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Jason Garrett praises “amazing” DeMarcus Ware

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It was easy to overlook, as Philadelphia destroyed Dallas on Sunday night, that Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware had a four-sack game in defeat.

But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett noticed.

I thought it was an amazing performance,” Garrett said. “I think he was credited with 11 tackles in the game, five tackles for loss, including four sacks, and it was an outstanding performance.”

Sunday night’s four sacks of Michael Vick give Ware 12 for the season, which puts him on pace for a record-breaking 27 this season. (Jared Allen has 12.5 sacks in eight games, which puts him on pace for 25.) Garrett said that if Ware does break Michael Strahan’s NFL record of 22.5 sacks in a season, it won’t be a surprise.

“It’s really almost what you come to expect from the guy week-in and week-out,” Garrett said.

If only the Cowboys could have expected more from the rest of their roster on Sunday.

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  1. ajknox88 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:27 PM

    You know what’s crazy is the Lions didn’t let him sack Stafford one time, yet Jarred Allen destroyed the Lions.

  2. profootballwalk says: Nov 1, 2011 4:28 PM

    Dog bites man.

  3. henrykissingerisgod says: Nov 1, 2011 4:29 PM

    D ware is a diamond in a trash can

  4. hoobsher says: Nov 1, 2011 4:32 PM

    good for him, he got some sacks on an offensive line that has been insulted and dragged through the mud by every NFL analyst in the world.

    shady’s 35 yard run prior to punching in a touchdown is available from multiple angles on NFL.com and you can very clearly see him get manhandled (he was barely even trying) by brent celek on a back end block. ware was in position to drag mccoy down and stop him for about 5 or 6 but celek did not let him move an inch.

  5. stavreafavre says: Nov 1, 2011 4:33 PM

    He’s an amazing player. Clay Matthews is great for the Packers, but I have to admit that Ware is the one guy I’d rather that GB had.

  6. marktheaudioguy says: Nov 1, 2011 4:36 PM

    You can hate on the Cowboys as much as you can, but you have to respect Demarcus Ware.

  7. redbullenergydrink says: Nov 1, 2011 4:36 PM

    Jason’s right. DeMarcus Ware is in straight up beast mode when he steps onto the field. Great effort! Can’t say the same about a certain runningback from Tennessee.

  8. nabz034 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:37 PM

    After Sunday’s performance I’m amazed he’s being praised.

    The only player on the Cowboys that played well was Murray averaging 9 Yards per carry.

  9. dbellina says: Nov 1, 2011 4:37 PM

    I know no one cares, but I was winning by 15 points in my fantasy match up going into that game. The guy I was against had 1 player left, Ware. Ware scored 28 freaking points. As a defensive player!!!!

  10. cowboynation919 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:38 PM

    I agree. He is one of the few Cowboy’s I can always count on to show up and give it 110% every game.

  11. hookem6903 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:39 PM

    I hate the Cowboys but I love D Ware. He’s incredible.

  12. 4t9er says: Nov 1, 2011 4:43 PM

    Demarcus Ware would be the best OLB in a generation if he falls into coverage or do a better job tackling running backs.

  13. aimpai says: Nov 1, 2011 4:44 PM

    Hard to argue this guy isn’t the best defensive player in the league right now.

    I really hope Dallas finishes the season with a decent record so he can get the DPOY that was stolen from him 3 years ago.

  14. kilo0986 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:46 PM

    Nabz appearently didnt see ware, clearly didnt read the post and is a complete dumbass.

  15. dccowboy says: Nov 1, 2011 4:46 PM

    “Demarcus Ware would be the best OLB in a generation if he falls into coverage or do a better job tackling running backs.”

    Umm, 5 tackles for loss – who was he tackling the O linemen?

    Ware is outstanding in coverage, you need to watch him play more. hint: he’s covered Gore all over the field, in Sunday’s game it was his coverage of the TE that caused a Vick sack.

    Ware IS the best OLB in a generation.

  16. ppc50 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:47 PM

    It is unfortunate for Ware that by the time they get at a championship level again, he will be either retired or on his last legs. As a Cowboy fan, I think Garrett needs to either shut his trap about “moving ahead, analyzing film, putting this loss behind them”or get fired immediately. Ware is a great player, but the window of this team getting to any respectable level has closed. The losses to the Jets, Lions and Pats (all very winnable) have insured that their season is over – thanks to Garrett and Romo.

  17. dclogicatlast says: Nov 1, 2011 4:51 PM

    As good as Ware is, the Eagles exploited the fact that the Dallas DEs get so far up the field. Vick had big pockets to step into and McCoy has cutback lanes gallore.

  18. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Nov 1, 2011 4:51 PM

    I HATE THE COWBOYS BUT D.WARE IS A BEAST!

  19. krank00 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:51 PM

    Good thing Garrett does not call the defense. Funny thing happened in Dallas. Wade gets fired because the offense sucks.

    Guess what……. The offense still sucks!!!

  20. gb4mn0 says: Nov 1, 2011 4:53 PM

    I hope Ware passes HGH poster child Allen for the sack title just to read all the childish rants by lavender pieces of human debris.

  21. marktheaudioguy says: Nov 1, 2011 4:54 PM

    What else I love about Ware, is that he’s one of (if not the best) defensive players in the league and he’s one of the good guys. You rarely hear him complain, no off-field issues, and I like how he helped Vick up after the last sack. Plus I like the story about him and his wife and their miscarriages. A model for all NFL players.

  22. bleedgreen says: Nov 1, 2011 4:55 PM

    Umm, 5 tackles for loss – who was he tackling the O linemen?

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    Pretty sure 4 of those 5 tackles for a loss were his 4 sacks.

  23. utaheaglesbeast says: Nov 1, 2011 5:09 PM

    Ware is one of the few good players on Dallas…Skins and Dallas are in the same sinking situation… They will go down with the skipper and the rest of the ship! EAGLES ON THE RISE!!!!

  24. howley1 says: Nov 1, 2011 5:55 PM

    Demarcus Ware would be the best OLB in a generation if he falls into coverage or do a better job tackling running backs.

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    If you think he doesn’t do both really well, you don’t know what you’re looking at.

  25. localbandhero says: Nov 1, 2011 5:57 PM

    On a team full of under performing clowns, Ware is a small beacon of hope. Him, Sean Lee, and Witten.

    The best thing about Ware, besides his performance, is that he doesn’t run his mouth, doesn’t complain, doesn’t accuse. He plays and he plays well. He doesn’t get many penalties, and has no reputation as a dirty player. Guys like Suh and James Harrison could learn a thing or two from this guy.

  26. howley1 says: Nov 1, 2011 5:58 PM

    Good thing Garrett does not call the defense. Funny thing happened in Dallas. Wade gets fired because the offense sucks.

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    No… Wade got fired because he lost the team.

    As for the offense, it’s still the #8 offense in the NFL, gaining an average of 6.2 yards per offensive play (6th).

  27. joshuavkidd says: Nov 1, 2011 6:20 PM

    he may be a great player but truth is the Eagles threw and ran at him constantly and there he was 10 yards behind the line of scrimage, blowing his containment. Great for sacks, but wasn’t helping his team as a group much.

  28. rlb777 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:01 PM

    Ware is a great player. But, still, 2 of his sacks on Sunday were when Vick had pulled the ball down and was running and happened to not make it quite back to then line of scrimmage.

  29. Ba'al from www.Cowboys-Forum.com says: Nov 1, 2011 7:27 PM

    hoobsher says: Nov 1, 2011 4:32 PM

    good for him, he got some sacks on an offensive line that has been insulted and dragged through the mud by every NFL analyst in the world.

    shady’s 35 yard run prior to punching in a touchdown is available from multiple angles on NFL.com and you can very clearly see him get manhandled (he was barely even trying) by brent celek on a back end block. ware was in position to drag mccoy down and stop him for about 5 or 6 but celek did not let him move an inch.
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    Its called *being held* something the refs just could not comprehend. Hell Ware has been tackled in front of the ref and no call.

  30. predatorpeppers says: Nov 1, 2011 7:27 PM

    Ware is overrated, he’s a good player but he racks up his sack totals because he lines up so wide, the eagles just ran right at him and abused him in the run game. You want to see an all around dominant pass rusher, watch Julius Peppers play.

  31. howley1 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:34 PM

    Ware is a great player. But, still, 2 of his sacks on Sunday were when Vick had pulled the ball down and was running and happened to not make it quite back to then line of scrimmage.

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    Then it’s even more impressive. Vick was in escape mode and Ware still ran him down behind the line of scrimmage.

  32. predatorpeppers says: Nov 1, 2011 7:39 PM

    The NFL players ranked Peppers as the10th best player in the NFL and Ware as the 12th best. People assume Ware is better than Peppers because he gets more sacks, well considering Ware’s played in an aggressive attack style scheme as a jack linebacker, his whole career, he’s gonna have more sacks. Ware lines up very wide and just pins his ears back and rushes the QB. He did that in Wade Phillips scheme as well who is known for racking up big sack seasons for his OLB’s……a list of some of the players Phillips has coached to double digit sack seasons in his scheme

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81fc8c96/article/texans-de-williams-move-to-olb-wont-be-all-that-complicated

    Think Bryce Paup after he left the Green Bay Packers — for whom he was an end in a 4-3 scheme — and then compiled 17.5 sacks as linebacker for the Bills in 1995, when Phillips was defensive coordinator.

    Julius Peppers has always played in a scheme where they only rush 4 down lineman and hardly ever bilitz making it much easier for him to be double teamed and chipped by backs and tightends. He also doesn’t line up as wide as Ware does which makes it easier for the offensive tackle to stay in front of Peppers. There are many factors that way in when it comes to racking up sack numbers. Peppers also gets more passes defensed which is a wasted down by the offense, he gets more interceptions which gives his team the ball, he gets more blocked kicks which wipes points off the board, he gets more forced fumbles per sack ratio as well. Ware is dominant, but he’s not quite Peppers IMO. Put Peppers in Ware’s scheme and he would have broke the sack record already.

    At one point Peppers did want to play for a team that runs a 3-4 defense, I wish he would have to shut up the doubters.

    http://www.scoresreport.com/2009/01/17/julius-peppers-wants-to-play-for-another-team-next-season-as-a-linebacker/

    Carey said ideally Peppers wants to play in a 3-4 defensive system where he can stand up and roam the field as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, similar to how the Dallas Cowboys use DeMarcus Ware and how the San Diego Chargers have used Shawne Merriman in the past before his injury.

    So basically he doesn’t want to have a lot of run responsibility, he just wants to rush the quarterback and compile as many sacks as he possibly can. At 6’7″, 283 pounds, Peppers would easily be the biggest linebacker in the NFL.

    http://www.bolthype.com/2007/11/demarcus-ware-vs-shawne-merriman.html

    Demarcus Ware:

    http://www.bolthype.com/2007/11/demarcus-ware-vs-shawne-merriman.html

    “I talked to Shawne at the Pro Bowl, and he said, ’You’re going to love this system. You’re going to move all around, from left to right and into the middle. It will open up the gate for you and other players. We have a lot of great players on our defense, just like San Diego does, and we have been watching a lot of film of those guys. We’re excited about the sack totals and big plays we can put up in this system. … Sacks are how we eat. Everybody is really excited that a new coach has come in and has a new philosophy different from our old coach. The philosophy Wade has is a little more aggressive than the one Bill Parcells had. It’s what guys on this team like. They like the movement, the aggressiveness of this scheme. They don’t have as many responsibilities.”

    Enough Said.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/panthers/2006-11-22-peppers-cover_x.htm

    After watching Peppers notch three sacks, bat down a pass and recover a fumble in a 24-10 win against Tampa Bay, ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Joe Theismann put Peppers in rarefied air, comparing him to Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.

  33. howley1 says: Nov 1, 2011 7:39 PM

    Ware is overrated, he’s a good player but he racks up his sack totals because he lines up so wide, the eagles just ran right at him and abused him in the run game.

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    BS, you’re not going to make a living running at DeMarcus Ware and if you could then teams would be trying it more often. He doesn’t line up any further outside than any other 3-4 OLB and Eagles game notwithstanding the Cowboys are still one of the best teams against the run no matter where teams decide to run. Don’t let one game cloud your judgment.

  34. phillyfan4ever says: Nov 1, 2011 8:01 PM

    Too bad they lost 34-7 and were absolutely smashed on national TV

  35. drew05 says: Nov 1, 2011 8:25 PM

    Let me preface this with….

    I like D. Ware…only Cowboy I’ll say that about…

    He had 4 sacks, yes…even Michaels said it was the quitest 4 sack game he’d ever seen…

    2 of them were naked bootlegs…nobody blocked him…not Ware’s fault, but…less impressive anyway…

    1 of the other 2 he was fortunate Vick pretty well ran into him…

    The Sack/Fumble play was Ware at his best, pure speed…great play, by a great player.

    The Eagles gameplan took advantage of Ware in the run game…he had a great game by the stats…but the Iggles ran counters/stretches/draws right past Ware….through MONSTROUS holes…he was just fed right up-field.

    Stats don’t tell the story in NFL games…or the Eagles would be undefeated…(maybe 1 loss)

    While he made a few plays, he is a great player…most of the game he was being destroyed.

    I was/am as shocked as anyone, but it’s true.

    Go Eagles!

  36. turk2875 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:17 PM

    Like Al Michaels said “that was the quietist 4 sack game ever.” At one point it goes beyond just sacks. Is he not the same defender that let his Defense give up 180 yards to McCoy. Yep, amazing performance by D-Ware and Rob Ryan’s vaunted Dallas Defense.

  37. aljack88 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:52 PM

    “ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Joe Theismann put Peppers in rarefied air, comparing him to Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor.”

    I thought LT broke his leg, not his head. He surely has forgotten how much LT dominated the game when he played. There has not been another D player who created as much impact on the game as Taylor. The only other player I can think of to have changed the way the game is played in their respective sport is what Bobby Orr did with the NHL.

    I enjoy watching both Peppers and Ware play. They play in different D schemes so to say one is better than the other by personal choice. Both players are among the very best at their positions but not the best of “all time”. One other remarkable stat about both players is how durable they have been during their careers.

  38. cowboysfan18 says: Nov 1, 2011 9:56 PM

    @predatorpeppers
    After that great novel you wrote, bet this is what most people thought;
    1. Hater in the house and
    2. Why can’t you just appreciate a good player instead of hating and being a cheerleader for another player.
    I’ll get you some pom poms whine bag.
    Have a super day, super hater.

  39. scudbot says: Nov 1, 2011 9:59 PM

    Smokescreen/end run. Dallas got destroyed by Philly. Yeah, refocus the attention of media sycophants and lapdogs. Let’s talk up Ware to deflect and delay other stuff. Like why does your team continue to suck.

    One game doesn’t make a season. But if Philly puts on similar shows the next couple weeks, with apologies to 49ers fans, they’ll be the only NFC team that’s a real threat to the Pack.

    Dallas has easy pickings the next few weeks so their record could be pretty good. But they were roasted, toasted, steamed and dry cleaned by the Eagles, who were clearly superior last week.

  40. Ba'al from www.Cowboys-Forum.com says: Nov 1, 2011 10:06 PM

    predatorpeppers says: Nov 1, 2011 7:39 PM

    The NFL players ranked Peppers as the10th best player in the NFL and Ware as the 12th best. People assume Ware is better than Peppers because he gets more sacks, well considering Ware’s played in an aggressive attack style scheme as a jack linebacker, his whole career, he’s gonna have more sacks. Ware lines up very wide and just pins his ears back and rushes the QB. He did that in Wade Phillips scheme as well who is known for racking up big sack seasons for his OLB’s……a list of some of the players Phillips has coached to double digit sack seasons in his scheme
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    Try watching a Cowboy sometime and you will see Ware go out into coverage, thats right Ware goes into coverage, could Peppers do that, i dont think so.

    So to conclude, your statement of Ware just pinning his ears back and rushing the QB is just retarded

  41. norcaleagles says: Nov 1, 2011 10:40 PM

    Amazing???? Every time McCoy had a big run, I saw Ware getting kicked out by a pulling G,T,or TE on a counter or misdirection play. Ware is a great player, but I dont think he was anything close to amiazing on Sunday night.

  42. howley1 says: Nov 2, 2011 12:51 AM

    Dallas has easy pickings the next few weeks so their record could be pretty good. But they were roasted, toasted, steamed and dry cleaned by the Eagles, who were clearly superior last week.

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    Key phrase “last week”. There are 9 more regular season games to play and why do I have to remind you that the Eagles are 3-4, just like the Cowboys?

  43. howley1 says: Nov 2, 2011 1:01 AM

    Like Al Michaels said “that was the quietist 4 sack game ever.” At one point it goes beyond just sacks. Is he not the same defender that let his Defense give up 180 yards to McCoy. Yep, amazing performance by D-Ware and Rob Ryan’s vaunted Dallas Defense.

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    Oh I see, so we’re going to judge everything based on one game. I prefer to judge the Eagles on their game vs. the Giants. Eli threw 4 TD passes and Vick had a passer rating of 43. Clearly, Lesean McCoy and Nnamdi Asomugha didn’t do enough to keep it from happening.
    Yep, amazing performance by the “Dream Team”.

  44. howley1 says: Nov 2, 2011 1:03 AM

    The NFL players ranked Peppers as the10th best player in the NFL and Ware as the 12th best. People assume Ware is better than Peppers because he gets more sacks, well considering Ware’s played in an aggressive attack style scheme as a jack linebacker, his whole career, he’s gonna have more sacks. Ware lines up very wide and just pins his ears back and rushes the QB.

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    I didn’t read past this point. Just admit that you’ve never seen him play.

  45. howley1 says: Nov 2, 2011 1:12 AM

    The NFL players ranked Peppers as the10th best player in the NFL and Ware as the 12th best.

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    Or Lord, let’s see.

    Miles Austin #70, Greg Jennings #74

    Michael Vick #20, Ben Roethlisberger #41

    Desean Jackson #29, Wes Welker #50

    Donovan McNabb #100

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