Originally Posted by Bigdog24
That was the big question with Ratliff "when he was in the game" No doubt a young Ratliff would of have been a monster in Kiffen's scheme...Jay Ratliff is not the Jay Ratliff of 2 years ago...Jerry Jones paid for past performance and not for future results.
IMO Ratliff beat Jerry Jones at his own game.... took Jerry to the Bank and loaded up... Ratliff is a MESS...on and off the field.
Players get hurt all the time, young and old. It's just tougher to bounce back when you get older, which is why Dallas has to reload the line over the next few years. Eventually Ratliff will be what some seem to already think he is, old and decrepit.
Up until last year, Ratliff hadn't missed a game since 2007 (when he missed one). Yes, this could be the beginning of the end, or it simply could be an anomaly for a 31-year-old who hasn't been kept off the field by health problems.
BTW, if Jones hadn't paid Ratliff, someone else would have. He was considered one of the best DTs in the game at the time.