Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware isn’t fazed by those who read his uncharacteristically unproductive 2013 season as a sign that he’s on the decline.
Ware had career-lows in tackles (40) and sacks (6) last year, and missed three games with a quad injury, after going eight NFL seasons without missing one. Now, he needs elbow surgery (he’ll go under the knife next Tuesday), and many have wondered if the slumping production and health issues, combined with a huge contract, will spell the end of the Ware era in Dallas.
But Ware himself remains confident he’ll have a bounce-back year in 2014, that the once overflowing D-Ware bandwagon will fill up once again.
“People are going to doubt you regardless,” Ware said, per ESPN Dallas. “Let’s say you had a 20-sack season, it’s ‘Can he do it again?’ One year you had 19 sacks. Can you do it again? One year you had 15 sacks. Can you do it again? It’s going to be that every year.
“I’m going to be healthy. I’m going to shut my mouth and be quiet and let my work on the field characterize who I am. I’m not going to sit here and talk about what I’m going to do. I’m going behind the scenes and do what I need to do and get the job done, and at the end of the day there’s going to be a bandwagon everybody needs to jump back on.”
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