EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: Tashard Choice #23 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts against the New York Giants on December 6, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Cowboys 31-24. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
The no. 3 running back was demure in speaking with reporters on Wednesday, just a day after Jones defended the team’s questionably light use of the usually-productive Georgia Tech product.
“It's best that I not say anything,” Choice said, per the Dallas Morning News, when asked about Jones’ comments.
On his weekly show on 105.3 FM The Fan on Tuesday, Jones said that Choice’s special teams play would have to improve before seeing an expanded role in the offense, and called him out for a particular play in last week’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.
“Well, first of all, Tashard needs to be a better special teams player,” Jones said Tuesday. “Your third back has to be a real contributor on special teams and he's not and that really handicaps him. He got 'big boy-ed' out there against Thanksgiving day and it was one of his old buddies at Georgia Tech and I mean he got it put on him.”
As Josh Alper pointed out yesterday on this blog, this seems to be insane reasoning on the part of our resident Mr. Burns. The question isn’t--or shouldn’t be--whether Choice is a particularly adept special teams player. The question should be whether he can be more effective as a runner than the struggling, and now injured Marion Barber. And that Choice has averaged 5.1 yards per carry for his career seems to suggest that he can.
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