For those who were concerned that DeMarcus Ware was relenting to the inevitable vagaries of Father Time, after he essentially disappeared last year down the stretch, the month of September may have alleviated your fears.
According to Pro Football Focus, Ware was responsible for a league-high 18 total quarterback pressures (sacks, hits, hurries). He finished the month of September with 3.5 sacks. The biggest stat, however, aside from his sacks, are his whopping 11 QB hits.
For his efforts, the NFL has recognized Ware's exceptional performance by naming him the AFC Defensive Player of the Month. Not bad for a 33-year-old edge rusher on the back-9 of his career.
Surprisingly, this is the first time in Ware's career he's earned monthly Conference recognition. It is the tenth time a Broncos defensive player has earned the award, since it's inception in 1986.
Ware has been a lynch-pin in the Broncos No. 1 ranked defense. He and Von Miller have been terrors off the edge, and it's led to 10 takeaways. The Broncos are currently +6 in the turnover differential. Ware is a big reason why.
His game on Sunday night vs. the Detroit Lions was a thing of fearsome beauty. He was a constant menace to Matthew Stafford. Ware is the only player in the NFL to post a sack in each game this season.
Ware's 2015 efforts have helped him to pass Ricky Jackson into 13th place on the NFL’s all-time list (130.5 career sacks).
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