Cowboys Prepare for Redskins, Former RB Tashard Choice’s “Knowledge”
The Dallas Cowboys are going to have to disguise offensive play calls on Sunday against the Washington Redskins. Former Cowboys running back Tashard Choice is now a Redskin and will no doubt share his knowledge of Dallas’ offense with his new team. The Cowboys will have to beat Choice and a smarter Redskins team to make a move in the NFC East playoff race.
Dallas is taking precautions after the Philadelphia Eagles fell victim to a similar episode in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb helped his new team defeat the team that traded him by alerting his defensive teammates about the Eagles’ offensive play calls.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett always disguises his offense play calls in some way, but will take a few extra measures on Sunday to keep Choice and the Redskins from keying in on any given play before the snap.
“You always have to be mindful of that whenever you have a player going from your team to the other team,” 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.”
Washington is currently on a five-game skid and has suffered a ton of injuries. Most notably, Redskins starting running back Tim Hightower is done for the year with a torn ACL, so Choice could see a lot of action against his old team on Sunday. However, his “knowledge” that Garrett referred to won’t help him against Rob Ryan’s defense.
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