It's Now or Never for Hutchinson

Headed into the start of training camp in San Antonio, most experts went ahead and penciled in Chad Hutchinson as the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. After two preseason games, it appears as though he's now fighting for his NFL life.

Chad Hutchinson was supposed to be the golden boy.

He was supposed to be the quarterback to lead the Cowboys' offense out of the dark ages and into primetime.

Under the tutelage of new head coach Bill Parcells and offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon, Hutchinson was going bring stability, sound decision making, and accuracy to the quarterback position.

It hasn't happened.

And unfortunately for Chad Hutchinson, time may be running out. The former Stanford Cardinal has played in only 18 snaps this preseason, and according to published reports, it looks as though he may not even get the start this evening against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Tonight is the Cowboys third preseason game of the year, and traditionally, coaches like to use this game to serve as a "dress rehearsal" for the regular season.

Well, if tonight is the dress rehearsal, Quincy Carter is the lead in the play.
Simply put, this evening's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers could be a do or die situation for a quarterback that was once viewed as a potential savior for the Cowboys' franchise.

Jerry Jones himself even laid out a potential time-table for Hutchinson way back when.

"I don't think it's going to be an immediate competition, because we feel like Hutchinson will need maybe two seasons to get back to where he was," Jerry Jones said last January after signing the former baseball star.

Anybody checking their watch?

Now should be the time that Hutchinson makes his move. Now should be the time that Hutchinson asserts his leadership in the huddle.

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the pressure is now firmly on his shoulders, and he knows it.

"If I only have a quarter, then I better make it good," the Cowboys' quarterback said this week. "No matter how much I'm out there, I have got to execute when I'm in the game. There's no mystery here as to what has to happen."

Quincy Carter has had the clear-cut edge up to this point. He completed 10 of 17 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown without an interception in a 34-6 victory against Houston last weekend.

Hutchinson didn't even get into the game against the Texans, and completed only 5-of-10 passes for 43 yards in a 13-0 loss to the lowly Arizona Cardinals.

While the picture may appear to be bleak for the quarterback that was once a lock to start for the Cowboys in 2003, don't count him out just yet.

"I'm not the kind of person to say, 'hey, lets get ready to sit on the bench.' That is not why I made the transition to football," said Hutchinson.
Sources out of Valley Ranch all confirm that no decision has been made regarding a definite decision on the starting quarterback. Quincy Carter has looked good at times, but he's also had problems with his accuracy and decision making during various points of training camp.

In fact, Chad Hutchinson could conceivably change the mind of everyone by having a strong showing this evening against one of the most talented defenses in the league in the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now all he has to do is go out and do it.

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