Thursday, December 02, 2010

RB Snaps - Week 11 - New Orleans

11 games into the season, the Cowboys are likely not going to be at full strength at the running back position for Game #12 in Indianapolis. It appears the calf strain that Marion Barber sustained against the Saints will keep him out of the contest and therefore open the door for Tashard Choice, thus appeasing a great deal of Cowboys' fans who have hoped to see Choice in more action as this season has developed.

But, as we have assumed all season long, Choice is not 3rd String because the Cowboys have "too much talent" in front of him. He is 3rd string because as far as anyone can tell, that's what the Cowboys decision makers think that he is. To put it another way, if the Cowboys thought he was something better than that, he would have moved Marion Barber off the field sooner than this.

The Cowboys decision makers see every practice, every meeting, and every detail of his performance, whereas we in the media and in the fan base simply draw short glimpses of his performance and try to extrapolate that over the course of a game or a season. It is likely that we base too much on the end of 2008 when he did put up some nice numbers, albeit numbers that should be placed into proper context. What I mean by that is that by charting the games in 2008, we learned that many of his yards came on Shotgun draws on 3rd and long and other "pass-first" scenarios that makes it easier to rack up yards without dealing with defenses loading up to stop a RB.

I honestly don't know what Choice would accomplish if he was given a top role with a NFL team, but I believe the Cowboys have made it pretty clear that they feel like they know what he is.

Of course, it should be noted that they thought Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was a better kick returner than Bryan McCann in training camp.

TOTAL SNAPS FOR RBs vs New Orleans (74 plays)


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WK 1282813
Wk 231337
Wk 3301710
Wk 423511
Wk 524330
Wk 613420
Wk 722388
Wk 892713
Wk 915310
Wk 1025275
Wk 1122446
Total242 (35%)371 (54%)63 (9%)

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In case this is your first time to check these numbers, this is all about snaps on the field - not touches or run plays. This is merely intended to see who is on the field and who is on the sideline for the Cowboys offense.

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1 comment:

Brady said...

Way late on reading/commenting, but I've been away from computers for a while.

Yet another example of excellent work by the Sturminator. You won't hear many people talk about the context for Choice's yards (just as you never, ever, ever heard context for Barber's yards when he played behind Julius Jones). Thank you, Bob, and keep it up!