The Dallas Cowboys switched from the 3-4 defense installed by Bill Parcells to a 4-3 defense under Monte Kiffin this past offseason. That moved outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware to defensive end.
At first he sounded optimistic about the job and talked about how it would help his speed and quickness.
“It’s a more strenuous job,” Ware said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “You get more work, so you get tired a lot faster. The mentality of our defense, you’re going to push yourself to the limit, and you’re going to be tired a little bit. The rotation, you have to have guys to rotate in. Guys want to stay out there, and say, ‘I want to stay out here and play,’ but guess what, don’t nobody want to get a loaf. You can put guys in there fresh and let them run fast because that’s how our defense is.”
The problem for Ware and the Cowboys defense is that they lack depth at defensive line. The Cowboys already lost Anthony Spencer for the season, though he was never really there since he had a knee operation in July. Defensive tackle Jason hatcher has been injured as well. Defensive tackle Jay Raliff is out with sports hernia surgery as well.