DALLAS - AUGUST 22: Linebacker DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game against the Houston Texans at Texas Stadium on August 22, 2008 in Irving, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
One of the bright spots in a generally ugly performance on Sunday was the reemergence of DeMarcus Ware as we've come to know him.
After four games and two full quarters without a sack, Ware got to the Chiefs' Matt Cassel early in the third quarter, bringing him down alone to put an end to what seemed a near-impossible streak. Ware led the league in sacks last year, with twenty, a campaign over which he could seemingly get to the passer at will.
He got to Cassel again in the fourth quarter, along with Jason Hatcher, and was credited with his second full sack of 2009.
Ware's quiet beginning to 2009 was beginning to be a cause for concern in Dallas, making that play--with Dallas still down seven--a much needed breath of fresh air for Cowboys fans, and certainly Ware himself.
"Oh man, I got the monkey off my back now," said Ware on Sunday. "I don't care, he asked me earlier if it was two or one and a half. I said 'I don't care, it's not zero.' "
The three-time All-Pro continued, that much like Joe Cocker, he got by with a little help from his friends.
"I just went out there and the guys were like, 'DeMarcus, you just got to get out there and play, you just got to rush the passer. Do whatever you need to do to get there' and Igor [Olshansky] always says, 'DeMarcus, you can run over my feet, you can do whatever you need to do, I'll cover you,'" Ware said. "And that's the type of players we have on this team."