Dallas Cowboys: 2012 Defensive snaps

A look at the snaps played by Cowboys defenders in the team’s 28-18 loss to the Washington Redskins, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 62 of 62
CB Brandon Carr: 61 of 62
OLB Anthony Spencer: 58 of 62
LB Ernie Sims: 56 of 62
DE Jason Hatcher: 47 of 62
DL Sean Lissemore: 39 of 62
ILB Dan Connor: 34 of 62
S Eric Frampton: 34 of 62
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 33 of 62
DE Marcus Spears: 32 of 62
DE Tyrone Crawford: 29 of 62
ILB Alex Albright: 28 of 62
CB Mike Jenkins: 25 of 62
OLB Brady Poppinga: 24 of 62
DE Brian Schaefering: 16 of 62
OLB Victor Butler: 11 of 62
CB Sterling Moore: 8 of 62
S Danny McCray: 3 of 62


Linebacker Demarcus Ware, who will need surgery to repair injuries to his right elbow and shoulder, played a season-low 33 snaps and didn’t make much of an impact. He struggled against Robert Griffin III and the zone read all night. Ware played just seven snaps in the first half as the Cowboys tried to limit his playing time until they absolutely needed him. The Cowboys used backups Alex Albright and Victor Butler to replace him, and neither had much success. ... Danny McCray, exposed late in the season at safety, played just a handful of snaps as he returned to his full-time role on special teams. ... Brady Poppinga, who vowed to inflict pain on Griffin, had trouble consistently forcing running plays inside and was a non-factor.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 34-31 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 95 of 95
CB Brandon Carr: 95 of 95
OLB Anthony Spencer: 94 of 95
CB Morris Claiborne: 93 of 95
DE Jason Hatcher: 72 of 95
ILB Dan Connor: 65 of 95
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 59 of 95
DE Marcus Spears: 56 of 95
S Eric Frampton: 51 of 95
DL Sean Lissemore: 47 of 95
CB Charlie Peprah: 44 of 95
ILB Alex Albright: 43 of 95
CB Mike Jenkins: 42 of 95
DE Tyrone Crawford: 41 of 95
OLB Victor Butler: 40 of 95
CB Sterling Moore: 28 of 95
LB Brady Poppinga: 25 of 95
DE Brian Schaefering: 19 of 95
LB Ernie Sims: 19 of 95
CB Michael Coe: 16 of 95
S Danny McCray: 1 of 95

Taylor's Takes: Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan benched Danny McCray, who has struggled for several weeks, and Eric Frampton replaced him in the starting lineup. McCray, fighting through several injuries, played primarily on special teams, which is what he does best. ... Dan Connor did yeoman work at inside linebacker and recorded a season-high 12 tackles. ... DeMarcus Ware, playing with a shoulder strain and a hyperextended elbow, missed a chunk of the second half after aggravating the injury. Victor Butler played more snaps than he had in any game since Week 4 against Chicago.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 62 of 62
CB Brandon Carr: 62 of 62
LB Ernie Sims: 58 of 62
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 54 of 62
OLB Anthony Spencer: 52 of 62
DE Jason Hatcher: 50 of 62
CB Mike Jenkins: 50 of 62
S Danny McCray: 42 of 62
DL Sean Lissemore: 37 of 62
DE Marcus Spears: 35 of 62
CB Morris Claiborne: 34 of 62
S Eric Frampton: 25 of 62
ILB Dan Connor: 24 of 62
OLB Victor Butler: 22 of 62
CB Sterling Moore: 22 of 62
DE Tyrone Crawford: 22 of 62
ILB Alex Albright: 17 of 62
NT Robert Calloway: 10 of 62
LB Vince Agnew: 4 of 62

Taylor's Takes: Without Josh Brent, who was arrested Saturday for intoxication manslaughter in the death of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown, the Cowboys used a combination of Sean Lissemore and Robert Calloway at nose tackle. The Bengals averaged 7.3 yards per carry and did much of their damage between the tackles. ... Cornerback Sterling Moore, who joined the team less than two weeks ago, has made himself valuable because he can play outside and the slot, which is why he received considerable playing time. ... Gerald Sensabaugh has not missed a play in 10 weeks. ... Alex Albright played better this week and split some time at inside linebacker with Dan Connor.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 38-33 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 63 of 63
CB Brandon Carr: 63 of 63
CB Morris Claiborne: 63 of 63
ILB Ernie Sims: 63 of 63
S Danny McCray: 62 of 63
OLB Anthony Spencer: 57 of 63
DE Jason Hatcher: 54 of 63
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 53 of 63
CB Mike Jenkins: 42 of 63
ILB Dan Connor: 37 of 63
DE Marcus Spears: 26 of 63
DL Sean Lissemore: 23 of 63
NT Josh Brent: 28 of 63
S Eric Frampton: 17 of 63
DE Ben Bass 16 of 63
OLB Victor Butler: 15 of 63
DE Tyrone Crawford: 13 of 63
OLB Kyle Wilber: 7 of 63
ILB Alex Albright: 4 of 63
CB Sterling Moore: 2 of 63
CB Vince Agnew: 1 of 63

Taylor's Takes: It’s easy to see how injuries have affected the Cowboys’ defense, four players played every snap of the Cowboys’ win over Philadelphia and Danny McCray played all but one. Perhaps, that explains some of the team’s second-half woes. They were just tired. ... Sterling Moore, signed on Friday, played two snaps. One more indication of the Cowboys’ depth issues. ... Victor Butler had his most extensive playing time in three weeks because DeMarcus Ware missed several plays with a shoulder injury.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 38-31 loss to the Washington Redskins, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 62 of 62
OLB Anthony Spencer: 61 of 62
CB Brandon Carr: 60 of 62
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 60 of 62
CB Morris Claiborne: 54 of 62
ILB Bruce Carter: 46 of 62
DE Marcus Spears: 44 of 62
S Danny McCray: 38 of 62
NT Josh Price-Brent: 36 of 62
ILB Ernie Sims: 35 of 62
ILB Dan Connor: 35 of 62
S Charlie Peprah: 32 of 62
DE Tyrone Crawford: 31 of 62
DE Jason Hatcher: 30 of 62
CB Mike Jenkins: 25 of 62
S Eric Frampton: 17 of 62
DE Ben Bass 16 of 62
CB Orlando Scandrick: 13 of 62
OLB Victor Butler: 3 of 62
ILB Alex Albright: 1 of 62

Taylor's Takes: Victor Butler, who has shown an ability to rush the passer this season, had his most limited playing time of the season. At a time when a young player such as Butler should be pressing for playing time, his keeps getting reduced. Yet another unproductive draft pick. ... Ben Bass and Marcus Spears continue to split time as they replaced defensive end Kenyon Coleman.
IRVING - A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 23-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 70 of 70
ILB Bruce Carter: 70 of 70
CB Brandon Carr: 69 of 70
OLB Anthony Spencer: 69 of 70
CB Morris Claiborne: 68 of 70
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 62 of 70
DE Jason Hatcher: 51 of 70
NT Jay Ratliff: 49 of 70
S Danny McCray: 41 of 70
CB Orlando Scandrick: 29 of 70
DE Marcus Spears: 26 of 70
S Charlie Peprah: 25 of 70
ILB Ernie Sims: 23 of 70
NT Josh Brent-Price: 19 of 70
DE Tyrone Crawford: 17 of 70
S Eric Frampton: 17 of 70
ILB Alex Albright: 11 of 70
OLB Victor Butler: 9 of 70
DE Ben Bass 9 of 70
CB Vince Agnew: 2 of 70

Taylor's Takes: Bruce Carter has not missed any of the 337 defensive snaps from scrimmage since Sean Lee was lost for the season with a toe injury, one indication of just how important he’s become to the defense. ... Coordinator Rob Ryan used former No.1 pick Marcus Spears and rookie free agent Ben Bass to replace run-stopping defensive end Kenyon Coleman, who’s out for the season with a torn triceps. Spears and Bass combined for 25 plays, which is just about what Coleman averaged this season as a first- and second-down player. ... Inside linebacker Dan Connor returned after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury and split playing time with Ernie Sims. Alex Albright has gotten playing time in three straight games for the first time this season.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 38-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, while analyzing what it means:

S Gerald Sensabaugh: 78 of 78
ILB Bruce Carter: 78 of 78
CB Brandon Carr: 78 of 78
CB Morris Claiborne: 77 of 78
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 65 of 78
OLB Anthony Spencer: 64 of 78
DE Jason Hatcher: 61 of 78
CB Orlando Scandrick: 56 of 78
S Charlie Peprah: 55 of 78
NT Jay Ratliff: 52 of 78
ILB Ernie Sims: 50 of 78
S Danny McCray: 47 of 78
OLB Victor Butler: 21 of 78
NT Josh Brent-Price: 20 of 78
DE Tyrone Crawford: 17 of 78
DE Kenyon Coleman: 15 of 78
DE Marcus Spears: 8 of 78
ILB Alex Albright: 7 of 78
OLB Kyle Wilber: 4 of 78
CB Vince Agnew: 5 of 78

Taylor's Takes: Safety Charlie Peprah started at safety and received extensive playing time, enabling the Cowboys to cut back on Danny McCray's load in hopes of making him an even bigger difference-maker on special teams. ... Kenyon Coleman tore a triceps muscle in the second quarter, which mean Jason Hatcher played more than he has all season with Marcus Spears and Tyrone Crawford getting time at defensive end too. ... With the Eagles in so many formations with three receivers, Orlando Scandrick surpassed the 50-play mark for the first time this season. ... Victor Butler, relegated to the bench after struggling, while Anthony Spencer was out, played his best game of the season and was rewarded with additional playing time.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 19-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, while analyzing what it means:

Gerald Sensabaugh: 67 of 67
Bruce Carter: 67 of 67
Brandon Carr: 66 of 67
Danny McCray: 65 of 67
DeMarcus Ware: 62 of 67
Anthony Spencer: 57 of 67
Morris Claiborne: 55 of 67
Jason Hatcher: 46 of 67
Ernie Sims: 45 of 67
Kenyon Coleman: 33 of 67
Orlando Scandrick: 32 of 67
Josh Brent-Price: 31 of 67
Jay Ratliff: 30 of 67
Mike Jenkins: 28 of 67
Tyrone Crawford: 19 of 67
Victor Butler: 14 of 67
Marcus Spears: 11 of 67
Alex Albright: 5 of 67
Eric Frampton: 4 of 67

Taylor's Take: Ernie Sims, acquired two weeks ago, moved into the starting lineup against the Falcons with Dan Connor out with a strained shoulder and did a solid job. Orie Lemon, who played the second half with Connor out last week, returned to his role as a key special teams contributor. ... Jay Ratliff aggravated his sprained ankle and essentially split time with Josh Brent-Price. ... For the second consecutive game, Bruce Carter did not come off the field on defense. ... Mike Jenkins received extensive playing time for the second consecutive games. The Cowboys want to get their best 11 on the field as much as possible, especially with Sean Lee and Barry Church out for the season.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 29-24 loss to the New York Giants, while analyzing what it means:

Gerald Sensabaugh: 60 of 60
Bruce Carter: 60 of 60
Anthony Spencer: 59 of 60
Brandon Carr: 59 of 60
Danny McCray: 57 of 60
Morris Claiborne: 52 of 60
DeMarcus Ware: 48 of 60
Jay Ratliff: 46 of 60
Jason Hatcher: 42 of 60
Orlando Scandrick: 26 of 60
Mike Jenkins: 26 of 60
Kenyon Coleman: 24 of 60
Orie Lemon: 23 of 60
Josh Brent-Price: 14 of 60
Marcus Spears: 14 of 60
Tyrone Crawford: 14 of 60
Victor Butler: 12 of 60
Dan Connor: 10 of 60
Eric Frampton: 4 of 60

In the season’s first six games, Orie Lemon played two snaps on defense because he was the team’s third-string inside linebacker. Well, he participated in a season-high number of snaps against the Giants because Dan Connor suffered a neck strain in the second quarter. Connor started because Sean Lee is out for the season after having toe surgery. Lemon did a solid job and cold find himself starting this week, if Connor’s not healthy. ... A week after playing one play against Carolina, Mike Jenkins had a big role in the defense. The Cowboys used Brandon Carr at safety some, which meant Jenkins replaced him at cornerback in those situations. ... Victor Butler blew an opportunity to prove his value in the two games Anthony Spencer missed, and he’s become a bit player again. ... Bruce Carter, calling the defensive signals with Lee out, was on the field for every play.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 19-14 win over the Carolina Panthers, while analyzing what it means:


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Gerald Sensabaugh: 62 of 62
Bruce Carter: 62 of 62
Morris Claiborne: 61 of 62
Brandon Carr: 61 of 62
DeMarcus Ware: 58 of 62
Danny McCray: 51 of 62
Jay Ratliff: 46 of 62
Orlando Scandrick: 41 of 62
Jason Hatcher: 38 of 62
Sean Lee: 35 of 62
Kenyon Coleman: 25 of 62
Josh Brent-Price: 22 of 62
Dan Connor: 20 of 62
Marcus Spears: 15 of 62
Tyrone Crawford: 13 of 62
Eric Frampton: 13 of 62
Victor Butler: 5 of 62
Mike Jenkins: 1 of 62
Orie Lemon: 1 of 62

Mike Jenkins was on the field for one play, which represents the least he’s played in a game this season. The Cowboys limited Jenkins’ role this week because Carolina relies on a physical run-oriented approach and they wanted more linebackers and defensive linemen in the game. ... Victor Butler failed to take advantage of opportunity with Anthony Spencer our of the lineup. Butler played sparingly and Alex Albright didn’t get on the field as a defensive player. ... With Sean Lee out with a sprained toe, Dan Connor did a good job, contributing a couple of huge plays in the second half. Bruce Carter played more than usual and called the defensive signals. ... The Cowboys need to find more playing time for Josh Brent-Price because he’s been disruptive and it keeps Jay Ratliff fresher.
IRVING - A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 31-29 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, while analyzing what it means:


Gerald Sensabaugh: 51 of 51
Sean Lee: 51 of 51
Bruce Carter: 51 of 51
Danny McCray: 50 of 51
DeMarcus Ware: 47 of 51
Brandon Carr: 46 of 51
Jason Hatcher: 39 of 51
Morris Claiborne: 37 of 51
Jay Ratliff: 37 of 51
Victor Butler: 36 of 51
Orlando Scandrick: 31 of 51
Kenyon Coleman: 23 of 51
Tyrone Crawford: 15 of 51
Josh Brent-Price: 13 of 51
Alex Albright: 13 of 51
Dan Connor: 12 of 51
Mike Jenkins: 6 of 51
Kyle Wilber: 2 of 51
Sean Lissemore: 1 of 51

Taylor's Takes: Jay Ratliff played his first game of the season, and the Cowboys certainly didn’t give him a light workload. Jason Hatcher was the only defensive lineman with more snaps, although Baltimore had the ball for only 19 minutes and 51 plays. Still, Ratliff’s presence meant Josh Brent-Price played his fewest snaps of the season. ... With Anthony Spencer out for the second consecutive week with a strained chest muscle, Victor Butler and Alex Albright split the workload. Butler tied for the team lead with five tackles and Albright made a tackle for loss on third down. ... A high ankle sprain limited Sean Lissemore to just one play. His energy will be missed. ... Another shoulder injury limited Mike Jenkins to just a handful plays, when the idea was to rotate him every two series with Morris Claiborne.
IRVING, Texas -- A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while analyzing what it means:

Sean Lee: 60 of 60
Brandon Carr: 57 of 60
Morris Claiborne: 56 of 60
DeMarcus Ware: 55 of 60
Anthony Spencer: 54 of 60
Bruce Carter: 53 of 60
Jason Hatcher: 47 of 60
Danny McCray: 46 of 60
Barry Church: 37 of 60
Sean Lissemore: 36 of 60
Orlando Scandrick: 32 of 60
Mike Jenkins: 31 of 60
Josh Brent-Price: 26 of 60
Marcus Spears: 22 of 60
Tyrone Crawford: 17 of 60
Victor Butler: 13 of 60
Mana Silva: 12 of 60
Dan Connor: 3 of 60
LaQuan Lewis: 1 of 60

Mike Jenkins debuted last week with a handful of plays, but he was outstanding when he was on the field against Tampa Bay, which will make it easier for the Cowboys to use Brandon Carr at safety, if they must, to compensate for the loss of Barry Church for the rest of the season. ... For the second time in three games, linebacker Sean Lee participated in every play. He leads the team in tackles and is a bonafide playmaker, which is why defensive coordinator Rob Ryan never wants to take him off the field. ... Victor Butler played sparingly, but he made a couple of good plays against the run. If he continues, then he’ll see his playing time increase. Ryan’s top priority is stopping the run. ... Dan Connor has 18 snaps on defense this season, which should be viewed more as a positive about Bruce Carter than a negative about Connor. ... Rookie Tyrone Crawford’s playing time increased for the third consecutive week. He had one pressure and was solid against the run.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s 27-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, while analyzing what it means:

CB Brandon Carr: 68 of 68
CB Morris Claiborne: 64 of 68
ILB Sean Lee: 62 of 68
OLB DeMarcus Ware: 58 of 68
OLB Anthony Spencer: 58 of 68
ILB Bruce Carter: 54 of 68
S Gerald Sensabaugh: 52 of 68
S Danny McCray: 50 of 68
DE Jason Hatcher: 48 of 68
NG Josh Brent: 42 of 68
DE Marcus Spears: 34 of 68
CB Orlando Scandrick: 30 of 68
DL Sean Lissemore: 23 of 68
DE Kenyon Coleman: 21 of 68
S Mana Silva: 17 of 68
DE Victor Butler: 16 of 68
S Barry Church: 13 of 68
ILB Dan Connor: 11 of 68
DE Tyrone Crawford: 10 of 68
CB Mike Jenkins: 8 of 68
LB Alex Albright: 1 of 68

Danny McCray gets the Ironman Award this week for playing a team-high 74 snaps, if we include his work on special teams. McCray played so much because a quadriceps injury significantly limited Barry Curch’s playing time. ... Mike Jenkins made his 2012 debut as a part-time player at safety in the dime defense. With Gerald Sensabaugh (calf) out at least a couple of weeks, Jenkins’ playing time will increase at that spot. ... Bruce Carter continues to make plays and saw his playing time nearly double. ... Sean Lissemore will see additional playing time if he continues to produce at absurd levels. He had 10 tackles in only 38 snaps. ... Victor Butler saw increased playing time, but had no impact.
A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ defenders in the team’s season-opening 24-17 win over the New York Giants and analyzing what it means:

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Gerald Sensabaugh: 56 of 56
Barry Church: 56 of 56
Sean Lee: 56 of 56
Anthony Spencer: 55 of 56
Brandon Carr: 54 of 56
Morris Claiborne: 54 of 56
DeMarcus Ware: 51 of 56
Jason Hatcher: 43 of 56
Bruce Carter: 30 of 56
Orlando Scandrick: 30 of 56
Sean Lissemore: 27 of 56
Kenyon Coleman: 24 of 56
Josh Brent23 of 56
Mana Silva: 22 of 56
Marcus Spears: 18 of 56
Mario Butler: 7 of 56
Victor Butler: 7 of 56
Dan Connor: 4 of 56
Tyrone Crawford: 3 of 56

It’s pretty clear Bruce Carter has won the inside linebacker job, considering he was on the field for 30 plays and Dan Connor played just four in the base 3-4 defense. Carter, a second-round pick last season, played just 41 snaps in 2011 as he recovered from a torn ACL he suffered in November 2010 at North Carolina. ... Sean Lissemore and Josh Brent, as expected, split Jay Ratliff's duties at nose tackle. ... Sean Lee, an emerging star this season, was the only member of the front seven on the field for every defensive snap. ... Rob Ryan must feel good about the depth on the defensive line with five guys playing between 18 and 43 plays. ... Anthony Spencer was terrific against the Giants, which meant there was virtually no playing time for Victor Butler. ... Mana Silva was on the field for 22 plays, an indication Ryan likes the concept of playing an extra safety, usually Danny McCray, in coverage instead of two linebackers when he uses schemes with six defensive backs. Since McCray (sore neck) missed the game, Church moved into the linebacker slot and Silva took his spot at safety.

Offensive snaps: Felix Jones MIA

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A look at the snaps played by Cowboys’ offensive players during the team’s season-opening 24-17 win over the New York Giants and analyzing what it means:

RT Doug Free: 68 of 68
RG Mackenzy Bernadeau: 68 of 68
LG Nate Livings: 68 of 68
LT Tyron Smith: 68 of 68
C Ryan Cook: 65 of 68
QB Tony Romo: 68 of 68
WR Dez Bryant: 58 of 68
WR Miles Austin: 57 of 68
TE Jason Witten: 53 of 68
RB DeMarco Murray: 52 of 68
WR Kevin Ogletree: 33 of 68
TE John Phillips: 30 of 68
FB Lawrence Vickers: 29 of 68
RB Felix Jones: 12 of 68
TE James Hanna: 9 of 68
WR Cole Beasley: 4 of 68
C Phil Costa: 3 of 68
OL Jermey Parnell: 2 of 68
RB Phillip Tanner: 1 of 68

Felix Jones, the former No. 1 draft pick, played sparingly and did not carry the ball. Tony Romo directed two passes his way, but he had no offensive impact. ... The pecking order for the Cowboys’ six receivers revealed itself -- at least through the first week -- based on playing time. Cole Beasley played ahead of Dwayne Harris and Andre Holmes, each of whom had large special teams roles, but none in the offense. That’s because Beasley can play the slot on the rare occasion the Cowboys go three wide and Austin isn’t in the slot or when the Cowboys use four receivers out of the shotgun. ... Jeremy Parnell played only two plays, but he whiffed on the block when fullback Lawrence Vickers was stopped on fourth-and-1.

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