Cowboys should ask this former great to join Dan Quinn's defensive staff

Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) is sacked in the third
Sep 22, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) is sacked in the third / Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys OTAs are up and running and the excitement surrounding the team is palpable. There's a real buzz surrounding the offense with Michael Gallup and Tony Pollard looking healthy, but it stands to reason that Dan Quinn's defense will once again be the strength of this team.

That's subject to change if the Cowboys go out and sign DeAndre Hopkins or add a proven running back like Dalvin Cook, but this is the deepest defense Quinn has had in his three years in Dallas. That speaks volumes given how dominant the unit was in the 2022 playoffs.

In two games, they allowed a combined three touchdowns and 26 points.

The Cowboys could have an elite secondary after they acquired Stephon Gilmore and re-signed Donovan Wilson. Despite that, one could argue that the pass rush -- or defensive line -- is the strength of the defense.

Speaking of which, former Cowboys great DeMarcus Ware was working with the team's pass-rushers at OTAs last week. With ample pass rushing knowledge to bestow on his former team, might it behoove Dallas to consider asking Ware to become a defensive assistant?

Former Cowboys great DeMarcus Ware helping out at OTAs

Before the Cowboys ask Ware to join the defensive staff, perhaps they should ask about his interest in coming out of retirement? It's well-documented that Ware takes great care of his body, and the pending Hall of Famer is absolutely ripped two months before his 41st birthday.

If given time to get in playing shape -- if he isn't already -- Ware looks as though he's still good for 8-10 sacks per season.

All kidding aside, would anyone be opposed to Ware returning to Dallas to coach? It's not like the former nine-time Pro Bowler is new to coaching. Just a few months ago, Ware was an assistant on Eli Manning's staff for the revamped 2023 Pro Bowl.

That obviously pales in comparison to the real thing, but we'd push back on anyone who claimed Ware wouldn't bring something of value as a coach. How could he not? It's not like Ware has a high-profile broadcasting gig standing in the way. Further, he has the perfect demeanor and great communication skills, and a desire to be great.

He seemed to enjoy his time at OTAs, too.

Just think about Micah Parsons and Sam Williams soaking up knowledge from Ware. Imagine how more effective DeMarcus Lawrence could be. The same goes for veteran Dante Fowler and five-year pro Dorance Armstrong, who quietly compiled 8.5 sacks and 16 quarterback hits last season.

Who knows where Ware stands, but it couldn't hurt to see if he's interested. He's arguably the best pass rusher of his generation and his potential hiring could help bolster the deepest position group on the roster.

Who says no?

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