DeMarcus Ware recognizes the urgency for him and the Dallas Cowboys to succeed. Ware has experienced his share of blows in his career. As approaches his peak age, Ware knows he has a limited amount of time to win the big game when he can really enjoy it. That’s why he talked about winning the Super Bowl recently.
Ware talked big when discussing the upcoming season with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He said:
We are not just looking for the playoffs. We are not just looking for the NFC East Championship. We are looking for the big thing that really quantifies what a team means. You already know what I’m talking about.
He made clear what he meant when he added that what the Giants did in February “could have been us.”
Ware’s tone shows how much he wants to win the Super Bowl. He talked about how making the playoffs or winning the division wouldn’t be good enough. He spoke in a broad sense about how winning the Super Bowl defines a team.
A team like the Green Bay Packers of 2010 can back into the playoffs and then win four straight games to win the Super Bowl. That they struggled in the regular season doesn’t matter as much since their place in history is defined by the fact that they won the Super Bowl.
Ware seemed to show bitterness to the fact that the team hoisting the Lombardi Trophy was the Giants, not the Cowboys. A few weeks beforehand, Ware and his fellow defensive players failed to come through in a make-or-break situation against the Giants.
He seemed to imply that he and others were sick of letting those meltdowns at the end of the season happen. He said of the responsibility players are taking on:
It’s been eight years. Guys are tired of losing. Guys are trying to step up. It’s lead by example and it’s vocal. It’s also a lot of young guys coming in so we got to lead by example. We also got to say what needs to be said.
One thing that must be noted is that Ware is portraying this as a team objective. He talks about the desire to win, as well as the recognition of the need to set an example for younger players.
Meanwhile, he doesn’t use Tony Romo as a sacrificial lamb for the blown games and late-season collapses. Also, he doesn’t complain about Dan Bailey missing crucial field goals.
Instead, he talks about how players are determined to win and willing to accept responsibility for the character of the team.
Not only is this about the team winning the Super Bowl, but it’s also about Ware accomplishing the biggest objective in the NFL when he’s still at the top of his game. Ware, who turns 30 this July, is right around his peak. He probably has one or two great seasons left in him before he starts to decline.
Thus, he’s surely anxious to help the Cowboys win the Super Bowl while he still capable of posting another 20-sack season to lead the defensive charge.
Also, Ware has experienced his share of injuries. In 2011, his productivity fell off due to a stinger after he had a record-setting pace in the first half of the season. After suffering the stinger against the Arizona Cardinals, he had to miss significant amounts of snaps in a couple of games.
In the 2010 opener, Ware suffered a “slight concussion,” per the Dallas Morning News.
Later that year, he played four games with a broken pinkie finger, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Ware has had his share of accomplishments, too. In 2011, he was just half a sack shy of being the first player to record 20 sacks in a season twice.
The accolades would surely be diminished in significance for Ware if he doesn’t manage to win a Super Bowl. Winning the Super Bowl seems like it would be a crowning achievement for Ware.
He talks like he wants to help the Cowboys do what they’re expected to do, like he wants to transform the defense the way dominant defenders do and like he wants raise up the oft-assailed Romo.
Whether it becomes more than just talk or not is for Ware and the Cowboys to determine. Cowboys fans will be waiting anxiously to see the result.