During a chance meeting at the Fontainebleau Hotel earlier this offseason, legendary Buccaneers and Raiders defensive lineman Warren Sapp let Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware know that he has some high expectations for him in 2013. Like, really high.
Sapp, who worked with Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli in Tampa Bay, believes Ware has a chance to make history under the new defensive staff.
"I told him I’m looking for 25 [sacks] from him because I know what [Marinelli] teaches," Sapp said, per ESPN Dallas.
Of course, 25 would be a new record.
Ware, in turn, brushed off Sapp’s prediction, but has said since that he relished the opportunity to speak with a Hall of Fame pass rusher who knows well how to work with Marinelli.
"You talk about fundamentals, and that’s what Marinelli is all about," Ware said. "He’s installed that through the whole defensive line. It’s all predicated on effort, and once you add in the technique and doing it perfectly every time, you make big plays."
Ware’s highest single-season sack total thus far came in the 2008 season, when he had 20.
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