As you may have heard, Wade Phillips was mercifully fired this week. I think we’ll all remember where we were when we heard the news. And, while Jason Garrett has been promoted to interim head coach, the Cowboys may look elsewhere after the season. Let’s take a look at a few of the main candidates for the Dallas job, and examine their pros and cons.
Jon Gruden, former head coach of the Raiders and Buccaneers.
Pro: Won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay in 2002; would’ve taken Oakland to Super Bowl if not for the “Tuck Rule.”
Con: As a commentator, Gruden has praised all 1,696 players in the NFL so he’s basically forced to be a “players coach,” which is something Dallas is trying to get away from. Also, his resume indicates he prefers pirate-based organizations.
John Fox, current head coach of the Panthers.
Pro: 1–7 record should allow for a seamless transition; considered a “name” coach that could “excite the fan base.”
Con: Fan bases would be located in New York, Philadelphia and Washington.
Bill Cowher, former head coach of the Steelers.
Pro: Won a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh in 2005; has shown good decision-making abilities throughout his career.
Con: Would request ability to make decisions.
Jason Garrett, interim head coach of the Cowboys.
Pro: Was “hand picked” by Jerry Jones to eventually succeed Phillips.
Con: (see pro)
Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager.
Pro: Would eliminate middle man.
Con: Would eliminate Cowboys.
Only time will tell who coaches America’s Team. In the mean time, let’s get to some picks that have a more immediate impact. Let’s get to Start/Sit! Here at the Café, we rank all the players we expect could see a significant amount of game action each week. We factor in a player’s overall ability, his weekly match-up, and the current status of his health. The result is one Start/Sit number, based on a scale of 100, and we’ll use each member’s ratings to find an average for each player. The higher a guy is on our list, the better you should feel starting him. Finally, below each table, I will give my personal Start/Sit recommendations for each position. Without further ado, here’s Start/Sit for Week 10.
|2||Michael Vick||PHI||at WAS||87.75|
|4||Matt Schaub||HOU||at JAC||83.25|
|9||Tom Brady||NE||at PIT||71.25|
|T-9||Mark Sanchez||NYJ||at CLE||71.25|
|11||Joe Flacco||BAL||at ATL||71.00|
|13||Carson Palmer||CIN||at IND||69.00|
|16||Vince Young||TEN||at MIA||68.00|
|18||Sam Bradford||STL||at SF||67.50|
|19||Brett Favre||MIN||at CHI||65.23|
|20||Matt Cassel||KC||at DEN||64.50|
|22||Jon Kitna||DAL||at NYG||58.00|
|25||Jimmy Clausen||CAR||at TB||54.25|
|26||Shaun Hill||DET||at BUF||49.25|
|28||Matt Hasselbeck||SEA||at ARI||42.99|
|29||Charlie Whitehurst||SEA||at ARI||39.25|
|30||Drew Stanton||DET||at BUF||15.00|
|33||Kevin Kolb||PHI||at WAS||1.85|
Start: Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles. Vick looked better than ever last week, leading the Eagles past the Colts. He was very productive as both a passer and a rusher, making good decisions throughout the game. The only bad choice he made was his refusal to slide after he scrambled for a long run. I’m guessing he won’t make the same mistake this week against a Washington defense that injured him back in Week 4. Vick should stay both healthy and productive in this one, making him a must-start at the quarterback position.
Sit: Vince Young, Tennessee Titans. When evaluating Young’s Week 10 prospects, it appears there are more cons than pros. On the plus side, he has Randy Moss as a potential deep threat. On the minus side, Young is still nursing an ankle injury. He also has to face a Miami defense that yields a better-than-average 213 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. Young himself has thrown for over 200 yards just once this season. It’s also important to consider that, while Randy Moss is a plus, he is also a bit of a question mark. Will he be motivated? Will he quit on plays? Are the catering services in Tennessee any good? I’m keeping Young benched until I get some answers.
|1||Adrian Peterson||MIN||at CHI||93.25|
|2||Arian Foster||HOU||at JAC||92.75|
|3||Chris Johnson||TEN||at MIA||89.50|
|8||Steven Jackson||STL||at SF||83.00|
|9||Ray Rice||BAL||at ATL||82.00|
|11||Jamaal Charles||KC||at DEN||81.00|
|12||Cedric Benson||CIN||at IND||80.75|
|T-12||LeSean McCoy||PHI||at WAS||80.75|
|15||LaDainian Tomlinson||NYJ||at CLE||79.75|
|16||Jahvid Best||DET||at BUF||77.90|
|17||Thomas Jones||KC||at DEN||77.00|
|21||Marshawn Lynch||SEA||at ARI||69.00|
|27||Felix Jones||DAL||at NYG||63.25|
|28||Shonn Greene||NYJ||at CLE||62.25|
|30||Mike Goodson||CAR||at TB||59.25|
|31||BenJarvus Green-Ellis||NE||at PIT||58.50|
|33||Justin Forsett||SEA||at ARI||57.75|
|35||Willis McGahee||BAL||at ATL||57.00|
|36||Marion Barber||DAL||at NYG||56.25|
|37||Kevin Smith||DET||at BUF||55.50|
|39||Danny Woodhead||NE||at PIT||51.50|
|42||Javon Ringer||TEN||at MIA||47.00|
|43||Toby Gerhart||MIN||at CHI||46.75|
|44||Derrick Ward||HOU||at JAC||43.50|
|46||Bernard Scott||CIN||at IND||39.50|
|T-52||Tashard Choice||DAL||at NYG||29.00|
|55||Jerome Harrison||PHI||at WAS||28.25|
|T-57||Leon Washington||SEA||at ARI||23.75|
Start: LeGarrette Blount, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In his two games as the lead back in Tampa Bay, Blount has lit up Arizona (22/120/2) and been stuffed by Atlanta (13/46/0). It’s a limited track record, but Blount’s physical style seems to be tough matchup for weaker defenses. Enter the Panthers, who are fresh off surrendering 149 yards and a score to a Saints rushing attack that was without Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. Look for the Buccaneers to grab an early lead and control the clock with Blount getting around 20 carries.
Sit: Ryan Torain, Washington Redskins. He was a “full go” earlier in the week, but was then limited in Wednesday’s practice by a lingering hamstring injury. My guess is he plays, but the matchup (Philadelphia) isn’t all that great. If he had a more favorable opponent, I’d be willing to take a chance. However, the Eagles are hot right now and I think Torain owners would be best served by resting him another week, even if the Redskins don’t.
|1||Andre Johnson||HOU||at JAC||93.40|
|4||Calvin Johnson||DET||at BUF||86.50|
|5||DeSean Jackson||PHI||at WAS||84.26|
|6||Terrell Owens||CIN||at IND||83.00|
|7||Anquan Boldin||BAL||at ATL||82.25|
|16||Miles Austin||DAL||at NYG||76.00|
|T-17||Jeremy Maclin||PHI||at WAS||75.50|
|19||Braylon Edwards||NYJ||at CLE||72.75|
|T-21||Dwayne Bowe||KC||at DEN||71.75|
|23||Percy Harvin||MIN||at CHI||70.30|
|25||Mike Williams||SEA||at ARI||69.50|
|26||Santonio Holmes||NYJ||at CLE||69.25|
|27||Chad Ochocinco||CIN||at IND||69.00|
|T-28||Randy Moss||TEN||at MIA||68.50|
|30||Jacoby Jones||HOU||at JAC||68.25|
|T-30||Nate Washington||TEN||at MIA||68.25|
|35||Dez Bryant||DAL||at NYG||66.50|
|T-36||Wes Welker||NE||at PIT||66.25|
|39||Derrick Mason||BAL||at ATL||65.25|
|T-39||Kevin Walter||HOU||at JAC||65.25|
|41||Steve Smith||CAR||at TB||64.25|
|43||Danny Amendola||STL||at SF||61.50|
|45||Jerricho Cotchery||NYJ||at CLE||60.25|
|46||Deion Branch||NE||at PIT||59.50|
|47||Nate Burleson||DET||at BUF||59.00|
|49||Roy Williams||DAL||at NYG||56.50|
|52||T.J. Houshmandzadeh||BAL||at ATL||54.75|
|55||David Gettis||CAR||at TB||52.50|
|T-55||Brandon Gibson||STL||at SF||52.50|
|57||Bernard Berrian||MIN||at CHI||52.00|
|T-57||Deon Butler||SEA||at ARI||52.00|
|T-61||Jordan Shipley||CIN||at IND||50.25|
|63||Brandon Tate||NE||at PIT||48.25|
|64||Brandon LaFell||CAR||at TB||47.00|
|67||Jason Avant||PHI||at WAS||40.75|
|68||Mardy Gilyard||STL||at SF||39.75|
|73||Chris Chambers||KC||at DEN||35.25|
|74||Justin Gage||TEN||at MIA||35.00|
|75||Greg Lewis||MIN||at CHI||34.50|
|76||Antwaan Randle El||PIT||NE||34.00|
|79||Golden Tate||SEA||at ARI||26.25|
|T-81||Brandon Stokley||SEA||at ARI||24.75|
|83||Dexter McCluster||KC||at DEN||23.75|
|84||Bryant Johnson||DET||at BUF||23.00|
Start: Steve Smith, New York Giants. He posted somewhat modest totals last week (4/46/1), but Smith’s day could have been a lot better if not for a long pass that he dropped on a play that he may have been interfered with. This week, Smith faces a Cowboys defense has allowed a league-worst 145 points over the past four weeks. Dallas was unable to cover Smith in Week 7 when he torched the Cowboys secondary for nine catches, 101 yards and a score. A repeat performance is likely.
Sit: Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers. Pro: talent, speed, hands, toughness. Con: James Richard Clausen. Sometimes it’s not about quantity.
|2||Dustin Keller||NYJ||at CLE||79.50|
|3||Jason Witten||DAL||at NYG||79.00|
|6||Brandon Pettigrew||DET||at BUF||76.50|
|8||Visanthe Shiancoe||MIN||at CHI||73.50|
|T-11||Aaron Hernandez||NE||at PIT||71.25|
|13||John Carlson||SEA||at ARI||70.00|
|14||Tony Moeaki||KC||at DEN||69.00|
|15||Todd Heap||BAL||at ATL||68.00|
|16||Brent Celek||PHI||at WAS||67.50|
|18||Jermaine Gresham||CIN||at IND||65.50|
|22||Bo Scaife||TEN||at MIA||58.25|
|23||Jeff King||CAR||at TB||50.75|
|24||Owen Daniels||HOU||at JAC||50.58|
|27||Tony Scheffler||DET||at BUF||48.25|
|28||Daniel Fells||STL||at SF||44.75|
|29||Rob Gronkowski||NE||at PIT||41.00|
|30||Michael Hoomanawanui||STL||at SF||40.75|
Start: Jacob Tamme, Indianapolis Colts. Any concerns about Tamme’s ability to produce in place of the injured Dallas Clark were put to rest last week as he caught 11 passes for 108 yards and a score. He’s a must start this week and should remain so for the balance of the season.
Sit: Greg Olsen, Chicago Bears. Olsen found the end zone last week, but he has a total of just six catches since Week 4. During that time he has become a smaller part of the Bears offense, losing targets to Johnny Knox, Earl Bennett, and DeAngelo Hall. Look elsewhere.
Start: New York Giants. The Giants defense was featured here last week and they did not disappoint against Seattle. Now they’ll face the Cowboys in what has to be considered an equally favorable matchup. A must start.
Sit: New England Patriots. The Patriots were run over by Peyton Hillis and the Browns last week. Now they face Pittsburgh. Better options are available.
|2||David Akers||PHI||at WAS||81.75|
|3||Neil Rackers||HOU||at JAC||81.50|
|5||Nick Folk||NYJ||at CLE||80.50|
|6||Rob Bironas||TEN||at MIA||80.25|
|7||Dave Rayner||DET||at BUF||79.00|
|T-9||Shayne Graham||NE||at PIT||78.50|
|11||Mike Nugent||CIN||at IND||77.00|
|15||Ryan Succop||KC||at DEN||74.00|
|21||Olindo Mare||SEA||at ARI||71.50|
|22||Ryan Longwell||MIN||at CHI||71.25|
|23||Josh Brown||STL||at SF||70.50|
|25||Billy Cundiff||BAL||at ATL||69.25|
|26||David Buehler||DAL||at NYG||67.00|
|27||John Kasay||CAR||at TB||65.75|
Start: David Akers, Philadelphia Eagles. Twenty-seven fantasy points in his last two games. Philadelphia is 4th in total offense, but 15th in the red zone, meaning the Eagles should continue to give Akers plenty of chances.
Sit: Ndamukong Suh, Detroit Lions. Likely being moved back to defensive tackle after hitting upright.
Drew is a lifelong Jets fan. Playing and writing about fantasy football has proven helpful in easing the pain.
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