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NEW ORLEANS-- DeMarcus Ware is in no shape physically to do anything in the Dallas Cowboys' planned-on 4-3 defense. But mentally? He's in his three-point stance and ready to fire off the line.
"I'll still be an edge guy, rushing the passer," Ware tells me. "I think it can benefit me. I can be a lot more aggressive."
Ware, in New Orleans for the Super Bowl, mentioned no longer "having to worry about dropping into coverage." And I know he didn't move into that uncomfortable spot last year as often as some of us think, but if Ware terms it the end of a "worry," maybe that's endorsement enough of the switch to the 4-3.
"Sometimes, change is good," Ware says. "This is the first change (in coaching and style) where we've had a total change. But I can play the 4-3 (end) like in college. That part's not a big change."
Ware, the seven-time Pro Bowler, says he was "shocked" by the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Yet he endorses the hire of Monte Kiffin, noting that it's all "a business decision." And he's prepared to lead the retooled Dallas defense as soon as he completes rehab from surgeries that will likely include a procedure on his elbow. Ware, who expects to be ready by the start of next summer's training camp, had 11.5 sacks last season but injuries limited his impact in the second half of the year.
"I'm looking forward to being aggressive," Ware says, "and getting after the quarterback."
BEST OF MAXIM
DeMarcus Ware said Thursday that he wasn't pleased to learn that Rob Ryan had been fired earlier this month. Ryan, the Cowboys' defensive coordinator the previous two seasons, always seemed to be popular among the players he coached in Dallas.
"He was one of the best coaches I've ever played for, really teaching me how to play and think like a linebacker,"...
GETTING LONG IN THE TOOTH
While he says he's a fan of Tony Romo, former Cowboys quarterback great Troy Aikman believes it's time for Dallas to start looking for his successor.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware was seen this week
in a sling for his surgically repaired right shoulder, and he told reporters,
including Charean Williams of The Star-Telegram, that he’ll also require a
minor procedure on his elbow.
"Just to get the bone fragments cleaned up," Ware
said from radio row at the Super Bowl, where he is making the rounds.
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