The Dallas Cowboys once again has a frustrating season that was mixed with moments of brilliance and those of pure tragedy. According to ESPNDallas correspondent Calvin Watkins, the Cowboys may be looking at their defensive line for their first wave of cuts this off-season as of Feb, 4, 2013.
Reports have suggested to Watkins that the Cowboys are looking into the possibility of parting ways with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff. The lineman's career appears to be headed into the back half of its tenure and with the player's recent off field indiscretions it looks like time to change things up a bid.
The Cowboy's new defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin is expected to be making some changes with the defense as well as the Cowboy's 3-4 package from the last several seasons is now expected to change to a 4-3 under their new DC.
Those changes are just the first wave of what is expected to be a busy off-season for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys front office as they look to see just what they truly need to get "America's Team," back to being playoff ready from day one.
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Cowboys weekend mailbag: Keep or cut Jay Ratliff?
Q: To cut Jay Ratliff or not to cut Jay Ratliff? That is the question. I was in favor of cutting him prior to this. Why? He is a declining player who is oft- injured. He is living off his past success. Cut him and go a younger route. Add this idiotic decision to drive drunk with some of his bone head acts (on the field and locker room) and the decision is easy. Chris Cornette (Lothian, MD.)
A: I've gone back and forth with Ratliff the last few months. Before the 2012 season ended for the Cowboys, I just didn't think he was worth keeping around. His play was declining, his health was betraying him, just six games played due to injury, his attitude is bad, and the argument with Jerry Jones late in the season. But Jones surprised me at the Senior Bowl when he said all is forgiven with Ratliff. Of course, that was the same day we discovered Ratliff was arrested for driving while intoxicated. We assume Jones knew about the arrest regarding Ratliff when he spoke with reporters in Mobile, Ala., but we wonder, with all the negative backlash the franchise has received regarding Ratliff, will he stay? When the Cowboys move to a 4-3 scheme, he seems like a perfect fit. I do believe Ratliff will remain with the Cowboys in 2013. However, drafting a defensive tackle this spring should be a high priority.