Back in May I wrote an article discussing the roster turnover. Since that time we have had the draft, the first phase of FA, OTA and now we are seriously about the bubble guys as we think of TC starting in about two week. I thought it was time for an update.
“Since 2010, there were only 24 players from that opening day roster that made it to the opening day roster in 2012.” Since then we have lost
F Jones, Phillips, and Ogletree on offense
Brent*, Spears, V Butler, Jenkins, Sensabaugh on defense
Thus, there are only 16 players from that opening day roster.
On offense there are 06 players left:
Romo, Austin, Bryant*, Witten, Costa*, and Free
On defense there are 09 players left:
Hatcher, Lissemore*, Ratliff, Spencer, Ware
Lee*, McCray*, Church*, Scandrick
On special teams we still have J P Ladoucer.
The six names with asterisks were rookies in 2010. So from 2009 there are only 09 position players left.
Since 2010 we have had two head coaches, with Garrett taking over in mid-season from Wade Phillips. It is natural for a head coach to put a stamp on the team by introducing new players to replace others. Some of the turnover is natural or independent of coaches, such as players retiring or a career ending injury.
Yet, a major reason for a new coach in the first place is to get more out of the team. Indeed, one of the best things about a new coach is that he evaluates players differently. Thus, a new coach will, and should, have a major effect on turnover. This is true even if the offensive and defensive schemes remain the same.
Garrett took over in mid-season which is an unusual time for coaching changes and that minimizes his ability to shape a team immediately. Normally, this is done in the off-season as being on the opening day rosters guarantees the salary for veterans. Still the opening day roster provides a baseline for comparison.
It is not surprising that the offense has fewer members. Garrett was the OC, before he was the HC, and he was most familiar with the skills, cost and productivity of those members. So the offense was his major focus in his first year to shape the team.
Garrett went after the non-productive high cost folks. He even went to the point of eating dead money to do so.
The OL was a major focus. Only Free and Costa remain from 2010. They are both on their second contracts and we are working on their replacements. Parnell has had significant snaps and we used the number one pick on Frederick.
In 2011, Garrett used three draft picks on the OL. That included Smith at # 1, Arkin at # 4, and Nagy at # 7. We got two starters in Smith and Nagy, but we lost Nagy on waivers. Arkin may yet demonstrate our faith. Along the way we added Kowalski and Leary as UDFA. The youth movement is in full swing.
This year, our RBs will have completely changed since he took over. Murray and Randle were drafted and the UDFA’s Dunbar, Tanner and Lawrence will fight it out. We may go without a true FB and use a H-back. Yet we only have Witten as a TE from that time.
Additionally, the first off-season was marked by the lockout. So, while we hired a new DC, in Ryan; he had a limited time to evaluate the defensive players. There was a major change in the defensive roster last year along with a huge amount of injuries.
Kiffin will have work with a significantly different team. Scandrick is the only CB from that Church and McCray come back at safeties, though McCray is really a ST guy.