Bring on the 'boys
Backup QB Banks looking for Texans' victory not revengePosted: Tuesday September 03, 2002 3:52 PM
During training camp last season, the Cowboys unceremoniously released Banks, who thought he'd be the opening day starter over rookie quarterback Quincy Carter. Banks played for the Washington Redskins in 2001.
Last month, Banks signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans to be rookie David Carr's backup.
The Texans' first regular-season game will be against the Cowboys this Sunday night on national television.
"I let David know how important it is to win it," Banks said. "If he's got no other reason to win it, and I'm sure he does, then the last reason is to win it for me."
When Banks was released by the Cowboys, he said "It was like my dad hitting me with a bat or something. It was the last possible thing I could imagine."
Now the former St. Louis, Baltimore and Washington starter says the pain is gone.
"I never played a down for those folks, so they are the Dallas Cowboys and I am a Houston Texan," Banks said. "Everybody wants to talk about what happened in Dallas because it was kind of surprising, but that chapter in my life is over.
"I played for two other NFL teams, but nobody wants to talk about them because of what happened in Dallas."
Banks got his first action with the Texans in Friday's 17-13 loss to Tampa Bay. He bobbled one snap and fumbled another, and completed 4 of 10 passes for 56 yards.
"Tony hasn't been here very long, but he has the kind of arm strength you want," head coach Dom Capers said. "He can really throw it up the field."
Although he understands his role as backup to the NFL's No. 1 draft pick, Banks doesn't accept the label.
"I've got confidence in my abilities. I know what I'm capable of doing. I don't even consider myself a backup," Banks said. "But to be a backup and help this team, I'll just do whatever I can to help David and see what happens."
Banks' repertoire was limited against the Buccaneers. He expects to have the full play book at his fingertips the next time he gets into a game.
"Now that I'll start game-planning for teams, I think I'll have the whole package down by the end of the week," Banks said.
Carr still gets most of the repetitions in workouts, but Banks thinks he's getting to know the offense.
"With David being so young, and I was in that situation before, you have to take 90 to 95 percent of the reps," Banks said. "Whoever the backup is, you only get about 13 reps, maybe one out of 10."
Banks might have signed earlier with the team, but he dropped a weight on his passing hand four months ago and has been healing.
"I've played this game for a while, so I should be OK," Banks said. "The hand is fine now. I haven't thrown a deep ball in five months, but I got the opportunity in the game and it felt good.
"I imagine if the bullets start flying, I'll be thrown into the fire."