Jason Garrett backs Tashard Choice

IRVING, Texas -- Interim coach Jason Garrett intends to discuss postgame autograph protocol with Tashard Choice.

However, Garrett isn't angry that Choice asked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick to sign his glove moments after the Cowboys' loss Sunday night.

Perhaps Garrett believes Choice could have picked a better time and more private place to make that request. Garrett didn't go into detail on that matter.

But Garrett did staunchly defend his third-year running back, who has been heavily criticized for the request caught by NBC's cameras. Garrett emphasized Choice's competitiveness and commitment to football.

"I know how he prepares and how he feels about playing football and the passion with which he plays," Garrett said. "Anything beyond that, I don’t really want to comment on, but he goes about it the right way and we’re glad we have him on our side. We’re glad he takes the approach that he does."

Several of Choice's teammates pretty much shrugged their shoulders at the autograph request, which Choice said was made on behalf of his 2-year-old nephew.

"It's not like he did it in the middle of the game," defensive end Stephen Bowen said. "I don't know why you would be upset. At the end of the day, when you're playing there is no friends, but at the end of the game they are all friends. I personally don't see it as a big deal."

Added linebacker Keith Brooking, a team captain: "That did not affect the outcome of our game. I’m worried about things that are going to affect the outcome of our game and help us win. Tashard getting an autograph after the game from a player didn’t affect us losing."

And we'll give the final word to tight end Martellus Bennett, a fountain of wisdom: "Y'all blow everything out of proportion if you ask me."