Tag:Tashard Choice
Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:49 pm

With loss of Jackson, Bills have another Choice

ChoicePosted by Josh Katzowitz

With the loss of Fred Jackson to a season-ending broken leg, the Bills announced Wednesday they have claimed Tashard Choice off waivers in an effort to provide new starting back C.J. Spiller some help.

Choice was a quality backup in Dallas from 2008=10, but the Cowboys released him earlier this year. He was picked up by the Redskins, but he missed his first two games in Washington with a bad hamstring. Then, after recording seven yards on six carries vs. Dallas on Sunday, Washington waived him Tuesday.

After losing two yards on a first and goal from the 2-yard line in the Dallas game, Choice said afterward he hoped he would receive another chance from the Redskins. That obviously didn’t happen.

But now, he’ll have an opportunity in Buffalo to help turn around a team that is in desperate need of some positive news.

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Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:41 pm

Redskins waive Tashard Choice

T. Choice was waived by Washington (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

From 2008-10, Tashard Choice was a dependable backup running back for the Cowboys, but showing how far his stock has fallen this season, he’s now been waived twice in less than a month.

After the Cowboys got rid of him at the end of October, the Redskins signed him. But after only making six carries for seven yards vs. his old team Sunday (after sitting out two games with a hamstring injury), Washington officially waived him Tuesday.

Washington did give him a chance to make a big impact Sunday. With the Cowboys leading by seven points and the Redskins on Dallas’ 2-yard line, Rex Grossman handed off to Choice on first down. Choice promptly lost two yards. The Redskins eventually scored on the drive, but the failure of Choice on his opportunity was noticeable.

“I just wish I could’ve got it in right there,” Choice said after the game, via the Washington Post.

And at this point, Choice has to be wondering if that cost him his job.

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Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:39 pm
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Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:03 am

Jerry: Felix back but DeMarco is the 'workhorse'

Posted by Will Brinson

Dallas steamrolled Buffalo 44-7 on Sunday, and it looks like the Cowboys, whose schedule is absolute cake over the next three weeks, will get even healthier, with the addition of Felix Jones to the lineup.

Speaking on his local radio show, Jerry Jones acknowledged that Felix will likely be return against Washington on Sunday.

"That's our plan," Jones said on KRLD-FM, via the Dallas Star-Telegram. "It looks like he can. I don't know just exactly how on top of his game he'll be, but man am I anxious to have both of those options out there and [DeMarco] Murray, that will be exciting."

The bigger issue, though, is whether Felix will get his starting gig back, or whether Murray will continue to be given the majority of carries. According to Jones, the Cowboys are doing the smart thing by not trying to make Jones a "workhorse running back."

"One thing that comes to my mind that Murray looks like the more he carries the more effective he gets. If you think of that theoretically about a workhorse running back that they get better as the game goes along," Jones said. "Felix, and this is not negative in any way, Felix has always been a guy that he looks like the best way for him to be his best is to inject him in spots and so we may have a guy here in Murray who can carry a lot of carries and we may have a guy in Felix that can step in there and carry it 13 times a ballgame and really have a chance to break it."

Yes, "workhorse running back" is a fancy way of saying "starter" -- Murray's size didn't peg him for a guy that could dive in and get 20-plus carries, but he's obviously responded incredibly well to the workload that the Cowboys have given him, considering his lowest output since Week 7 is 74 yards on eight carries in the blowout loss to Philadelphia.

For his part, Jones says he's not sweating his role yet, and is more concerned about his health.

"Really, it’s just about me getting back on the field," Jones said. "That’s the first thing. Once that happens, we’ll start talking about what’s going on on the field. Right now I’m just worried about my health, getting out there on the field."

For some silly reason the Cowboys have hesitated to name Murray the starter at running back, and I suppose they haven't exactly done so yet. And they might continue not calling him the "official" starter.

But make no mistake: DeMarco is the guy getting the majority of carries. Dallas has won three of the four games he's started, and in all three wins, he's provided the Cowboys with a 100-plus yard rushing game. That's one more than Felix has in his career.

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Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:00 pm

Tony Romo seems to understand his critics

Posted by Will Brinson

This Sunday, CBS Sports analyst and NFL Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe will sit down with Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in advance of Dallas home game against Buffalo.

Because it's Tony Romo, Sharpe asks why the quarterback receives so much criticism and if it bothers him. And Romo, as you'll see in the preview below, has a pretty smart answer about it.

"It's just an easy thing to say until you win the Super Bowl," Romo said. "Until then any time you lose a game it's a big game. But if you win, then it really wasn't that big of a game. That just goes with the territory."

This is a great point, actually. If you win a Super Bowl, there is really only so much "choker!" screaming that can go on whenever you lose a close game. If you need further proof, just look at Eli Manning. As we've detailed previously, Romo and Eli have nearly identical stats. One big difference is that Manning's won a Super Bowl.

Which is precisely why he, unlike Romo, can get away with an the occasional rough ending to a game. And if you don't believe me, just ask people what they think of Philip Rivers, who's basically Romo's NFC criticism doppelganger.

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Posted on: October 31, 2011 5:11 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 5:12 pm

Tashard Choice claimed off waivers by Redskins

Posted by Will Brinson

On Saturday, the Cowboys made the somewhat surprising decision to waive running back Tashard Choice, just a little over 24 hours before playing the Eagles on Sunday night. On Monday, the Washington Redskins claimed Choice off of waivers.

That the Redskins, at 3-4, were able to claim Choice, as first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN, means a number of other teams, including Philadelphia, passed on the former Georgia Tech star.

But Washington, shut out Sunday against Buffalo in Toronto, has a clear-cut need for offensive help, and with Tim Hightower out for the year, a clear need at running back. Roy Helu and Ryan Torain combined for 24 rushing yards on 11 carries against the Bills Sunday.

Choice was waived/injured so he's not guaranteed to end up even getting playing time with the 'Skins. He's got a hamstring problem and a shoulder problem and, well, it's entirely possible he won't even pass his physical at his point in time.

But Washington, in a freefall from first place in the NFC East, is so beat-up on offense that they probably don't care.

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Posted on: October 29, 2011 1:00 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 1:07 pm

Cowboys waive RB Tashard Choice

T. Choice was waived by Dallas (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If we thought Cowboys running back Tashard Choice was not necessarily a Jason Garrett favorite -- as his 28 carries through six games, despite an injury to Felix Jones, would lead you to believe -- we can be positive about it right now.

As reported by ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys have waived Choice today.

Considering one of his biggest contributions to the team this season was co-hosting the radio show where Dez Bryant said the 2-3 Cowboys were unbeatable and considering Choice, who was on the trading block, was said to be in Garrett’s doghouse, this -- aside from the timing of the transaction -- shouldn’t be a big surprise.

But it is a disappointment. Choice never could break out during his three-season stay in Dallas and was prone to making silly mistakes -- like, running out of bounds when the Cowboys were trying to wind down the clock against the Redskins on their way to victory -- and after DeMarco Murray obliterated the team’s franchise record for rushing yards in a game last week, Choice became even more expendable than before.

He also suffered a shoulder injury last week vs. the Rams, and he was limited in practice this week. He then hurt his hamstring during the week and missed Friday's practice altogether.

Wrote Choice on his Twitter account: "I just want to say thanks to all the great dallas cowboy fans. My time in Dallas has come to an end and the best is yet come. God bless."

Linebacker Bruce Carter is expected to take his place on the roster, leaving Choice more time to add to his collection of athlete’s autographs.

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Posted on: October 22, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: October 22, 2011 12:26 pm

Dez thinks Cowboys are 'unbeatable,' pros easier

Posted by Will Brinson

The Cowboys are currently 2-3. They're a tremendous disappointment thus far in 2011, and have some, ahem, trust issues, but, as we talked about on the most recent podcast, Dallas dealt with a tough schedule through the first five games and are just now getting healthy, setting them up as a sleeper to make a run in a wide-open NFC East.

Unless Dez Bryant decides to blow their cover by saying ridiculous things. Like, for instance, that the Cowboys are "unbeatable" and the "pros is much easier" than college football.

"I like to keep my personal goals to myself," Bryant said during a recent interview at the Dallas House of Blues, via the Dallas Morning News. "As far as the team, I like our chances. I feel like, it may sound crazy, I think we are unbeatable."

Yes, the obvious counterargument is that the Cowboys have already lost. Three times. But apparently it doesn't count in the L column if you beat yourself.

"I think the losses, we lost those games ourselves," Bryant continued. "I feel like once we get back in that meeting room and regroup, and we learn from our mistakes, the sky's the limit."

This is very, very true. The Cowboys don't have issues with the people that are on the field for them, insofar as athletic skill and raw talent is concerned. They're fielding a team that's capable -- on paper -- of winning the Super Bowl.

But, as Bryant points out, the Cowboys make silly mistakes. Like giving a Tom Brady and the Pats the ball back with 2:43 left in a game at home and down less than a touchdown. Or like insulting NFL defenses by saying that it's easier to play receiver than in college.

"I really think the pros is much easier," Bryant said. "The reason I say that is because in college I didn't see too much man, too much 1-on-1. I always got double-teamed and a lot of zone coverages. When I see that one-on-one in the league, my eyes get big. I start visualizing what I'm going to do after the play."

OK, real quickly: why is it that people can't delineate between statements that are "team-oriented" and "silly"? Because surely Bryant doesn't think NFL defensive backs are no good, and surely he understands he only gets a ton of one-on-one looks because there are other good receiving options on his team. Surely he gets that. Right?

Look, Bryant was saying these things on an episode of Inside the Huddle, a weekly FSN show which is filmed at the Dallas HoB and co-hosted by Miles Austin and Tashard Choice. It's a relaxed environment in front of Cowboys fans, and no doubt he felt comfortable saying some outlandish things to his teammates. (See for yourself here -- spicy quotes begin at 13:43.)

Additionally, Choice is the one interviewing Bryant. So Bryant didn't look at TMZ, pound his chest and scream "we are UNBEATABLE!" -- he's just telling a teammate in front of a bunch of Cowboys fans (albeit with a camera rolling) that he thinks Dallas is really good.

The problem is those darn cameras. Dez needs to realize that they're usually running whenever he or someone on the Cowboys says anything.

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