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This offseason has been crazy for Jason Garrett.  Meetings for head coaching positions, endless ridicule from our (sometimes unfaithful) fan base, and a running gag order, which kept him even more quiet than usual.  It seems to me that in the midst of all this, and the hard work he’s putting into his offenses arsenal, he has an obstacle on the horizon.

Tashard Choice finished the season impressively strong.  The question is… just how impressive was he?  I would say he was a diamond in the rough.  Choice finished with 92 rushes for 427 yards with a 5.1 average.  On top of that he finished with 21 receptions for 185 yards.  Not impressed?  How about he accomplished that in 4 games against Pittsburgh, New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia in the thick of a competitive playoff rush.  Still not impressed? Against a strong New York Giants Defense Choice dazzled with 9 attempts for 91 yards.  Our other running backs? Well, while healthy in Week 9 against the Giants Marion Barber was only 19 for 54.

Now don’t murder me yet Dallas Faithful, if anyone knows how valuable Marion the Barbarian, and Flashy Felix is, it’s me.  I love them both and think we are entirely blessed to have them.  My argument is simply this:  Tashard Choice has earned a chance to have legitimate snaps as a Cowboys tailback.  Things that can be done are possibly implementing a split back system with Choice and Jones or implementing him into “I” formations to identify holes to finagle through for some serious downhill running.  He would also work well out of the Shotgun.  If we can implement all three backs our potential is limitless!

So Jason, you have more to think about than you think, but I think you can handle it!

 

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5 Comments
  • Joe C

    Hopefully Garrett can gets things rolling this off-season, like I have been saying before, when Sparano and the others left for BIg Tuna I don’t think J Garrett was ready for everything that was thrown at him last year. He has a lot on his table atm and hopefully he can work them all out in time for the season opener, only time will tell I suppose. But I agree with you on the swapping out running backs, sorta like the Giants have done before. Will also leave “The Barbarian” healthy for the 4th quarter and the tough 3rd downs we really need him on.

    HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Things just got a ton more interesting guys. TO was cut!

  • Ray

    You know as crazy and unrealistic is this is next season we should run some packages with Felix Jones at WR. Heck even if it’s just a screen he can fly but it would give Choice some chances to run the ball. I think Barber is the best all around player I think Felix is the fastest and most explosive threat on the offense and Choice is the best 1st and 2nd down back.

    I don’t mean that Choice is better then Barber because as I said he is the best pure back but I think Choice is a great player and so is Jones.

  • dabat

    Garrett needs to be fired

  • http://www.cowboysfanrebellion.com Craig Cotton

    I’m all about moving Barber back to the closing role. I think he would be way more effective and proved that while JuJo was still here. But, I don’t want to take touches away from Felix any more than we have to. I do believe that Choice can make an impact, but I want to see our best back get the majority of the carries, and that back is most definitely Felix. Sure, bring in Choice as a change-up, but make sure Felix gets most of them.

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

Sean Martin

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Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach

After hiring Paul Alexander to fill their vacant OL coaching position, the Dallas Cowboys are continuing to retool their offensive staff below Scott Linehan. Sanjay Lal has been hired to coach the Cowboys’ wide receivers, replacing Derek Dooley.

Lal has experience as a WR coach with four different teams, dating back to 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He was promoted up to this position after serving as the Raiders’ quality control coach from 2007-08.

David Moore on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys have reached an agreement with Sanjay Lal to become the team’s WR coach. Lal was with Indianapolis last season and replaces Derek Dooley on the staff.

Most recently, Sanjay Lal coached the receivers for the Indianapolis Colts in 2017. He has also been with the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.

In this interview with the Colts, Lal mentions being very detail-oriented with a focus on the technical aspects of playing receiver.

Lal beats out former Cowboys WR Miles Austin for this position, earning the right to lead a room of receivers in desperate need of fresh talent. In an offseason that’s been about finding fresh ideas with the coaching staff so far though, the Cowboys have a new voice on offense.

Tell us what you think about “Sanjay Lal Hired As Cowboys WR Coach” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Cowboys Losing Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus to Colts

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Matt Eberflus, Sean Lee

Multiple sources are reporting Matt Eberflus — who has been the linebackers coach and passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys — will leave to join the Indianapolis Colts as the new defensive coordinator. Eberflus has been with Dallas since 2011, having joined Rob Ryan’s staff when Ryan become the coordinator for the Cowboys’ defense.

He has been the linebackers coach during his entire Dallas tenure and was also named passing game coordinator in 2016.

Tom Pelissero on Twitter

With Josh McDaniels ticketed for the #Colts, former #Cowboys assistant Matt Eberflus is expected to come along as defensive coordinator, I’m told. Lot of parts falling in place now.

If not the Colts, some thought Matt Eberflus might end up replacing Matt Patricia as the defensive coordinator in New England. Either way, it does not appear Dallas could have kept him around while Rod Marinelli remains in his current position.

Eberflus’ work in Dallas speaks for itself, and primarily through LB Sean Lee.

He has been Lee’s position coach for all but his rookie season, and in that time Lee has been one of the top defensive players in all of football.

Beyond Lee, Eberflus has also been able to get quality play out of mid-round picks like Anthony Hitchens and Damien Wilson. We also saw Jaylon Smith make significant progress this season.

Given Matt Eberflus has never worked with Josh McDaniels before, the fact he was on the Colts’ radar says a lot.

Make no mistake; the Cowboys lost a good one here.

Don’t panic, however. Coach Marinelli has cast a very wide net during his time in the NFL and there are a lot of potential guys, some with plenty of experience, that Dallas might look to.

It’s entirely possible that Eberflus’ replacement will be someone who Marinelli spends 2018 grooming to take over as the defensive coordinator.

Still, of all the coaching changes so far for Dallas, this one hurts most.

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

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Cowboys Hire Longtime Bengals OL Coach Paul Alexander

Thus far the 2018 offseason has brought a plethora of change to the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Now it is being reported the Cowboys have hired a brand new offensive line coach, former Cincinnati Bengals’ Offensive Line Coach Paul Alexander.

Alex Marvez on Twitter

Source tells @sportingnews that Paul Alexander hired as new @dallascowboys offensive line coach

Alexander coached with the Bengals for over 20 years, and replaces the same man in Dallas who replaces him in Cincinnati, Frank Pollack. Alexander has also been the Bengals assistant head coach since 2003.

The Cowboys recently lost an assistant head coach when Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia left for Jon Gruden’s Oakland Raiders.

Per usual, the hire has been met with mixed reactions from Cowboys Nation.

Joey Ickes on Twitter

Since 2003, CIN has had only one season where they finished top-10 in Yards per attempt on the ground… They’ve been bottom-5 in the league 5 times in that span… That’s the OL Coach DAL just hired.

The hiring of an offensive line coach who’s rushing attack finished bottom five in the league in rushing yards per attempt five times since 2003 doesn’t look too great on paper. He will also teach with different techniques and styles than previous Cowboys OL coaches, which could potentially set back the offensive line early in the season.

Plus, respected Bengals’ writer Joe Goodberry did not exactly love the hire for the Cowboys.

Goodberry on Twitter

Pretty bad https://t.co/fysjZqCQ6l

Regardless, this is still a very talented offensive line and one which should lead an effective ground attack based on their talent alone. 2017 proved further that coaching matters a lot in the NFL however, and the wrong hire could set back even the most talented of units.

We will just have to wait and see how this 2018 season ends up playing out.

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