Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t ready to say four-time All-Pro DeMarcus Ware is on the decline.
“I don’t, that’s a pretty complex assessment,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “And I don’t think we’ll ever know. I don’t know that you know specifically and can put your finger on talent level. You can gauge it by production. We call that, experience, talent level, and he should be benefiting.”
Going into last season, Ware had never missed a game, but he was held out of three in 2013 with a quad issue. He also spent much of the year dealing with a herniated disk in his back and an elbow injury that could require surgery. All the injuries, predictably, took their toll on Ware’s production. He finished with career-lows in tackles, with 40, and sacks, with six.
Speaking from the Senior Bowl this week, Jones said there’s plenty of reason to believe that Ware will bounce back in a major way in 2014.
“These guys who are more productive or experienced can make them better players. We should be benefiting from that. We should be benefiting from the fact that he’s a veteran player and would know the nuances of conditioning and strengthening and preparing and then we have in Rod Marinelli arguably the best, I think, the best down linemen coach, or one of the best defensive coaches with a specialization in down linemen, that there is. So there’s a lot of reasons why DeMarcus could have a lot better year.”
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