Ware says “put up or shut up” not just for Romo


When asked about the contract Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo received earlier this spring, teammate DeMarcus Ware said it was “put up or shut up” time.

But Ware said Sunday that he wasn’t singling out Romo, but that his message applied to everyone who wears the star.

They’re going to twist the words that you can change,” Ware said, via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News. “So I talked to Romo about that. It didn’t come across as it was personified as. I tell them when it’s time to play you put everything else behind you and put your best foot forward. . . .

“That’s everybody. When you get out there it’s put up or shut up. It’s produce or don’t get on the field.”

Ware put himself on the line last season, playing through a hyperextended elbow, and a shoulder problem which required surgery in January. He said he has full range of motion now and is able to lift weights, but was careful about the progress he’s made.

“It feels really good now but I haven’t had any impact yet,” Ware said. “That’s the whole deal. How much impact can you take? You don’t want to have a [setback].”

There will be eyes on Ware this season as well, seeing how he makes the transition to playing with his hand on the ground in a 4-3 defense. He’s been one of the top pass-rushers in the game standing up in a 3-4, having clearly put up, even when hurt.

13 responses to “Ware says “put up or shut up” not just for Romo

  1. How come when a team fails it’s the QBs’ fault. If Ware is so wonderful shouldn’t he be able to lift the team? Where’s his heroic effort?

  2. I loved America’s team so much in the early 90’s I asked for a Starter Cowboys winter pullover for Christmas as a gradeschooler in Steeler Country. Back then, sure, kids would hate on you. But you could always say “hey scoreboard buddy!” Now I think they would just laugh.

  3. Right and he looked so good in the championship game as he was out of position and stuck in no mans land as RG3 and Alfred Morris ran away from him easily. Cant players just let their play do the the talking?

  4. I love it when some guy from a team that has basically done nothing the past several years woofs about putting up or shutting up— so how about you just shut up?

    Does anyone really think the ‘Boys have any kind of chance as long as Jerry is at the helm?

  5. Kind of felt bad for him with the last game of last season vs. The Redskins. IRGIII and Morris made him look really bad with the pistol. He was prepared but was beat on almost every play because he didn’t know who actually had the ball and when it was time to react, it was too late. It made him look like a fool and if I was in his shoes, I would have been really frustrated.

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