Matt Mosley: Carter could postpone that Henson coronation 04:38 PM CDT on Thursday, May 6, 2004 Cowboys starting quarterback Quincy Carter has kept a low profile this offseason. We’ve even heard more from third-string quarterback Tony Romo than Carter. And, of course, the coronation of Drew Henson as future starter occurred the day he was signed. The fact that Carter led the Cowboys to the playoffs now seems like old news. For whatever reason, it’s easier for fans to focus on Carter’s interception-to-touchdown ratio (21-17). Carter made a brief appearance at last week’s rookie minicamp, but he didn't take questions. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells listed several things on a note card for Carter to focus on this offseason. The first thing on the note card is a reminder for Carter to cut down on his interceptions. The next item on the list encourages Carter to increase his leg strength. And at first glance, Carter looks as if he has added 10 pounds. Adding leg strength would give Carter a stronger base to throw from. Last season, Carter was fairly efficient throwing downfield, but he didn’t appear to have the arm strength to consistently deliver accurate passes along the sideline. Some fans worried about what bringing in Henson would do to Carter’s psyche. But Parcells doesn’t worry about stepping on toes. He said last Friday that the best players he has coached have always said “bring’em on” in response to him signing additional players. Fans and the media have basically given Henson the starting job in 2005. But Parcells will have final say. By returning his team to the playoffs and throwing fewer interceptions, Carter could postpone Henson’s starting date. Rookie linemen used to the pros: Parcells said the fact that offensive tackle Jacob Rogers and guard Stephen Peterman played for former NFL coaches gives them a head start on other rookies. Rogers played under former New England head coach Pete Carroll at USC, and Peterman played at LSU under Nick Saban, the defensive coordinator at Cleveland from 1991-94. “I think that's a big advantage,” Parcells said. “I think some of the very best coaching is done in collegiate football today, and I can name two or three besides Pete Carroll and Nick Saban.” Is Woody winding down? The comment came almost in passing. Last Sunday, after Parcells spent 10 minutes discussing his summer plans, he suddenly brought a crowded room to attention with an off-handed remark about veteran safety Darren Woodson. Without prompting, Parcells said he hoped Woodson still had something left in his tank. A quick check of my media guide revealed that Woodson celebrated his 35th birthday two weeks ago. Even though he wasn’t a regular on the injury report, Woodson seemed to be wearing a bandage on a different area of his body each week last season. Woodson is one of those quiet leaders who you think will always be there. But as Parcells pointed out, his days may be numbered. That’s why it is curious the Cowboys didn’t spend at least one of their eight draft picks on a safety. Woodson’s backup, Tony Dixon, now in his fourth year, hasn’t shown anything to suggest that he’ll be the answer. And maybe that’s where rookie cornerback Bruce Thornton comes in. Last week, I shot down a fan’s e-mail suggesting that Thornton may be destined for safety. But I’ve changed my mind. At 5-11 and 195 pounds, Thornton is a little on the short side for free safety. But he can cover a lot of ground and appears to have good instincts. If Pete Hunter or a disgruntled NFL cornerback to be named works out, then it might be a good idea to take a look at Thornton at free safety.