DeMarcus Ware on Shift To 4-3: “I Can Play A Lot More Aggressive”

Ware has spent each of his eight NFL seasons as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system

DeMarcus Ware believes he’ll be just fine in Monte Kiffin’s Tampa 2 defense, and though he will be playing in a 4-3 system for the first time since his college days at Troy, we’re inclined to believe him.

Ware earned his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl nod this season, though he didn’t make the trip to Honolulu due to a shoulder injury that required surgery back on January 10. Coming back healthy and putting his hand on the ground as an end in 2013, Ware--arguably the best pass rusher in football today--will be freed up to focus on what he does best.

"I think it can benefit me," Ware said, per the Dallas Morning News. "I can play a lot more aggressive. I don’t have to worry about dropping into coverage. Then guys like Sean Lee and Bruce Carter and Jay (Ratliff) can really get after it."

The aforementioned Lee said in the days after Kiffin’s signing that the shift from the 3-4 to the 4-3 isn’t as dramatic of a change as some believe, and Ware agrees with him on that point.

"I was just standing up in the 3-4," Ware said. "I’ll still be an edge guy, rushing the passer, maybe once in a while putting my hand down. It’s just a different terminology.

"But at the end of the day, I played 4-3 in college. There’s not a big change."

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