News: FWST: Spears says getting Ratliff back is like 'getting three guys back'

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  1. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl U.N.I.T.Y Staff Member

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    -- Carlos Mendez

    The Cowboys are excited about the return of nose tackle Jay Ratliff.

    “Getting Jay back is like getting three guys back,” defensive end Marcus Spears said Monday as the Cowboys got in an extra practice at Valley Ranch. “In the nickel packages, in the base packages and then teams actually game plan for Jay Ratliff. It’ll give other guys the opportunity to probably make more plays and have more success because he’s in the game.”

    The Cowboys hope it means a boost for their run defense and pass pressure up the middle. With Josh Brent and Sean Lissemore playing in the place of the four-time Pro Bowl veteran, the Cowboys rank 15th in rushing defense and ninth in sacks per pass attempt.

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  2. diehard2294

    diehard2294 America's Team

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    I wish the same could be said for Spears
  3. blackbull

    blackbull Well-Known Member

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    Brent should start in base defense still.
  4. justbob

    justbob Just taking it easy

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    Wonder if that will happen some --Brent clogging the middle and Rat rushing ?
  5. Dash28

    Dash28 Felis silvestris catus

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    Will we see Rat at end some?

    I'm fine with leaving Brent at nose and using Rat all over to rush.
  6. supercowboy8

    supercowboy8 Well-Known Member

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    I'm done with this 3-4 anyways. We don't have the correct DL to run the 3-4. I wish we would just switch back to the 4-3 and play ware like Denver does Miller.
  7. JoeyBoy718

    JoeyBoy718 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. I don't follow the Broncos at all, but I was looking at their depth chart a while ago, for some reason, and was surprised to see Miller listed as a 4-3 OLB. It annoys me when teams runs creative defenses-like JPP playing NT at times.
  8. supercowboy8

    supercowboy8 Well-Known Member

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    Yep, miller is a great 4-3 OLB and I think ware can be as well on the weak side or Spencer. Lee and carter can play any LB position. Spencer and Hatcher at DE with Ratliff, Spears, Coleman, Brent, Lessimore, and Crawford rotating at DT
  9. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    I like it for a couple reasons....brent is as good against the run and, more importantly, it will keep ratliff fresh later in games when this defense has been consistently awful.

    As for getting in 3 guys, he really will make everyone better. If he can get a pass rush up the middle, itll really help the outside rushers as well.

    Ive said it before, but this defense could be scary good.
  10. BraveHeartFan

    BraveHeartFan We got a hat. I want a ring.

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    I'll be glad to see Rat back in the lineup.
  11. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    We never had a legit NT or a compliment to Ware on the other side. Until that changes our defense won't be legit.
  12. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    I don't think it's much of a factor, to be honest. He's a bad 3-4 NT and he's been in decline for three years now.

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