Defensive Tackle Woes Reach Beyond Cowboys' Ratliff

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I’m not here to bash Nick Hayden or claim he doesn’t have some legitimate talent.  He’s performed much better than most expected.

Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden (96) celebrates with safety Matt Johnson (37) after a fumble recovery against the Miami Dolphins in the 2013 Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s not confuse that statement, I’m certainly not saying he’s turned heads to the point of starting him with remotely similar confidence.  On July 1, Hayden was the 4th most talented DT on this team.

The injury situation at DT now has far exceeded the capabilities to ‘make due’ for a game or two.  Just getting by for a bit is letting the 3rd best guy start until an injury heals for a return to the top 2 starters.

Nick Hayden was the 4th best option recently.   When the 4th best DT is starting, that results in critical snaps given to your 5th best DT, as a part of a required rest rotation.

Going further, at times Jason Hatcher will need a break, which puts #4 and #5 playing together.  That scenario is nothing like what Dallas chose to let be back when Crawford and Ratliff were available.

Now the Cowboys’ defense is solidly counting on 2 players that most fans didn’t even recognize by name back in June.

These support players will be firmly tasked with applying interior pressure, plugging the middle run, and most importantly keeping guys off of the multi-million dollar, stud MLB Sean Lee.

The effectiveness of a MLB depends heavily on how well his DT’s can hold up and delay attacking o-linemen.  The loss of strong talent in the middle will be very costly to this predicted Top 10 defense.

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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 !!