HAWKINS ON COWBOYS: Few expected fast start

Updated: October 21, 2003, 6:46 PM ET

IRVING, Texas -- Not even the most optimistic fan, or owner or coach, could have predicted before the season that the Dallas Cowboys would be this good this fast under Bill Parcells.

Not if they were being realistic. Or being honest.

Sure, Parcells was expected to turn around the Cowboys.

Just not this fast, and this way.

With Quincy Carter at quarterback. With unproven Troy Hambrick replacing NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith. With many of the same players former ...

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