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Element of surprise suits Jay Ratliff

Exotic defensive packages allow nose tackle to roam line in 'organized chaos'

Updated: August 3, 2011, 10:27 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

SAN ANTONIO -- It's tough enough to block Jay Ratliff when offensive linemen know where he'll be. Just imagine the challenge when the element of surprise is added to the equation.

Now you understand why the orneriest member of the Dallas Cowboys is practically giddy about playing for creative new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

"I don't know if I've ever felt this excited my whole career," Ratliff said.

Ratliff can sum up the reason for his excitement in one word: scheme.

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