NFL News of July 23, 2003

Five battles for the right to start at quarterback are among the most intriguing.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells is closely watching the competition between Chad Hutchinson and Quincy Carter. Parcells would like to name a starter as soon as possible because the styles of the players differ so greatly that the offensive scheme will be determined by who gets the job.

Hutchinson, the more consistent of the two, seems to have the edge coming out of the spring minicamps over the more talented Carter.

Many believe Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick maneuvered to draft Kyle Boller 19th overall in the first round because he intends for the rookie to start. Chris Redman, coming off back surgery, showed this spring that he has more zip on the ball than he had last season.

The hottest quarterback fight is in Cleveland, where incumbent Tim Couch is trying to fight off journeyman Kelly Holcomb. Head coach Butch Davis is not giving the slightest hint which way he’s leaning.

Aging veteran Rodney Peete is trying to stave off Jake Delhomme for the Carolina Panthers’ starting job. Head coach John Fox would like to go with youth, but the Panthers were so bad on offense in 2002 that he’ll take the one who can put up the best numbers.

The Miami Dolphins’ situation between starter Jay Fiedler and newcomer Brian Griese is not being advertised as a quarterback battle, but it will likely become one once Griese learns the Dolphins system. Look for a move by Griese around midseason.

— Mike Bruton, Philadelphia Inquirer “Uncertainty looms for many teams as NFL training camps open”

Quincy Carter started all 16 games for the Cowboys, who finished with a 10-6 record. Boller started 9 games for the 10-6 Ravens, with Anthony Wright starting the other 7. Holcomb and Couch each started 8 games for the 5-11 Browns. Holcomb was 2-6; Couch was slightly better: 3-5. Peete started the first game of the season for the Panthers, but was replaced in the third quarter for Delhomme, who started the remainder of the Panthers’ games on the way to Super Bowl XXXVIII. Fiedler started 11 games for the 10-6 Dolphins; Griese started the other 5 in his only season with the team.

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