Ware believes Parsons has the ability to get even more dominant this offseason.
Cowboys great DeMarcus Ware recently joined The K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] at the Invited Celebrity Classic at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving to talk about the current state of the Cowboys, how Micah Parsons can improve and Jerry Jones.
Here are some highlights, edited for clarity:
I‘d love to know your thoughts on Micah Parsons because you’re a little bit undersized for rushing the quarterback. What can Parsons do this offseason if he’s asked to kind of rush the passer 75-80 % of the time to make sure in December that his body still feels as good as it can feel in an NFL?
Talking to a lot of the guys like Micah in the offseason, I tell them ‘you need to learn new positions.’ As a pass rusher, when it’s pass rush time, when is your go time, you need to learn a little bit of the tackle position. You need to learn DeMarcus Lawrence’s position because now you can go left, right, you can go middle and you can rush the passer. They know you coming anyways. But come from a different position to where now you’re on a running back. You’re on a tight end. I had to learn that from Wade. Instead of going against the tackle and a tight end that’s chipping you the majority of the time on the right-hand side. That’s how they’re going to do it. But you learn other positions and you go from there. Learn how to play on the other side. Because they fan that way, but you’re still getting a one-on-one.
What do you think about the stability of this Cowboys team right now with back-to-back 12-win seasons?
I think it’s gonna be a good move, because the team has matured where they need to mature to now and now the coach can take it over. They can say, ‘Hey, now let me put my blueprint on it. Let me add a little bit more structure to the defense with Quinn. Let me add a little bit more structure to the offense, let Dak do what he needs to do.’ I just can’t wait to see who they’re gonna draft.
Can you explain why players have such an admiration for Jerry Jones?
“You know what, it’s the history, but it’s the history that he gives to you. And it’s crazy, because being a phenomenal player for the Dallas Cowboys, you’re able to knock on the owner’s door, he opens up the door, and all the doors are shut and you can talk about what’s going on on the team. And then you see change. You go straight to the top and changes can happen, right? And that’s a cool thing, but also when it’s the offseason, when he calls you in and says ‘Hey, how are you investing your money? What are you doing with this and that?’ Owners don’t have to do that. I’m establishing a relationship with you that this is me and you, so when you call me up, I’m gonna hit you back. And I got some info for you. You know what I’m saying?”