Over at DMN, I just posted an article comparing DeMarcus Ware’s career production to other pass rushers over the past two decades. In particular, I wanted to see how much longer we can expect Ware to play at an elite level.
According to my metric, Ware’s best season was actually in 2009 when he recorded only 11 sacks—the second-fewest of his career. Ware actually pressured the quarterback at a higher rate than ever that season, but simply got unlucky with sacks. On the flip side, Ware racked up 20 sacks in 2011 despite reaching the quarterback 19 fewer times than in 2009, by my count. That small dip is represented in the graph.
Ware, who turned 30 in July, certainly still has a few more years of domination left in him. If his career output resembles that of past pass rushers, though, 2012 may be his final legitimate shot at taking down the sack record.