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January 21, 2014

Jones counting on health, experience and Rod Marinelli to get D-Ware back on track

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said experience, health and Rod Marinelli are among the reasons DeMarcus Ware could have a better season next year.

“We should be benefiting from the fact that he’s a veteran player and would know the nuances of conditioning and strengthening and preparing, and then we have Rod Marinelli, arguably the best, I think, the best down lineman coach, or one of the best defensive coaches with a specialization in down linemen that there is,” Jones said during a break at the Senior Bowl. “So there’s lots of reasons why DeMarcus Ware could have a lot better year.”

Ware is coming off his lowest sack total for a single season since his rookie year. He missed the first three games of his career last year because of a quadriceps injury. He said after the season that he also had elbow and back problems.

Asked if age is catching up with Ware, the franchise’s all-time sack leader, Jones said, “That’s a pretty complex assessment. And I don’t think we’ll ever know. I don’t know that you know specifically and can put your finger on talent level.”

In an interview on Dallas Cowboys television last week, Marinelli praised Ware for his hard work but said that missing practice time hurt the veteran's consistency as the season wore on.

Jones said Ware is rehabbing is injuries.

“But I don’t have a measurement as to any noted levels of difference between now and four days ago,” he said.

-- Carlos Mendez

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