Benching Of Drew Henson The Right Decision For Bill Parcells In So Many Ways
After a 1-for-9 career with the baseball Yankees, former Michigan quarterback Drew Henson made a highly publicized return to football and duly earned his first career start for the 3-7 Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving afternoon in 2004. Why it took so long for Bill Parcells to insert Henson into the lineup, and why Henson lasted only two quarters that day against Chicago, was a hot topic of concern for many Valley Ranch locals at the time who felt that Parcells was wasting time with 40-year old QB Vinny Testaverde, instead of laying a foundation for the future.
Rather than the fool everyone believed him to be, the hour of Henson was one of Bill Parcells’ finest in Dallas. Parcells knew what nobody else did, specifically that Testaverde gave the Cowboys their best chance to win now – and later. Read about it in Chapter 12 of the book Decade of Futility.