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    DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER AND POSITION GROUPS: A COMPARISON VS. NFC EAST TEAMS

    "Earlier this week, in a radio interview transcribed by the Dallas Morning
    News
    , Dallas Cowboys
    quarterback Tony Romo
    indicated that he and the 2012 Cowboys are ready to "take that next step":<div class="entry-body">
    <blockquote>


    "Our football team can take that next step. We’re doing some things that I
    think will allow us to do that. I’m excited about some of the stuff we got going
    on. I think we’re going to be an improved football team next year. It’s about
    time that we go to that next step, and I think our team is going to be ready for
    that."</p></blockquote>


    Of course, that statement drew derisive and predictable sneers from fans of
    other teams, but Romo's statement does beg the question of how far away the
    Cowboys really are.</p>


    Over the last two days we've taken a detailed look at the Cowboys' roster
    with the help of positional rankings. In Part I, we looked at the structure of the roster and how free
    agency has changed it, in Part II, we looked at the positional rankings for each
    position group as a whole. Now, we're going to compare the positional rankings
    for all four NFC East teams.</p>
    <p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a></p>


    Just as a brief reminder, the positional rankings are derived from the Pro
    Football Focus rankings and are adjusted so that the best player in the league
    at his position gets 99 positional value points and the worst at his position
    gets zero points. Overall, those rankings result in the following five tiers or
    quintiles:</p>
    <table align="center" border="1" width="50%">
    <tbody>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #193561">
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Positional Ranking
    </td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Description</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td align="center">100-80</td>
    <td>Blue-Chip Players
    </td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td align="center">79-60</td>
    <td>NFL starter quality at position
    </td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td align="center">59-40</td>
    <td>Average to slightly below average player
    </td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td align="center">39-20</td>
    <td>Underperformer</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td align="center">20-0</td>
    <td>Red Flag</td></tr></tbody></table>


    A guy marked in blue would be ranked in the top 20% of players at his
    position group. The size of these position groups varies of course. The wide
    receiver ranking has 115 players in total, so each tier or quintile would
    contain 23 players. 3-4 OLBs on the other hand have only 28 ranked players, so
    each tier would only contain five to six players.</p>


    As you review the figures and charts in the rest of this post, keep in mind
    that the numbers give a directional indication of how a player performed in
    2011, but shouldn't be seen as the absolute truth. While I'm confident that a
    player marked in blue had a better year than a player marked in yellow, there is
    probably less of a difference between players with a value of, say, 77 and 83
    than the numbers would indicate.</p>


    NFC East Rosters</p>


    It's always tricky comparing rosters especially when they play different
    systems, like a 3-4 or 4-3. So in trying to accommodate every team in the East,
    I've decided to use a 28-man roster for each team. The offense is fairly
    straightforward: one player each at QB and FB, two players each at TE and HB,
    five offensive linemen and three wide receivers. In selecting the players I
    chose the players with the most snaps at their position in 2011. The tight ends
    are ranked by their receiving grade only.</p>


    On defense, I allowed nine combined defensive linemen and linebackers per
    team, as well as five defensive backs, three corners and two safeties (except
    the Giants, who have
    three safeties and two corners). Again, all of these players were sorted by
    snaps played.</p>


    Here's what the 2011 rosters for all four NFC east teams look like using the
    positional ranking approach:</p>
    <table border="0">
    <tbody>
    <tr>
    <td>
    <table align="center" border="1">
    <tbody>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #193561">
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" colspan="4" align="center">Cowboys</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #193561">
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Player</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">POS</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Snaps</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Pos. Rk</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>T. Smith</td>
    <td align="center">OT</td>
    <td align="center">1,074</td>
    <td align="center">95</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>J. Ratliff</td>
    <td align="center">DT</td>
    <td align="center">750</td>
    <td align="center">92</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>D. Bryant</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">791</td>
    <td align="center">91</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>D. Ware</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">914</td>
    <td align="center">89</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>J. Witten</td>
    <td align="center">TE</td>
    <td align="center">1,074</td>
    <td align="center">86</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>M. Holland</td>
    <td align="center">OG</td>
    <td align="center">641</td>
    <td align="center">79</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>L. Robinson</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">601</td>
    <td align="center">77</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>T. Romo</td>
    <td align="center">QB</td>
    <td align="center">992</td>
    <td align="center">74</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>S. Lee</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">868</td>
    <td align="center">72</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>J. Hatcher</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">429</td>
    <td align="center">72</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>D. Murray</td>
    <td align="center">HB</td>
    <td align="center">389</td>
    <td align="center">69</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>M. Austin</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">571</td>
    <td align="center">68</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>G. Sensabaugh</td>
    <td align="center">S</td>
    <td align="center">1,004</td>
    <td align="center">66</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>A. Spencer</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">938</td>
    <td align="center">64</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>M. Jenkins</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">608</td>
    <td align="center">63</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>F. Jones</td>
    <td align="center">HB</td>
    <td align="center">369</td>
    <td align="center">61</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>K. Coleman</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">426</td>
    <td align="center">59</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>K. Kosier</td>
    <td align="center">OG</td>
    <td align="center">1,051</td>
    <td align="center">40</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>A. Elam</td>
    <td align="center">S</td>
    <td align="center">1,050</td>
    <td align="center">36</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>D. Free</td>
    <td align="center">OT</td>
    <td align="center">1,080</td>
    <td align="center">30</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>M. Bennett</td>
    <td align="center">TE</td>
    <td align="center">428</td>
    <td align="center">27</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>B. James</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">414</td>
    <td align="center">24</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>O. Scandrick</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">679</td>
    <td align="center">24</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>M. Spears</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">400</td>
    <td align="center">22</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>J. Phillips</td>
    <td align="center">FB</td>
    <td align="center">333</td>
    <td align="center">21</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>P. Costa</td>
    <td align="center">OC</td>
    <td align="center">1,024</td>
    <td align="center">14</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>K. Brooking</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">409</td>
    <td align="center">12</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>T. Newman</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">829</td>
    <td align="center">11</td></tr></tbody></table></td>
    <td>
    <table align="center" border="1">
    <tbody>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b7bdcc">
    <td colspan="4" align="center">Giants</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #b7bdcc">
    <td align="center">Player</td>
    <td align="center">POS</td>
    <td align="center">Snaps</td>
    <td align="center">Pos. Rk</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>K. Phillips</td>
    <td align="center">S</td>
    <td align="center">1,014</td>
    <td align="center">93</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>H. Nicks</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">977</td>
    <td align="center">92</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>JPP</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">971</td>
    <td align="center">91</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>A. Bradshaw</td>
    <td align="center">HB</td>
    <td align="center">502</td>
    <td align="center">88</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>E. Manning</td>
    <td align="center">QB</td>
    <td align="center">1,104</td>
    <td align="center">84</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>M. Kiwanuka</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">886</td>
    <td align="center">84</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>V. Cruz</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">774</td>
    <td align="center">82</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>C. Webster</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">1,118</td>
    <td align="center">80</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>J. Ballard</td>
    <td align="center">TE</td>
    <td align="center">795</td>
    <td align="center">79</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>C. Canty</td>
    <td align="center">DT</td>
    <td align="center">684</td>
    <td align="center">72</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>W. Beatty</td>
    <td align="center">OT</td>
    <td align="center">683</td>
    <td align="center">61</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>M. Boley</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">909</td>
    <td align="center">59</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>A. Ross</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">999</td>
    <td align="center">52</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>H. Hynoski</td>
    <td align="center">FB</td>
    <td align="center">272</td>
    <td align="center">52</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>B. Jacobs</td>
    <td align="center">HB</td>
    <td align="center">301</td>
    <td align="center">51</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>O. Umenyiora</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">374</td>
    <td align="center">49</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>L. Joseph</td>
    <td align="center">DT</td>
    <td align="center">613</td>
    <td align="center">45</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>D. Grant</td>
    <td align="center">S</td>
    <td align="center">896</td>
    <td align="center">44</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>J. Williams</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">516</td>
    <td align="center">32</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>B. Pascoe</td>
    <td align="center">TE</td>
    <td align="center">452</td>
    <td align="center">29</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>J. Tuck</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">648</td>
    <td align="center">27</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>C. Snee</td>
    <td align="center">OG</td>
    <td align="center">1,009</td>
    <td align="center">25</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>M. Manningh.</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">606</td>
    <td align="center">20</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>D. Baas</td>
    <td align="center">OC</td>
    <td align="center">695</td>
    <td align="center">17</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>K. McKenzie</td>
    <td align="center">OT</td>
    <td align="center">1,103</td>
    <td align="center">14</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>D. Diehl</td>
    <td align="center">OG</td>
    <td align="center">1,102</td>
    <td align="center">1</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>A. Rolle</td>
    <td align="center">S</td>
    <td align="center">1,115</td>
    <td align="center">0</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>D. Tollefson</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">512</td>
    <td align="center">0</td></tr></tbody></table></td>
    <td>
    <table align="center" border="1">
    <tbody>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #003c3c">
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" colspan="4" align="center"><span class="sbn-auto-link"><span class="sbn-auto-link">Eagles</span></span></td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #003c3c">
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Player</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">POS</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Snaps</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Pos. Rk</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>E. Mathis</td>
    <td align="center">OG</td>
    <td align="center">1,024</td>
    <td align="center">99</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>J. Peters</td>
    <td align="center">OT</td>
    <td align="center">953</td>
    <td align="center">99</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>T. Cole</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">640</td>
    <td align="center">99</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>D. Landri</td>
    <td align="center">DT</td>
    <td align="center">355</td>
    <td align="center">95</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>A. Samuel</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">828</td>
    <td align="center">89</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>C. Jenkins</td>
    <td align="center">DT</td>
    <td align="center">652</td>
    <td align="center">89</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>B. Celek</td>
    <td align="center">TE</td>
    <td align="center">970</td>
    <td align="center">87</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>L. McCoy</td>
    <td align="center">HB</td>
    <td align="center">894</td>
    <td align="center">85</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>J. Babin</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">720</td>
    <td align="center">85</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>N. Allen</td>
    <td align="center">S</td>
    <td align="center">770</td>
    <td align="center">83</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>M. Patterson</td>
    <td align="center">DT</td>
    <td align="center">652</td>
    <td align="center">75</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>M. Vick</td>
    <td align="center">QB</td>
    <td align="center">849</td>
    <td align="center">68</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>T. Herremans</td>
    <td align="center">OT</td>
    <td align="center">1,094</td>
    <td align="center">66</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>J. Maclin</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">755</td>
    <td align="center">63</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>J. Avant</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">731</td>
    <td align="center">50</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>C. Harbor</td>
    <td align="center">TE</td>
    <td align="center">369</td>
    <td align="center">46</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>D. Jackson</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">869</td>
    <td align="center">45</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>D. Watkins</td>
    <td align="center">OG</td>
    <td align="center">807</td>
    <td align="center">36</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>T. Laws</td>
    <td align="center">DT</td>
    <td align="center">351</td>
    <td align="center">35</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>K. Coleman</td>
    <td align="center">S</td>
    <td align="center">771</td>
    <td align="center">29</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>O. Schmitt</td>
    <td align="center">FB</td>
    <td align="center">173</td>
    <td align="center">24</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>C. Matthews*</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">332</td>
    <td align="center">24</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>DRC</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">489</td>
    <td align="center">23</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>B. Rolle</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">658</td>
    <td align="center">20</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>J. Chaney</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">873</td>
    <td align="center">18</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>N. Asomugha</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">955</td>
    <td align="center">17</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>J. Kelce</td>
    <td align="center">OC</td>
    <td align="center">1,094</td>
    <td align="center">6</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>R. Brown*</td>
    <td align="center">HB</td>
    <td align="center">147</td>
    <td align="center">4</td></tr></tbody></table></td>
    <td>
    <table align="center" border="1">
    <tbody>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #660000">
    <td style="COLOR: #cc9821" colspan="4" align="center"><span class="sbn-auto-link"><span class="sbn-auto-link">Redskins</span></span></td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #660000">
    <td style="COLOR: #cc9821" align="center">Player</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #cc9821" align="center">POS</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #cc9821" align="center">Snaps</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #cc9821" align="center">Pos. Rk</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>F. Davis</td>
    <td align="center">TE</td>
    <td align="center">763</td>
    <td align="center">89</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff">
    <td>L. Fletcher</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">1,033</td>
    <td align="center">84</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>J. Gaffney</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">871</td>
    <td align="center">78</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>B. Orakpo</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">956</td>
    <td align="center">75</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>O.J. Atogwe</td>
    <td align="center">S</td>
    <td align="center">699</td>
    <td align="center">71</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>T. Williams</td>
    <td align="center">OT</td>
    <td align="center">640</td>
    <td align="center">68</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99">
    <td>S. Moss</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">641</td>
    <td align="center">63</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>D. Young</td>
    <td align="center">FB</td>
    <td align="center">286</td>
    <td align="center">59</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>D. Stallworth</td>
    <td align="center">WR</td>
    <td align="center">332</td>
    <td align="center">57</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>J. Wilson</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">972</td>
    <td align="center">55</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>W. Montgom.</td>
    <td align="center">OC</td>
    <td align="center">1,103</td>
    <td align="center">54</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>T. Hightower*</td>
    <td align="center">HB</td>
    <td align="center">220</td>
    <td align="center">52</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99">
    <td>P. Riley</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">505</td>
    <td align="center">48</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>K. Golston*</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">174</td>
    <td align="center">38</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>L. Paulsen</td>
    <td align="center">TE</td>
    <td align="center">365</td>
    <td align="center">37</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>R. Kerrigan</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">1,056</td>
    <td align="center">36</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>D. Hall</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">1,036</td>
    <td align="center">34</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>S. Bowen</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">815</td>
    <td align="center">31</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>R. Helu</td>
    <td align="center">HB</td>
    <td align="center">554</td>
    <td align="center">25</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66">
    <td>M. Hurt</td>
    <td align="center">OG</td>
    <td align="center">557</td>
    <td align="center">22</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>R. Grossman</td>
    <td align="center">QB</td>
    <td align="center">886</td>
    <td align="center">18</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>J. Brown</td>
    <td align="center">OT</td>
    <td align="center">785</td>
    <td align="center">18</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>B. Cofield</td>
    <td align="center">DT</td>
    <td align="center">789</td>
    <td align="center">16</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>R. McIntosh</td>
    <td align="center">LB</td>
    <td align="center">516</td>
    <td align="center">10</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>K. Barnes</td>
    <td align="center">CB</td>
    <td align="center">430</td>
    <td align="center">10</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>C. Chester</td>
    <td align="center">OG</td>
    <td align="center">1,103</td>
    <td align="center">9</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>R. Doughty</td>
    <td align="center">S</td>
    <td align="center">680</td>
    <td align="center">7</td></tr>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ff9980">
    <td>A. Carriker</td>
    <td align="center">DE</td>
    <td align="center">622</td>
    <td align="center">6</td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table>


    If you have trouble displaying the full chart, you may need to change your
    viewing settings on BTB. You can do this on the top right of the BTB page by
    setting View to ‘wide’, as shown in the little graphic
    below:</p>
    <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: center"></p>



    As you look at the overall color schemes across the four rosters in the table
    above, the clear odd man out here are the Redskins. You don't end up with a 5-11
    record by accident, and the table above shows that the Redskins had way too many
    players playing below average last year. Because the discrepancy here is so big
    versus the other three teams, I'll leave the Redskins aside for most of this
    post and focus only on the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles.</p>


    Because the much more interesting aspect is how the Cowboys, Giants and
    Eagles compare, since all three teams finished with an almost identical record,
    the Cowboys and Eagles going 8-8, while the Giants went 9-7. Just as a reminder,
    these rankings are based on the 2011 regular season performance, and do not
    include the Giants' postseason run.</p>


    The Cowboys have often been criticized for having a "stars and scrubs"
    approach to building their roster, with a few standout players complemented by a
    bunch of no-names. But going by this chart of the 2011 roster, that is not the
    case. The Cowboys actually have fewer players ranked in the top 20% at their
    position than either the Giants or Eagles. But as if to make up for that, the
    Cowboys have more players ranked within the top 40% of at their position groups
    than the other two teams.</p>


    As a Cowboys fan, I am of course naturally inclined to say that whatever the
    Cowboys are doing is the best, and certainly better than whatever it is the
    Giants or Eagles are doing. But that may be a little shortsighted in this
    case.</p>


    In 2011, the Eagles had twice as many players ranked within the top 20% at
    their position (the blue-chippers) than the Cowboys. That's got to be a good
    situation to be in, especially if you believe the blue-chippers are the players
    that win ball-games for you. Of note, the Eagles have four defensive- and two
    offensive linemen who ranked as blue chippers, with OG Evan Mathis, OT Jason
    Peters and DE Trent Cole ranked # 1 across the entire NFL at their positions.
    That's a good place to be in.</p>


    An even better place for the Eagles to have been in is if the large number of
    blue-chippers would have translated into more quality across the entire roster,
    but it didn't. They have about the same number of Underperformers and Red Flags
    on their roster as the Cowboys and Giants.</p>


    The Giants have almost as many blue-chippers as the Eagles, but the roster
    thins out pretty quickly after that as well. The biggest concern here (although
    it didn't prevent them from winning the Super Bowl) is the state of their
    offensive line: three offensive linemen are categorized as Red Flags, one as an
    Underperformer. Only OT William Beatty qualified as a starter-quality lineman in
    these rankings.</p>


    Finally, if you are worried about Phil Costa
    ranking 30th out of 35 centers in the league last year for a positional ranking
    of "14", take a look around the East: The Giants' David Baas (29/35, 17 Pts) and
    Philly's Jason Kelce
    (33/35, 6 Pts) weren't any better and the Redskins' Will Montgomery (16/35, 54
    Pts) was also just barely above average.</p>


    Overall Rating</p>


    Overall though, regardless of how the 2011 rosters were constructed, the
    value across the three teams is pretty similar, which is again also reflected in
    their similar regular season records. The table below adds up all the positional
    ranking points into one sum for each team, but also has a weighted sum for each
    team. The weighted sum weights the positional ranking points by the number of
    snaps a player played, so that players with lower snap counts don't count as
    much towards the total team value as players with high snap counts.</p>
    <table align="center" border="1">
    <tbody>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #193561">
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">
    </td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Cowboys</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Giants</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Eagles</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Redskins</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Total Positional Ranking Points</td>
    <td align="center">1,539</td>
    <td align="center">1,423</td>
    <td align="center">1,560</td>
    <td align="center">1,240</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td>Weighted Value</td>
    <td align="center">1,154</td>
    <td align="center">1,125</td>
    <td align="center">1,169</td>
    <td align="center">865</td></tr></tbody></table>


    The results here suggest that from a positional ranking point of view, there
    was very little difference between the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles rosters in
    2011. The Redskins of course are an entirely different story.</p>


    Position Groups</p>


    I'll grant that the total team values are a little bit of a disappointment,
    in that there are no significant differences to dwell on, but this will change
    as we look at the different position groups.</p>


    For the position groups, I tried to put together groups of at least five
    players where possible. I did not look at position groups for running backs or
    quarterbacks, as there simply weren't enough players to give us a good average
    at the position. You can look these up individually in the table above.</p>


    With that out of the way, I've put together five position groups for all four
    teams: The Receiving Corps group contains three WRs and two TEs, the Secondary
    has five defensive backs and the O-line has five offensive linemen. Owing to the
    different defensive schemes, these numbers change a little for the linebackers
    and defensive line: The Cowboys and Redskins have five linebackers in their
    group, the Eagles and Giants only three each; for the defensive line the Eagles
    and Giants have six players each, the Cowboys and Redskins only four.</p>


    To account for these differences, the table below doesn't show the total
    value of a position group, instead it shows the average positional rank for a
    player in that teams' position group:</p>
    <table align="center" border="1" width="50%">
    <tbody>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #193561">
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Positional Group
    </td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Cowboys</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Giants</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Eagles</td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Redskins</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">Secondary</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">40
    </td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">54</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">48</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66" align="center">35</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">Linebackers</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">52</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">58</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66" align="center">21</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">51</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">Defensive Line</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">61</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">57</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ccff" align="center">80</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66" align="center">23</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">O-line</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">52</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66" align="center">24</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">61</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffcc66" align="center">24</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">Receiving Corps</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">72</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">60</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">58</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">65</td></tr></tbody></table>


    As is to be expected, the majority of position groups here are marked in
    yellow, which means they are about average, with a positional value between 40
    and 59 percent.</p>


    Don't think too much about the fact that the Cowboys are the only team that
    doesn't have a position group not marked in orange to indicate an
    Underperforming unit, the Cowboys' secondary should count as such, it's just
    that the numbers aligned in such a way that the secondary is one point shy of
    falling into the underperforming category. But while the Cowboys' flaw may be
    slightly obscured in this view, the other teams' flaws aren't.</p>


    The Giants' O-line grades out extremely low. Again, it didn't stop them from
    winning the Super Bowl, but the Giants will look for some serious upgrades
    here.</p>


    The Eagles have the only blue-chip unit in the East with their tremendous
    D-line, but it comes at the price of having a truly crappy linebacking unit
    behind it. Adding DeMeco Ryans should help the Eagles here, and I wouldn't be
    surprised to see the Eagles looking for more upgrades at linebacker. Also, don't
    be surprised if the Eagles upgrade at receiver as well. Eagles fans may have you
    believe that their Receiving Corps is the shizzness, in this ranking it grades
    out as the weakest unit in the East.</p>


    In terms of strengths, the Cowboys look good on the defensive line and
    despite a <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34521/martellus-bennett">Martellus
    Bennett</a> counting against the average, still come out on top in the NFC East
    with their Receiving Corps.</p>


    In yesterday's post Cowboys Free Agency: The Impact On The 2012 Position Groups we
    looked at how free agency could impact the Cowboys' 2012 roster as viewed by
    positional value. Here's what that could look like, using the table and the
    logic from above:</p>
    <table align="center" border="1" width="50%">
    <tbody>
    <tr style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #193561">
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Positional Group
    </td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Cowboys 2011
    </td>
    <td style="COLOR: #ffffff" align="center">Cowboys 2012</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">Secondary</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">40
    </td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">59</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">Linebackers</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">52</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">65</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">Defensive Line</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">61</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">76</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">O-line</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">52</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #ffff99" align="center">49</td></tr>
    <tr>
    <td align="center">Receiving Corps</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">70</td>
    <td style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #99ff99" align="center">68</td></tr></tbody></table>


    There are of course a lot of assumptions going into such a projection, but
    based on last year's positional rankings of the acquired free agents, the
    Cowboys significantly improved their secondary and their linebacking unit, and
    could do the same with a few judicious internal moves along the defensive
    line.</p>


    On offense, Bennett's receiving production will likely be more than met
    internally, but not Laurent Robinson's, and the O-line has not made any strides,
    at least on paper. For now, we're left to wait and see what the new season
    holds, but we'll be revisiting these rankings during the season to see whether
    the free agent hype actually holds up.</p>


    Look no further than Nnamdi Asomugha's first year in Philly to see that not
    every free agent acquisition will turn out as dreamed up."</p></div>

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    ROTFL RF!! </P>


    A Cowboy fan will go to any length to convince himself that his team is poised for greatness. We have seen these types of arguments in their favor (albeit less elaborate) for 15 years now. Heck, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Football Weekly have all made the "compelling" case that the 'boys are built to win NOW all of which turned out to be false. Winning is only validated by winning, not by breathtakingly boring analysis' which totally ignore things liketeam chemistry, team leadership, strength andconsistencyof coaching and strong steadfast ownership.</P>
    No one remembers who came in second.

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      Re: DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER AND POSITION GROUPS: A COMPARISON VS. NFC EAST TEAMS

      [quote user="jomo"]

      ROTFL RF!! </p>


      A Cowboy fan will go to any length to convince himself that his team is poised for greatness. We have seen these types of arguments in their favor (albeit less elaborate) for 15 years now. Heck, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Football Weekly have all made the "compelling" case that the 'boys are built to win NOW all of which turned out to be false. Winning is only validated by winning, not by breathtakingly boring analysis' which totally ignore things liketeam chemistry, team leadership, strength andconsistencyof coaching and strong steadfast ownership.</p>[/quote]

      It was REALLY a slow new cycle lol
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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        Who the hell cares that much of the Cowgirls to even read that mess.</P>


        Tony, just take the next step and win a F'n important game.</P>
        Forget the Past, Live for the Future!

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          Re: DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER AND POSITION GROUPS: A COMPARISON VS. NFC EAST TEAMS

          I didn't even read that all. But it was interesting to see the comparison in blue chip players.

          But the information he's basing that off of seems pretty flawed.

          Nate Allen a blue chip player? Landri a blue chip player?


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            Re: DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER AND POSITION GROUPS: A COMPARISON VS. NFC EAST TEAMS

            Justin Tuck is an under performer?

            Eagles have 3 99 players?

            we have the 3rd defensive line??????????

            i just don't understand





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            Complain?, ain't Nobody got time for dat!

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