Carter Worthy of Pro Bowl?

Even though there may be 6 other quarterbacks in the NFC ranked ahead of Quincy Carter in terms of overall passing rating, there may not be a more improved player in the NFL in 2003. Quincy Carter now finds himself leading one the most lethal offenses in the league, and if he keeps at his current pace, he just may find himself among the top quarterbacks around come February.

Who could have imagined the scenario we are seeing played out before our very eyes in 2003. I mean, Quincy Carter leading the Dallas Cowboys to top of the NFC East? Are you kidding me?

After all, it was only a year ago that the embattled Dallas Cowboys quarterback appeared to be on his way out of the National Football League.

Dave Campo and company were tumbling their way down the NFC East landscape and Carter was benched at the midway point of the season for Chad Hutchinson, a quarterback who was considered by most as a "work in progress" in 2002.

Now, the development of the former Georgia Bulldog star has come full circle.

Now it is Quincy Carter who is leading a resurgence of America's Team. Now it is Quincy Carter directing a powerful offense led by a vertical passing attack and a massive offensive line. And now, it is Quincy Carter making Jerry Jones look a little wiser than us all for his risk taking back in 2001.

His entire career at the University of Georgia was filled with unrealistic expectations that both he, and his team, never achieved. Nevertheless, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took a chance in the second round of the 2001 draft when he selected Carter as the #53 selection overall.

It now appears that chance is paying off in a very big way.

Under the tutelage of Bill Parcells and quarterbacks coach Sean Payton, Carter emerged as the clear cut starter in training camp this summer.

His ability to grasp the offense and his touch on the deep ball made Parcells a believer in Carter in San Antonio, and that relationship has only continued to grow in Valley Ranch.

"Quincy Carter continues to do everything that we ask of him," said Parcells. "We knew that coming in that there were some question marks at the quarterback position here, but Quincy has responded for us up to this point."

The stats speak for themselves.

Carter enters Sunday's contest against the World Champion Tampa Bay Bucs completing 103-of-176 passes for 1,367 yards and 7 touchdowns through the first 6 games of the 2003 season. More importantly, he's doing all of the little things to make this offense work.

The Cowboys are 4th in the NFL in total offense, averaging close to 360 yards and 25 points a game. And while Carter may only be 7th in the NFC in terms of quarterback rating at 84.6, it's the intangibles that have made all the difference in the world in the most important stat of all, the win-loss column.

After 6 games, here the Dallas Cowboys sit at 5-1. Impressive wins over New York and Philadelphia, combined with a blowout road victory over the Detroit Lions in a classic "trap" game have Dallas fans thinking playoffs, and rightfully so.

And there leading the charge is Quincy Carter.

Of course, Carter is always quick to deflect any sort of praise, whether it be from the media, his teammates, or even his head coach.

"I have to tip my hat to my teammates because they're going a great job of protecting me," said Carter. "They're catching the football, which really counts. And we're also getting pretty good production out of our running game."

"I think the quarterback gets a little too much credit sometimes. I know you have to be a leader," Carter added. "But I have to understand that I've got 10 other players with me on every play and they've been doing their job."

Just hearing Quincy Carter utter those words confirms the notion that he has arrived across so many levels this year.

Quincy Carter, the quiet leader, the perfect quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in 2003, and a legitimate contender to make the 2004 Pro Bowl.

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