"When he goes to the bathroom I'll know about it. All he needs to do is lift weights, watch film, practice, eat good food and sleep."
It's a simple regimen Parcells has put in place for Carter, and the young quarterback said he has no problem with that, especially for a player in his situation.
"Sometimes when your career hasn't gotten off the ground like mine, you need that backbone to lean on and what better guy than coach Parcells to be my backbone," Carter said. "I just want to do everything he asks me to and just be myself at the same time." Carter is just hoping he doesn't face the type of treatment Parcells gave former Giants quarterback Phil Simms who, according to Parcells, now does a pretty good impression of his old coach after taking years of the mental abuse.
"He's going to have a lot of pressure on him," Parcells said. "I've never had a quarterback that didn't have a lot of pressure. I had it on Simms terribly, probably the worst I've treated anybody. This guy just needs to know what his responsibility is and I think he will."
--Bill Parcells takes the blitz so seriously that the Cowboys' offense works on the blitz "every day of the year" in practice.
"That's a lot more than most teams do, and I've always done that," Parcells said. "We just work on it Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the course of the season in an effort to become more proficient."
Parcells said blitzing has become trendy in today's NFL, particularly in the NFC East, which boasts rush-happy teams like the Eagles. With a mobile quarterback in Carter and a wealth of speedy receivers, Parcells thinks the Cowboys potentially could have success against the blitz this season.
--SS Roy Williams is considered one of the league's top safeties. Parcells, however, is not cutting him any slack and is needling him about his weight.
"He's just a biscuit away from being a linebacker," Parcells said, referring to Williams' 235-pound frame, which is bigger than the average safety. "I think Roy has to keep his weight under control. I think that's something that eventually could take him down." As a result, "biscuit" is Williams' nickname in the locker room, much to his chagrin. "I don't even eat biscuits," Williams said.
Parcells doesn't care, while admitting he is often tougher on his more talented players.
"Just because a guy's got talent doesn't mean he understands where this game can take him," Parcells said. "He needs direction just like anybody else. The more talented players sometimes need the most direction if they want to maximize their potential."
QUOTE TO NOTE
"We have long way to go in many areas and that includes the coaches too." -- Cowboys coach Bill Parcells
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