Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Ware will face new foe vs. Washington
By Tim MacMahon
IRVING -- DeMarcus Ware will see a different face across from him when he lines up for the first snap Sunday against the Washington Redskins.
Ware has locked horns with six-time Pro Bowler Chris Samuels over the last four seasons. The fellow Alabama natives are friends off the field and fierce competitors on the field. But Samuels’ season is over – and his career is in jeopardy – because of a neck injury.
Ware hadn’t watched much film of the Redskins when I caught up with him Tuesday afternoon at the Cowboys’ annual early Thanksgiving event at a Salvation Army homeless shelter. He figured, however, that Washington would have to tweak their scheme to account for the loss of Samuels.
“He played a big role in protecting [Jason] Campbell and they really didn’t chip as much when he was in there,” said Ware, who has six sacks in eight games against the Redskins. “They might have to do it now. I don’t know. It could be a really good guy that’s in there now.”
Ware might have been playing dumb with that last sentence. Left tackle has been a turnstile for the Redskins since Samuels’ injury.
Washington initially moved third-year undrafted free agent Stephon Heyer over from right tackle. That didn’t work. Heyer has allowed a league-high 7.5 sacks this season. He’s back on the right side now, but you can count on Wade Phillips trying to create some one-on-one opportunities for Ware over there Sunday.
Ex-Bengal Levi Jones, who gave a sack to Ware in the Cowboys’ win over Cincinnati last season, took over the left tackle job last week. He signed with the Redskins on Oct. 20.
Jones didn’t get dominated by Denver’s Elvis Dumervil last week. The NFL sacks leader only added one to his total as the Redskins scored a season-high 27 points in their win over the Broncos.
But you’ve got to like Ware’s odds against a guy who was unemployed last month.