Defensive Tackle Woes Reach Beyond Cowboys’ Ratliff

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We are merely a few days removed from Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff’s abrupt designation to PUP status.  The shock waves of his elimination from the first six games of 2013 continue to remain unsettling.

Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle (90) Jay Ratliff against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Not to beat a dead horse as many articles have already addressed this topic, yet the urgent ramifications of this development still aren’t being fully realized.

With Ratliff now eliminated from greater than 1/3 of the entire season, the casualty list total increases to more than one of the top 3 defensive tackles heading into camp.

Tyrone Crawford was primarily slotted at DE, backing up Anthony Spencer before suffering a season-ending injury right out of the camp gates.

However, Crawford was also set to see significant snaps in pass rushing situations from the 3-technique.  His versatility through an ideal size/power/speed combination was more than capable of being very effective at both strong-side DE and the 3-technique DT.

There’s little doubt defensive coaches Monte Kiffin and Rod Marinelli viewed Crawford as their 3rd best option at DT.  The buzz has now focused squarely on the startling loss of Ratliff for 6 games.

Yet we cannot simply overlook the massive damage incurred to the DT position through BOTH the costly exits of Crawford and Ratliff.

During the off-season, the team fiercely backed Spencer, Ratliff, Hatcher, Ware, and sub Crawford as more than capable of fielding a dominating d-line with solid rotation ability.

No significantly talented veterans or rookies were added to the front line mix.  Their decision was a sound choice.  With the information and personnel on hand at the time, I fully agreed with their stance.

As of this week, things have changed drastically.  2 of the top 3 DT’s are no longer protecting the star for the opening 6 games, at minimum.  The talent level of these guys far exceeded those below them.

To cover this drastic loss in available talent, the Cowboys must immediately make legitimate preparations through the quality addition of a proven, starting caliber DT.

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  • True Cowboys Fan

    Not to beat a dead horse again another crappy story whats going on here on TLH this site was a lot better before almost as good as BTB

    • JoeDaBeast

      All about editing and preparation. Neither of switch has been made available to these writers. Nothing will change though, no matter how much you complain, just like when the fans complain about Jerry’s decisions.

    • BradAustin

      Or maybe it could be I played DT in college and am well-schooled in the intricacies of the position. Thus being aware of the fine details as to why exactly it will cost us tremendously when we trust Nick Hayden and Ben Bass to man the 1-technique. Especially now that the best interior linemen opponents have to offer will turn it up a notch and expose the mismatches. I realize my word on this will mostly fall on deaf ears and have no problem with healthy debate. Unfortunately for our Cowboys, the eyes of others will surely confirm what I’m saying after a real game or two.

      • True Cowboys Fan

        Exactly too convoluted & a lot of bla bla bla just to say you have no faith in these guys. don’t get me wrong i have nothing against you but another here we go the seasons over before it started story from what they the deference have shown so far well let me just say I think the beer class is more full then empty this time around so here to you being wrong & GO COWBOYS !! TRUE COWBOYS Fan For Life !!

  • Juanito Juanito

    with this kind of gm, what the people could expect ?

    • True Cowboys Fan

      I have a cousin named juanito & i like him but wheres PETA when you need them C’MON man your beating on that same dam old dead horse with the GM thing for get about jerry look at the team its moving in the right direction we need to be positive GO COWBOYS !! TRUE COWBOYS Fan For Life !!