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Parcells sticking with Bledsoe, working on 'O' line

IRVING, Texas -- Like it or not, Terrell Owens will still be
catching passes from Drew Bledsoe this week.

Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells stood by his quarterback
Monday, instead blaming the offensive line for most of Bledsoe's
mistakes in a 38-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Bill Parcells "I'm not switching the quarterback. I don't
think that's the answer right this minute."

-- Bill Parcells

"I'm not switching the quarterback," Parcells said. "I don't
think that's the answer right this minute. ... Let's try to get
some of the things corrected [on the line] and we'll go from
there."

Bledsoe threw three interceptions Sunday, the last on a pass to
the end zone that could've tied the game in the final minute, but
wound up going 102 yards the other way.

He also set up an early field goal for the Eagles with a fumble.
That turnover came on the first of his seven sacks.

"He was under pretty good duress," Parcells said. "The
majority of the easy sacks they had were mental mistakes."

Owens was none too pleased with the way things went in what he
expected to be a breakout game against the team and town that
dumped him last season.

After months of anticipation, Owens had to wait until the third
quarter for his first catch. He finished with three receptions for
45 yards. More notable were his antics on the sideline, although
his jawing at teammates and coaches supposedly involved shouts of
encouragement.

"He was just trying to get us going," said right guard Marco
Rivera, among those Owens was seen yelling at. "He basically said,
'We're going to win this game.' ... I just feel that he really
wanted to show the world what T.O. was all about and he didn't get
that chance."

Parcells' explanation for Owens' lack of activity? Double
coverage.

"They were taking him out of the game and so we didn't get him
involved as much as we would have liked to," Parcells said. "They
put two guys over there. It's hard to force the ball over there."

Parcells said Philadelphia had two defenders committed to Owens
a "pretty good percentage" of the game, more than other teams
Dallas (2-2) has faced.

He added that Owens is still adjusting to the offense, which is
why his timing with Bledsoe may still be off.

"I think there's some things he is trying to still gain an
understanding of here," Parcells said.

After the game, Owens ran into the locker room yelling and
asking why the Cowboys bothered signing him in the offseason,
according to a stadium employee who witnessed the tirade but didn't
want to be identified because he is not authorized to talk about
team matters. He later told reporters, "I'm just out there doing
my job. I'm not trying to point any fingers at anybody."

Neither Owens nor Bledsoe spoke to the media Monday. Both are
expected to talk Wednesday.

Bledsoe is in his second season with the Cowboys and sixth with
Parcells. So the coach certainly knows all about how prone the
quarterback is to sacks and interceptions.

But Parcells let Bledsoe off the hook this time because there
was plenty of blame to go around. He said missed blocks led to
three or four of the sacks and receivers being "completely
covered" factored into two or three others.

The missed blocks angered Parcells the most because they came on
blitzes Dallas had seen from Philadelphia before -- thus, players
should've known what to expect. He never implicated anyone, but
most problems seemed to come from the left side of the line,
particularly tackle Flozell Adams.

Parcells also refused to consider crowd noise as a factor
"because there's not much communication involved."

"This is recognition," he said. "You got to see this."

As for the interceptions, Parcells noted Bledsoe's arm was hit
on the first one. The other two were operator error: an underthrown
pass when Owens had the defense beaten for a likely touchdown and
a throw straight to Philadelphia's Lito Sheppard when the defense
prevented tight end Jason Witten from getting to where Bledsoe
expected.

"Hopefully in that situation, we throw it out of the end zone
and have two more shots at it," Parcells said. "For some reason,
we didn't."

There aren't enough of those reasons for Parcells to consider
turning to unproven backup Tony Romo.

"Not right at this moment, no," Parcells said.

How long will he stick with Bledsoe?

"As long as I feel like going, OK?" he said.

Parcells wasn't at all defensive about rookie safety
Pat Watkins, who was burned on a 60-yard pass to L.J. Smith, failed to
tackle Hank Baskett on an 87-yard touchdown pass, and was caught
out of position on a 40-yard flea-flicker touchdown for Reggie
Brown.

Parcells said he expects rookies to make mistakes, but with
Watkins "it was more than I expected."

Parcells didn't say whether Watkins will start Sunday against
Houston. The position could get interesting as veteran
Marcus Coleman is eligible to return this week from a suspension.