I have to tell you folks that as I have been doing these articles grading the Dallas Cowboys I have dreaded this one. Part of me wants to give everyone an F. How in the world do 20 or more guys play in one season for 4 positions? The injury issues that plagued this group were beyond frustrating. You want to know why we were 8-8, look no further than the M*A*S*H unit that was our Defensive Line.
So I want to start this by dealing with the 4 men who were supposed to be our Defensive Line. One guy never contributed anything but headaches. That man is Jay Ratliff. I do not understand him at all. You talk about an ungrateful jerk, you talk about Jay Ratliff. I don’t care what issues he had with the trainers and team doctors. Suck it up and be a man. How could this idiot forget the kindness shown to him by the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones in particular? Not only did we draft him, but he made the team and earned a starting role and even some honors. This earned him a big contract.
For most people that would be enough to create loyalty. Now let’s throw in the coup de gras of his being a jerk. Jay Ratliff was raised by his grandparents. In 2010 they died in a fire. His Grandfather was invalid. His Grandmother could have got out and lived. Instead, she climbed into bed with the love of her life and left this world with him. That is love. You want to know what else is a form of love? Jerry Jones loaned his private plane to Jay to go take care of his family needs. How do you turn on someone who does something like that for you? How do you turn on a team that stands by you despite a DUI arrest.
When Jay Ratliff was released a friend of mine who is close to the team simply said, “Good riddance.” I asked him why. To this he replied, “Jay Ratliff is just a miserable person to be around.” I am wired different than Jay Obviously. If someone had done for me what Jerry did for him, I’d have taken a bullet for him. Jay Ratliff gets an F from me. There is no grade lower of course. An F is any % below 60 on most grade scales. Jay got a big fat zero. Fitting since he acted like one.