Dallas Cowboys‘ DeMarcus Ware is moving from outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme to defensive end in a 4-3 base defense. This transition will allow Ware to focus on one thing and one thing only: hitting quarterbacks.
That is a scary thought.
“Ninety-eight percent of the time we’re talking some kind of strategy,” defensive end Anthony Spencer said, via ESPN Dallas.
Spencer, who is also making the move from outside linebacker to defensive end, isn’t the only one to notice.
“He’s always working on his craft; that’s why he’s the best in the league,” defensive tackle Jason Hatcher said. “A guy like that working his craft, it’s kind of contagious.”
Ware loves having his hand in the dirt and is relishing the opportunity to pin his ears back.
“You ask the fastest man in the world: Can you run faster out of a two-point stance or a three-point stance?” Ware said. “He comes out of the block in a three-point stance.”
Hall of Famer Warren Sapp thinks DeMarcus Ware will break the single season sack record now that he is focusing on just pass rushing. Of course, Sapp hates Michael Strahan, the current record holder.
“I told him I’m looking for 25 (sacks) from him because I know what (Marinelli) teaches,” Sapp said.
Ware agrees that Marinelli is a good coach.
“You talk about fundamentals, and that’s what Marinelli is all about,” Ware said. “He’s installed that through the whole defensive line. It’s all predicated on effort, and once you add in the technique and doing it perfectly every time, you make big plays.”
“To me, the most talented players, the best players are overachievers,” Rod Marinelli said. “They overachieve. That’s why they become special. A lot of guys in this league have a lot of talent that don’t become special.”