Back in 2008, the Dallas Cowboys added Felix Jones and Tashard Choice to go along with Marion Barber to create a three-headed monster called “Smash, Dash, and Tash”. Barber brought the power, Jones brought the speed, and Choice brought a little of both. The three would go on to give the Cowboys a boost in the running game, and while the overall effectiveness can be debated, it was enough to make teams start respecting the Dallas running game again.
Fast-forward to today and you’ll see the Cowboys under Mike McCarthy are looking to add to their running back group. Ezekiel Elliott has been carrying the load of the team ever since he was drafted, then last season the Cowboys were able to draft Tony Pollard to spell Elliott. Pollard added speed and a pass-catching threat out of the backfield, but a new coaching regime will always want to bring in players they like at all positions. So when the Cowboys signed Darius Anderson as an undrafted free agent, many people got excited and for good reason. Many thought that Anderson would have been drafted after an impressive season and a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.
If you look at Anderson’s game, he’s a mixture of both Elliott’s ability to get north and south quickly with power, but also Pollard’s elusiveness and pass-catching out of the backfield and taking it all the way. That mix is what is going to help him possibly make this team, but also give him a role on offense.
Smash - Ezekiel Elliott
Dash - Tony Pollard
Jet - Darius Anderson
Which brings me back to Smash, Dash, and Tash, maybe the Cowboys are finally looking to roll out another three-headed monster to wear down defenses. If they are, then these three running backs are perfect and could give defensive coordinators nightmares. And I have to admit Smash, Dash, and Jet has a nice ring to it.