Dallas Cowboys: Shaun Rogers

Rob Ryan talks about Shaun Rogers

February, 18, 2011
One point of discussion with new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on Thursday was nose tackle Jay Ratliff.

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The conversations were about moving Ratliff, a three-time Pro Bowler, from nose tackle to defensive end because of his size. But Ryan along with new defensive line coach Brian Baker said Ratliff is suited to play tackle and some new things will be implemented to make him better.

"Oh no, he’s a defensive tackle for us," Ryan said. "He’s an excellent player. I can't wait to get to work with him. I already met him and what an encouraging thing that is. If they’re all like him, we’ll be in good shape."

However, Shaun Rogers, who played for Ryan in Cleveland, is on the market.

Rogers played nose tackle and some end for Ryan with the Browns and there is a thought he might be a good fit in Dallas. Some in the Cowboys organization feel Rogers can still play but an expected high salary might not fit here.

Rogers doesn't have any plans to visit the Cowboys, yet there are at least 10 teams interested.

"Shaun is a great player and he’s a super talent," Ryan said. "I’m sure he’ll have interest from a lot of folks?"

When asked would he recommend Jerry Jones take a look at Rogers, Ryan said, "I don’t think we’re allowed to talk about anyone else off the field. So I’m not going to answer that."

Shaun Rogers to visit Redskins today

February, 11, 2011
There are some discussions around the league about nose tackle/defensive end Shaun Rogers.

The Cleveland Browns released him earlier this week and he will visit the Washington Redskins today. Rogers has about 10 teams on his list.

Rogers, however, did play for Rob Ryan, when he as the defensive coordinator in Cleveland. Ryan as you know is the new defensive coordinator in Dallas. It's not known if a visit to Dallas is forthcoming for Rogers.

Some in the Cowboys organazation believe Rogers can still play. How much to pay him and whether or not a move of Jay Ratliff to defensive end would work are the sticking points.

The Cowboys, at least when Wade Phillips was running the defense, loved Ratliff's quickness off the ball and his ability to make plays. He's a three-time Pro Bowler and in 2009 was named to the All-Pro team. The thing that stuck out about Ratliff in 2010 was he had zero tackles for loss. This coming off a 2009 season where he had a career-high eight tackles for loss.

Double-teams were a constant theme for Ratliff in 2010 leading to fewer plays on the ball.

The Cowboys should at least explore the possibility of moving Ratliff to defensive end due to his quickness especially if Rogers is available to them. But if Ryan thinks Rogers isn't worth going after then keep Ratliff where he is and try to make him a better player.

This will be an interesting year for Ratliff.

He has two years remaining on his contract, with a little more than $8 million, and is still young enough, turns 30 in August, where a new contract is warranted.

What position and how he plays in 2011 could determine his long-term future with the Cowboys.

Will Rob Ryan want Shaun Rogers reunion?

February, 10, 2011
We don’t know whether Rob Ryan wants defensive lineman Shaun Rogers, who was released by the Browns on Wednesday, after coaching him the last two seasons in Cleveland.

But the Cowboys’ new defensive coordinator is on record raving about Rogers’ talent.

"He is a tremendous physical specimen," Ryan said of Rogers in the summer of 2009. “He is so athletic for a big man. I've been around the best in football. I've been around Warren Sapp in college. I coached Jamal Williams and Kevin Williams, a couple of decent All-Pro defensive tackles. . . . Shaun Rogers is tremendous. Absolutely tremendous. Any system that he plays in, he is going to be dominant."

It isn’t too difficult to envision Rogers, a 6-foot-4, 350-pound three-time Pro Bowler, as a fit with Ryan’s new team. The Cowboys might have one of the most disruptive three-man lines in the league with Rogers at nose tackle and Jay Ratliff shifting to defensive end.

If Rogers comes at a reasonable cost, he could be a key part of a quick fix for a defense that fell apart last season, when the Cowboys allowed the second most points in the NFL.

But that’s only if Rogers plays up to his potential. And that was the bad rap University of Texas products get for being spoiled, lazy and unmotivated. (Well, him and a certain receiver the Cowboys gave up a draft bounty to get and gave a $9 million per year contract.)

Rogers, 31, is neither young nor healthy now. He was limited to less than 40 percent of Cleveland’s defensive snaps last season due to hip and ankle injuries.

However, a scout’s reaction when asked about Rogers was to state emphatically that he’s still a force. The idea of adding Rogers wasn’t summarily dismissed by another Valley Rancher.

What really matters is whether Ryan wants to coach Rogers again. We don’t know that. We just know he’ll at least be tempted by the big man’s massive talent.