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Marinelli thinks shift to 4-3 will make Ware more dangerous

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Cowboys pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware has been an outside linebacker since he entered the NFL.

But according to new Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli, the transition to defensive end in a 4-3 defense might be just what he needs.

The 30-year-old Ware had “just” 11.5 sacks last year while struggling with injuries, after racking up 99.5 in his first seven seasons.

I think it’ll aid him a little bit, because your takeoff is better,” Marinelli said of Ware, via the Dallas Morning News. “Your keys are a little more consistent with what you’re doing. That’s my opinion. I see him, I mean he’s an elite rusher right now. I just think the more opportunity he has, doing the same things every day, every week, the repetition, which allows you to become even faster.

“The sky is the limit for him, I believe.”

The hope is that some of those sacks turn into forced fumbles, as the Cowboys forced just 16 turnovers last season. Marinelli’s defense in Chicago led the league with 44 takeaways.

“I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself and the player on one-on-one wins, because the back row, we’re leaving them hung out,” Marinelli said. “They want to break on the ball. And they want to make plays on the ball. But if that guy reloads, reloads, it takes away their aggressiveness. So it’s my job to help those guys trust the rush by, not by talking about it, but by seeing it on tape.

“I think more than 50 to 60 percent of takeaways come from the pocket. It could be a sack-fumble or a ball is thrown high or thrown too quick or guys are breaking or tips, things like that. A major part of those things are from the pocket. It could be a blitz or a four-man rush. Make the guy throw it quick or throw it high.”

Getting Ware healthy for a change and back to his previous form will be a crucial first step in that process.

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8 Responses to “Marinelli thinks shift to 4-3 will make Ware more dangerous”
  1. greymares says: Feb 15, 2013 8:13 AM

    as an Eagle fan thanks for screwing with the best player you have.

  2. tundey says: Feb 15, 2013 8:36 AM

    Rod Marinelli needs to talk to Monte Kiffin and get their stories right. Either the defensive alignment doesn’t matter (as Kiffin claims) or it does (says Marinelli). Either way, Cowboys problem hasn’t been the front seven (whether 3-4 or 4-3). It’s been the DBs that can’t stop anyone and also Romo taking (and losing) gambles at the wrong times. Switching to 4-3 from 3-4 won’t fix that. It just means the Cowboys set themselves back a couple of years till they get the personnel for 4-3.

  3. cowboys8819 says: Feb 15, 2013 8:37 AM

    I’m excited to see what this new staff brings to the table!

  4. gator2006 says: Feb 15, 2013 8:58 AM

    Cowboys have the “Dream Team” of coaches. This will not end well.

  5. enrifer says: Feb 15, 2013 9:28 AM

    They ran a Combination of 3-4, 4-3 defense with Ryan, the personnel is in place, they now have two coaches who excell at the 4-3 wich I believe will help them be a better defense. Ryan’s defense was too inconsistent and confusing for the players.

  6. doe22us says: Feb 15, 2013 9:46 AM

    Damn, you know you are really really good when 11.5 sacks is just. For some pass rushers 11.5 is a goldmine.

  7. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 15, 2013 9:51 AM

    greymares says:Feb 15, 2013 8:13 AM

    as an Eagle fan thanks for screwing with the best player you have.

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    As if the pathetic Eagles would have a chance if Ware lined up at QB. Keep it real.

    I wouldn’t bet against Ware becoming a very good defensive end in a 4-3.

  8. simmsmatic says: Feb 15, 2013 1:25 PM

    @tundey

    Rod Marinelli needs to talk to Monte Kiffin and get their stories right. Either the defensive alignment doesn’t matter (as Kiffin claims) or it does (says Marinelli). Either way, Cowboys problem hasn’t been the front seven (whether 3-4 or 4-3). It’s been the DBs that can’t stop anyone and also Romo taking (and losing) gambles at the wrong times. Switching to 4-3 from 3-4 won’t fix that. It just means the Cowboys set themselves back a couple of years t, ill they get the personnel for 4-3.
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    Not sure how much you know about football based off of this statement.

    1.) The Cowboys had a top 10 passing defense all of last year. Hence why Mo Claiborne and Brandon Carr were such a big deal. And they declined when half of the defense got injured.

    2.) The Cowboys got little to no pass rush last year compared to what they’re used to. So actually it was the front 7 that was struggling, especially cause Jay Ratliff disappeared and Demarcus Ware had lingering injuries.

    3.) In case you need reinforcements, the fact that the Cowboys pass rush was lacking and they were still a top pass defense, completely makes you look ignorant for that statement.

    4.) They have 4-3 personnel. Barry Church is a 4-3 strong safety, he’s a hard hitter who stops the run. Gerald Sensabaugh is a risk tasking, playmaker FS; he’s not that great but he fits. As you know Ware & Spencer are perfectly fine at DE in the 4-3. And the Cowboys linebackers like Carter, Lee, and Connor are all capable of being in a 4-3. All they need is DT’s which they are drafting this year. Unless Jay Ratliff gets his head on straight.

    Just an FYI.

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