“Shut Up” and get to work.
Jason Witten said it as well in different terms. So have others in the Dallas Cowboys organization. Its just that from Ratliff, whom I call the ‘Teary One’ (hopefully he takes that the right way, lest he crushes me like an ant), it means more because he tends to be so intense about things. I wouldn’t go as far as calling Jay Ratliff a leader though, but I have a feeling he holds a lot of sway in the Cowboy’s locker room.
Gone from this year’s team, from veterans and rookies alike (and that includes Dez Bryant), is the vibrato. While the players openly recognize that being a Dallas Cowboy means a little bit more than playing for most other teams, there is an absence of entitlement this year. This should be a good thing and I hope it translates to something more powerful, purposeful and more focused on the gridiron.
Jerry Jones got a lot of flak earlier this year by declaring that there’s a ‘window’ that’s closing on his core players (I’ve agreed with him and have been chastised for it as well). Since then, DeMarcus Ware has ‘sort of’ agreed with Jerry, and so has Ratliff. That’s why he believes the Dallas Cowboys need to “Shut Up” and work.
To put the ‘window’ haters at ease, of course the reference only correlates to a group of core players that are in their 30′s or close to it. But wouldn’t you like to see the likes of Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Demarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff get a ring? They are all Pro-bowlers and are among the best at their respective positions in the NFL today. Don’t you think that this group of players are also the best group of Cowboys since the ‘Triplets’ and Charles Haley and Darren Woodson?
The young stars on this team, Sean Lee, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and others, can help get us to a Superbowl, but our Dallas Cowboys aren’t getting there anytime soon without those core veterans. After a few more years, the new influx of Cowboys will have their own ‘window’ to deal with. Until then, for right now, let’s heed Jay Ratliff and “Shut Up” and get to work - Artie Cappello