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My attitude toward Ratliff

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by 50cent, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. 50cent

    50cent Well-Known Member

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    I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that his best days are behind him as well as his time in Dallas. HOWEVA, with the additions that we've made to strengthen the OL, my expectations for the team have increased and I now view Ratliff as a mid season pick-up with knowledge of the system. I'm praying that he can be fully healthy by week 8-9. I know thats a big if, but I want to be optimistic because I'm starting to like the way the roster is shaping out.
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  2. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Something we don't know about is going on with the Ratliff stuff. Not sure what to think about it, but you can tell there's a much bigger issue there than is being reported right now.
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  3. WoodysGirl

    WoodysGirl Do it for the Vine! Staff Member

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    Everything I've read is that it's a matter of trust. Ratliff lost trust in the training staff for some reason. And seeing as Ratliff is notorious when it comes to such things that it's hard to regaining his trust.

    Everything I've ever read about Ratliff over the years is that he's a moody guy. This seems to be another one of those things.
  4. 50cent

    50cent Well-Known Member

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    I hate to say it but the first thing I thought when it was reported that he was headed to the PUP list was Roids. I guess its the MLB factor but I hope I'm completely wrong. I hope its a trust issues and that he can return to 70% of what he used to be. I think it would be a tremendous addition if were able to get off to a great start.
  5. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    Never considered the "roids" angle but I suppose it is possible.

    I hope Rat can come back and help down the stretch but I don't think he has anything left. I think his body is failing him.
  6. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    i am confused by the ratliff issue
    i have always looked on him as a hard worker who is productive
    i am not sure how to explain the recent goings-on and am still holding out hope that he will be able to contribute at a reasonably high level on the team this year

    i think there is still a lot here we just dont know
  7. boysfanindc

    boysfanindc Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Yup, it sounds like prozac should be part of his rehab.
  8. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    Where's Bobbi Carpenter when you need inside information.

    I agree that there is some pretty secret stuff going on at the Ranch as pertains to Rat. Maybe we'll get the real scoop once he retires.
  9. 50cent

    50cent Well-Known Member

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    I guess its the recovery time its taking him that has me thinking that because typically guys would be back with his issues by now especially when taking into consideration that he's been physically inactive for a long period of time.
  10. OhSnap

    OhSnap Well-Known Member

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    The last statement I read from Ratliff seemed to have some un needed drama in it. He was a great pick up for the Cowboys even if he never plays another down, you just don't hit on 7th rounders like that often. It would be nice to see him benefit from the switch tho.
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  11. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    I think there is a good possibility that whatever 'it' is with Ratliff, it could be mental more than physical.

    If the DL is doing pretty well through the first 6-8 games, I would venture a guess that Ratliff goes on IR and never plays another down as a Cowboy.

    Ratliff's contract extension goes down as the worst extension ever in the history of the Cowboys (at least I can't think of any other as worse right now). Here is what the Cowboys got from Rat post extension: 1 sack, 2 personal fouls, 1 threat to 70 yr old owner, 1 DUI, and 1 conditioning test injury. Am I missing any other highlights since extending him?
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  12. GimmeTheBall!

    GimmeTheBall! Junior College Transfer

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    Matter of trust?

    At times like these I long for Tom Landry or Jimma to walk the sidelines.
    They would tell Ratliff that he'd better trust in the team and the game plan or trust that he'd be dumped salary cap or no, or at the very least run sprints.

    The rest of the NFL should be forwarned about this slacker.
  13. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    There you go. At this point, anything we get is a plus in my book. Ready to move on.
  14. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    He refused to rehab with the trainers, and he turned a six-week injury into9+ months. Newman returned in five weeks from the same injury.

    Now his body is ruined. He's done for good. That's my gut feeling.
  15. perrykemp

    perrykemp Well-Known Member

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    All that for $40m? Bargain!
  16. cowboys1981

    cowboys1981 Well-Known Member

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    When RM and MK discussed Dline prior to draft they should have not included Ratliff on the list and they would have seen the need for more depth. My belief is they thought he'd contribute. My take is that he wasn't going to play a single down for us this season.
  17. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    No two people ever have "the same injury".
  18. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    His replacement needs drafted next April.
  19. 30yrheel

    30yrheel Well-Known Member

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    Cut his sorry behind, send a message.
  20. 50cent

    50cent Well-Known Member

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    Too many skins on the wall to just let go. He has the potential to be a great mid-season addition (without having to give up anything for him) if expectations are tempered a bit. I think he deserves a chance to contribute to a talented teamonce healthy after performing at a high level and giving his all with teams that had no chance of winning. This team has a chance to do some things and I hope he can be a difference-maker in his limited time in Dallas.

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