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Monte Kiffin: It’s important for Spencer and Ratliff to get some time in preseason


It’s defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s first year with the Cowboys, but he seems to be fitting right in.

In recent years, there’s been a steady cycle around the Cowboys that sees owner Jerry Jones make a proclamation about something on the football side before coach Jason Garrett is asked about the issue and gives an answer that isn’t on the same page. Jones recently said that he doesn’t “have any desire” to see injured defensive tackle Jay Ratliff make plays in the preseason. Kiffin has a different opinion when it comes to Ratliff and defensive end Anthony Spencer, who will be out another couple of weeks after knee surgery.

“It’s really important that they get some time,” Kiffin said, via Matt Mosley. “It’s hurting us a little bit as we put everything together.”

With Kiffin installing a new defensive scheme in Dallas, there’s probably more desire to have veteran players active in the preseason than there might be if the Cowboys were still running their old system. While there’s no sign at this point that either absence will extend into the regular season, the Cowboys can’t really afford to have significant growing pains once the regular season is underway if they want to avoid another year without a postseason berth.

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8 Responses to “Monte Kiffin: It’s important for Spencer and Ratliff to get some time in preseason”
  1. tvjules says: Aug 14, 2013 12:10 PM

    Sounds like a complete overhaul of the defense. This has the makings of being a brilliant move, or a complete disaster.
    Since it’s Dallas, my money is on disaster.

  2. bigdinla says: Aug 14, 2013 12:16 PM

    Man I wish someone would muzzle Jerry! Let the football people work ad you go sell some more advertising Jerry!

  3. fumblenuts says: Aug 14, 2013 12:23 PM

    Jerry Jones to Kiffin: OVERRULED!

  4. ccjcsr says: Aug 14, 2013 12:54 PM

    Just be ready for Week 1 against the Giants!

  5. skinsfanwill says: Aug 14, 2013 1:27 PM

    Jerry Jones is too smart for his own good. He should find a moment to let the people he is paying to do a job, actually do their job.

  6. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 14, 2013 2:43 PM

    as a REDSKINS fan I must say I was impressed with the hustle of that Dallas defense in week 1. it’s really unfortunate for me as I have prepared a slew of jokes for you bums. perhaps the reason for said hustle is because grandpa Kiffin forced everyone to drink Metamucil before gametime.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 15, 2013 1:52 PM

    Last time JJ told Ratliff we need you to play, Ratliff went off on Jerry in the locker room. So Jerry knows to let that dog lie.

    Kiffin makes a valid point but if Rat can’t go in the preseason, then that’s the way it is.

  8. bach2112 says: Aug 19, 2013 10:25 AM

    See a skin fan making comments. A team that hasnt been relative for decades. They had one good season but got toasted in playoffs. They defense for all NFL teams against RG is to smack him coming around corner whether he has ball or not.

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