Cowboys' outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, speaking to reporters Sunday night at a fundraiser for the Texas Food Bank at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, offered a vote of confidence for Doug Free, the odds-on favorite to replace Flozell Adams as the starting left tackle.
On ESPN last week, Ware seemed somewhat unaware of Free's existence. He suggested that Adams' release may have been a mistake, that the Cowboys should either draft a tackle or bring Adams back into the fold. Reporters were baffled, as Jerry Jones has made no secret of the high esteem in which he holds Free.
On Sunday, Ware cleared up his remarks, lauding Free for his quick feet and physical style of play.
"Actually, he handles everything well," Ware said, per ESPNDallas.com. "Coming in as a young player he wasn’t as big, but in the off-season he’s bulked up a lot. He’s gotten a lot bigger, gotten a lot stronger. He’s very quick. To be honest, he’s quicker than Flozell Adams when it comes to a lot of things that he does.
"To have that young guy in there, with the tenacity to maul a guy down, that’s what I call Doug Free, that mauler type offensive lineman we need."
Per ESPN Dallas, Ware said that he'll miss Adams's leadership, but believes that others can fill the talent void left in the considerable wake of "The Hotel."