Since Sunday's 26-3 loss at Cincinnati, speculation has been rampant about whether head coach Bill Parcells would pull the trigger on a quarterback switch, inserting the perceived quarterback of the future, Drew Henson, into the starting lineup in place of current starter Vinny Testaverde.
"You've asked me the same question for three weeks and the answer's been the same," Parcells said. "I'm tired of talking about it. If there's going to be a change, I'll let you know.
In the locker room, Testaverde and Henson were swarmed by reporters.
"The way to handle it is to not look back over your shoulder," Testaverde said of the looming questions about the starting role. "When the decision is made that Drew or Tony Romo is going to play, then you deal with it at that time. Until then, you don't worry about it. He (Parcells) doesn't talk to me about that kind of thing. He gives me the gameplan and I get ready to play."
Henson was equally adept at deferring all questions about who should start to Parcells.
"It's a dream to play in the NFL, so if I get the chance, I'm not going to say 'no'," Henson said. "I prepare each week like I'm going to play, and if it happens, it happens."
Parcells, however, said making the move would be unwise and would damage his team's morale.
"The guy (Testaverde) throws for 2,000 yards in the first half of the year -- we obviously throw the ball better than we did last year," Parcells said. "We've had a little drop in the receivers numbers, because of injuries and that kind of thing, but why would I do that (switch quarterbacks)? Why would I take a young guy (Henson) who hasn't played football in three years and put him in there with the adversity he'd face, the injured receivers? That would be the stupidest thing .... I'm not trying to be rude. But write it down, so you get it.
"Making the switch would be telling my team that I've given up on this year, and I'm not ready to do that. It would tell them that I'm throwing up the white flag."
Testaverde has dealt with quarterback controversies before.
"I wouldn't say it's tough to deal with," he said of the speculation about the starting position. "It's not something you prefer to deal with. But I've dealt with it before from time to time, and I'm sure I'll deal with it this go-'round."
Henson steered clear of even approaching the idea of whether he should be the quarterback. But he said that if the chance arose, he'd be ready.
"I'll get in there and do my thing, and I'll play with confidence," he said. "If I do get a chance to get in there, I'm more ready now than I was six or eight weeks ago."
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