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Depth Charts of the Phillips Era

With the release of the final roster cuts heading into the 2010 season, I thought it would be a good time to look back at what, if any, improvement the Cowboys have achieved in the last four years. So I've made a table of the last four years of depth charts, including this one, and then assigned a simple 1-5 rating to each player for each year's performance.

EDIT: Notes about the ratings:
  • In all cases where a player went to the Pro Bowl, I chose not to argue with the fans, coaches, and players of the NFL, and assigned the highest rating for that player's season.
  • For non-starters, the ratings are biased toward skill over performance. For instance, Jon Kitna had zero snaps in 2009, but was still an average QB.
  • For starters, the ratings are biased toward performance over skill. For instance, Ken Hamlin had a huge dropoff in performance from '07 to '08.
  • There are a lot of average players in the league. A lot of them aren't starters. If a player outshines a number of other teams' starters at his position, then he is at the very least an above average player.

EDIT: Below are all the changes I've made so far based on your feedback. I'll keep updating this list as you keep convincing me I'm wrong. :)

  1. Michael Hamlin, 2008, 2 (accidentally omitted due to position confusion - I'm going with SS)
  2. Barry Church, 2010, 2 -> 1
  3. Danny McCray, 2010, 2 -> 1
  4. Terrell Owens, 2008, 5 -> 4
  5. Roy E. Williams, 2008, 2 (another accidental omission, mid-season trade)
  6. Roy E. Williams, 2009-2010, 4 -> 3
  7. Dez Bryant, 2010, 4 -> 3
  8. Doug Free, 2009-2010, 3 -> 4
  9. Stephen Hodge, 2009-2010, 2 -> 1
  10. Sean Lee, 2010, 3 -> 2

EDIT: Leave it to OCC to point out some interesting statistics that make the storyline more compelling :) He summed up the stars for each year in a comment below. I'm going to take a slightly different approach in that I'll just sum up the stars for the top 53 guys for each year, including those on IR. This should help make it an apples-to-apples comparison as the number of players that were on our roster at some point varies year to year.


Sum of stars for top 53 players by year
2007 2008 2009 2010
155 154 163 165

Legend
Among the best at his position
Above average
Average
Below average
Among the worst at his position
Did not play due to injury
(Bold) Starter

Depth charts after the jump...

2007 2008 2009 2010
Quarterbacks
Tony Romo Tony Romo Tony Romo Tony Romo
Brad Johnson Brad Johnson Jon Kitna Jon Kitna
Stephen McGee Stephen McGee
Running Backs
Julius Jones Marion Barber Marion Barber Felix Jones
Marion Barber Felix Jones Felix Jones Marion Barber
Tyson Thompson Tashard Choice Tashard Choice Tashard Choice
Fullbacks
Deon Anderson Deon Anderson Deon Anderson Deon Anderson
Oliver Hoyte Chris Gronkowski
Wide Receivers
Terrell Owens Terrell Owens Miles Austin Miles Austin
Terry Glenn Patrick Crayton Roy Williams Roy Williams
Patrick Crayton Roy Williams Patrick Crayton Dez Bryant
Miles Austin Miles Austin Sam Hurd Kevin Ogletree
Sam Hurd Sam Hurd Kevin Ogletree Sam Hurd
Isaiah Stanback Mike Jefferson
Isaiah Stanback
Tight Ends
Jason Witten Jason Witten Jason Witten Jason Witten
Anthony Fasano Martellus Bennett Martellus Bennett Martellus Bennett
Tony Curtis Tony Curtis John Phillips John Phillips
Offensive Tackles
Flozell Adams Flozell Adams Flozell Adams Doug Free
Marc Columbo Marc Columbo Marc Columbo Marc Columbo
Doug Free Doug Free Doug Free Alex Barron
Pat McQuistan Pat McQuistan Robert Brewster Robert Brewster
James Marten Pat McQuistan Sam Young
Guards
Leonard Davis Leonard Davis Leonard Davis Leonard Davis
Kyle Kosier Kyle Kosier Kyle Kosier Kyle Kosier
Cory Proctor Montrae Holland Montrae Holland Montrae Holland
Joe Berger Cory Proctor Cory Proctor
Joe Berger
Centers
Andre Gurode Andre Gurode Andre Gurode Andre Gurode
[Cory Proctor, G] [Cory Proctor, G] [Cory Proctor, G] [Kyle Kosier, G]
Duke Preston Phil Costa
Defensive Ends
Chris Canty Chris Canty Marcus Spears Marcus Spears
Marcus Spears Marcus Spears Igor Olshansky Igor Olshansky
Jason Hatcher Jason Hatcher Jason Hatcher Jason Hatcher
Stephen Bowen Stephen Bowen Stephen Bowen Stephen Bowen
Sean Lissemore
Nose Tackles
Jay Ratliff Jay Ratliff Jay Ratliff Jay Ratliff
Jason Ferguson Tank Johnson Junior Siavii Josh Brent
Outside Linebackers
Demarcus Ware Demarcus Ware Demarcus Ware Demarcus Ware
Greg Ellis Greg Ellis Anthony Spencer Anthony Spencer
Anthony Spencer Anthony Spencer Victor Butler Victor Butler
Justin Rogers Justin Rogers Brandon Williams Brandon Williams
Steve Octavien
Curtis Johnson
Inside Linebackers
Bradie James Bradie James Bradie James Bradie James
Akin Ayodele Zach Thomas Keith Brooking Keith Brooking
Kevin Burnett Kevin Burnett Bobby Carpenter Sean Lee
Bobby Carpenter Bobby Carpenter Jason Williams Jason Williams
Stephen Hodge Leon Williams
Stephen Hodge
Cornerbacks
Terence Newman Terence Newman Terence Newman Terence Newman
Anthony Henry Anthony Henry Mike Jenkins Mike Jenkins
Jacques Reeves Mike Jenkins Orlando Scandrick Orlando Scandrick
Courtney Brown Orlando Scandrick [Alan Ball, FS] [Alan Ball, FS]
Evan Oglesby Adam Jones [Akwasi Ansah, FS]
Nathan Jones Alan Ball
Strong Safeties
Roy Williams Roy Williams G. Sensabaugh G. Sensabaugh
Keith Davis Pat Watkins Pat Watkins Michael Hamlin
Keith Davis Michael Hamlin Barry Church
Marvin White
Free Safeties
Ken Hamlin Ken Hamlin Ken Hamlin Alan Ball
Pat Watkins Courtney Brown Alan Ball Akwasi Ansah
Danny McCray
Specialists
Nick Folk Nick Folk Nick Folk David Buehler
Matt McBriar Matt McBriar Matt McBriar Matt McBriar
L. P. Ladouceur L. P. Ladouceur L. P. Ladouceur L. P. Ladouceur
David Buehler

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