IRVING, Texas -- Although Bill Parcells won't say he's comfortable with the Dallas Cowboys' quarterback situation, he insisted Monday that returnees Chad Hutchinson or Quincy Carter will be the starter this fall.
That excludes Brian Griese or anybody else from outside the organization.
"We are going to go the way we are. If there was somebody we were interested in, I'd tell you," Parcells said. "Right now, we'll go with who we've got."
Griese became available Monday when he was cut by Denver after four seasons as the starter there. The Broncos signed free agent Jake Plummer to a seven-year deal in March.
There has been speculation since Parcells became the Cowboys' coach in January that he might look for a veteran quarterback, much like he did when he acquired Vinny Testaverde while with the New York Jets.
Griese's agent, Ralph Cindrich, has said the quarterback could end up in Dallas or in Miami, where he grew up while his father, Hall of Famer Bob Griese, played there.
"I'm not going to be involved with Brian Griese," Parcells said.
Hutchinson and Carter were among 32 veterans at Valley Ranch on Monday when the Cowboys started their final minicamp before training camp begins in late July in San Antonio. There were also 18 rookies for the first of seven practices over six days.
While getting another opportunity to work with the rookies, Parcells is also trying to get a better idea about his young quarterbacks.
"I have to be equitable with these guys and give them an equal chance," Parcells said. "I don't think you can just say this guy is a starter. We are going to let them fight it out at camp, and figure it out as soon as possible."
Hutchinson started the final nine games last season. As a 25-year-old rookie, who hadn't played football in four years while pursing a career as a professional baseball pitcher, he completed 127 of 250 passes for 1,553 yards with seven touchdowns and eight interceptions, and was sacked 34 times.
"The approach I've taken from day one is no matter who they bring in or what the situation is for me, I've got to handle my business the best I can," Hutchinson said. "This year, I feel a lot more comfortable, a lot more confident."
Carter, hampered by injuries as a rookie in 2001 when he was the starter, is 6-9 in his 15 career starts. Last season, he was 125-of-221 passing for 1,465 yards with seven TDs and eight interceptions, and didn't play after Hutchinson took over.
Carter likes the idea of having a fresh start, and knowing that this year's training camp will be a real quarterback competition.
"Last preseason, I was only getting 50 percent of the reps, and this preseason I'm getting 50 percent of the reps again," Carter said. "It was an undercover quarterback competition last year, and now it's all out in the open."
Parcells has watched tape of both guys, players, said the only true evaluation he will be able to get is by watching them play.
"You can look at a tape, but you don't really ever know what that guy has been asked to do, so it's hard to pass judgment," he said. "I'd rather just wipe the slate clean and turn it over to what I see."