DeMarcus Ware says Cowboys will improve on 8-8

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware, minus the arm brace he used at the Super Bowl to help in the healing of a shoulder surgery, was a guest on NBC Sports Network on Friday.

Ware said he tried to recruit then-free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora to sign with the Cowboys, Umenyiora ended up with the Atlanta Falcons, praised the work of former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, now with the New Orleans Saints, and more importantly said the Cowboys will be better.

"We will not be .500," Ware said. "We will not be .500 like the last two years we’ve been, I can tell you that."

The Cowboys finished the last two seasons at 8-8 and have missed the postseason for three consecutive seasons. Like most veterans on the Cowboys, Ware is tired of being sick and tired of not making the playoffs.

You can blame several people for the lack of recent playoff appearances by the Cowboys, but Ware stopped short of blaming quarterback Tony Romo, who just signed the richest contract in franchise history.

"I think the blame goes on everybody," Ware said. "It's a team sport and everybody has to play up to their potential."