FRISCO, Texas – DeMarcus Ware was in Denver last week tutoring the Broncos' pass-rushers. On Wednesday, Ware was at The Star tutoring the Dallas Cowboys’ pass-rushers.
“Hey, just trying to help everybody,” Ware said. “Mentor the guys a little bit and just really teaching some technique, the little small things of stopping the run, getting in the backfield, but then when it comes to passing situations how to break down an offense, how they’re going to get attacked and then the techniques they need to use to get to the quarterback.”
Ware spent nine seasons with the Cowboys, becoming the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks with 117. He spent three seasons with the Broncos, picking up 21.5 more sacks and a Super Bowl ring.
“The teaching aspect I really enjoy,” Ware said. “Teaching the guys the technique work but then seeing it out on the field, how they progress from learning it from me and then how they apply it to their own bodies.”
During Wednesday’s organized team activity, Ware took an active role in the pass-rushing drills with the entire group. He demonstrated moves off the edge with speed and also with power. After the practice, he spent about 25 minutes with the young pass-rushers. At the end of the sessions, Ware’s shirt was sweat-soaked.
“D-Ware was an awesome player here,” said Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, who was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft to replace Ware. “You can learn so much, not just on the field but off the field, taking in what he did for the Cowboys when he was here, just trying to be great.”
Ware is about to enter his second year of retirement, turning down a couple of chances a year ago to return to the NFL. Would he be open to returning in 2018 if asked?
“I seen the guys running gassers today and I said, ‘I’m going to let you all do that,’” Ware said. “I’ve done that already. I’m done.”
Coaching isn’t in the future either.
“I just like to mentor the guys,” he said, “and lead them the right way and then just teach them the techniques on the field to make them successful.”