Can we stop this talk about getting a real
, a true
, or abona fide
Jeff Ratliff played nose tackle in a 3-4 defense for Dallas from 2009 to 2012.
He playing weight was closer to 300 pounds than it was to 320 pounds.
He was named All Pro in 2009. He made Pro Bowl as a nose tackle in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
If I remember correctly, he was a 1-gap nose tackle.
I am pretty sure that Dorsey and Williams are predominately 1-gappers.
And they are true
, and bona fide
Todayâs NFL has seen a rise in more aggressive, one-gap 3-4 defenses
and you will see players now that line up as a 0-technique, but instead of playing both A-gaps, they will shoot one, relying on a linebacker behind them to plug the side they donât attack. These players rely on speed and agility rather than size and bulk
, and donât really fit the prototype we are looking for.
[ Edited by buck on Feb 13, 2014 at 8:18 AM ]