Marc Trestman saw some of what he and the Bears wanted to see from Jeremiah Ratliff amid the carnage that was last Sunday’s loss at Minnesota. He also heard what he wanted to hear.
Ratliff, the former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle who is in line to start at three-technique next Monday against his old team, was on a snaps count against the Vikings: 20 or so, a reasonable re-entry number for someone who had not played even one in more than a year. He played 23 and already was lobbying, in the right way, for more.
“I heard him come off a couple of times and say, ‘Let me stay in my rhythm,’” Trestman said. “He felt he was mixing it up in there. So we felt pretty good that he’ll be able to play much longer this week.”
That would be fine with the four-time Pro Bowl defender, who signed with the Bears on Nov. 2 and now is expected on occasion to be lining up alongside fellow ex-Cowboy Landon Cohen, signed on Sept. 27. Cohen was waived by the Cowboys on Sept. 16, Ratliff on Oct. 16.
But as far as holding any special venom for the Cowboys, “It’s just another game,” Ratliff said. “It’s just football. I don’t get caught up in all that silly rivalry stuff or some payback. The thing is we’re here to win and we’re going to give every effort to do that.”
Ratliff was credited with one quarterback hurry and one tackle against the Vikings, Cohen with two tackles. Ratliff said on Monday that he did not feel any more than just normal bumps and bruises from the game, no ill effects on the lower abdominal surgical repairs of a year ago.
“I haven’t just been sitting around all offseason, well, my offseason,” Ratliff said. “I’ve been working really hard. And now I’m out there.
“It was good to kind of get my feet wet. It was monitored reps, about 20 plays or so, and I came out good. Felt pretty good. Knocked some of the rust off. And now I know exactly what I need to work on. And there are no days off here.”