Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware wasn’t one of the players mentioned by name by team vice president Stephen Jones.
But Ware knows his name hasn’t been called nearly enough this season, and vows to change that the last three weeks as they fight for a playoff spot.
“What’s my name?” Ware said, via Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “All right. Ain’t nothing changed. I don’t feel like nothing has changed.”
Well, the production has. Ware’s posted a career-low 6.0 sacks, after seven straight years in double-digits.
Injuries have been a factor, as he missed three games with a quadriceps strain, and said he didn’t feel completely well until last week. But he’s confident he’ll turn things around now.
“I see a guy who is close,” Ware said. “People can say what they want to say. Tell them to get in front of me and see if they can block me. Then we’ll go from there.”
That’s been easier to do than ever this year, and if he doesn’t deliver, the Cowboys chances of improving a defense that’s leaking at record rates isn’t good.