Grizz pointed out a few posts back that DeMarcus Ware was actually not off-sides -- and film revealed this truth -- on an erroneous penalty called against the OLB in our Cowboys' win against Green Bay.
In the article I've enclosed the writer not only talks about that play and Ware's quickness, but he goes on to share some of the preparation tactics used by #94 to get better and better with each upcoming game.
One of the things that interested me was the relationship that Ware and Flozell Adams shares, which at first glance sounds sort of strange... except when you realize the hand-to-hand combat that they engage in during practices.
Adams, a 6-7, 343-pounder who came into the league as a power blocker, has honed a kick-step with his left foot that enables him to get outside in pass protection more quickly than most players his size. "I am better because of going against DeMarcus every day," he says. "He moves with the ball so fast. You have to have that kick-step at left tackle nowadays because you go against guys like him."
Or how about the expected relationship shared with fellow outside linebacker Greg Ellis, but the unexpected link to Randy White.
Ware also spends extra hours at Valley Ranch and on the road with fellow outside linebacker Greg Ellis, a 10th-year pro who is enjoying his best season -- thanks largely to the extra attention opponents give Ware. Ellis is better than Ware at using his hands as a countermove and learned much of his handwork from the same private coach who worked with Cowboys Hall of Famer Randy White. "I've been working with him for eight years," Ellis says. "DeMarcus has been working with him for a year or so. He wants to get better. He wants to be the best."
Finally, you know how much D-Ware has accomplished and how much he's respected around the league when he drew high praise by one of the top current sackmasters in the game.
"Everyone in this league knows," says the Giants' Michael Strahan, the career leader among active players in sacks, "that when you play the Dallas Cowboys, in order to win you have to find a way to shut down DeMarcus Ware."
Read the entire piece for yourself by clicking on the link below... and get to know the player I personally met last spring...