ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9: Running back Tashard Choice #23 of the Dallas Cowboys rushes against the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Tashard Choice
His track record prior to this year speaks for itself (Choice is averaging 5.1 yards per carry for his career) but, despite a hitherto pedestrian year from the, ahem, starter Marion Barber, Choice is apparently unlikely to see an increase in touches moving forward.
Head coach Wade Phillips said this week that he is happy with the current rotation of Barber and Felix Jones--which, it should be noted, is mostly responsible (along, imaginably, with some play calling) for the Cowboys’ average of just 86 rushing yards per game, which ranks 30th in the NFL. With a starting quarterback in Jon Kitna who hasn’t started a game since 2008, why not give Choice, a proven back at 25, a shot?
“We have two other guys that we think are running hard,” Phillips said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We’ve got to block better for them, and we’ve got to execute the plays better. But those guys are running hard. I don’t have a problem with the way that we’re running. We’ve got to get them some opportunities.”
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