According to a report on ESPN, Cowboys defensive line coach Brian Baker revealed that the team has no plans on moving Jay Ratliff from nose tackle to end.
Ratliff wore down as the season progressed because of a rib muscle strain. Baker said Ratliff played the fewest snaps percentage wise in 2011 since he’s been a starter.
“Jay got hurt,” Baker said. “Jay was busted up that’s why we had to get him through it.”
Baker said to keep Ratliff fresh, taking him off the field on some first and second downs might work because the team has confidence in the abilities of Josh Brent and Sean Lissemore to play some nose tackle.
“He will take all the third downs unless somebody proves they’re a better pass rusher inside,” Baker said. “Until that happens, if he’s getting a little worn [down] we’ll save him for third down.”
Another point that was mentioned was the constant double teams Ratliff and outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware endured last season.
The sticking point there of course being why Anthony Spencer was so underwhelming in those instances and why he couldn’t have made more of an impact on the opposing offense.