After reading Nate’s well researched and very informative post entitled “Drawing The Defensive Line For 2009“, I was compelled to write about one of the available free agents that he had listed.
One of the things that frustrated me most about the Cowboys in 2008, was how temperamental our defense seemed last season. One moment hot, the next cold… When the game started the defense would come out of the gate like gangbusters, but by the end of the fourth quarter the opposing team would eventually bust through them with little trouble, and score at will.
The other thing that frustrated the hell out of me was their toughness. When we played against the Eagles, Ravens and other solid defensive teams, I couldn’t help but notice how much harder their hits were, and how much more intense and meaner the other defenses were. Did you notice it too?
While I totally agree with Nate’s assessment as to what the team’s needs are, I happen to be one who strongly advocates a move to right end for defensive tackle, Jay Ratliff. I think it’s always a more successful move to go from tackle to end, rather than the other way around. Plus, Ratliff has exhibited the athleticism and burst that would make him as effective at right end, as he is at defensive tackle.
One of the reasons I would strongly consider such a move, is the availability of Pro Bowl DT, Albert Haynesworth.
If there is a way to get Albert Haynesworth on this team, we should explore that option first and above all others. This guy has not even tapped his unlimited and vast potential yet, mainly because of a couple of nagging injuries the last two years. That said, he is still one of the most intimidating and ferocious tackles in the NFL.
In my opinion, which doesn’t really count for much, Haynesworth is one of the best tackles in the game, and STILL, he is improving and getting better each year.
I had no idea that he was a free agent, and I can’t help but wonder what the heck the Titans are thinking by letting him go.
He would quickly become a huge star on the Dallas Cowboys, maybe even eclipsing DeMarcus Ware as the team’s best defensive player. He’s that good.
He would make us tougher, and meaner, and fiercely motivated for ALL four quarters, and his penchant for playing all-out, balls to the wall, may rub off on the rest of the defense. There’s no letting up in the guy. He plays to win… He plays for blood…
I know some of you may still hold a grudge from when Haynesworth stepped on Gurode’s head a couple of seasons ago, but let’s move on already and not let that incident keep us from improving the team if we can.
Haynesworth is a playmaker. He will probably be one of the most sought after free agents in the NFL this off season. He has to be…
Adding a guy like him to a defense that already includes superior players like DeMarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff would clearly give the Cowboys the best defense in the NFC East, if not the entire conference.