According to Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, there are some people within the NFL that aren’t sure Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware will make a smooth transition to defensive next season.
DeMarcus Ware’s transition to a 4-3 defensive end is going to be interesting to watch. He will be aided by the fact that he will be coached by one of the finest pass rushing mentors in football in Rod Marinelli, but not everyone is in agreement on how smooth the transition will be. This is what one long time, prominent NFC East assistant said about the Cowboy’s position switch: “I question if Ware can be a down guy. That 3-4 scheme is built for him, and he’ll be making a big adjustment.” And another NFC East assistant: “Size won’t be a problem for him. But it will be a transition in terms of learning to play with his hand down more frequently.” Both assistants were in agreement that fellow rush man Anthony Spencer will have a more difficult adjustment than Ware if he is asked to play defensive end.
I’m optimistic that Ware can make the switch, but it might take him some time to acclimated to having his hand in the ground.