January 8, 2010 |
Bio Position: Nose tackle Height: 6-4 Weight: 303 Age: 28 Born: Aug. 29, 1981 in St. Petersburg, Fla. College: Auburn How acquired: Drafted seventh round, 224th overall, 2005 Quick hitters Plays arguably the most important position in the Cowboys' 3-4 defense (three down linemen and four linebackers). Ratliff was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl this season. Recovered a bobbled snap from Donovan McNabb that zapped the only momentum the Eagles offense could muster in the Cowboys' 24-0 win on Sunday.
December 9, 2007 |
Jay Ratliff knows you had doubts. How could you not? He is the Dallas Cowboys' seventh-round pick from the 2005 draft, he hadn't played very much, and his time on the field was much like his personality away from it: invisible. The first one he wanted to change, the second one he doesn't. But he never had a doubt he could do what he's doing now - even if maybe his own team did. "I always knew I could do this," Ratliff said. "And if I couldn't do this, God wouldn't have put me in this situation.
November 9, 2009 |
Each week, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch will tell you the things he will be keeping his eyes on during that week's game. Here is how things panned out last night: 1. Make Romo be Romo: Coming in, Tony Romo hadn't thrown an interception in the three games - all wins - and had been sacked just five times in those games. Last night, Romo was picked off in the third quarter was sacked four times. 2. The tight end dilemma: Cowboys TE Jason Witten is a difficult matchup for opposing defenses.
December 31, 2009
All right guys, here's the question: What's the biggest matchup in this game? Jacques, you've seen every game the Cowboys have played. What scares them about the Eagles? And Brookie, same to you, from the Eagles' perspective. The biggest matchup is Andy Reid's staff and scheme vs. Wade Phillips' staff and scheme. Reid might not have a ring, but he's won a lot of big games, including 10 in the playoffs and one lopsided one for a trip to the playoffs last year at the Linc. Phillips is 0-for-life in the playoff department and the gorilla on his back is three times the size of the one attached to Reid's.
December 24, 2011 |
IRVING, Texas - Cowboys running back Felix Jones is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Eagles after missing practice all week because of hamstring tightness. The NFC East-leading Cowboys had said during the week they were being cautious with Jones, who was limited to working on the side but never got on the field for practice. He is coming off consecutive 100-yard rushing games since rookie DeMarco Murray, the team's leading rusher, broke his right ankle in the first quarter of a loss against the New York Giants two weeks ago and was put on injured reserve.
November 9, 2012 |
IRVING, Texas - Cowboys inside linebacker Dan Connor said Thursday that he would use bulkier shoulder pads when he does return to the field to help guard against further stinger injuries. "It's something obviously I have to adjust my shoulder pads and stick with it," said Connor, the former Strath Haven and Penn State star. "It's a little bulkier of a shoulder pad. It's going to be better for me to stay healthy with this. " Connor suffered a slight stinger Oct. 21 at Carolina and then played the following week at home against the Giants.
October 22, 2013 |
Playing quarterback in the NFL is a high-risk proposition, as Sunday's games demonstrated. Besides the Eagles' Nick Foles, two other signal-callers went down with injuries that may keep them out for a spell. St. Louis' Sam Bradford was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Rams' 30-15 loss to Carolina when he landed on his left knee after being shoved out of bounds by Panthers safety Mike Mitchell. The team offered no update on the extent of the injury, but coach Jeff Fisher said Bradford "was in significant pain on the sideline" while noting the injured knee was the one "with the brace on it. " (In other words, don't bet the update will say Bradford is just tip-top.)
December 11, 2010 |
As the Eagles' offense aims for an improved showing in Dallas, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has his eyes on stopping Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff. "Ratliff is a special player, and they've got several," Mornhinweg said. "Ratliff chews people up. " Last year, Ratliff faced off against Nick Cole, who made his only two starts at center in the Eagles' regular-season finale at Dallas and then the NFC wild-card rematch. He was filling in for the injured Jamaal Jackson.
January 16, 2010 |
IRVING, Texas - Igor Olshansky can bring out his pads again tomorrow. He looks forward to that. Given the Eagles' reluctance to challenge the Cowboys' run defense in last week's first-round playoff game, Olshansky could have played in a T-shirt and shorts. The Eagles gave up on the ground game early and ran only 13 times. For a run-smothering tackle like Olshansky, that amounted to a waste of time. He looked at his equipment after the game and said, "Why did I even wear that?" It will be different in the divisional playoff at Minnesota.
January 1, 2010 |
For Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff, going against an inexperienced center would seem to be a mismatch. Then again, it's usually a mismatch, no matter who lines up across from Ratliff. The Eagles' Nick Cole will be nose-to-nose with Ratliff when he makes his first NFL start at center Sunday. If Ratliff dominates the head-to-head battle the way it appears on paper, the Cowboys' defense could have a field day. "His role is critical every week, whether he's playing against a Pro Bowler or the next guy," Cowboys linebacker Bradie James said.