Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

29 Oct 2011

Cowboys Cut Tashard Choice

Looks like we mark this one on the "Jerious Norwood" segment of our Top 25 Prospects list. With Tashard Choice hurt, and the team needing his roster spot to activate Bruce Carter, the Cowboys have elected to waive him. Choice was very effective as a change-of-pace back in 2008 and 2009, but struggled last season and had -58 rushing DYAR through Week 7, which places him below every running back not named Chris Johnson.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 29 Oct 2011

32 comments, Last at 01 Nov 2011, 12:28pm by Noah Arkadia


by Raiderjoe :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 5:44pm

Chkice very crap rb latelh. Saw him stinlking up field and made sure to add D. Murray to famtasy rooster before week 4. Benched s. Greene last weerk and started murray

by akn :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 6:50pm

I fail to understand how the release of Tashard Choice is worthy of an "Extra Point" but the release of Chris Harris is not.

by tuluse :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 7:47pm

And subsequent pickup by the Lions.

by Independent George :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 8:32pm

Because Tashard Choice has been a FO favorite since Tanier's blurb about him in Pro Football Prospectus 2008.

by tuluse :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 8:44pm

That's all well and good, but games started since 2008: Harris, 58, Choice, 9.

by Rivers McCown :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 10:31am

Because of Winn-Dixie.

(I dunno, the reason I didn't put anything up for that was because I saw him get toasted by the Lions on MNF and assumed everyone knew the reasons he was being released. On the other hand, I was genuinely surprised that Choice was waived instead of IR'ed or something, and we have been really high on him as Independent George already mentioned.)

Of course, you are always welcome to make forum topics or threadjack as necessary if we don't fulfill your posting needs. I hear the Lions signed Chris Harris: How do you think he'll do?

by Karl Cuba :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 11:17am

This thread is being hijacked. I claim it in the name of the Bolivarian revolution! Viva la revolution!

by Independent George :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 8:35pm

Infidel! I claim this thread in the name of the Judean People's Front!

by justanothersteve :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 10:32pm

And I claim it for the People's Front of Judea!

by Karl Cuba :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 1:31pm


by akn :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 12:27pm

Cutting Harris was a mistake--they already let him go once to the Panthers, and regretted it for 4 years (and now the Bears a regretting letting Manning go as well). He knows cover-2 inside and out and generally plays smart. Harris may have lost some speed, but a few games of suckage (including the MNF game against the Lions) shouldn't wipe out a sustained history of well above average play. He's 29, which is not over the hill, and just recovering from injury. And calling for a trade or being frustrated over contract issues is nothing new in Chicago--they usually manage to do just fine despite all that nonsense.

The Bears already have plenty of athletic head-case safeties (Merriweather, Wright).

Will he do well in Detroit? I have my doubts, as he is a system player, and the Lions don't run a lot of cover-2 or its variants.

by tuluse :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 3:18pm

He's started 3 games this year and looked bad in two of them. Watch the last TD the Bucs scored. Chris Harris was so late reacting it seems as though he didn't even see the receiver at first. So I think you are vastly overrating him.

Still, I don't fully understand releasing him either. At worst he should be an non awful backup.

If Chris Cont plays like he did against the Bucs all the time, and he and Wright stay healthy, the Bears won't regret anything.

by akn :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 3:47pm

Again, 3 games this year versus 50+ games prior. I didn't say he was spectacular, but I don't trust Wright or Merriweather.

Conte is a big if. We've barely seen anything from him.

by tuluse :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 5:20pm

I don't trust Chris Harris either. Major Wright seems to be just as good as him. I'm fine with the starters. My only concern is depth. The Bears are awfully thin now.

by RichC (not verified) :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 12:44pm

Or the release of Leigh Bodden.

by John (not verified) :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 6:57pm

Well, if no one else is going to say it...

Clearly, the Cowboys had no choice.

by Ulrik (not verified) :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 7:19pm

Oh, they had a choice.

But now they don't.

by Theo :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 7:43pm

That's scary.
I exactly thought that.

by steveNC (not verified) :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 4:40am

I'm disappointed the headline wasn't "Choice Cut" or similar.

by Wikitorix (not verified) :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 1:57am

Does he have a Grade A beef with the team now?

by justanothersteve :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 7:21pm

Carolina has no Luck. After a bad start, Minnesota has to Ponder. And after this season, it will be shown that Jerry Angelo has no Forte as general manager.

by tuluse :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 7:47pm

I think it's almost certain that Forte gets franchised at this point.

by Theo :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 7:52pm

Good thing that Tomlin still has that Wallace a defense.

by MessageBoard2 :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 7:27pm

How is Choice supposed to get Mike Vick's autograph after the game now?

by Briguy :: Sat, 10/29/2011 - 9:45pm

Apparently, the same way anyone else would.

by dmb :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 11:37am

I've never understood how FO could have a "no-politics" rule when so many writers have clearly been pro-Choice...

by Jerry F. (not verified) :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 5:33pm

If you're upset by bias, don't even think of going to any NBA sites. It seems like they never have anything good to say about World Peace.

by Danish Denver-Fan :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 6:19pm

Holy pun-orama, Batman! Fantastic thread.

by David C (not verified) :: Sun, 10/30/2011 - 10:31pm

Maybe Tashard Choice is only good in front of the line of scrimmage, and not behind it, which is where the running back starts getting hit when he's behind the Cowboys' new offensive line.

by commissionerleaf :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 2:19pm

This isn't that surprising. There are only so many running backs that a team wants on their roster while injured anyway, and Choice is neither that impressive nor that young. Non elite running backs, and some elite backs, start declining before they hit 30.

Also, the guy behind him on the depth chart, who is playing for less money, just busted out a 200 plus yard game and then ran for ten yards a carry in a loss.

It's rarely worthwhile to IR a running back. Just go get another one. With a few exceptions for either elite talent (Edgerrin James, Jamaal Charles, Clinton Portis the first few times), or particular, rare, and useful skills (Leon Washington, Reggie Bush in Sean Payton's mind), it's best just to find someone less banged up and plug them in.

Repeat after me: Running back is the most fungible position in football, running back is the most fungible position in football. Just because they occasionally win MVP awards and get to do lots of touchdown dances doesn't mean they provide significant marginal value.

by Noah Arkadia :: Tue, 11/01/2011 - 12:28pm

If that's so, I'm sure Andy Reid wouldn't mind giving Ronnie Brown 10-20 touches a game. Or at least handle goal-line duties.

We are number one. All others are number two, or lower.

by JasonK :: Mon, 10/31/2011 - 5:18pm

Aaaand, he's a Redskin.