Reporting Mike Fisher
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NEW ORLEANS (105.3 THE FAN) – DeMarcus Ware is in no shape physically to do anything in the Dallas Cowboys’ planned-on 4-3 defense. But mentally? He’s in his three-point stance and ready to fire off the line.
“I’ll still be an edge guy, rushing the passer,’’ Ware tells me. “I think it can benefit me. I can be a lot more aggressive.’’
Ware, in New Orleans for the Super Bowl, mentioned no longer “having to worry about dropping into coverage.’’ And I know he didn’t move into that uncomfortable spot last year as often as some of us think, but … if Ware terms it the end of a “worry,’’ maybe that’s endorsement enough of the switch to the 4-3.
“Sometimes, change is good,’’ Ware says. “This is the first change (in coaching and style) where we’ve had a total change. … But I can play the 4-3 (end) like in college. That part’s not a big change.’’
Ware, the seven-time Pro Bowler, says he was “shocked’’ by the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Yet he endorses the hire of Monte Kiffin, noting that it’s all “a business decision.’’ And he’s prepared to lead the retooled Dallas defense … as soon as he completes rehab from surgeries that will likely include a procedure on his elbow. Ware, who expects to be ready by the start of next summer’s training camp, had 11.5 sacks last season but injuries limited his impact in the second half of the year.
“I’m looking forward to being aggressive,’’ Ware says, “and getting after the quarterback.’’
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