In narrowing down the sources of the Cowboys’ problems this year, owner Jerry Jones has already absolved his General Manager, who is doing some of his best work. He’s also taken the blame away from his quarterback, and said his defensive coordinator is not the reason the team has gone awry.
That has allowed him to start zooming in on players themselves, and he said in his weekly radio show that the team should be getting more from defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
The 31-year-old Ware has battled through injuries this year (missing three games and playing one-legged in several others), and has just 6.0 sacks.
Asked if his diminished production was a function of age or injury, Jones said Ware should be able to do as much as ever.
“I don’t know, as far as evaluating where he is at his talent level as it regards to age,” Jones said on KRLD-FM, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s a remarkable athlete. That shouldn’t be the case at all. He should actually be in the prime of his career, candidly, strength-wise, explosion-wise. That’s one of the things we got to, I think, count on is him having more impact in the game as he moves away from his injury.
“He’s feeling better and we should be able to count on better production from him.”
While Jones has been known to ramble, it’s hard to not read that as a challenge to his best defensive player.
The player who was drafted and signed to a lucractive extension by the G.M. who is at the top of his game.