It's Hutchinson in 2003

When the Cowboys signed quarterback Chad Hutchinson last year, there was little doubt in the minds of most people in the organization that he would eventually become the starter. One year later, it's clearly time for the former Stanford star to prove his worth and lead this team to the next level.

The Cowboys first official minicamp is well underway and question marks are already evolving around some of the more intriguing position battles on both sides of the ball.

And while Bill Parcells is publicly saying the starting quarterback position is wide open, you'd have to be a fool to think that Chad Hutchinson won't be on the first team at start of training camp in late July.

Sure, the quarterback controversy will exist on sports talk radio and Internet message boards from now until Steve Spurrier actually leads the Redskins to the playoffs, but in reality, there is no controversy.

In other words, Chad Hutchinson will be the man in 2003.

Parcells has always been uncanny at allowing his veteran players to compete for starting positions, but in the end, talent wins out. And Chad Hutchinson is clearly the more talented quarterback.

"I'm looking for guys who are willing to do whatever it takes to win all of the time," Parcells said late last week. "The only time I've ever had problems with players is when players' expectations for themselves are not as high as the expectations I have for them."

"It's not safe to say anything around here right now. I mean that literally," Parcells added. "I'm going by what I see at every position. I'm going with the guy who can get the ball in the end zone. That's the way I judge them. If they can get it in there, I like them. If they can't, I don't."

Chad Hutchinson is no dummy. If you've ever been fortunate enough to talk with him one-on-one, you know what I'm talking about.

He's preparing as hard as any player on the team right now. He's preparing to be the starting quarterback, and more importantly he's preparing to lead this offense out of the NFC basement.

"Right now, I'm just approaching this minicamp, knowing that he's going to be tough on me. He's not going to change, and I'm going to accept everything he throws my way. I just went in not expecting a pat on the back. I'm expecting for him to be hard on me."

That my friends, is the right away to approach Bill Parcells as your new head coach.

"He's (Parcells) said over and over that he is a bottom-line guy, and I like that because whoever wins ballgames and puts points on the board, he is going to go with that guy," added Hutchinson.

If Chad Hutchinson goes into camp ready to learn and ready to start from the ground up, he'll easily win a spot on the first team. If Chad Hutchinson goes into camp expecting nothing to be handed to him, he'll prove that he's the quarterback to lead this team to the next level.

"It's my job, and that's how I look at it right now," said Hutchinson. "I'm coming into camp expecting nothing less than to win that battle."

That's good, because most Cowboys' fans are expecting the same thing.

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