Ratliff Staying Put At Nose Tackle

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.


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  1. Nate
    Nate says:

    I know the fans have been wanting this for a long time, but if you really look at who Ratliff is and what he does, staying at the nose and DT suits him best. His arms are short. Too short to go against the long armed OTs of the league on a regular basis. He kicks butt against centers and guards. He just needs a little help. If a 5 tech.defensive end would finally help him out, on either side, his numbers would be better. Would be nice if Spencer beat his man once in a while too. I also expect a heavier rotation on the inside, spelling Ratliff early and often so those double teams dont leave him as winded in the 4th quarter.


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