CowBuzz: DeMarcus Ware Imitates Some Of His Teammates
Its putting a lighter side on it. Ive tried [Depend briefs] on and Im not even in the situation. His offseason as a pitchman complete, Ware plans to rest up with his family before reporting to Cowboys training camp in California next weekend. He says that hes back at 100 percent healthwise following offseason shoulder surgery and that the teams biggest challenge will be finding consistency that often eluded them last season. [We need to] be able to week in and week out do the same thing, Ware said of the team, which finished 8-8 in 2012. Not having the ups and downs in certain games. Youre going to have some adversity but being consistent is one thing weve been harping on.
Updated: July 21, 2013 at 11:28 p.m. Friend(s) Email More Columns > DeMarcus Ware 's health will be a major topic of discussion again this season as the Dallas Cowboys remain incredibly thin at pass rusher. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection played most of last season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder -- he had surgery to fix it this offseason -- and never looked like himself. Wyche: Dallas' D depends on two How DeMarcus Ware and Sean Lee fare this season, Steve Wyche writes, will determine if the Cowboys ' new defense flounders or flourishes. More ...
DeMarcus Ware: Switch to defensive end good for me
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DeMarcus Ware 'loving' move to defensive end
"I was just trying to show everybody that I am ready and my shoulder's ready," Ware said after Tuesday's first padded practice of training camp. "Just letting them know it's OK." Ware, who said he feels like he's in the best shape of his life, hasn't needed to lift a bar to demonstrate to everyone in California that he's back to full strength. The 6-foot-4, 258-pounder has done that with his play during the first three days of camp. Ware has looked as quick as ever during team drills, rushing the passer with the same success he's experienced as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. And the 30-year-old says there's still plenty to show new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli. "I think I've shown them 50 percent," Ware said. "I'm trying to finish off and get done with this training camp and let them know what I can do." Moving to the new 4-3 scheme and end position is something Ware said is to his advantage. A smaller playbook allows defenders to think less and react more with their natural instincts and athletic ability, according to the seven-time Pro Bowler.
DeMarcus Ware’s ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ Off-season Workout
We did a good job of improving in the spring, but we have a long way to go. We're working on being a consistent defense. That's something we haven't been." Consistent is something Ware always has been, but as we've seen, one dominant pass rusher does not a winner make. Ware's move from a 3-4 outside linebacker to a 4-3 defensive end isn't as radical as the move the other way, he said. It's why we shouldn't expect any drop-off or confusion from one of football's best defenders. "Going from defensive end to outside linebacker, the transition is so much different," said Ware, who played defensive end in college at Troy. "You're rushing 90 percent of the time, but you are standing up, diagnosing 12, 13 personnel and reading. In a 4-3, going from outside linebacker to defensive end, you know specifically that you're a right end or left end rushing the passer and play the run.
DeMarcus Ware, Sean Lee control Cowboys' defensive destiny
They do not flip 300-pound tires with an effortless flick of the wrist, like Ware does. They do not pull a rope attached to a 280-pound sled as if they were towing a mound of pillows like Ware, a 65, 260-pound behemoth of a man, has been doing all morning. Ware hasnt missed a game in his NFL career, and he has recorded double-digit sack totals in each of the past seven seasons. DeMarcus Ware is not old, but that hasnt stopped media and fans from saying otherwise. Thats why the 2013 season is so important to Ware. He made headlines earlier this year by saying he and his Cowboys teammates need to put up or shut up. Hes not only out to hush critics, he's attempting to return from a shoulder injury that contributed to his sack total dropping from 19.5 in 2011 to 11.5 last year.
Cowboys’ defense fails when it counts; DeMarcus Ware sits out final snaps
(AP) With all the talk this offseason about NFL players who really don't know how to handle downtime, it's good to catch up with a couple of guys who really get it -- on and off the field. Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware and Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker are two such individuals, and Shutdown Corner talked with them recently as they sought to promote the Depend Player Challenge -- an interesting promotion for a very good cause. Ware and Welker were looking to curry votes from fans, and Depend awarded the player with the most votes with a $50,000 donation in his name to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, and the runner up a $25,000 donation as a participation prize. Both donations will be used to fund prostate cancer research. Welker won the battle, but you can still visit TheGreatAmericanTryOn.com to learn more and see how Wes and DeMarcus are helping to raise awareness. Shutdown Corner: For both of you guys -- this is a very interesting campaign you're in, and you were both in it Dez Bryant Jersey Sale last year, as well. It's kind of funny in a way, and that's the point, but it's obviously for a very serious and important cause.
The Shutdown Corner Interview: DeMarcus Ware & Wes Welker
(Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News) KANSAS CITY, Mo. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett showed trust in his defense late in Sundays game at Kansas City. With DeMarcus Ware Youth Jersey the Cowboys trailing by one point, Garrett used the teams first timeout of the second half after the opening play of the Chiefs final drive. We felt like if we made a stop there using the timeouts, we would still have the two-minute warning, Garrett said, and hopefully have a lot of time left in the ballgame. The Cowboys defense, however, couldnt stop the Chiefs quickly enough. When they finally forced a punt, the offense took over at their 4-yard line with 16 seconds left and could only run one play. The Chiefs started their last drive at their 16-yard line with 3:48 to play by handing the ball to running back Jamaal Charles. He ran up the middle for three yards, and Garrett quickly signaled for a timeout.