Southern California Draft Party ’11 (UPDATED)

Attention Cowboy Fans! There’s still a chance to get your tickets to the biggest draft party in Southern California!

You are invited to attend the 2011 Draft Party in Southern California hosted by So.Cal Dallas Cowboys Fan Club along with Maximum Sports Connection. This is a rare opportunity to meet two Dallas Cowboy greats, Nate Newton and Larry Allen along with current players Tashard Choice and Victor Butler plus many others and special guests. In addition there will be tons of giveaways including Cowboys memorabilia and ticket packages for two games in 2011.

Saturday April 30th, 2011

Sky Fox Lounge
345 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

- Party with over 1500 Cowboys fans
– 3 Levels of Fun
– 1st floor is Free and open to all the public (Free entrance)
– 2nd floor open patio (Open to the public)
– 3rd floor VIP with Players and Meet and Greet (Ticket needed to enter)
– 3 Fully Stocked Bars
– DJ
– All Ages
– Free Parking
– Tons of Prizes
– Grand prize raffle: 2 tickets to Cowboys @ 49ers or Cowboys @ Cardinals
– Gear and memoribilia provided by The Dallas Cowboys and Maximum Sports
– 500 Limited tickets will be sold

Call Now to Make Your Reservations! 888.935.4155.
$50 per person (Limited tickets available!)

 

www.dallascowboysfanclub.net

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Judge Orders End To NFL Lockout

According to a report from Associated Press a federal judge on Monday ordered an end to the NFL lockout, giving the players an early victory in their fight with the owners over how to divide the $9 billion business.U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said she was swayed by the players’ argument that that the lockout, now in its second month, was causing irreparable harm to their careers.

The plaintiffs “have made a strong showing that allowing the League to continue their ‘lockout’ is presently inflicting, and will continue to inflict, irreparable harm upon them, particularly when weighed against the lack of any real injury that would be imposed on the NFL by issuing the preliminary injunction,” Nelson wrote.

The NFL promised an immediate appeal.

“We will promptly seek a stay from Judge Nelson pending an expedited appeal to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,” the league said. “We believe that federal law bars injunctions in labor disputes. We are confident that the Eighth Circuit will agree. But we also believe that this dispute will inevitably end with a collective bargaining agreement, which would be in the best interests of players, clubs and fans. We can reach a fair agreement only if we continue negotiations toward that goal.”

Owners imposed the lockout after talks broke down March 11 and the players disbanded their union. A group of players filed the injunction request along with a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the league.

The owners argued it was their right to institute the lockout and suggested Nelson didn’t have jurisdiction while the National Labor Relations Board considers an unfair labor charge filed by the league that players didn’t negotiate in good faith.

Nelson disagreed, and said the NLRB proceeding shouldn’t be used to affect the court case here.

Nelson heard arguments on the injunction at a hearing on April 6 and ordered the two sides to resume mediation while she was considering her decision. The owners and players, who failed to reach consensus after 16 days of mediated talks earlier this year, met over four days with a federal magistrate but did not announce any progress on solving the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987.

They are not scheduled to meet again until May 16, four days after another judge holds a hearing on whether players should get damages in their related fight with owners over some $4 billion in broadcast revenue.

I don’t know if things just got better or worse… I guess we’ll soon find out.

A Few Thoughts on the Cowboys 2011 Schedule

I’m sure by now everyone has seen the Cowboys 2011 schedule. Even with the threat of no football come this September I was still excited to see the schedule. I look for the same things every year. Who are the Cowboys playing on opening day? Who are they playing on Thanksgiving? How many primetime games are they playing? When are the two games against the Giants? Here are a few thoughts on the Cowboys schedule…

Opening Night vs the JetsSeptember 11th is always an emotional day and with this year being the ten year anniversary it will even more emotional. I know it will be emotional for me since I’m in NY and remember the day well. It will also be Rex Ryan against Cowboys new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. It would be a big step for the Cowboys to get off to a good start against one of the elite AFC teams.

Week 6 vs the PatriotsIt’s been four years since the Cowboys and Patriots played each other at Texas Stadium when they were both 5-0. The Patriots put a hurting on the Cowboys 48-27 that day. Once again it will be a week 6 matchup, this time in New England.

Week 7 vs the Rams…Back in 2008 the Cowboys went to St. Louis a week after losing Tony Romo to injury against the Cardinals and ended up getting destroyed by the 1-4 Rams 34-14. This time the Rams will be coming to Cowboys Stadium.

Week 10 vs the Bills…In 2007 the Cowboys were down 24-13 going into the 4th quarter against the Bills. After battling their way back rookie kicker Nick Folk kicked not one, but two 53 yard field goals to win the game 25-24. For those of you who may not remember Folk’s first attempt, which was successful was waved off because the Bills had called timeout. Folk had to line up again and kick the winning field goal again. 

Week 12 vs the Dolphins…Cowboys fans have nightmares of the infamous highlight of Leon Lett sliding in the snow and kicking the ball after the Cowboys had blocked the Dolphins field goal to win the game. The Dolphins recovered the ball and this time made the kick to win the game, 16-14.

Week 13 vs the Cardinals…Another trip to Arizona where the Cowboys have not been treated nice the last two games. Back in 2008 Tony Romo was injured along with a few other Cowboys in their 30-24 OT loss. Then last season they lost 27-26 on a last second field goal by the Cardinals. The Cowboys had taken a 26-24 lead on a Miles Austin touchdown with under two minutes to play. The Cowboys could have gone up 27-24, but David Buehler missed the PAT, which allowed the Cardinals to win the game.

Week 14 and 17 vs the Giants...I’m not a big fan of playing the same division opponent twice within a few weeks. I like the idea of division games at the end of the season, but I think they should be spaced better. Last season Jason Garrett got his first win as a head coach as the Cowboys beat the Giants 33-20 in NY.

For those who question whether or not the Cowboys are still America’s Team. Just count the primetime games on their schedule. Even after a horrible 6-10 season in 2010 the Cowboys have five primetime games. The World Champion Green Bay Packers have just four.

2011 Cowboys Schedule Released

Five prime time games, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Years Day – well that must be America’s Team. Amid the irritation of the NFL lockout, here something to get excited about – the Dallas Cowboys 2011 game schedule!

2011 PRESEASON

DATE OPPONENT (TV BROADCAST) TIME
Thu, Aug 11 DENVER (KTVT/CBS 11) 7:30 PM
Sat, Aug 20 SAN DIEGO (KTVT/CBS 11) 7:00 PM
Sat, Aug 27 @ Minnesota (KTVT/CBS 11) 7:00 PM
Thu, Sept 1 @ Miami (KTVT/CBS 11) 6:30 PM

2011 REGULAR SEASON

DATE OPPONENT (TV BROADCAST) TIME
Sun, Sept. 11 @ New York Jets (NBC) 7:20 PM
Sun, Sept. 18 @ San Francisco (FOX) 3:05 PM
Mon, Sept. 26 WASHINGTON (ESPN) 7:30 PM
Sun, Oct. 2 DETROIT (FOX) Noon
Sun, Oct. 9 BYE
Sun, Oct. 16 @ New England (FOX) 3:15 PM
Sun, Oct. 23 ST. LOUIS (FOX) 3:15 PM
Sun, Oct. 30 @ Philadelphia (NBC) 7:20 PM
Sun, Nov. 6 SEATTLE (FOX) Noon
Sun, Nov. 13 BUFFALO (CBS) Noon
Sun, Nov. 20 @ Washington (FOX) Noon
Thu, Nov. 24 MIAMI (CBS) 3:15 PM
Sun, Dec. 4 @ Arizona (FOX) 3:15 PM
Sun, Dec. 11 NEW YORK GIANTS (NBC) 7:20 PM
Sat, Dec. 17 @ Tampa Bay (NFLN) 7:20 PM
Sat, Dec. 24 PHILADELPHIA (FOX) 3:15 PM
Sun, Jan. 1 @ New York Giants (FOX) Noon

Amukamara Visits Valley Ranch, Will He Be The Cowboys To Pick?

Prince Amukamara Western Kentucky v Nebraska

Less than two weeks until the biggest day of the Cowboys offseason, the NFL Draft. One potential candidate whose name keeps coming up in mock draft after mock draft, is Prince Amukamara.

Coincidentally, the talented cornerback out of Nebraska was a guest of the Cowboys yesterday at Happy Valley. He was one of a bunch of players who visited with the team as they get a first hand look at some of the players they may consider selecting in the upcoming draft. However, only Amukamara’s name has figured prominently in what the Cowboys may be looking for with the ninth overall pick.

Currently, the Cowboys go into a new season with the same old cast that features Terence Newman who misses too much time with all sorts of injuries, Mike Jenkins who had a rough season after a breakout in 2009, and the always inconsistent and maddening Orlando Scandrick.

Amukamara is considered to be the best or second-best corner prospect in the draft depending on who you ask, and he would certainly eclipse any of the current Cowboys in terms of explosiveness, if given the chance to wear the blue and silver. He may even slot in better as a safety which would give the team more flexibility in how to best utilize his great talents.

It won’t be long until we find out who we do get, I’m just hoping the focus will be on the secondary, and if it ends up being Amukamara, I’ll be very happy.

Final Mock Draft of 2011

This version of The 2011 Cowboys Mock Draft has Jerry wheelin’ and dealin’ as usual, only this time, he comes out smelling like roses. Yeah, I know. Completely unrealistic already. Well, read it anyway and see what ya think. I used my usual rankings at: http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings however, this time I looked around to see what other teams could be doing as opposed to going strictly by the rankings. Trade values are standard and can be checked here: http://walterfootball.com/draftchart.php

Remember this is just for fun and maybe we can all learn a little about some of the athletes entering the league.

*Note* The first number represents the round of the draft and the number after the decimal represents the overall number of the pick.

Now on to the draft!
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  • 1.9 **TRADE TO ST. LOUIS** St. Louis selects Julio Jones WR Alabama
    St. Louis sees AJ Green go too early to make a realistic move. Trading up to #9, where their second choice, Jones, is still available makes perfect sense for a young team in need of a play-making wide receiver. Dallas makes it interesting by trading picks 1.9, 3.71 and 6.176 for The Ram’s 1.14, 2.47, 4.112 and 7.216. St. Louis now owns picks 1.9, 3.71, 3.78, 5.145 and 6.176.

 

  • 1.14 **TRADE TO SAN DIEGO!!!** San Diego selects Cameron Jordan DE Cal OR JJ Watt DE Wisconsin.
    Both New England and San Diego inquired about pick #9 but both decided it to be too costly. Again, at 14, Dallas fields offers and San Diego comes out on top, while still having picks in the first three rounds. Dallas trades 1.14 for The Charger’s 1.18, 3.82 and 6.183. San Diego now owns picks 1.14, 2.50, 2.61, 3.89, 6.201 and 7.234.

 

  • 1.18 Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College
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    Castonzo and/or Tyron Smith could be gone by pick 18 with a handful of teams considering taking an OT higher than they should. I’m betting on Smith being the first one taken, despite worries that he might not be ready to start right away. Dallas scouts watched Castonzo’s career religiously at Boston College. He, like Smith, is believed to be able to play either right or left tackle in the NFL. Having that versatility is a good thing on a line that is in rebuilding mode in Dallas. Gabe Carimi has been my favorite of this class to play right tackle, however he hasn’t been invited to the ranch and there is shockingly no buzz about him to Dallas what so ever. I would also consider Mike Pouncey C/OG Florida with this pick if both tackles are gone.

 

  • 2.40 Rahim Moore FS UCLA
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    Some believe he will be gone by our pick at 40. I don’t think he is a high second rounder in any other draft year other than a year like this where the crop is extremely underwhelming in talent. Moore had a breakout year in ’09 where he picked off a whopping 10 passes, then went back to a pedestrian 1 in ’10. A safety should not be judged on interceptions alone, but we are in the market for a play maker. I hope we get the ’09 version or more of the same could be in our future. I am not a fan of this year’s safety class, but drafting one can not be ignored yet again.

 

  • 2.47 Stefen Wisniewski C/OG Penn State
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    If I didn’t make a mock with the “WIZ”, my mock draft buddies would kill me. He is a fan favorite of Dallas mockers world-wide. Like Owen Marecic (whom we will talk about shortly) , Stefen represents everything you would want from a football player and just so happens to be a strong need at both guard positions as well as center, where the majority of experts project him to excel at the NFL level. With Davis’ skills rapidly declining, Kosier still unsigned and Gurode’s degenerative knee problems, this is a perfect pick to upgrade the o-line. Like I said earlier with the first pick, if Smith and Castonzo are gone at pick 18 and Dallas selects OG Mike Pouncey, this pick could be an OT such as Marcus Cannon from TCU.

 

  • 3.82 Marcus Gilchrist CB/KR/PR Clemson
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    Dallas’ secondary problems are well documented and help is needed across the board. Gilchrist is a versatile corner who also excels at kick and punt returning. Marcus has 207 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, 19 pass breakups, three caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles, 722 yards on 27 kickoff returns, and 261 yards on 27 punt returns in 52 games (27 starts) in his career at Clemson. At the very least, he should assume Alan Ball’s #4 corner spot behind Orlando Scandrick, (who is in a contract year) helping us with youth and CAP relief during his first year in Dallas.

 

  • 4.110 Ian Williams DT Notre Dame
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    I traded up for Ian in my last mock to pick #127 and I believe with a premium at NT in this draft, he could go even higher. Ian had a pre-combine visit with Dallas and is a prime candidate to rotate with Josh Price-Brent, allowing Ratliff to make his long awaited move to Igor Olshansy’s position at RDE. (freeing Igor’s $3.335 million salary) I know Rob Ryan said Ratliff is and will be a DT, but he didn’t say in what packages. Ratliff could be a DE in the base 3-4 package and a DT in others. I think Ryan is smart enough to put his best players on the field and having options is nice.

 

  • 4.112 Kelvin Sheppard ILB LSU
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    Bradie James will love this pick. Although he will be Bradie’s eventual replacement, Sheppard is an LSU alum as is James. The similarities don’t stop there. Bradie was taken in the fourth round of the 2003 draft. The joke would be that Bradie will always be 9 players better than Kelvin. (Bradie at 103, Kelvin at 112) I’ll be happy if he’s just a solid contributor. His speed and reliable open-field tackling also made the former high-school track star a standout on special teams.

 

  • 5.143 Owen Marecic FB Stanford
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    Only because this is such a strong FB class do I believe it is possible to still get Marecic at pick 143. The emergence of Charles Clay, Stanley Havili and Henry Hynoski should let one drop to Dallas here and improve at a very weak position. Marecic is exactly the type of player I want on this roster. He puts his head down and works hard. This is the extreme value pick of this draft. To boot, anyone opposed to taking a FB should look at the undrafted player responsible for ending the seasons, because of missed blocks, for both Romo and Bryant in 2010.

 

  • 6.183 Stevan Ridley RB LSU
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    Ridley recently visited the ranch and it looks like the brass are ready to move on from MBIII and his lopsided contract. The growing belief throughout the league is that you can find good running backs in the later rounds and a high pick on one isn’t a necessity anymore. A bruising back to compliment Felix and Tashard should be relatively easy to achieve with this pick and it’s funny how Stevan is currently rated #183 overall and here we are at that exact pick. Fate? We’ll see…

 

  • 7.216 Justin Boren OG Ohio State
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    “Not since World War II has a football player done what Justin Boren did in 2008. After two seasons at Michigan, Boren transferred to Ohio State, crossing enemy lines in the Big Ten’s most storied rivalry. Displeased with new Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez’s attitude and, in his words, “lack of values” and seemed to have difficulty adjusting to the physical demands of Rodriguez’s new no-huddle spread offense. Boren has been known to play with the nasty demeanor offensive line coaches like and was a welcome addition to an OSU line having some protection problems prior to his arrival. But while his decision to transfer alone does not raise character concerns, he must still answer questions about the way he handled himself after making that decision. He is a likely late-round pick for a team that appreciates his strength and competitive attitude.” – CBS Sports.com overview

 

  • 7.220 Willie Smith OT East Carolina
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    The Cowboys need depth at LT and Willie should make a smooth transition having played the position the past two years in East Carolina. Like most late round prospects, he first needs to make the team. Next he needs to develop into an NFL caliber player with our elite coaches, (oline and strength and conditioning) and finally most college scouts don’t believe it would be unreasonable to think Smith could be a starter in 2-3 years. He could be a late round steal much like Jay Ratliff, who was selected 224th overall in the 2005 draft.

 

  • 7.252 Bruce Miller OLB UCF
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    Brandon Williams needs to prove he’s not just another 2009 draft bust. Bruce Miller could be the competition he needs to finally get over the hump. Demarcus Ware believes in him, we just haven’t seen anything yet. Competition at spots such as OLB will be the key to our future strength.

 

  • Free Agency:
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One of these days, a CBA will be hammered out, the owners and players will kiss and make up and free agency will happen. When that day comes, the priority should be resigning our own players first, especially if the restricted tenders don’t stick. Free, Kosier, Bowen and Hatcher should be top priority. While this is being hammered out, word should get to Dawan Landry’s agent that Dallas isn’t committed to Gerald Sensebaugh and are looking to upgrade the position. A feeler is all it should take to get Baltimore to make their modest offer.

“Citing the Ravens’ history at strong safety, the Baltimore Sun does not expect free agent Dawan Landry to be re-signed this year. The Ravens have twice let the starter opposite Ed Reed walk (Will Demps, Jim Leonhard), turning the position over to in-house replacements. If Landry gets to the bidding-war stage, the team will have no qualms about pushing Tom Zbikowski or Haruki Nakamura into the starting lineup.”

Dallas could realistically sign Landry to a 3 year $12 million contract with 8 million guaranteed and steal him away from the Ravens. IMO totally worth it and much more cost effective than previously drafting the top strong safety to start and signing a free agent free safety that would want a very large contract. (Huff, Weddle) We recently went that route with a questionable player (Ken Hamlin) and it didn’t work out so well. Hopefully, Jerry plays this smart and learns his lesson.

 

See you all on the annual draft day chat right here on Lone Star Struck, where we are all sure to to laugh, cry and thoroughly debate personnel decisions in the comfort of our own “War Rooms”…Happy Draft Day Everyone!!! It’s almost here!

A Tragedy That Hits Home

Last night while checking my e-mail once more, a story flashed across the screen that caught my attention. As a die-hard sports fan this story really hits home and I think we can all relate to it. However its inconceivable why such a tragedy had to occur.

Bryan Stow, a father of two, a paramedic and a San Francisco Giants/Dallas Cowboys fan, attended the home opener at Dodger Stadium last Thursday with some friends. As they were leaving the game something happened that will forever change the life of Bryan and his family…

Of all the people who were walking from Dodger Stadium to the parking lot Thursday night, Stow was the most likely to turn away from a fight. According to Los Angeles police, that’s what he did after two men wearing Dodger blue began to taunt Stow and two of his friends – all decked out in San Francisco Giants colors — following the season opener, which the Dodgers won, 2-1. Stow’s two friends outran the bullies, but the assailants caught up with Stow, punching him in the back of his head until he fell to the pavement.

They kicked him again and again, witnesses told police, with most of the blows aimed above his shoulders. As he lay on the asphalt, bloodied and unconscious, the perpetrators fled in a four-door sedan driven by a woman. A boy was also in the car, according to reports. The victim’s friends returned and found Stow on the ground, blood seeping from his head.

Six days later, Stow remains in a medically induced coma at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, suffering from brain injuries. Doctors have removed a portion of his skull to reduce swelling; they say he has a severe skull fracture and bruising to his brain’s frontal lobes.

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2011-04-06/critically-injured-giants-fan-described-as-gentle-calming-presence

A man who dedicated his life to saving others now fights for his life simply for being a fan of the wrong team. As Bryan lays in a coma, these bullies got away scot-free. A reward of $100,000 is being offered and the authorities hope that money talks and the men are caught soon.

The Giants will host the Dodgers on Monday and both teams have asked fans to refrain from any violence.

“We’ll ask fans to come together and have the two teams join before the game to remind people what respectful rivalry is,” Giants spokeswoman Shana Daum said. “The rivalry should stay on the field.”

While we enjoy our sports and things get heated against rivals, we should all remember to respect others. In a frightening world of war and terrorism, the last place we need to worry about being attacked is at a ballgame.

A website set up for Bryan Stow: http://support4stow.blogspot.com

Our prayers are with Bryan Stow (Facebook): http://www.facebook.com/pages/Our-prayers-are-with-Bryan-Stow/193247974046088

Cowboys Need To Be All Over Free Agent Safety, Michael Huff

With starting strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh heading to free agency and unreliable Alan Ball expected to replace him, Cowboys desperately need to fill a huge hole in the secondary.

One player who would love to join the Cowboys, if and when this lockout ever ends, is Michael Huff of the Oakland Raiders, who will be testing the free agent waters this offseason.

Coincidentally, Huff is a lifelong Cowboys fan and was born and still lives in Irving, Texas, just a stone’s throw away from Cowboys Stadium.

Huff is coming off a great season in 2010 with 94 tackles, three interceptions, four sacks, and three forced fumbles.

He is also one of the most durable safeties in the game and has played in all 16 games every season since he was drafted in 2006.  God knows, we can use an iron man in our secondary… I’m looking at you T-New!

According to comments made to ESPN, Huff says that after five losing seasons with the Raiders, he is looking forward to joining a winner.

“That’s the only thing,” Huff said. “Being here at Texas, you get spoiled. You win all the time here and then you go there (Oakland) and have some tough years. Getting that Super Bowl ring is something they can never take away from you, like they can’t take away the national championship ring. That’s the next step, and I look forward to it.”

Huff was part of the Texas Longhorns team that won the National Championship in 2005. He was a First Team All American that season and also won the Jim Thorpe Award that year for being the best defensive back  in the country.

The 28 year old could fill a big vacancy at safety for the Cowboys, and every attempt should be made to go after him once this lockout is over. This former first round pick is coming off his best season ever setting career highs in every defensive category, and even getting his first All Pro Team selection.

Playing in his hometown for the team he grew up worshiping, could motivate Huff to deliver an even bigger season in 2011 and beyond.

Tashard Choice Could Shine In Featured Role

While the players and owners dilly-dally over how to best split 4 billion dollars, life goes on for die-hard Cowboys fans like us.

The well has been pretty dry as you all know with hardly any football activity to talk about, but some are making an effort to pump out some good content that has nothing to do with a persons pants hanging so low that they were giving free previews of their Joe Boxers (or was it Hanes?).

Nick Eatman and Rob Phillips at Dallas Cowboys.com are doing a nice feature to pass the time and take a look at some key players that are at a crossroads in their Cowboys career. Tashard Choice is one such player.

Key stat: While Choice still received limited touches last season, his averaged dipped down to 3.7 yards per carry, with 66 attempts. In his first two years, Choice had 5.1- and 5.5-yard averages, respectively. But with more of a presence in short-yardage and the goal line, Choice saw his average decrease by nearly two full yards. His longest carry was also just 26 yards this past season.

2010 Impact: There were six games last year in which Choice didn’t receive a single carry, and four more when he had two or less. So clearly, Choice wasn’t a big factor in the running game last season, especially in the first part of the schedule. Toward the end, when Marion Barber got banged up some, Choice had an increased role. He had one of the team’s two 100-yard rushing games when he went for a career-high 100 against the Colts. Choice also had three touchdowns in a four-game span.

Where He Fits: That question will depend on what the Cowboys do in the offseason, particularly with Barber, whose future with the team is in question because of his high salary and lack of production. If the Cowboys decide to part ways with Barber, then Choice would likely slide into his role and split some time with Felix Jones. That would be a huge opportunity for Choice, considering Jones has been injury-prone during his three seasons.

Nick Eatman: Everyone always wants to see what the backup can do. And right now, it’s Tashard Choice’s turn for that. He’s shown enough in limited opportunities that fans and media are excited about his potential. Clearly, the coaching staff has their opinions of Choice and there was a reason he remained as the No. 3 back. Then again, if Barber is released, it would probably be because the Cowboys feel like Choice can step in nicely. I still think Choice is the third-best back on this team, but like everyone else, I’d be interested to see what he would do in an increased role.

Rob Phillips: Big year for Choice, a free agent after 2011 who has been in a frustrating position for three years. He probably could start on a lot of NFL teams, but the Cowboys clearly haven’t ranked him ahead of Felix Jones or Marion Barber because he has only 222 carries in three seasons. In 2010, he didn’t have the same impact in limited duty as he did in 2008 and 2009, and the Cowboys want him to be more consistent on special teams for as long as that’s his role. But he does have good vision and deceptive speed, and I think he’s good enough between the tackles to complement Jones well. Whether he’ll get that chance, depending on Barber’s much-speculated future, remains to be seen.

As most of you know, I’ve been a huge Tashard Choice supporter since the day we drafted him and I called him the sleeper of the draft.

It’s about time we pass the torch and give Choice the chance he deserves to show what he can do in a featured role. As long as we’re changing things around here, let’s not stop now.

Jason Witten Appears In Archie Comics

Archie Comics released a page from their upcoming issue of Archie Double Digest, which will feature a comic-strip depiction of Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten.

The comic will be available on March 23, and is being published in conjunction with the NFL and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and is intended to educate readers about the dangers of underage drinking.

The Archie Comics line of comic books is one of the most successful, longest running brands in the history of the comic industry. Archie Comics have sold 1.5 billion comics and are published in a dozen different foreign languages and distributed all over the world.