Now that Jason Taylor has retired, Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware ranks fifth on the active sacks list with 99.5. The six-time Pro Bowl player, who finished second in the NFL with 19.5 sacks and has fought through neck injuries in recent seasons, wants to focus on creating more turnovers.
"You always want to get out there and make the plays that you can make, but in key situations it's not all about the sacks," Ware said Wednesday, according to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "It's about interceptions. The main thing is getting a turnover."
Dallas' defense created 25 takeaways last season and that figures to be an area in which Ware could make more of an impact. Though Ware has 35 sacks over the past two seasons, he's only forced four fumbles with three passes defensed. In his first five seasons, Ware forced 23 fumbles, had 18 passes defensed and his one and only interception in the NFL, which he returned 41 yards for a touchdown.
"This year, we're really harping on getting turnovers, getting the ball back for our offense," Ware said. "We go through this number chart of if you get one turnover a game, if you get two turnovers a game, if you get three turnovers a game and how that affects the outcome of the game. So we're all about the turnovers."