When It Comes to Cowboys Nose Tackles, Check the Transmission http://www.cowboysnation.com/2011/04/when-it-comes-to-cowboys-nose-tackles.html Posted by Rafael at Sunday, April 17, 2011 The annual search for a nose tackle to pair with Jay Ratliff continues. The question, as always, concerns the type of nose the Cowboys want. Conventional wisdom holds that the 3-4 needs a massive 325-335 lb. plugger. Dallas would not mind one, certainly, but that conventional wisdom only holds if the nose tackle candidate can run. Most 3-4s do not two-gap all the time. In fast, most NFL 3-4s two gap only a small percentage of the time, if at all. Rob Ryan's brother Rex claimed in a coaches clinic presentation a few years ago that his Ravens' D two-gapped at most 15% of the time. The rest of the time the nose was slanted towards the center or lined up as a 1 or 3 technique, responsible for penetrating a single gap and chasing the ball if it went away from him.