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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

Name Birthday Position Debut Starts Games Other 2009
Deon Anderson 01/27/1983 FB 2007  0  1  9/18
Miles Austin 06/30/1984 WR 2006 16 16 11/18
Alan Ball 03/29/1985 FS 2007 16 16  3/18
Marion Barber 06/10/1983 RB 2005 10 13 17/17
Alex Barron 09/28/1982 T* 2005  1 11 STL
Martellus Bennett 03/10/1987 TE* 2008 11 16  7/16
Stephen Bowen 03/28/1984 DE* 2006  9 16  2/18
Josh Brent 01/30/1988 NT 2010  0 16
Robert Brewster 07/30/1986 T 2010  0  1
Keith Brooking 10/30/1975 MOLB #2001# 16 16 16/18
Dez Bryant 11/04/1988 WR 2010  2 12
David Buehler 02/05/1987 K 2009  0 16  0/18
Victor Butler 07/29/1987 LB 2009  0 15  1/18
Scott Chandler 07/23/1985 TE 2007  0  9 BUF
Tashard Choice 05/07/1986 RB 2008  0 16  0/18
Barry Church 02/11/1988 S 2010  0 15
Jeremy Clark 09/06/1983 DL 2008  0  2 PHI
Marc Colombo 10/08/1978 RT 2002 15 15 11/11
Phil Costa 07/11/1987 G* 2010  1  4
Kenwin Cummings 07/23/1986 LB 2009  0  2 NYJ NYJ
Leonard Davis 09/05/1978 RG #2001# 16 16 18/18
Doug Free 01/16/1984 LT 2007 16 16  7/18
Clifton Geathers 12/11/1987 DE 2010  0  1 MIA
Chris Gronkowski 12/26/1986 FB 2010  7 14
Andre Gurode 03/06/1978 C 2002 16 16 18/18
Michael Hamlin 11/21/1985 S 2009  0  2 JAC  0/ 7
Jason Hatcher 07/13/1982 DE* 2006  1 13  0/18
Montrae Holland 05/21/1980 G* 2003  2 14
Jesse Holley 01/08/1984 WR 2010  0 12
Sam Hurd 04/24/1985 WR 2006  1 15  1/18
Bradie James 01/17/1981 MILB 2003 16 16 18/18
Mike Jenkins 03/22/1985 RCB 2008 16 16 17/18
Manuel Johnson 10/14/1986 WR 2010  0  2
Felix Jones 05/08/1987 RB 2008  7 16  1/16
Jon Kitna 09/21/1972 QB #2001#  9 10
Kyle Kosier 01/27/1978 LG 2002 13 13 18/18
L.P. Ladouceur 03/13/1981 LS 2005  0 16  0/18
Sean Lee 07/22/1986 LB 2010  0 14
Sean Lissemore 09/11/1987 DE 2010  0  2
Mat McBriar 07/08/1979 P 2004  0 16  0/18
Bryan McCann 09/29/1987 CB 2010  0  9
Danny McCray 03/10/1988 S 2010  0 16
Stephen McGee 09/27/1985 QB 2010  1  2
Lonyae Miller 04/29/1988 RB 2010  0  4
Terence Newman 09/04/1978 LCB 2003 16 16 18/18
Kevin Ogletree 08/05/1987 WR 2009  0  6  0/13
Igor Olshansky 05/03/1982 RE* 2004 14 16 16/18
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah 04/10/1988 LB 2010  0  7
Jay Ratliff 08/29/1981 NT 2005 16 16 18/18
Tony Romo 04/21/1980 QB 2004  6  6 18/18
Martin Rucker 05/04/1985 TE 2008  1  5
Jimmy Saddler-McQueen 08/04/1987 DL 2010  0  1
Orlando Scandrick 11/04/1984 CB* 2008  3 16  5/18
Andrew Sendejo 09/09/1987 S 2010  0  2
Gerald Sensabaugh 06/13/1983 SS* 2005 14 16 16/17
Marcus Spears 03/08/1983 LE* 2005  7  8 16/18
Anthony Spencer 01/23/1984 SLB 2007 16 16 18/18
Demarcus Ware 07/31/1982 WLB 2005 16 16 17/18
Brandon Williams 06/21/1988 LB 2010  0  6
Roy Williams 12/20/1981 WR 2004  9 15 14/17
Jason Williams 03/23/1986 LB 2009  0  5 CAR  0/ 5
Leon Williams 07/30/1983 LB 2006  0 11
Jason Witten 05/06/1982 TE 2003 16 16 18/18
Sam Young 06/24/1987 T 2010  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

Debut Unique
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  4 20  11 142
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

Debut Unique
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  86 113
2006  4  6  26  51
2007  5 10  36 112
2008  4  9  55  81
2009  5  9  28  87
2010  0  9   0  81


Participation for PHI 2010

Debut Unique
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  36 108
2007  7  9  63 106
2008  6  7  38  68
2009  5  6  59  98
2010 12 17  41 148


Participation for WAS 2010

Debut Unique
Starters
Unique
Players
Total
Starts
Total
Games
#2001#  8 10  65 129
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  3 12  27 117
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

Name Birthday Position Debut Starts Games Other
2009
2008 2010
Flozell Adams 05/18/1975 LT #2001# 18 18 16/16 PIT
Deon Anderson 01/27/1983 FB 2007  9 18  5/14  0/ 1
Miles Austin 06/30/1984 WR 2006 11 18  0/12 16/16
Alan Ball 03/29/1985 CB* 2007  3 18  0/10 16/16
Marion Barber 06/10/1983 RB 2005 17 17 13/15 10/13
Martellus Bennett 03/10/1987 TE 2008  7 16  7/16 11/16
Stephen Bowen 03/28/1984 DE* 2006  2 18  0/14  9/16
Keith Brooking 10/30/1975 MOLB* #2001# 16 18 ATL 16/16
David Buehler 02/05/1987 K 2009  0 18  0/16
Victor Butler 07/29/1987 LB* 2009  1 18  0/15
Bobby Carpenter 08/01/1983 LB* 2006  2 18  0/13 DET MIA
Tashard Choice 05/07/1986 RB 2008  0 18  3/16  0/16
Marc Colombo 10/08/1978 RT 2002 11 11 16/16 15/15
Patrick Crayton 04/07/1979 WR 2004  7 18  7/16 SD
Leonard Davis 09/05/1978 RG #2001# 18 18 16/16 16/16
Nick Folk 11/05/1984 K 2007  0 14  0/16 NYJ
Doug Free 01/16/1984 T* 2007  7 18 16/16
Cletis Gordon 07/17/1982 CB 2006  0  1 SD
Andre Gurode 03/06/1978 C 2002 18 18 16/16 16/16
Michael Hamlin 11/21/1985 S 2009  0  7  0/ 2 JAC
Ken Hamlin 01/20/1981 FS 2003 14 14 16/16 BAL IND
Jason Hatcher 07/13/1982 DE 2006  0 18  0/16  1/13
Sam Hurd 04/24/1985 WR 2006  1 18  0/ 3  1/15
Bradie James 01/17/1981 MILB* 2003 18 18 16/16 16/16
Mike Jenkins 03/22/1985 RCB* 2008 17 18  3/14 16/16
Curtis Johnson 02/16/1985 LB 2008  0  3 IND
Felix Jones 05/08/1987 RB 2008  1 16  0/ 6  7/16
Kyle Kosier 01/27/1978 LG 2002 18 18  3/ 3 13/13
L.P. Ladouceur 03/13/1981 LS 2005  0 18  0/16  0/16
Mat McBriar 07/08/1979 P 2004  0 18  0/ 6  0/16
Pat McQuistan 04/30/1983 T 2006  0  7  0/16 MIA
Terence Newman 09/04/1978 LCB 2003 18 18 10/10 16/16
Steve Octavien 11/25/1984 LB 2008  0 16  0/ 2 CLE
Kevin Ogletree 08/05/1987 WR 2009  0 13  0/ 6
Igor Olshansky 05/03/1982 RE* 2004 16 18 SD 14/16
John Phillips 06/11/1987 TE 2009  5 18
Cory Procter 10/18/1982 C 2007  0 13 11/16 MIA
Jay Ratliff 08/29/1981 NT 2005 18 18 16/16 16/16
Tony Romo 04/21/1980 QB 2004 18 18 13/13  6/ 6
Allen Rossum 10/22/1975 CB #2001#  0  1 SF SF
Orlando Scandrick 11/04/1984 CB* 2008  5 18  2/16  3/16
Gerald Sensabaugh 06/13/1983 SS* 2005 16 17 JAC 14/16
Junior Siavii 11/14/1979 NT 2004  0 18 SEA
Marcus Spears 03/08/1983 LE* 2005 16 18 15/16  7/ 8
Anthony Spencer 01/23/1984 SLB 2007 18 18  0/12 16/16
Shaun Suisham 12/29/1981 K 2005  0  4 WAS WAS PIT
Demarcus Ware 07/31/1982 WLB* 2005 17 18 16/16 16/16
Chauncey Washington 04/29/1985 RB 2008  0  2 JAC STL
Pat Watkins 12/18/1982 S* 2006  1 14  0/ 8 SD
Marvin White 12/05/1983 S 2007  0  3 DET CIN CIN
Roy Williams 12/20/1981 WR 2004 14 17 DET  9/15
Jason Williams 03/23/1986 LB 2009  0  5  0/ 5 CAR
Jason Witten 05/06/1982 TE 2003 18 18 16/16 16/16

Participation for DAL 2009

Debut Unique
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  55 107
2005  5  7  84 110
2006  5  8  17 112
2007  4  7  37 102
2008  4  8  30 107
2009  2  6   6  79

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