Just a few weeks ago, longtime Cowboys defensive end Charles Haley told reporters that DeMarcus Ware would be “awesome” at his new position, which he’ll move into this offseason as Monte Kiffin installs his Tampa 2 defense. Here, Ware’s new position coach Rod Marinelli agrees with Haley.
“I think it’ll aid him a little bit, because your takeoff is better,” Marinelli said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Your keys are a little more consistent with what you’re doing. That’s my opinion. I see him, I mean he’s an elite rusher right now. I just think the more opportunity he has, doing the same things every day, every week, the repetition, which allows you to become even faster. The sky is the limit for him, I believe.”
Of course, pressure, and the Cowboys’ front four winning man-to-man battles in the trenches will be crucial to the success of the new-look defense. Hopefully, this will pressure will manifest itself in more takeaways, and an improvement upon that unsightly -13 turnover differential from a season ago.
“I think more than 50 to 60 percent of takeaways come from the pocket,” Marinelli said. “It could be a sack-fumble or a ball is thrown high or thrown too quick or guys are breaking or tips, things like that. A major part of those things are from the pocket. It could be a blitz or a four-man rush. Make the guy throw it quick or throw it high.”
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