Workout over, Broncos players trudged back into the locker room Monday. They were tired, sore and hungry for anything but a request to meet with the press. There was no cajoling DeMarcus Ware. When the media relations staff pulled him aside, he never broke stride, walking straight to the platform. Even if you didn't know who Ware was, you knew he was somebody. He looked down on reporters, but didn't talk down to anyone. He has a gravitational pull that commands attention. And not just from those trying to block him, but his teammates. Within hours of Ware's exit from the Dallas Cowboys, the Broncos signed the pass-rushing specialist, providing a bookend, and mentor, to Von Miller. Monday, the pair broke down film, Ware playing Siskel to Miller's Ebert. "Some of the moves that he was doing on tape were some of the moves that I have been doing. I was critiquing him, he was critiquing me and it's just a good thing to know that there are guys out there that look up to you," Ware said. "Now I have an opportunity to shed some advice onto him. He is a great player. ... And if he comes back where he needs to be, you can't double-team both of us." Miller grew up a Cowboys fan. He patterns his game after Ware's. When Dallas cut Ware as a concession to recent injuries and a $7.4 million salary cap number, Miller encouraged the Broncos to sign the four-time all-pro selection, frothing at the prospect of adding an explosive running mate. "I always thought I would have a chance to play with him someday, but I didn't really think it would happen this soon," Miller said. "He's been a leader, been consistent in his career. I think he has a ton of football left, especially in our defense. He might be here six or seven years." Beyond left offensive tackles built like front-end loaders, the calender presents Ware's greatest challenge. He turns 32 on July 31. Pass rushers, like major-league catchers, are prone to precipitous declines as they age, even those with 34-inch arms and an eye-opening first-step burst such as Ware possesses.
Broncos' DeMarcus Ware now passes on knowledge to Von Miller
Denver Post | Apr 23