Dallas Cowboys Times’ Final 2009 Player Rankings
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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), and each individual defensive position study here: defensive linemen, inside linebackers, outside linebackers,cornerbacks, safeties.
It all comes together in our final 2009 rankings.
A few notes before reading:
- This is not a comprehensive list of everyone who played 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 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.
T1. QB Tony Romo: 94.0 (A)
Threw only six interceptions over final 14 regular season games
T1. Demarcus Ware: 94.0 (A)
Tallied a ridiculous 56 quarterback pressures last season–20 more than any other outside linebacker in the NFL
T3. 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)
T3. WR Miles Austin: 93.0 (A-)
Dropped only 2.2% of balls and tallied an incredible 10.4 yards-per-attempt
T3. 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
6. Anthony Spencer: 92.0 (A-)
Racked up 28 more tackles and 1.77 times the hits-per-rush as Ware
7. 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
T8. Mike Jenkins: 89.8 (A-)
Allowed just 49.1 percent completion rate and led all cornerbacks in yards-per-attempt, deflections, and interceptions
T8. 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
10. Terence Newman: 88.2 (B+)
Thrown at less than any cornerback in 2009 (9.49 percent of all snaps) and a supremely underrated tackler (65 tackles, 8.5 percent missed tackle rate)
11. Keith Brooking: 87.6 (B+)
Solid numbers against both the run and pass (led all inside linebackers in tackles, tackle rate, and yards-per-attempt against), but most important grade was ‘A’ in leadership
12. 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
13. Jay Ratliff 87.0 (B+)
Led all linemen with a .82 percent sack rate from the nose tackle position
14. LG Kyle Kosier: 85.4 (B)
Perhaps offense’s most underrated player–led offensive line with just one sack yielded in 2009
15. Igor Olshansky 85.0 (B)
Probably higher on this list than others would like, but acquired a solid 33 tackles last season–11 more than Spears
16. Bradie James: 84.1 (B)
Missed only three tackles (3.4 percent) all season
17. Deon Anderson: 83.0 (B-)
Team averaged a remarkable 5.6 yards-per-carry with him on the field–only 3.7 with John Phillips at fullback
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