Defensive Tackle Woes Reach Beyond Cowboys’ Ratliff

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CONCLUSION

I’m not saying it’s time to write Jay off and throw Ratliff to the wolves.  I’m not suggesting Nick Hayden may not play some very decent football.  My point is the DL was a trusted strength a few months ago.

August 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) is brought down by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Nick Hayden (96) during the first half at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

In the 4-3 defense you are only as good as your front 4.  Now Dallas has been stripped of that key luxury for a full 6 games, over 1/3 of the season.

By losing even one extra game due to a leaky middle line, Dallas may never recover the deficit in the intense NFC East playoff race.

The Cowboys do not have the luxury of waiting around and hoping these obscure back-ups can tread the flooding water.  There must be a solid, proven DT starter acquired, one way or another.

Hayden would still get valuable snaps in the rotation.  If Ratliff does return for the 7th game, even better.  They’d have 2 very strong starters as before camp, and a compliment of capable, game-tested subs.

Letting this new dilemma go untouched will be devastating to the final standings.  Searching for proven help when Crawford exited the season was a feasible idea.  Now after both he and Ratliff are gone, it’s running game suicide to avoid this correction a week further.

Dallas cannot afford to take such a promising season and jeopardize it all (and a boatload of talent) by crossing fingers and hoping to make due.  One would think that lesson was learned through the costly patchwork o-line the last 2 years.

Hope without a legitimate solution is simply a loser’s game when expecting to play winning football.  In case they have forgotten in Dallas, it takes eclipsing 8-8 to play winning football.  And in this case, it requires making a real move besides sitting by and hoping for the best.

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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 !!