Friday, February 1, 2013
DeMarcus Ware's transition
By Tim Kavanagh
With the Dallas Cowboys switching to a 4-3 defense after several seasons in a 3-4, there are some big questions that face the club regarding who will man certain key positions, and whether these players will be able to handle the different responsibilities of the new slot. One of those big questions involves pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware, who was an OLB in the 3-4 scheme.
During an appearance on the NFL Network Thursday, Ware seemed OK with the change, and doesn't seem nervous about transitioning to DE. "In college I played the 4-3," Ware confirmed, per ESPNDallas.com. "It's usually just being aggressive [in] getting to the quarterback, stopping the run from a defensive end standpoint. But I've been playing the 3-4 for eight years, so I have gotten comfortable with that."
ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano does have some concern for Ware's transition:
Dan GrazianoIt's a lot tougher down in the trenches
"I think the only real concern is whether he can hold up physically, as we've seen him wear down a bit at the end of the season in recent years. But it is hard to bet against a great player like Ware."