DeMarcus Ware has had double-digit sacks each of the past six seasons. There is no question he is among the best at sacking the quarterback.
But each of the past two seasons he has had a career-low two forced fumbles. He had six forced fumbles in 2008 when he led the league with 20 sacks.
“You always want to get out there and make the plays that you can make, but in key situations it’s not all about the sacks,” Ware said. “It’s about interceptions. The main thing is getting a turnover. …This year, we’re really harping on getting turnovers, getting the ball back for our offense, and we go through this number chart of if you get one turnover a game, if you get two turnovers a game, if you get three turnovers a game and how that affects the outcome of the game. So we’re all about the turnovers.”
Ware has been criticized for not making enough game-changing plays last season. He calls his critics "haters."
“Everybody always talks about me not being there in pressure situations or I’m an overrated player, but every year I’m up there with a lot of the players doing exactly what I do – and that’s sacking the quarterback and being consistent,” said Ware, who has 99.5 career sacks. “It’s all about shutting those people up who are talking …and just doing whatever I can to help the team.”
Ware turns 30 next month, but he is aging well. He said he is smarter than he was seven years ago when the Cowboys made him the No. 11 overall pick. He is eating better and working harder.
His six Pro Bowls and four All-Pro selections haven’t made him complacent, only hungrier.
“DeMarcus Ware is an outstanding football player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He does what he does as well as anybody in the National Football League. He’s a very, very talented guy. But more so than that, he goes about it the right way. He’s a great competitor. He’s a great worker. He’s a great teammate. He’s a guy that opposing offenses, every time they snap the ball, they have to understand where 94 is.
“Those are rare guys. I think some teams have those kinds of players. I think he’s at the head of the class.”
-- Charean Williams