DeMarcus Ware To Remind The NFL Who He Is

Some people are sleeping on DeMarcus Ware, but he's about to remind the NFL world of just who he is.

When the Dallas Cowboys released defensive end, DeMarcus Ware, after 9 seasons with the team, he left as the franchise's all-time leader in sacks, with 117.

Jerry Jones will say that it was a money decision. A cap decision. And maybe that's true. But he should of tried harder to retain the 7-time All-Pro.

Jones got caught up in the hype, just like most of the NFL-loving world, that because Ware had struggled with injuries throughout 2013 and only notched 6 sacks, he must be washed up. At age 31.

But the Denver Broncos saw it differently. John Elway possesses one of the keenest scouting minds in the NFL front office world.

When many thought that Peyton Manning could never return to form, following 4 neck surgeries, Elway begged to differ. He could see the end from the beginning, and all of the steps in between. And now look at what Manning has achieved in two short years with the Broncos.

Shaun Phillips was cast on the veteran scrap heap last year by the San Diego Chargers, and yet, Elway saw a diamond in the rough and signed him. He went on to lead the Broncos in sacks with 10.

I could list several other examples of Elway taking a veteran player that the league had devalued and mold them back into a highly productive player.

Should we expect any different with DeMarcus Ware? I say to you, no. Ware has always been the top dog on the defensive line, throughout his career, often having to deal with double teams and chip blocks. And still he produced like a Hall of Famer.

That's to say nothing of the scheme that Ware was forced to play in under Monte Kiffin last year. To add insult to injury, Kiffin had Ware playing out of position and it cost his team.

In Denver, he won't be expected to carry the full pass-rushing load, because he'll be lining up opposite of the best outside linebacker in the NFL. Namely, Von Miller.

The prospect of game-planning for this fearsome pass rushing duo is one that is going to confound offensive coordinators for the next 3 years. Which one do you double team? And if you load one side of the line, and sell out, the other will make you pay for it.

And that's to say nothing of the insanely talented depth of the Broncos' entire defensive line. Derek Wolfe, Malik Jackson, Sylvester Williams, and Terrance Knighton are each a force to be reckoned with in their own right.

We're going to get the full experience of what I call "the DeMarcus Ware Effecet" this Sunday night. Andrew Luck will be running for his life.

When you factor in the dearth of talent on the Indianapolis Colts' offensive line, it only gets more harrowing for the 3rd year quarterback out of Stanford.

By season's end, Ware and Elway are going to be laughing at the NFL and Jerry Jones, all the way to the bank, and maybe even to the Super Bowl.

The DeMarcus Ware renaissance is about to get underway. Rushing the passer on a team whose quarterback happens to be Peyton Manning is only going to add fuel to the fire. Manning and the offense will get out in front early and often and force teams to abandon their game-plans and throw. We've seen it time and time again.

Ware and Miller will be able to pin their ears back and get after the quarterback in ways that Ware could only dream of in Dallas. Grab your popcorn, Broncos Country, because the best is yet to come.

Chad Jensen can be found on Twitter @CJ_Broncos.


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