"Hell No, That’s inaccurate!", says Dallas Cowboys brass on report that team has talked about trading Felix Jones
This being season of misinformation, rumor and innuendo means that every thing reported these days should be looked at with a crossed eye.
That being said, an ESPN note today regarding the possibility of the Cowboys getting rid of running back Felix Jones if they drafted a running back _ powered by the fact that they supposedly even had internal discussions about trading him _ caused me to run the info up the flag pole at the team’s Valley Ranch training complex.
From the scouting department to the front office, the texts came back "no", "not at all" to "Hell No! Totally Inaccurate."
The latter came from the front office.
Again, this is season of misinformation. So believe what you want, though its hard to see Felix Jones not being on the team in 2012.
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In 2010, the Dallas Cowboys’ leading rushers were Felix Jones (800 yards), Marion Barber (374) and Tashard Choice (243). Choice is off the roster, Barber’s out of football and Jones’ future in Dallas is anything but certain.
Coach Jason Garrett has referred to the 24-year-old Jones as a "complementary" piece in the backfield, according to ESPN.com, which reported that Dallas spoke internally about trading the four-year veteran.
When the Fort Worth Star-Telegram texted the Cowboys to ask about the report, a flurry of texts came back from various sources declaring "no," "not at all," and "Hell No! Totally Inaccurate." (This final, emphatic text came straight from the front office, according to the newspaper.)
ESPN included Jones on a hot list of five Cowboys — along with Kenyon Coleman, Marcus Spears, Phil Costa and Kevin Ogletree — who might be shown the door depending on where Dallas goes in the draft.
DeMarco Murray’s 897 yards in just seven starts all but sealed Jones’ fate as a starter last season.
Murray’s debut — 25 rushes for 253 yards against the St. Louis Rams in Week 6 — moved Dallas from 29th to 13th in the league in rushing — in one game. Owner Jerry Jones gushed over the rookie and a fair amount of time was spent debating who should take the majority of the carries in Dallas — a debate that continues, according to the team.
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff makes a hit on Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman.
Jay Ratliff is usually a player of few words. The seventh-year nose tackle is serious business on the field and off. But he told reporters Monday at Valley Ranch that he is enjoying the season, playing for new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, appreciating head coach Jason Garrett and taking on more of a leadership role.
Some highlights from his chat with reporters:
On Garrett: “ … One thing I really like about Jason, more than anything, he’s trying to get it done. You can tell he’s been in his head coach role. He’s coming into his own more and more. It’s definitely showing up. Players are definitely responding more to him. Even in the beginning, things got turned around immediately. Now it’s like everyone is really buying in what he’s trying to tell us and what he’s trying to teach us. … Everything isn’t beautiful, but we keep winning. That’s the whole objective, is to get that W.”
On Ryan’s coaching: “Rob is a great coach. In my eyes, he’s also head coach material. It’s just an honor to play for the guy. It’s really fun. He listens to his players. If you’ve got input on a play or something like that, he’ll stop, take time, listen to it, and if it fits the defensive scheme, he’ll put it in. It’s really a player friendly defense. We’re just happy to have him on board.”
On his role in Ryan’s scheme: “One thing about this defense – there’s a lot more freedom in it. I feel I fit well in it. We haven’t quite done it yet, but i can play across the whole board if I’m needed to do that. It’s just fun.”
On being tied for first place in the NFC East: “Right now, there’s no time for that. There’s not time for us to look around the league and see what’s going on and get help from this team, that team. One thing Jason said that really stands out is we need to just play with blinders on. Look at what we’re doing and just work on the things that we can control. We can’t control anything else, what other teams try to do to us scheme-wise. Just play our best and do what we need to do.”
On his emerging role as a vocal leader: “I really don’t believe in pep talks. Truly just say what’s in my heart. Just talk about what needs to be done. Get everybody to try to see that. We’re fortunate to be here playing this game. No matter how long your career is, it’s a short window. So you want to try to make the most of it. I have blessed memories. What’s a better memory you can have than just winning?”
On Sunday’s crushing tackle of former teammate Tashard Choice, unlike easing up at practice all those years: “A lot of times, when he was here, we’d run up on him and we never really followed through with a tackle, so this was the first time (laughs). It felt good.”
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys will take precautions to prevent Tashard Choice from providing intelligence to the Redskins defense.
They definitely don’t want to hear Choice boasting on the local radio airwaves next week about how he relayed all the Cowboys’ line-of-scrimmage calls to the Washington defense. A similar scenario unfolded in Philadelphia this week, as injured quarterback Kevin Kolb deemed it “funny” how he was able to help the Cardinals’ defense shut down the team that traded him.
The Cowboys are well aware that Choice, who was claimed by the Redskins after the Cowboys cut him last month, has intimate knowledge of Dallas’ offense. They are confident that can keep Choice from using that knowledge against them.
“You always have to be mindful of that whenever you have a player going from your team to the other team,” head coach Jason Garrett said. “Tashard is certainly a smart guy, and we like to think that we do a good job disguising some of our calls.
“I don’t think we undo our offense just because of that transaction. I think we have to deal with it. It certainly has to be something we look at throughout the ballgame.”
Running back Felix Jones returned to practice Wednesday. Though he was limited, he is expected to play Sunday. How much remains to be seen.
In the four games Jones has been out rehabbing a high left ankle sprain, DeMarco Murray has rushed for 601 yards. Murray averaged 21.5 touches in those four games.
“We certainly like Felix Jones,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. “He’s been a very strong contributor to our football team the last few years both running the football and also as a pass receiver, so we want to get him back involved in it. We certainly want to continue to hand the ball to DeMarco Murray and also throw it to him. He’s been a big factor in some of our success on offense in recent weeks. So we want to make sure he continues to get his opportunities, and we’ll continue to get Felix back in the flow of things on offense assuming his ankle gets better and better as the week goes on.”
Murray has averaged 6.7 yards a rush. Jones has averaged 4.0. But Jones has yet to have both left guard Montrae Holland and fullback Tony Fiammetta as blockers. Holland and Fiammetta have played a part in the emergence of the Cowboys’ running game.
Jones is expected to be the third-down back and spell Murray, which is what he has done much of his college and pro career. He split carries with Darren McFadden and Peyton Hillis at Arkansas and shared the load with Marion Barber and Tashard Choice in his first three seasons in Dallas.
“I think that’s the way a lot of backs are working as they come out of school,” Garrett said. “I think he’s comfortable doing that. It’s not like he’s a guy who needs 25 carries to get that sweat going. He can go in there and catch the ball out of the backfield, run the football, play on third downs. He seems to have a comfort level doing that. So we’ll try to get him back out there and get him some touches and get him going again.”
Garrett said the Cowboys have talked about using Jones as a kick returner again. He did not return any kicks last season, but has had 46 returns in his career for a 24.2 average and one touchdown.
“We’ve certainly thought about that, but again we just want to get him healthy and then hopefully get him back going on offense,” Garrett said. “We’ll make those other decisions as it goes.”
Tashard Choice is expected to make his Redskins’ debut Sunday against his old team. Washington, which ranks 31st in rushing and has lost Tim Hightower to a season-ending injury, can use the help.
“I think he’s doing a good job. He’s healthy now,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said in a conference call with reporters at Valley Ranch. “He got a chance to get a good feel for our system, and he’ll get to practice really for the first full time this week.”
The Redskins claimed Choice off waivers from the Cowboys on Oct. 31. He was waived with a hamstring injury and has been rehabbing since.
Choice has 1,139 yards and eight touchdowns on 250 career carries since the Cowboys made him a fourth-round pick in 2008. The Cowboys can’t wait to welcome him to his new team.
“It’ll be funny,” Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears said. “We can’t wait to see him. We’re going to try to smack him.
“I’m glad he got an opportunity to get on with somebody and continue his career. I’m proud of him. He’s like a little brother to me, so it’ll be fun to see him. But he knows in between the clock it’s football. He knows we’ll be trying to hit him, and he’ll be trying to get away.”
A hamstring injury has prevented Tashard Choice from carrying a football in a game since the Cowboys’ 34-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 7. According to Choice, he’ll be back on Sunday — just in time to face his old team.
“I’m playing this week,” Choice said.
Choice, who was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2008 draft, signed with Washington on Oct. 31 after Dallas released him. In his final game with the Cowboys, the 26-year-old carried twice for eight yards before injuring his shoulder.
Choice, who was listed as questionable last week, was primarily a reserve player in Dallas, rushing for 1,139 yards in 54 games.
Now, he feels healthy and ready to contribute to a Redskins backfield that has been hampered by injuries.
“I felt like I was about ready, but I just had a little doubt,” Choice said. “You don’t want to have that with a hamstring.”
He added: “I’m just going to go in there and play — get behind those guys and run to daylight. I’m excited about the opportunity. I’ve just got to make sure I’m healthy.”
After being notified of his release, Choice tweeted: “I just want to say thanks to all the great dallas cowboy fans. My time in Dallas has come to an end and the best is yet come. God bless.”
It was just a few weeks ago DeMarco Murray was just another guy fighting for carries with Tashard Choice after Felix Jones got the ball.
Now Jones is hurt, Murray is the Dallas Cowboys’ single-game rushing record holder and Tashard Choice has been cut. Until Felix Jones comes back, Murray Cowboys opponents will pay attention to on a running play.
The rookie from Oklahoma says he sees no difference in the way defenses treat him. The way his teammates and coach him treat him? That’s different.
“I have no idea. I haven’t heard anything I am just trying to worry about what I can control,” Murray said. “My confidence goes up, you get respect from your teammates and coaches and they trust you when you have the ball in your hands.”
With the way the season is unfolding for the 3-4 Cowboys and 3-4 Redskins, barring a dramatic two-week turnaround, it’s highly unlikely there will be any hype surrounding their Nov. 20 matchup at FedExField. Tony Romo versus John Beck just ain’t gonna cut it.
Enter Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who’s adding a little zest to the otherwise lackluster matchup between the longtime NFC East rivals.
Hall’s line of “Hail Yeah I Hate Dallas” silicone wristbands will go on sale Tuesday on his website, giving Redskins fans a chance to proudly express their hatred for their fiercest rival. If that’s not enough reason to spend $3.99, a press release says “partial proceeds of sales” will benefit the D.C. Central Kitchen, which feeds the less fortunate throughout the Washington D.C. area.
We’re sure plenty of anti-Cowboys folks — who stretch beyond just Redskins fans — like to believe that hating on the team somehow helps make the world a better place, but in this case, it’s actually true.
Redskins fans sure need something to feel good about after being shut out by the Bills on Sunday for their third consecutive loss. Adding ex-Cowboys running back Tashard Choice on Monday probably won’t suffice.
IRVING, Texas — The Washington Redskins claimed former Dallas Cowboys running back Tashard Choice off waivers on Monday, according to a source close to the team, possibly setting up an interesting reunion on Nov. 20 at FedEx Field.
The Cowboys cut Choice on Saturday to make room for rookie linebacker Bruce Carter. Had Choice not been claimed by Washington, he would have reverted to the Cowboys’ injured reserve list because of a hamstring injury.
The Dallas Cowboys would have reached an injury settlement with Choice if he ended up on IR.
The Redskins had a need after losing leading rusher Tim Hightower to a torn anterior cruciate ligament against Carolina. He had 321 yards on 84 carries. The Redskins also have Ryan Torain and Roy Helu as their tailbacks.
Choice had 75 yards on 28 carries this season and also caught 11 passes for 71 yards. In his career with the Cowboys, he finished with 1,139 yards on 250 carries and eight touchdowns. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the season.