Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware says the team’s first season with Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator didn’t show what Ryan’s defense is really like.
Ware said on NFL Network that last year’s lockout canceling Organized Team Activities and minicamps meant that he and his teammates never really knew Ryan’s system, and that’s not the case anymore.
“With not having OTAs last year and a new defensive coordinator, now we’ve had the OTAs, we’ve had minicamp, we’re a totally different defense,” Ware said.
Ware also said the Cowboys’ personnel will be better, mentioning the addition of cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, and saying that his fellow outside linebacker, Anthony Spencer, has shown improvement this offseason.
“We’ve got Brandon Carr, Claiborne, he’s coming in, Spencer, he’s really stepped up a lot, guys are really stepping up, improving and taking on that leadership role,” Ware said. “From a defensive standpoint, we’re going to be a lot better, playing a lot more aggressive. We’re going to be a lot better.”
At the very least, Ware seems to have learned to emulate Ryan’s confidence.