Quincy Carter: From the Fire to the Frying Pan?

Dallas quarterback <b>Quincy Carter</b> received some big news today. The Cowboys released projected starter Tony Banks and decided to go with the rookie quarterback from Georgia this season. In the span of less than a year, Carter has gone from the doghouse in Athens to one of the highest profile positions in the NFL: quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.

He is expected by Cowboys management, most notably owner Jerry Jones, to carry on the legacy of great Cowboys quarterbacks which includes Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, and Don Meredith.

Obviously, no one expected Quincy to start during his rookie season but Tony Banks performed horribly during the first two preseason games to convince Jerry Jones that a change was needed. Carter showed some promise in the first preseason game against the Raiders by throwing for two touchdowns and over 160 yards in the second half. His numbers in the second preseason game against the Broncos were subpar but the performance of Banks prompted the coaches and the owner to make the change.

"This decision is an aggressive decision. It's bold, it's creating a challenge." said Jones during yesterday's press conference. "It's not the conservative way of thinking. We evaluated Tony Banks over a sixty game career. We know what Tony is about on the football field. But this is even more about what Quincy Carter, what (former South Carolina quarterback) Anthony Wright can be for us this year and in the future."

The Cowboys will now have to live with rookie mistakes this season. Hopefully Quincy can learn and improve over the course of the season. Football in Big D is a bigger pressure cooker than Athens. It seems that Dallas will give Quincy every opportunity to succeed.

Photo Caption: Quincy Carter fires a pass against Georgia Southern. Photo: Geoff Hughes/DawgPost.com

In other NFL news: Patriots RB Robert Edwards has a less than fifty percent chance of playing against Carolina on Saturday. Edwards, who practiced on Monday, was held out of drills yesterday. Head Coach Bill Belichick said the team is trying to be cautious and not throw the back into the fire right away.

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