DeMarcus Ware By the Numbers
At Bleacher Report, I broke down DeMarcus Ware’s chase of the Cowboys’ all-time sack record:
In terms of his peak years, Ware’s career has mirrored that of the typical pass-rusher. He peaked in 2008, a career-high in both sacks and tackles at age 26. Take a look at Ware’s tackles by year.
There’s an obvious downward trend over the last few years, which is compatible with what we see from Ware on film. He’s still an above-average run defender, but he’s not as dominant as he once was.
Yet despite the decreasing tackle efficiency, Ware’s sack numbers have been pretty steady.
The 2012 season was a down one for Ware, but many argued that was because he was oft-injured. It’s tough to tell if Ware’s 2012 decline was the result of a banged-up body, age, or both. Stats seem to suggest that Ware could slow down later in the season, but there’s definitely something to be said about his switch to a 4-3 defense. Can his responsibilities and seemingly increased focus on rushing the passer extend his career? Time will tell, but for now, Ware of 31 years old is resembling 26-year old Ware quite a bit.