Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware is a very special NFL player and he knows it. He was recently ranked the league’s sixth-best player by his peers and afterward he light-heartedly said he wouldn’t be satisfied until he’s No. 1.
Well, his latest personal goal would easily catapult him to that top spot. Last week, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, who led the NFL with 22 sacks in 2012 (0.5 short of the single-season record), said he believed a 25-sack season was possible and mentioned Ware as a player who could accomplish such a feat. On Saturday, Ware agreed.
“With that coming from Jared Allen, who had 22 last year, the sky’s the limit,” Ware said. “I’ll also flip it back on him, and say, he can do the same thing, and also, Jason Babin. They’re playing really well. But it’s all about how the season goes. If it’s more of a passing season, we’re probably going to have more sacks.”
If the 2011 season was any indication, 25 sacks is a more attainable number now than it ever has been. Last year saw four 5,000-yard passers and more pass attempts league-wide than any previous season in history. Add the fact the Cowboys upgraded in the secondary this off-season by signing Brandon Carr and drafting Morris Claiborne and Ware is in good shape.
Those players will stick with opposing receivers longer than pervious Dallas cornerbacks like Terence Newman, giving pass-rushers like Ware an easier path to more sacks.
“It’s going to help the pressure up front,” Ware said. “A lot of guys are playing really well: Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher and Jay Ratliff. It’s going to give us a little bit more time to get to the quarterback.”
Naturally, Ware turned the conversation to a team focus, which is the sign of leader. The Cowboys desperately need a leader on and off the field, but that’s another Rant. A 25-sack season would almost make Ware a surefire Hall of Famer, but don’t count your chickens before they hatch.