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Dallas 2010, 2009 Rosters with Debut Years (witness the chaos in 2010)

Something about One.Cool.Customer's recent post on Rookie Survival Rates bothered me. While drafts are supposed to add players to the roster, the roster is already mostly full before the draft even starts. Every player needs to fit into a 53 man roster. On gameday, that's cut down to just 45 active players (plus one emergency third string quarterback).

Returning players + drafted players + undrafted new players + signed free agents > 45

Uh oh.

That means that there's a lot of cramming to do. Be it dismissing old players or not using new ones, something's got to give.

So, let's take a look at some recent rosters to see how it all gets crammed onto the short roster sheet. Here's a list of every Cowboy that played at least one game in 2010:

Notes:

  • Position: This is based on whatever the gamebooks say their position was.
    • If a player was listed in more than one position, I just list the most common position with an asterisk.
    • Ties for most common position are resolved semi-randomly.
  • Debut: the first year the player played in an NFL game. This isn't their draft year, it's when they actually got on the field in a regular/post season game.
    • The program I wrote to make this chart currently only knows about games from 2001-2010.
    • I've marked anyone that shows up in 2001 as #2001#, as they may have had an earlier debut.
    • Disclaimer: In the unusual case of a player who played in 2000 or before, did not play in 2001 at all, and did play after 2001, they will have an incorrect debut year.
  • Other: Shows if a player played at least one game for another team this year.
  • 2009:
    • If the player played for Dallas in 2009, show Starts/Games.
    • If the player played for another team in 2009, show the name of that team.

DAL 2010

NameBirthdayPositionDebutStartsGamesOther2009
Deon Anderson01/27/1983FB2007 0 1 9/18
Miles Austin06/30/1984WR2006161611/18
Alan Ball03/29/1985FS20071616 3/18
Marion Barber06/10/1983RB2005101317/17
Alex Barron09/28/1982T*2005 111STL
Martellus Bennett03/10/1987TE*20081116 7/16
Stephen Bowen03/28/1984DE*2006 916 2/18
Josh Brent01/30/1988NT2010 016
Robert Brewster07/30/1986T2010 0 1
Keith Brooking10/30/1975MOLB#2001#161616/18
Dez Bryant11/04/1988WR2010 212
David Buehler02/05/1987K2009 016 0/18
Victor Butler07/29/1987LB2009 015 1/18
Scott Chandler07/23/1985TE2007 0 9BUF
Tashard Choice05/07/1986RB2008 016 0/18
Barry Church02/11/1988S2010 015
Jeremy Clark09/06/1983DL2008 0 2PHI
Marc Colombo10/08/1978RT2002151511/11
Phil Costa07/11/1987G*2010 1 4
Kenwin Cummings07/23/1986LB2009 0 2NYJNYJ
Leonard Davis09/05/1978RG#2001#161618/18
Doug Free01/16/1984LT20071616 7/18
Clifton Geathers12/11/1987DE2010 0 1MIA
Chris Gronkowski12/26/1986FB2010 714
Andre Gurode03/06/1978C2002161618/18
Michael Hamlin11/21/1985S2009 0 2JAC 0/ 7
Jason Hatcher07/13/1982DE*2006 113 0/18
Montrae Holland05/21/1980G*2003 214
Jesse Holley01/08/1984WR2010 012
Sam Hurd04/24/1985WR2006 115 1/18
Bradie James01/17/1981MILB2003161618/18
Mike Jenkins03/22/1985RCB2008161617/18
Manuel Johnson10/14/1986WR2010 0 2
Felix Jones05/08/1987RB2008 716 1/16
Jon Kitna09/21/1972QB#2001# 910
Kyle Kosier01/27/1978LG2002131318/18
L.P. Ladouceur03/13/1981LS2005 016 0/18
Sean Lee07/22/1986LB2010 014
Sean Lissemore09/11/1987DE2010 0 2
Mat McBriar07/08/1979P2004 016 0/18
Bryan McCann09/29/1987CB2010 0 9
Danny McCray03/10/1988S2010 016
Stephen McGee09/27/1985QB2010 1 2
Lonyae Miller04/29/1988RB2010 0 4
Terence Newman09/04/1978LCB2003161618/18
Kevin Ogletree08/05/1987WR2009 0 6 0/13
Igor Olshansky05/03/1982RE*2004141616/18
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah04/10/1988LB2010 0 7
Jay Ratliff08/29/1981NT2005161618/18
Tony Romo04/21/1980QB2004 6 618/18
Martin Rucker05/04/1985TE2008 1 5
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen08/04/1987DL2010 0 1
Orlando Scandrick11/04/1984CB*2008 316 5/18
Andrew Sendejo09/09/1987S2010 0 2
Gerald Sensabaugh06/13/1983SS*2005141616/17
Marcus Spears03/08/1983LE*2005 7 816/18
Anthony Spencer01/23/1984SLB2007161618/18
Demarcus Ware07/31/1982WLB2005161617/18
Brandon Williams06/21/1988LB2010 0 6
Roy Williams12/20/1981WR2004 91514/17
Jason Williams03/23/1986LB2009 0 5CAR 0/ 5
Leon Williams07/30/1983LB2006 011
Jason Witten05/06/1982TE2003161618/18
Sam Young06/24/1987T2010 0 2


Observant people may have noticed one or two odd things in that roster. Let's make the oddities clearer.
(Again, only those who played in at least one regular season game count; #2001# means "first played in 2001 or earlier") :

Participation for DAL 2010

DebutUnique
Starters
Unique
Players
Total
Starts
Total
Games
#2001# 3 3 41 42
2002 3 3 44 44
2003 4 4 50 62
2004 3 4 29 53
2005 6 7 64 96
2006 4 5 27 71
2007 3 5 48 58
2008 5 7 38 87
2009 0 6  0 46
2010 420 11142
Two things stand out as downright strange.

First, Dallas had not one starter who played their first game in 2009. They went an entire year without finding any new player on the field worth starting in 2010. Yeowch! This is tempered slightly by the kicker David Buehler. He debuted in 2009 and played in all of the 2010 games. The only reason he doesn't count as a starter is that he's on special teams. Getting just one first string not-technically-a-starter player out of an entire season is painful.

Second, Dallas had considerable roster churn with new players. Twenty Cowboys were playing in their debut season. Twenty. Also, I counted seven new players who only played one or two games for the Cowboys, not including the two games by third string QB McGee.

For comparison, here's participation by debut for the rest of the NFC East. (Figuring out why the Giants had no rookie starters is an exercise for the reader.)

Participation for NYG 2010

DebutUnique
Starters
Unique
Players
Total
Starts
Total
Games
#2001# 5 6 54 68
2002 0 2  0 26
2003 2 2 28 28
2004 3 5 39 66
2005 7 8 86113
2006 4 6 26 51
2007 510 36112
2008 4 9 55 81
2009 5 9 28 87
2010 0 9  0 81


Participation for PHI 2010

DebutUnique
Starters
Unique
Players
Total
Starts
Total
Games
#2001# 2 4 24 45
2003 3 4 28 54
2004 2 3 20 31
2005 6 7 65 76
2006 7 9 36108
2007 7 9 63106
2008 6 7 38 68
2009 5 6 59 98
20101217 41148


Participation for WAS 2010

DebutUnique
Starters
Unique
Players
Total
Starts
Total
Games
#2001# 810 65129
2002 4 5 38 59
2003 3 4 15 26
2004 2 3 32 34
2005 3 4 29 49
2006 4 4 43 56
2007 5 7 43 88
2008 4 8 42 70
2009 3 7 18 68
2010 312 27117
There's more to be looked at here. It would be interesting to measure the average team's churn--but that's going to have to wait for another day.

Finally, for those still trying to figure out what the heck happened to the 2010 Cowboys roster, here's what the roster looked like in 2009.

Reminder for the 2008 and 2010 columns:
  • Fractions represent games started/played for Dallas.
  • Team names represent "played at least once for that team".
  • " 0/ 5 CAR" means "zero starts out five games for Dallas that year, also played for Carolina".

DAL 2009

NameBirthdayPositionDebutStartsGamesOther
2009
20082010
Flozell Adams05/18/1975LT#2001#181816/16PIT
Deon Anderson01/27/1983FB2007 918 5/14 0/ 1
Miles Austin06/30/1984WR20061118 0/1216/16
Alan Ball03/29/1985CB*2007 318 0/1016/16
Marion Barber06/10/1983RB2005171713/1510/13
Martellus Bennett03/10/1987TE2008 716 7/1611/16
Stephen Bowen03/28/1984DE*2006 218 0/14 9/16
Keith Brooking10/30/1975MOLB*#2001#1618ATL16/16
David Buehler02/05/1987K2009 018 0/16
Victor Butler07/29/1987LB*2009 118 0/15
Bobby Carpenter08/01/1983LB*2006 218 0/13DET MIA
Tashard Choice05/07/1986RB2008 018 3/16 0/16
Marc Colombo10/08/1978RT2002111116/1615/15
Patrick Crayton04/07/1979WR2004 718 7/16SD
Leonard Davis09/05/1978RG#2001#181816/1616/16
Nick Folk11/05/1984K2007 014 0/16NYJ
Doug Free01/16/1984T*2007 71816/16
Cletis Gordon07/17/1982CB2006 0 1SD
Andre Gurode03/06/1978C2002181816/1616/16
Michael Hamlin11/21/1985S2009 0 7 0/ 2 JAC
Ken Hamlin01/20/1981FS2003141416/16BAL IND
Jason Hatcher07/13/1982DE2006 018 0/16 1/13
Sam Hurd04/24/1985WR2006 118 0/ 3 1/15
Bradie James01/17/1981MILB*2003181816/1616/16
Mike Jenkins03/22/1985RCB*20081718 3/1416/16
Curtis Johnson02/16/1985LB2008 0 3IND
Felix Jones05/08/1987RB2008 116 0/ 6 7/16
Kyle Kosier01/27/1978LG20021818 3/ 313/13
L.P. Ladouceur03/13/1981LS2005 018 0/16 0/16
Mat McBriar07/08/1979P2004 018 0/ 6 0/16
Pat McQuistan04/30/1983T2006 0 7 0/16MIA
Terence Newman09/04/1978LCB2003181810/1016/16
Steve Octavien11/25/1984LB2008 016 0/ 2CLE
Kevin Ogletree08/05/1987WR2009 013 0/ 6
Igor Olshansky05/03/1982RE*20041618SD14/16
John Phillips06/11/1987TE2009 518
Cory Procter10/18/1982C2007 01311/16MIA
Jay Ratliff08/29/1981NT2005181816/1616/16
Tony Romo04/21/1980QB2004181813/13 6/ 6
Allen Rossum10/22/1975CB#2001# 0 1SFSF
Orlando Scandrick11/04/1984CB*2008 518 2/16 3/16
Gerald Sensabaugh06/13/1983SS*20051617JAC14/16
Junior Siavii11/14/1979NT2004 018SEA
Marcus Spears03/08/1983LE*2005161815/16 7/ 8
Anthony Spencer01/23/1984SLB20071818 0/1216/16
Shaun Suisham12/29/1981K2005 0 4WASWASPIT
Demarcus Ware07/31/1982WLB*2005171816/1616/16
Chauncey Washington04/29/1985RB2008 0 2JACSTL
Pat Watkins12/18/1982S*2006 114 0/ 8SD
Marvin White12/05/1983S2007 0 3DETCINCIN
Roy Williams12/20/1981WR20041417DET 9/15
Jason Williams03/23/1986LB2009 0 5 0/ 5 CAR
Jason Witten05/06/1982TE2003181816/1616/16

Participation for DAL 2009

DebutUnique
Starters
Unique
Players
Total
Starts
Total
Games
#2001# 3 4 52 55
2002 3 3 47 47
2003 4 4 68 68
2004 4 6 55107
2005 5 7 84110
2006 5 8 17112
2007 4 7 37102
2008 4 8 30107
2009 2 6  6 79

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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