, so that by the fourth quarter Julius is running through arm tackles as if they were cotton candy. Now every now and then you will see a long pass play attempted, but you will also see that the ratio of these plays compared to running plays will be something like 8 to1 if not 10 to 1. Drew Bledsoe has probably heard the phrase “a throw away is not a bad play, an INT is” about 2,000,000 times since he arrived in Dallas a few months ago. I am also sure he has told Bledsoe what a weapon the second year punter Mat McBriar has become with his booming kicks. Coach Parcells wouldn’t call his philosophy conservative, but he would tell you that if the other team makes more mistakes than you do then the chances you win the game will increase ten fold. I wonder if Dallas was the only team to contact Bledsoe when Buffalo released him? We may never know, but I do know that this is the place he chose to come to play football in 2005. Now don’t think for a second Coach Parcells didn’t spell out the entire game plan before even offering him the job. He let Bledsoe know that this was not the place to come and play if you want to chase Peyton Manning all season for the most TD passes. I bet he did mention that if he wanted to be part of an 11-member wrecking ball known as the Cowboys 2005 offense then he should talk to Jerry about the numbers. Bledsoe is a smart player, all quarterbacks are, and if he wanted to come out slinging the ball around and trade TD passes and INT’s he would not have signed with the Cowboys. By the end of this 2005 season Drew Bledsoe will have one play down so well he can do it in his sleep. It’s the play where he takes the snap, turns toward a stocky running back, let’s the ball go and watches to see what happens from there. Let’s reflect on the quarterback play of last season for a moment. Vinny Testaverde was not the worst quarterback in the NFL last season and he wasn’t the best quarterback either. He did the one thing that had Coach Parcells and the Cowboy’s fans up in arms. He made mistakes by taking chances instead of just throwing the ball away or letting Mat McBriar do his job. Bledsoe won’t do this as a Cowboy. Because if that’s what he wanted to do as a football player he would have went to another city to play for another coach with another team. Drew Bledsoe knows what he got himself into here in Dallas. He signed on to lead a high powered rushing offense with one of the brightest young running backs in the game today in Julius Jones. Honestly, if the Cowboys don’t win every game this season, don’t blame Drew Bledsoe.