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I’m a Cowboys fanatic just as much as you all are.  I read your comments on DC.com and I just try and  understand where you are coming from.  I hear your cry to sit Bobby Carpenter and I agree.  However, it seems as though there are a lot of you pulling for Tashard Choice to get start, comparing him to Emmitt, and saying he’s just plain better then Barber.  I say you’re crazy.

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In Choice’s short career he has been impressive, getting 114 carries and taking them for 572 yards and 3 touchdowns.  So that equates to a 5.0 average but only 1 touchdown per 38 touches.  He is simply a compliment back and anyone, even Tashard himself, who thinks that Dallas isn’t the perfect fit for him isn’t familiar with the type of league this has become.

Now let me re-familiarize you with Marion Barber, that STARTING tailback for the Dallas Cowboys.  Barber has been the option for the boys, in his 5 year career he has 747 carries for 3255 yards and 54 touchdowns.  A 4.4 yard average and a touchdown about every 13 carries.  Oh yeah, this season, the one some of you are calling for Choice to become the starter in, Barber is out rushing choice, with only 10 more carries Barber has 103 more yards, and averages 1.3 more yards-per-carry.

Now I’m not selling Choice out, I’m just saying lets not be too hasty.  Any one of these guys have starting potential but the move just doesn't make sense.  We clearly have a backfield set for success, why change it?  Choice and Felix will be the tandem in a few years, but why not give them time to learn.  There is much to love about this group and not much to change.  Let the races begin!

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  • Joe

    The “fans” over at DC.com are nuts anyway, I read their comments every so often and it just amazes me at their stupidity. The fact that you wrote this article about them wanting Choice to get the start of Barber, and even Felix, does not surprise me ONE BIT.

  • Joe

    Reading more of their comments, a lot of them are saying we should trade in Folk for some draft picks? Are they fucking stupid? He is a PRO BOWL & CLUTCH kicker, who misses ONE FG, a 40 yarder which isn’t just a “chip-shot” FG, and their ready to throw him “under the bus”, he came back and made 2 clutch FG’s after that. These “fans” are either extremely retarded or very spoiled. I think I will go with the mix of both.

    /vent

  • http://www.crippledshark.com CrippledShark

    I think the spin on Choice over Barber is the health factor with Marion losing more playing time but it is all relative. I agree with your slant on Marion over Tashard but I think we need to look at this with a wider lens.

    If Dallas (Jason Garrett) would develop his game plan on the teams strengths instead of trying to show his offensive prowess; he would actually become more genius like. With Flozell getting along in age and with the size of our line – we need to run the ball. We need to run the ball until we can’t run it anymore. This will open up the passing lanes and also allow for one of the backs to pick up (or at least slow down) the blitzes that we see 60% of the time.

    With 2 TE sets the Boyz can begin to fully integrate Marty B and his huge potential and allow Witten to be used like Dallas Clark in Indy. All of a sudden we are not in dire need of a true number 1 receiver and we can allow Williams to be – Williams (a 1 B or # 2 WR).

    I would be happy with a 10-6 season and a trip to the playoffs this year if we got there by playing smash mouth football. Then next year we draft a real #1 WR and a bunch of O-linemen for depth and competition.

    By 2011, we’ll have Felix and Tashard along with another 4th rounder from the 2010 draft along with a very strong (and deep) line. This way Romo doesn’t have to win the games – just don’t lose them by flinging the rock all over God’s green turf.

    If you look at the systems from the Cowboys past or the systems of other successful franchises (Steelers, Patriots, etc…) they all have a proven system and they simply plug in another player if one leaves or gets injured or retires. We did it before and we can do it again.

    CrippledShark

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Well said Shark.

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Cowboys DE Dorance Armstrong Could Be Needed Quickly

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Cowboys DE Dorance Armstrong Could Be Needed Quickly

The Dallas Cowboys are stronger at defensive end than they've been in some time, but they still lack a specific type of pass rusher. Rookie Dorance Armstrong may be able to fill that role, giving him an early opportunity to contribute that many mid-round rookies can't find.

While DeMarcus Lawrence has become a beast and Taco Charlton is expected to do more as a second-year player, they are both better suited to play on the left side. It is that right side DE, the athletic type who can take on NFL left tackle, that the Cowboys haven't had since DeMarcus Ware left.

It was supposed to be Randy Gregory, but we all know the issues he's dealt with the last three years. His reinstatement request to the league is expected to go through, but even then we can't be sure the type of player he will be.

If Gregory isn't still the talent that Dallas hoped for in 2015, the next man up just might be Armstrong. He is a raw talent, still undersized for consistent NFL defensive end work, but he has the natural agility and style of play that best suits the weak-side rusher.

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Veteran Kony Ealy is more like Lawrence and Charlton, bigger and more suited from the strong side. Another option, Charles Tapper, has yet to prove he can get through a single game without injury.

Rookies have not had a hard time finding early work in Dallas lately.

Obviously, it didn't take Quarterback Dak Prescott long to make an immediate impact. We've also seen the same from Cornerbacks Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, and Anthony Brown, Defensive Tackle Maliek Collins, and Safety Xavier Woods.

With the difficulties that guys like Gregory and Tapper may have getting back into football shape, Armstrong could have a leg up in training camp. The Cowboys won't hesitate to give him the work if he's the best man for the job, regardless of draft status or tenure.

These new look, new era Dallas Cowboys are all about meritocracy, so Dorance Armstrong could rise quickly if he performs. It would make for a nice immediate return on a fourth-round pick.

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CB Jourdan Lewis Addresses “All Or Nothing” Scene With Dez Bryant

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When the newest season of Amazon's All or Nothing featuring the Dallas Cowboys came out, people immediately were drawn to one scene in particular.

That scene featured then veteran Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis, as they battled it out all day in practice. Lewis and Bryant were in each others ears, as Lewis wanted to make it known to Bryant that he isn't the same type of corner he's used to seeing in practice.

Jourdan Lewis was asked to give his side of the story recently, and DallasCowboys.com recorded his response. The following video is courtesy of "Ed It Channel" on YouTube.

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Lewis addressed rumors that the rivalry was "fake" or staged due to the fact that Bryant knew that Lewis was mic'ed up. He says that the competition was organic, and that when put on the field with each other their competition improved both of their play.

Dez Bryant is gone now, but hopefully the Cowboys will be able to replace that competitiveness on the practice field and allow for tempers to flare from time to time.

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Embraces Lack of No. 1 Wide Receiver

Sean Martin

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Embraces Lack of No. 1 Wide Receiver

As I wrote exactly a week ago, in discussion of maligned Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Terrance Williams:

"...this won't be the first look we have at the status of the Cowboys receivers. I'm already on record having high expectations for Michael Gallup, and believe Cedrick Wilson was one of the steals of the draft for the Cowboys in the sixth round. The unproven nature of this pass catching unit (through to TE with rookie Dalton Schultz) is going to make for fascinating training camp battles, competing for spots in an offense that could still be one of the league's best".

Here we are again, with an emerging leadership voice of the Cowboys speaking about his wide receivers. Dak Prescott told Pro Football Talk that he, "doesn't know if any team in the league necessarily needs a No. 1 receiver".

This is a bold statement from a third-year quarterback that's already told Cowboys Nation this offseason that he wants to be the best to ever play for the franchise. Beginning the journey towards becoming a Cowboys legend must start with Prescott securing his status as the Cowboys franchise QB in 2018 - by throwing to Williams, Michael Gallup, Cole Beasley, Cedrick Wilson, and Allen Hurns.

This will be no easy task for Prescott, but the Cowboys have never wavered in their commitment to building this team around him. Left with no choice on personnel decisions like Jason Witten's retirement, the Cowboys are well-prepared to also deal with the loss of Dez Bryant.

If they weren't, Bryant would still be in Dallas, and as it stands now he remains a free agent. New to the Cowboys offense is not only Gallup, Wilson, and Hurns but also Tavon Austin as a pass-catching running back.

Strength in numbers must be the message for the Cowboys offense this season. Relying heavily on Ezekiel Elliott and a punishing offensive line will be what keeps opposing defensive coordinators up at night, but so too must be the diverse nature of how the Cowboys can line up on the outside.

Allowing Prescott to serve as a "point guard" like QB could lead to the Cowboys turning plenty of heads with their all-around play in 2018. Anybody writing them off simply because of unproven wide receivers lacks a complete understanding of the roster and how Scott Linehan plans to change his offense.

Sure, it's possible that Linehan fails to prove himself as a play caller worthy of the talent the Cowboys possess on offense - but the talent is there. In Prescott's rookie year, Cole Beasley emerged as his go-to receiver, only to regress in 2017.

With the Cowboys shipping Ryan Switzer to Oakland during the draft, Beasley has a clear path back towards developing this chemistry with Prescott out of the slot. The same should go for Allen Hurns, despite arriving in Dallas as a free agent this year.

Hurns has talked about holding himself to a high standard, despite joining the Cowboys to play with Dez Bryant initially.

"I felt it was a big opportunity to come to Dallas to play with Dez. But with him not being here, it’s a bigger opportunity. It's a matter of me making the most of the opportunity"

Plenty of Cowboys receivers will have a chance to make the most of the opportunity to play in this offense. Hurns' spot as an outside starter feels safe, as he could be the big "No. 1" target Prescott needs to either find in the red zone or distribute the ball elsewhere.

The amount of change the Dallas Cowboys have gone through since drafting Dak Prescott is a cruel reminder of how difficult reaching the pinnacle of sports can be. The Cowboys biggest challenge to reach the playoffs again in 2018?

Silence the doubt that a declining Dez Bryant no longer being with the team will derail the efforts of this deep and eager-to-compete WRs room.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Embraces Lack of No. 1 Wide Receiver" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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