Sapp: Ware 'can't lead ants to a picnic'

The Cowboys’ player-organized offseason workouts, which they believe will give them an edge entering the post-lockout season, aren’t enough to convince their critics that this is a team starved for leadership.

The questions start with quarterback Tony Romo due to his position. But the NFL Network crew, which has consistently harped on this issue with the Cowboys, pointed the finger at Dallas’ best player Wednesday.

Perhaps Warren Sapp softened the blow with some praise of DeMarcus Ware, but the former Pro Bowl defensive tackle still made a rather harsh point.

“He’s an absolute monster,” Sapp said of Ware, “but he’s not going to lead a pack of ants to a picnic in his own backyard.”

Nobody questions Ware’s talent. He’s a perennial All-Pro outside linebacker who is on pace to rank among the NFL’s all-time sacks leaders, having led the league in that category twice in the last three seasons.

The subject of debate here is whether Ware can be a leader. He is a captain for the Cowboys, so leadership certainly falls within his job description.

Ware will never be a rah-rah, Ray Lewis-type of leader. He’s a naturally soft-spoken guy, not necessarily a candidate to make inspirational speeches or be confrontational with teammates. That fuels the perception that Ware simply isn’t cut out to be a leader.

Then again, the same sort of things were said for years about Dirk Nowitzki. Not sure about ants at a picnic, but Dirk did manage to lead the Mavericks’ march to an NBA championship this season.