Jones Sticking With Henson - Fwst - Jennifer Floyd Engel

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  1. rcaldw

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    Jones sticking with Henson

    By Jennifer Floyd Engel

    Star-Telegram Staff Writer

    IRVING _ Coach Bill Parcells declined Monday to say what many think they know.

    Tony Romo is the Cowboys backup quarterback.

    “I think I’m going to leave it up in the air until we get everything set” were Parcells’ exact words.

    And while he might want to keep up the illusion of a competition between Romo and Drew Henson through Thursday’s preseason finale, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones basically ended that with his defense of Henson later that day.

    “I look at it like we drafted him No. 1 and I am going to be very patient with him,” Jones said of Henson. “Henson has many ingredients. The one thing he was lacking was experience and his lack of experience is telling at this point.”

    Jones remains high on Henson’s long-term potential as a franchise quarterback despite his slow start and being edged by Romo in training camp and preseason games.

    “It is not a disappointment. It’s more of a reality,” Jones said. “Quarterbacks are developed and it can take some time.”

    And while Jones promised patience with Henson, he admitted that this Cowboys team has too many expectations and potential to grow with a young, inexperienced quarterback. But Jones said the Cowboys will not add a veteran quarterback.

    If Drew Bledsoe gets hurt, and Saturday’s game against Houston is any indication, Romo is the replacement. Romo played on Saturday while Henson did not. But if Henson is ticked about not playing a single snap in Saturday’s preseason game, he did a good job of hiding it.

    “It’s one game,” Henson said Monday, adding: “I’m really just worried about myself right now” when asked whether he still considers himself a contender to be the Cowboys No. 2.

    Henson says he feels like he is still on pace to be the quarterback of this team one day and Jones agrees.
  2. bbgun

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    Randy Galloway has a term for guys like Henson: KP, also known as "Can't play."
  3. Nors

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    "I'm only worried about me" Henson - be carefull what you say here.
    JJ is in spin mode........
  4. jazzcat22

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    That is why Galloway is a mediocre at best, a writer and not a player or coach. See, miracles can happen, he does not coach for us.
  5. SultanOfSix

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    Not only can you not quote. You like to take things out of context.
  6. Ken

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    You know,
    I really don't understand all this mystery over Henson. The man has played the equivalent of like 2 whole games since he has been in the league. So what do they do? They sit him out of a preseason game where he could get valuable playing time.

    This man didn't play football for years, then they don't play him and wonder why he isn't progressing. I have seen much worse qbs, play more.

    To me, Henson has not done anything to suggest he is a failure. He has displayed a rocket arm, some accuracy, and a steely demeaner.

    To me, let the kid play, he will not progress through osmosis.
  7. RoysAHitta

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    all this because henson couldnt hit a curve ball... sad really.
  8. Hostile

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    I agree with Jerry on this but may differ with him and Parcells on how it applies to Henson. I think if you have a QB with this kind of potential that when games are out of reach you give him time in the saddle. If they'd just do this I'd be a lot more patient with the process.
  9. CaptainAmerica

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    We've got enough to do beating back the Henson haters on here without going back to the fuss about not playing Henson last year when they should have. :D
  10. cml750

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    I agree. Henson should have played at the end of already decided games last year and should have been allowed to finish what he started in Chicago. He didn't play near as bad as some people suggest against the Bears last year. The play calling was very conservative and predictable (run,run,pass). He also should of been allowed to start after we were eliminated from the playoffs.
  11. Vertigo_17

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    I couldn't agree more...
  12. ykc

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    Parcells is a very complicated man. I am not saying that I know more than him but if a QB has all the physical tools and a good head, why not get him the experience he needs in blown games and build the mental aspect of the game over the years? Like he always says, you can't dial 1800 quarterback and expect them to be mentally tough from the beginning. It seams that Henson regressed from last year or at-least didn't meet the expectations that most had for him in year 2.
    I remember Parcells saying a couple of weeks ago that he could complete control how the practices are run. If I have think of a conspiracy theory and strictly my conspiracy theory with no facts, that would be that Parcells doesn't want Henson to be No#2. He doesn't want Bledsoe to experience what Vinny experienced last year when our own fans were booing our QB when he is having a bad game. Parcells doesn't want that to happen to Bledsoe and he knows he can't control if Henson is No#2. He doesn't want this to become a distraction in the middle of the year when he is trying to win games with good defense. May be that's why he may purposely keeping him down to No#3. May be he is making the practices tough for Henson. Again only a conspiracy theory. Who knows what's going on in his head
  13. InmanRoshi

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    He shouldn't be playing him in games until he shows he can play in practice. When he's ready to play you won't be able to keep him off the field.
  14. JDSmith

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    Couldn't agree more. I wanted EITHER young QB to play last year when the season was over. I said then if they won't play Henson then put Romo in there to at least see what he's got. The excuses about Henson being away from the game didn't apply to Romo and he could easily have seen some playing time. But for whatever reason Parcells simply stuck with Vinny no matter how poorly he played and how many games we lost. All I wanted was SOME playing time for one or both of the young guys last year. Either starts or garbage time, just get them on the field. I thought it was especially stupid considering that Vinny was clearly nursing a tired arm by the end of the season, yet finished every loss (even 20 pt losses) throwing the ball...
  15. Hostile

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    Same here. I don't care which young QB you put in. I've never understood leaving people in when the outcome is not in question. That is how stupid injuries happen.

    At years end Vinny's arm was a noodle. Play the kids.
  16. Nors

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    Parcells thinks like this:

    He will not put a player out there if he thinks he can't do the job. He uses that principal to all positions. Last year he brought George in to back up JJ. JJ goes down and everyone wants the RB in Lee to play. But the kid can't block and kid has issues with assignments. Not going to do it. He plays George in that instance.

    He fired George and Lee. Lee was getting Buffalo QB's killed - he's already gone.

    There is something he see's in Henson as just not ready. He does not have luxury of "getting Henson" all that experience. He has a team he is preparing for the season and he's giving the Reps to his #1 and #2.

    Just my 2 cents.
  17. watertown

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    Nors I get the feeling you want Henson to fail
  18. Nors

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    Yes and No, he absolutely wants no controversy at backup. I 100% agree thats why I had Romo the inside track all offseason......

    That said, Romo also clearly outplayed Henson.
  19. Nors

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    Nope - but I sensed that he was going to be in a position to fail with his lack of experience and rust. Second year in and my reservations are indeed coming to fruition.
  20. Hostile

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    You have no idea how Parcells thinks. Sorry, that's been proven too many times to keep track of.

    Having said that I agree with you on Henson not being ready and that is why he won't be used much this year. However, if you bothered to pay attention I was not talking about pre season. Nor was I talking solely about Drew henson. You see the word "Henson" and immediately get irate.

    Here's a tip for you, every time his name (Henson's) is mentioned your manhood is not being called out. Everyone knows how you feel. It is impossible not to. You've been quite successful in making yourself a punch line. We get it.

    In games that are out of reach, give the young QBs (that would mean both of them Nors) the experience they need to progress faster. Faster being the key word there. There is only so much progress that can be made by observing.

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