One of the biggest events to unfold this offseason was Demarcus Ware being cut by the Dallas Cowboys. It didn’t take a second thought from John Elway and the Broncos to sign him to a very lucrative deal. As it turns out, he has already assumed a leadership role in Denver.
Demarcus Ware has been a household name in Dallas for nigh on ten years now. His 117 career sacks are an all time franchise record. Media pundits like Warren Sapp have busted on Demarcus Ware for his so-called lack of leadership skills. According to the Broncos Von Miller and multiple other players, nothing could be further from the truth.
After only being in close contact with Demarcus Ware for about three months, Von Miller said to members of the media,
â€œDeMarcus is just, itâ€™s kind of hard to explain, heâ€™s just one of those special guys that you just donâ€™t have to, like â€¦ I donâ€™t know, itâ€™s just like DeMarcus already knows what Iâ€™m going to ask him even before I ask him,” Miller said on Wednesday. â€œSometimes heâ€™s just like a psychic, he already knows what Iâ€™m going to ask him. We start talking about it and he just explains it so well.”
â€œHeâ€™s a great teacher, itâ€™s different than any relationship Iâ€™ve ever had with anybody else,” Miller continued. â€œ â€¦
Iâ€™m not afraid to say it, I want to be like DeMarcus Ware.”
The Broncos front office is ecstatic that Ware has taken Von under his wing after the scandalous season he had last year: including a six-game suspension for violating the leagueâ€™s substance abuse policy, an arrest for a missed court appearance and several traffic infractions as well as a torn ACL he suffered in December. There was much concern about Miller’s long term future with the club. However, they are confident that Demarcus Ware is the type of mentor he needed.
Demarcus Wares presence in Denver has already turned a lot of heads. His new teammates all have positive things to say about him when they get in front of the media. Von Miller isn’t the only Bronco player Ware has taken under his wing. He has been staying after practice and working with rightÂ tackle Chris Clark. (Sound familiar? He did the same thing with Tyron Smith.)
Clark switched positions from left tackle after Ryan Clady’s return from an injured left foot. It creates a challenge with footwork moving to the other side. Ware advised Clark on some moves, trying to speed up his adjustment to the nuances of playing on the opposite side.
What is still a lingering question in the minds of most Cowboys fans is: what really led to his sudden departure? Many, much like myself, speculate that he was tired of Jerry Jones firing his coaches.
During his tenure with the Cowboys he was faced with frequent scheme changes to include systems under Bill Parcells (who he attributes most of his success to), Wade Phillips, Rob Ryan, and most recently Monte Kiffin. Now this year Rod Marinelli has been named the new defensive coordinator for the Cowboys.
This lack of continuity has led to the Cowboys having the worst defense in franchise history.
Jerry Jones’ willful neglect of addressing the DL in recent years also attributed to the problem and players like Demarcus Ware and Jay Ratliff were forced to play hurt because there was no depth behind them. This in itself takes years off of a players career.
Jack Del Rio is thankful for Jerry Jones’ foolishness. It is my belief that Demarcus Ware was tired of the mediocrity in Dallas and wanted to finish out his career as a winner.
According to sources in Denver, Demarcus Ware helps everyone. DE Derek Wolfe called him a coach on the field. TE Julius Thomas complimented Ware saying, having Demarcus across from him in drills is like daily CliffsNotes.
“I am trying to improve and get better, and I always like to remind people that it’s tough to learn when you are going up against the best players in the world,” Thomas said. “Going against someone of DeMarcus’ experience and skill level makes me better. I can’t say enough about how much he has helped me so far, and how it will only continue going forward.”
Being the humble soul he is, Demarcus Ware takes little credit by saying he is watching from the “catbird seat”. It is apparent to me that Jack Delrio came out of this smelling like a rose and Rod Marinelli was left holding the bag. Delrio has a leader for Von Miller, Marinelli has a rookie (Demarcus Lawrence) with no mentor. Shame on you Jerry Jones.