Relative Value Rankings After the Playoff Win

In the early 1970s, the Cowboys found a way to turn the corner thanks to the play of key veterans, including Bob Lilly, Chuck Howley, and the like. In the 1990s, the team was successful thanks to the emergence of young talent. The 2009 team’s history is not yet complete, but in the first playoff win in 13 years, both the key veterans and the young talent came through.

Nobody really deserves to drop this week, though Ken Hamlin needs to stop his stupid penalties. Roy Williams showed up again in a big way and jumped up several spots on the list.

Inactives vs. Philadelphia: QB Stephen McGee, S Pat Watkins, CB Cletis Gordon, LB Jason Williams, G Montrae Holland, C Duke Preston, T Pat McQuistan (#44 last week), LB Curtis Johnson

45. Cory Procter, C/G

Last week: 45

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Yet again, Procter did not play.

44. Junior Siavii, DT

Last week: 40

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Siavii was on the active roster but did not play against the Eagles.

43. Jon Kitna, QB

Last week: 43

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Kitna did not see the field. Nothing new.

42. Victor Butler, LB

Last week: 41

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Butler played on special teams and on defense near the end of the game. He did not record a tackle.

41. Steve Octavien, LB

Last week: 38

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Octavien did not record a tackle on Saturday.

40. Michael Hamlin, S

Last week: 42

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Hamlin was credited with two special teams tackles against the Eagles.

39. Sam Hurd, WR

Last week: 35

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Hurd has fallen behind Kevin Ogletree as a receiver and has not been as active on special teams.

38. L.P. Ladouceur, LS

Last week: 36

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): For perhaps the first time all year, one of Ladouceur’s field goal snaps looked off. Fortunately, Shaun Suisham made the field goal anyway.

37. Shaun Suisham, K

Last week: 39

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Suisham came through against the Eagles, making kicks from 25 and 48 yards in the first half.

36. David Buehler, K

Last week: 34

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Three of Buehler’s seven kickoffs went into the end zone for touchbacks.

35. Deon Anderson, FB

Last week: 33

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): At one point, Romo tried to dump a pass off to Anderson on a rollout, but Anderson could not make the grab. On Felix Jones’ 73-yard TD in the third quarter, Anderson made a nice block on the weakside linebacker, helping Jones to make the play that effectively ended the game.

34. Jason Hatcher, DE

Last week: 32

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Hatcher was not credited with a sack, but he was certainly part of the Dallas pass rush.

33. Stephen Bowen, DE

Last week: 31

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Bowen recorded a tackle and a QB hurry.

32. Kevin Ogletree, WR

Last week: 30

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Ogletree caught one five yard pass that helped to set up Shaun Suisham’s second field goal. Ogletree also caught a screen pass that would have given the Cowboys a first down inside the five but for a pass interference call on Jason Witten. Ogletree also made a big tackle on the Eagles’ kickoff return following the Cowboys’ first touchdown.

31. Martellus Bennett, TE

Last week: 29

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Bennett wasn’t even targeted against the Eagles, though he was involved with blocking.

30. Alan Ball, S

Last week: 26

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Ball has been an important part of the defense, but he did not record a tackle against the Eagles.

29. Doug Free, T

Last week: 22

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): When Marc Columbo struggled early against the Eagles, there were plenty of calls for Free to go back in.

28. Roy Williams, WR

Last week: 37

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Williams caught five important passes in the first half, including four that picked up first downs. Perfect timing. He should have had a touchdown in the second quarter on a screen pass, but he fell down trying to make a move.

27. John Phillips, TE

Last week: 27

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Phillips scored the team’s first touchdown pass, sparking reminders of backup tight end Derek Tennell’s TD catch against the Eagles in the 1992 playoffs. What, you don’t remember that?

26. Marcus Spears, DE

Last week: 23

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Spears recorded one tackle and one QB hurry against the Eagles.

25. Bobby Carpenter, LB

Last week: 25

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): I really want to move Carpenter up after his performance against the Eagles, during which he recovered two fumbles and recorded two tackles. The players above him, though, played just as well.

24. Orlando Scandrick, CB

Last week: 24

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Scandrick recorded two tackles and did not give up big plays over the middle.

23. Marc Columbo, T

Last week: Injured

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Columbo had a rough first quarter, during which he was called for a penalty and gave up a sack. After the first quarter, it looked like he played much better.

22. Tashard Choice, RB

Last week: 28

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Choice had 42 yards on 14 carries with a touchdown. He also caught a pass and scampered for a first down on the team’s opening drive. It looks like he is running better than Marion Barber at this point.

21. Ken Hamlin, S

Last week: 17

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Hamlin was very active against the Eagles in both a good way and a bad way. Good=three tackles. Bad=three personal foul penalties.

20. Gerald Sensabaugh, S

Last week: 19

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Sensabaugh had three tackles and an assist against the Eagles. With the Cowboys ahead 14-7 and the Eagles facing a 3rd-and-4, Sensabaugh made a huge tackle on Jeremy Maclin to stop the Eagles short. Dallas managed a field goal on the next drive and led by at least two possessions for the rest of the game.

19. Mat McBriar, P

Last week: 20

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Five of McBriar’s six punts end up inside the 20. That’s something else.

18. Igor Olshansky, DE

Last week: 13

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff):

17. Flozell Adams, T

Last week: 21

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Adams owned Trent Cole for two games against the Eagles. The only negative was his unnecessary roughness penalty, though that game in the fourth quarter.

16. Marion Barber, RB

Last week: 10

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): It feels harsh to move Barber down this far, but Barber hasn’t been able to offer the burst that Choice and Felix Jones have shown. Barber barely played against the Eagles.

15. Patrick Crayton, WR

Last week: 18

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Crayton caught three passes, two of which gave the Cowboys a first down. His last reception came on a third down play just before Felix Jones’ 73-yard TD in the third quarter. Crayton also came close to breaking a couple of punt returns. He averaged 18 yards on three punt returns.

14. Kyle Kosier, G

Last week: 16

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Kosier had  solid game, as the Eagles were unable to pressure Romo up the middle. Kosier also made several nice run blocks, including a big block at the goalline on Tashard Choice’s touchdown.

13. Andre Gurode, C

Last week: 15

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Like Kosier, Gurode had a great game.

12. Leonard Davis, G

Last week: 14

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Davis made a huge block on Felix Jones’ touchdown, pulling to his right and taking out safety Quintin Mikell.

11. Terence Newman, CB

Last week: 12

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Newman did not give up any big plays. He recorded four tackles.

10. Jason Witten, TE

Last week: 7

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Witten was targeted five times and caught four passes. He nearly had a touchdown in the second quarter.

9. Keith Brooking, LB

Last week: 8

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Brooking returned to the stat sheet after recording four tackles. His leadership is vital.

8. Jay Ratliff, NT

Last week: 9

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Ratliff did not record a tackle against the Eagles, but he learned this week that he was named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team.

7. Felix Jones, RB

Last week: 11

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Jones is moving back up the list after having his biggest game as a pro. His 16-carry, 148-yard effort looked part Tony Dorsett, part Emmitt Smith.

6. Mike Jenkins, CB

Last week: 6

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Jenkins was credited with four pass defenses on the official stat sheet, which is a huge number. He’s looking very much like an All-Pro corner. Two negatives that we can forgive: giving up a long touchdown to Maclin on the pass from Vick, and trying to lateral the ball after recording a pick in the third quarter.

5. Bradie James, LB

Last week: 5

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): James had a big game, recording a sack and stripping Leonard Weaver on a key play late in the first half.

4. Anthony Spencer, LB

Last week: 4

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Spencer continues to be a force on defense. He had two tackles, a sack, and two QB hurries. He also caused problems on a play in the second quarter that resulted in Michael Vick’s fumble in the second quarter.

3. Miles Austin, WR

Last week: 2

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Tony Romo targeted Austin 10 times, and Austin caught seven of those passes, including a TD pass on a screen. Austin was also the target on a play when Sheldon Brown was called for pass interference, setting up the Cowboys’ first touchdown.

2. DeMarcus Ware, LB

Last week: 3

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): Ware again came up huge, recording two sacks and forcing a fumble. Ware was also named All-Pro.

1. Tony Romo, QB

Last week: 1

vs. Philadelphia (Playoff): I know the arguments for putting Ware and/or Austin ahead of Romo, it’s been Romo’s steady play that has been the big difference in the team this year vs. previous years.