Why Tashard Has Been the Cowboys' Key "Choice" at Running Back

James WilliamsonSenior Writer IOctober 19, 2009

The Dallas Cowboys used to have three running backs that, I felt, were capable of starting on other NFL teams and could each take 20-plus carries a game.

However, Felix Jones is looking to be injury prone, which is heartbreaking for Cowboys fans, considering he could have won the Offensive Rookie of the Year last season and the lack of him on the field is easily noticed.

Without him, Dallas had to rely on Marion Barber, who was still nursing a quad injury, and Tashard Choice at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. The lack of a third running back to help with the oxygen-deprived players hurt like surgery without anesthesia.

Last week, despite the fact the Cowboys won, they should not have been forced into overtime against a team like the Chiefs. No offense to Todd Haley, he's a great coach, but his team is nowhere near the talent level it needs to be to efficiently win games.

I was reviewing the film, and the lack of a run game was very hard on Dallas. Barber, one of my favorite players, really looked like he couldn't find the holes or run the way he was used to. Jones was already out, so Dallas had to rely on the third back to help win the game.

Without Choice, the Cowboys would not have been able to keep the Chiefs split between stopping the run and pass. I don't believe Miles Austin would have gotten 250 yards in the end had Choice not executed the way he did for the football team.

Let's examine, shall we?

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