Defensive Line Woes Will Keep Dallas Cowboys Out Of NFL Playoffs

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The Dallas Cowboys went into the 2013 NFL season with a few questions on the defensive line, but now defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has no idea how the Cowboys are supposed to stop opposing offenses. Before the year; NFL pundits were concerned about just how DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer would hold up as they both made the move from outside linebacker to defensive end.

Spencer has since been placed on injured reserve, so the plans of those two wreaking havoc on opposing quarterbacks have been foiled yet again. Now, the main concern is if either Jay Ratliff or Ware will be playing in another game for the Cowboys this season.

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Ware left Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with a quad injury and didn’t return. Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that say Ratliff, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract extension with the Cowboys in 2011, will be forced to miss the remainder of the season with a high ankle sprain.

It’s safe to say that Dallas defensive line coach Rod Marinelli didn’t envision George Selvie and Nick Hayden starting games for the Cowboys as early as Week 6. Moreover, it’s the Cowboys’ lack of defensive linemen that will doom this Dallas team as any team in the NFL can and will run against this depleted squad.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google.


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  • Bill Nash

    Those “no names” that were brought in during the ‘Skins game damn sure looked ready for prime time to me….Cowboys may have discovered some diamonds in the rough. I am more optimistic than some.