Not much has been made of the NFL Network’s conclusion of an eleven part series counting down the Top 100 players of 2012 as voted on by the player’s peers and the Dallas Cowboys’ own Demarcus Ware’s placement amongst his peers. The Cowboys went through a bit of a stretch before landing a player 6th overall. Both Tony Romo and Jason Witten had been recognized for their play on the field and were both anointed the 91st and 75th best players in the NFL.
DeMarcus Ware the Cowboys outside linebacker actually ascended six spots from the 12thbest player in 2011. The assessment of Ware’s contribution to the team and the respect by fellow players was nothing short of ultimate adoration. DeMarcus Ware is likely to gain even more ground in next season’s rankings assuming the former player from Troy University were to break the single season sack record which many analysts feel he is one of few rush linebackers in the NFL with the potential to do so. To achieve such a feat DeMarcus Ware would have to average aproximately 1.5 sacks per game beginning with the Eli Manning led New York Giants on September 5th.
Many knock Jerry Jones for his timely mismanagement of team assets over the years yet during the 2005 NFL draft the owner and acting general manager decided to overrule then head coach Bill Parcels, wanted to select Marcus Spears who the Cowboys later drafted at 20th overall, in order to draft Ware with the 11th overall pick.
DeMarcus Ware enters into the 2012 season with 99.5 sacks and can become the first player in history to have multiple 20 sack seasons. Many speculate with the Cowboys recently upgrading the teams secondary via free agency and the draft that a 25 sack season is obtainable for the 8th year player. Another player that stands to be one of the first players to ever have multiple 20 sack seasons is Jared Allen who also believes 25 sacks for DeMarcus Ware doesn’t seem out of the question.
25 sacks in 2012 would break the single season sack record held by New York Giants fromer player Michael Strahan. Ware also currently occupies the 29th slot on the list of all-time sack leaders but can jump into the top fifteen of that list with fourteen or more sacks this season.
While Ware finished 6th, players that achieved a higher ranking among the games own athletes were Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Calvin Johnson, Tom Brady and Derrelle Revis. As fellow Landry Hat writer Levi Glenn has asked, Is 6th overall a reasonable ranking for the Cowboys all-time sack leader? We implore you to ask the same.