For him to be the Cowboys' long-term answer at the position, Carter needs to play sound and disciplined football all the time.
Until then he will get a lot of what he got in Sunday's victory
against a Redskins, a chewing out by Parcells.
"You can't do that, " Parcells screamed repeatedly after a red-zone
fumble that cost the Cowboys points.
"I understand," Carter said.
"No," Parcells screamed, "you don't understand."
A couple of seconds later, when a teammate tried to encourage Carter
with "It's all right Q," Parcells became enraged again. "No," he
screamed, "it's not all right."
Nothing seemed to soothe Parcells, not the victory, not the fact the
Cowboys guaranteed their first winning season since 1998, not the
reality they are one victory away from making the playoffs.
Parcells' dreams are bigger than nine wins or just getting into the
tournament. Always have been. And he realizes to accomplish what he
wants this Cowboys team to accomplish, Carter can't do that.
"I'm not mad at Quincy Carter. I'm mad at what Quincy Carter is doing,"
Parcells explained. "He's my quarterback. I'm supporting him but we got
to get some of these things under control and I mean that. He is
cognizant of it. He knows what it is.
"I'm not having to explain that to him but it's just ... It's like
taking the biggest step that he has to take as a quarterback. It's the
biggest step he has left to take, to reduce the impulse down to nothing.
If he'll do that, he'll be a good NFL quarterback. And if he won't do
that, then he won't."
"These things," to which Parcells refers, are Carter's impulsive
decisions. He also called them "critical errors" and "game-affecting
things" and "season-affecting things."
Whatever they are called, Carter had four of them in the red zone
Sunday against the Redskins.
He called a wrong motion on Dallas' opening drive, which led to a
busted play. He lost a fumble, which led to Parcells' sideline tirade.
He had an exchange problem with center Matt Lehr, which cost them a down.
And later, with Dallas driving to another touchdown, Carter executed an
amazing play fake only to drop the ball.
"It's what he does after that that I didn't like. He picks it up and
sees Jamar Martin and he slings it into that mud pile," Parcells said. "That's
the play right there. When you win, you can hammer him with those
things. When you lose and the sensitivity level is a little higher, I
would probably not do it."
If Parcells isn't doing it, Carter is.
The reason Carter says he can stand there and take an earful of
whatever Parcells is dishing out is because it isn't worse than anything
Carter is saying to himself. He is mentally beating himself up the
second he does something he knows he shouldn't have.
"I like the way he disciplines me but, at the same time, I'm so ... [mad]
at myself he can't even imagine how upset I am about what mistakes I've
just made," Carter said. "It's just something I'm going to have to get
out of my game. Brett Favre had some problems with it early in his
career. And that's something I've got to get in my mind, I can't make
the Superman play every time."
Parcells just wants him to stop doing that period.
"I just reiterated to him, 'You absolutely have to stop this. This
has to end. There has to be some kind of red light, red flag, something
that goes on in your head that allows you to manage the game better than
what you are doing here,'" Parcells said. "That's, overall, the thing
that I have been probably most adamant about with him, his game
management. You just can't throw indiscriminately under the idea of 'Well,
I was just trying to make a play.'
"You can't do things that way because that is not the way a good
quarterback is going to function very much."
Said Carter: "It's almost like a father-son relationship. You never
want to disappoint your father, and I can feel [Parcells'] pain when I
make mistakes because he coaches me well and tells me about impulse
decisions and it's just something I've got to work on."
SERIES HISTORY: 83rd meeting. Dallas leads the series 49-31-2. The
Giants have won six of the last eight meetings. But the Cowboys won the
first meeting in 2003, 35-32 in OT on Sept. 15, 2003.
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