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October 03, 2012

DeMarcus Ware: How Cowboys rebound in tough stretch after the bye will reveal their true character

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware said the bye came at a good time for the Cowboys as they get to let the 34-18 blowout loss to Bears marinate and fester for more than week before they return to play the Ravens.

 "We've got to think about that hurt and pain for losing that game, how it panned out," Ware said. "Let that marinate for a week or 10 days instead of a couple of days. That is what we need. Will it put a fire up under us?  What are you going to do get the feeling away? We got to find a way to get that feeling out of there. The good teams, they come back. They find a way to dig themselves out of that hole. We didn't play a good game last week. We are we going to do about it. We have the Ravens. It's a big game for us. How are we going to respond?"

Ware acknowledges the road game against the Ravens Oct. 14 starts a crucial stretch for the Cowboys, who play four of the next five on the road. They play at Carolina Oct. 21 then play the Giants at home Oct. 28 before games at Atlanta Nov. 4 and at Philadelphia Nov. 11.

Ware said the Cowboys will find out if they truly have the mental and physical makings of possible playoff team.

"These games are going to really show the character our team," Ware said. "You've got Baltimore. You've got a big stretch of games coming to find out if you really want it or not. Are you going to weather the storm through this stuff that's about to brew up in these games that are coming up? We will see."

Ware said he feels good about the Cowboys responding, especially on defense because of the return of three starters from injury -- linebacker Anthony Spencer (pectoral muscle), nose tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle) and left end Kenyon Coleman (knee).

But they must go out and prove it starting against the Ravens after the bye.

-- Clarence Hill  


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It's not like they had one bad game and need to bounce back. Three of their four games so far have been terrible. And its three games in a row.
They would be currently riding a three game losing streak if the Bucs had any kind of offense at all. Yes, the Dallas defense was very good in that game, but Tampa shot themselves in the foot a lot.

The Bears game was not just a hiccup on the schedule. This team has several problems: bad O-line, no running game, a turnover prone QB, a WR that doesnt know the playbook, a head coach who is in over his head and top it all off with a GM that is the league's worst.

This team will be 3-5 at the halfway point and 5-7 after 12 games. Thanks Jerry!!

Ware's comments bear paying attention too. He hit the nail on the head. These next five games will tell us if this team finally gets it. They have got to win at least three of these next five games before I believe they are a different team than what I've seen the last few years.

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