Nick Eatman has a write up of DeMarcus Ware. And yes, a lot of it revolves around playing in the new Phillips 34.
By the end of the season, opposing offenses were spreading out the Cowboys on defense, trying to take Ware away from his pass-rushing duties by forcing him to into coverage on running backs, tight ends and sometimes even wide receivers in the slot.
"From what I can see, it's not really going to be like that," Ware said Wednesday in the middle of a relaxed outing at the Cowboys annual golf tournament in Grapevine, Texas. "It's still pretty early and we're just putting stuff in, but I think it's going to be more rushing for me. And that's fine."
But according to Ware, he won't be alone in applying more pressure on the quarterback this season in the 3-4 defense Phillips runs.
"When you start seeing guys like Jason Ferguson getting sacks in practice, it's exciting," Ware said. "Marcus Spears, Chris Canty, even Bradie James. All the guys that are in the scheme now, (Wade Phillips) is putting players in position to make plays. That's what Wade does best. I think it's going to work out."
Mickey Spags talks about a few things from minicamp that have nothing to do with Terrell Owens or Cowboys players complaining about whatever.
Chris Canty: This just sort of spilled out at the end on Monday, but when talking about his defense, and at times comparing to what he had in San Diego, Phillips said of Canty, the third-year defensive end, without provocation, "He disrupts a lot of stuff. He's really coming on." Take note, and remember, when the Cowboys went to their four-man line on the nickel during the mini-camp, Canty was being used as one of the inside rushers - next to Jay Ratliff and inside of DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.
Todd Archer makes some early predictions for 2007. He says Greg Ellis can complain all he wants, but he will be the starting SOLB when the season opens.
But forget the contract, let's talk football. Watching Ellis work with associate trainer Britt Brown on the side was impressive. He looked like he was way ahead of schedule on his comeback from a torn Achilles' tendon. He had a little limp, but it wasn't too bad. Yes, the Cowboys drafted Anthony Spencer, but he's going to need to improve physically to win the job from Ellis. The veteran knows how to stand up against the run and get after the passer. Come September, he'll be fine.
Hat tip to Deke for the article and jbratch for the video.