After three games in this young NFL season, DeMarcus Ware has…zero sacks. Who would have thought we would be talking about last season’s sack leader (20) being shut out so far this season? It is true. In fact, up until last Monday’s game against the Panthers the Cowboys had the same amount of sacks as Ware.
Fortunately, Jay Ratliff and Victor Butler were able to get to Jake Delhomme sacking him three times, one by Ratliff and two by Butler. The Cowboys pass rush may start picking up, but one has to be concerned with Ware’s lack of sacks.
By looking at those statistics it would be easy to say that Ware is off his game. But, upon closer inspection, you’ll see that Ware has actually still been quite the force. Ware has been a constant presence in the backfield narrowly missing a couple of sacks on Monday, and a few other opportunities earlier in the season. You will also notice that Ware is now fighting constant double teams, a chipping back, or a tight end staying into help on his side almost every play. The problem is, the Cowboys, have not really made teams pay for doing so. Sure, they have three sacks now, but the rest of the defense must step up the pressure to force teams to play a little more honest with Ware.
While Victor Butler’s two sack, one forced fumble, in a 5-play performance on Monday has raised some eyebrows, it is still early and he is learning an entirely new position making the transition from DE in college. Still there is obvious potential there.
Depth has really been a concern and fellow LB Anthony Spencer and Ware have been forced to play nearly the entire game every week. Remember last year the Cowboys had Greg Ellis on the other side and more depth on the bench to give the starters some rest.
So while he may be shutout in the sack department one can only think it is just a matter of time before Ware breaks out, and no one is hoping for that more than DeMarcus Ware.