Nose Tackle Jay Ratliff was a huge surprise for the Dallas Cowboys last season. The undersized lineman should have made the Pro Bowl.
But now, the Cowboys look to be moving him to defensive end. Under-performing Marcus Spears has been shifted to nose tackle.
At face value the move seems to make sense. But why fiddle with a recipe that tastes good already? Ratliff played nose tackle all season. Spears should be benched as far as I am concerned. The Cowboys needed to shop him to a new team for some draft picks. Ratliff believes the move is permanent and that concerns him.
“This is kind of a shock to me,” Ratliff said. “I play nose pretty much. All my game film has been nose or inside. I really don’t have any game film outside. I’ll get used to it.”
Coach Wade Phillips explained that Ratliff is much more active, and the defensive end position fits his style better. Maybe. But who is to say the nose tackle position shouldn’t be an active one either? Why do they always set down huge fat monsters there, when a good, strong fast player could do as much harm? Just ask Jay about that.