Dallas Cowboys Times’ Final 2009 Offense Grades, Player Rankings
About a week ago, we published our final Cowboys defensive player rankings for the 2009 season. A few surprises were included, such as Keith Brooking being rated higher than Jay Ratliff, and Victor Butler ahead of Gerald Sensabaugh (don’t forget our ratings are not for overall production, but rather efficiency).
Now, we have concluded our “Grading the ‘Boys” Series, with the final offensive player rankings below. You can find each individual offensive position study here: quarterback, running backs, tight ends, wide receivers, offensive line (run blocking), offensive line (pass protection). We will post overall player rankings (both offense and defense) in the near future.
A few notes before reading:
- This is not a comprehensive list of everyone who played offense last season, but rather those players who participated in enough plays to gather statistically significant results.
- It is also not a ranking of the best offensive players, but rather a list of the most important players to the team (as we see it) in 2009.
- Lastly, players listed in blue are those we expect to improve in 2010. We anticipate a decline in production from those players listed in red, and neither a vast improvement or deterioration in play from those listed in black.
1. QB Tony Romo: 94.0 (A)
Threw only six interceptions over final 14 regular season games
T2. TE Jason Witten: 93.0 (A-)
Team averaged nearly two full yards-per-attempt better when he was in route (9.3 yards) versus blocking (7.4)
T2. WR Miles Austin: 93.0 (A-)
Dropped only 2.2% of balls and tallied an incredible 10.4 yards-per-attempt
T2. RG Leonard Davis: 93.0 (A-)
Average of 4.57 yards-per-carry when at point-of-attack is outstanding for guard; also gave up lowest negative run percentage
5. C Andre Gurode: 91.0 (A-)
Solid in the run game and yielded least pressures and hits of any lineman–could be most crucial component of line in 2010
6. RB Felix Jones: 89.8 (A-)
Surprisingly the team’s top runner after contact (3.3 yards-after contact per run); averaged an incredible 10.0 yards-per-carry on 22 counter runs
7. RB Tashard Choice: 87.3 (B+)
Team-high 31.8% of runs up the middle and 5.8 yards-per-carry in that area could make him the 2010 short-yardage RB
8. LG Kyle Kosier: 85.4 (B)
Perhaps offense’s most underrated player–led offensive line with just one sack yielded in 2009
9. RT Doug Free: 80.6 (B-)
Will utilize athleticism at left tackle, but 4.54 yards-per-rush behind him last season much too low for right tackle
10. TE Martellus Bennett: 80.0 (B-)
Quietly one of the team’s better blockers, but needs to increase his 51.7% completion percentage on balls thrown his way
11. RT Marc Colombo: 79.4 (B-)
Gave up highest percentage of quarterback hits (by far) and largest percentage of negative runs (by far)
12. TE John Phillips: 78.0 (C+)
Nice rookie season, but must improve as a blocker, particularly out of fullback position (only 3.7 yards-per-rush when in game)
13. RB Marion Barber: 77.2 (C+)
Name in red due to projected lack of production, not efficiency in 2010–should improve with less touches
14. WR Patrick Crayton: 77.0 (C+)
Reliable player who lacks explosiveness–could be on another team in 2010
15. LT Flozell Adams: 73.4 (C-)
Still a good run blocker, but led team in sacks, pressures, and penalties
16. WR Roy Williams: 67.4 (D+)
Only 46.2% of targets ended in completion, but he will improve in 2010