Bill Parcells calls it cheese. And Quincy Carter is having none of it.
Days after passing for a career high 321 yards in a
thrilling 32-25 victory over the Giants, Carter has bobbed and weaved from
perceived media bouquets like Sugar Shane Mosley.
How does it
feel to lead the NFL's top ranked offense?
"It feels good but we
have 14 games left," Carter said. "We want to be No. 1 at the end of the season.
We are doing some things good. But we are also making mistakes. We got to keep
About that career-high passing yardage, was
that your best game as a pro?
"I don't get into that," Carter
said. "I threw an interception for a touchdown and didn't even throw a
touchdown. There are things I didn't do well in that game. One game can never
make or break your career. I realize that when I threw four interceptions
against Arizona last year, I knew it wasn't going to break my career. Going out
there and throwing three hundred against the Giants is not going to make my
career. I got a long way to go. This is just the beginning."
Sensing how things were going and certainly schooled in the art of cheese from
Parcells, Carter then went for the knockout.
"None of this was
coming up when we lost last week," Carter said. "We are not going to fall into
this trap. I am going to be straight up and say it. It's one story one week.
It's another story another week. We got to stay on an even keel and
consistent as a team. We are not going fall in the trap of everybody patting us
on the back."
According to Carter, the Cowboys haven't done
anything yet. At 1-1, they are no different than the team that was 1-1, 2-2 and
even 3-3 last season before the wheels fell off in a 5-11
"As a leader of this team, that concerns me," Carter
said. "But I know we got veterans here who will keep everybody straight and
going forward. We are not perfect. We got a lot of work to do."
--DE Ebenezer Ekuban has 1.5 sacks his season, which is more than the one sack
he had for the entire 2002 season. However, Greg Ellis remains the team's best
end. He has a sack, a forced fumble, a deflected pass that led to an
interception and leads all defensive linemen in tackles.
Joey Galloway leads the Cowboys with 10 catches for 180 yards, ranking him 13th
in the NFC in receptions and eighth in yards.
--RB Troy Hambrick has rushed 37 times for 113 yards this season, giving him a 3.1 yards
per carry average, down from his career average of 5.1.
Derek Ross is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets after being out
since the preseason with a sprained knee. Ross practiced last week without
incident and should be ready to help the Cowboys as a nickel corner.
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