The Denver Broncos announced on Wednesday the signing of former pass-rushing star DeMarcus Ware to be their next defensive coach at the position. The Broncos brought in Ware earlier in the month as a defensive consultant to offer words of wisdom to a defensive group that won the Super Bowl three seasons ago.
“He’s our pass-rush consultant,” head coach Vance Joseph said. “Obviously, he played with these guys. They have great respect for DeMarcus. He’s got so much knowledge when it comes to pass rush, not just for the outside guys but for the inside guys. It was good to have him out here and hopefully we can get him back in a couple weeks.”
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Ware joined the Broncos in 2014 to help solidify Denver’s defense totaling 21.5 sacks over three seasons. During his nine years with the Dallas Cowboys, Ware is the all-time franchise leader in sacks (117) and forced fumbles (32).
Ware retired after his Super Bowl season due to a number of back injuries. But he has remained a voice to both the Broncos and Cowboys organizations. Now as a coach, some of the playing pressure is off him. Therefore, he can help players like Von Miller and draft pick Bradley Chubbs up their game even more.
Miller said, “I owe DeMarcus so much. I can’t even put a number on it,” when learning that his former teammate would be joining the defensive coaches.
Despite struggling on offense, the Broncos’ defense had a stellar year in 2017. They were 24th in points allowed (23.9), third in yards per game (290), fourth in passing yards per game (200.6) and fifth in rushing yards allowed (89.4).
Whatever advice the Broncos get from Ware during the offseason should pay off for this defensive unit. They’re one of the league’s stingiest defenses — right up there with Sacksonville and a healthy Houston. In short, the Broncos could turn back into a contender in 2018.
After all, they did win that Super Bowl for Peyton Manning. Just saying.