SPORTS EX-RUSHER WARE JOINS BRON­COS AS A COACH

First-round draft pick Chubb, oth­ers are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of leg­end

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Ryan O’Hal­lo­ran

Dur­ing a pro­lific 12-year NFL career, DeMar­cus Ware made his im­pact by sack­ing the quar­ter­back in three to four sec­onds.

It took him about that much time to jump into his new role as the Bron­cos’ pass-rush con­sul­tant Wed­nes­day.

At the Bron­cos’ mini­camp, he worked with the out­side lineback­ers, show­ing Bradley Chubb his rip move, clap­ping af­ter Von Miller’s rep and en­cour­ag­ing Shaquil Bar­rett.

Later, Ware worked with Chubb off to the side about hand place­ment, gath­ered the de­fen­sive line­men to show them cer­tain tech­niques and even made time to hug punter Mar­quette King.

“When you’re on the field, you need to go 100 per­cent, and that’s my men­tal­ity when I’m out here coach­ing the guys,” Ware said.

It equaled a busy first day for Ware, whose play­ing career ended with the Bron­cos in 2016. Coach Vance Joseph said Ware will be around through­out the sea­son and the hope is he at­tends home games, too.

“Watch­ing him teach pass (rush­ing) is spe­cial,” Joseph said af­ter the Bron­cos’ sec­ond mini­camp prac­tice. “He has so much knowl­edge in the pass-rush (game). When he speaks, they lis­ten.”

Ware also worked with the Cow­boys this off­sea­son but chose to join the Bron­cos in an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to be a part of this or­ga­ni­za­tion and help where I can,” Ware said. “In (full-time) coach­ing, you have 90- hour weeks, but I re­ally get to pick and choose the groups I get to work with and can re­ally hone in on the tech­nique and not have to worry about the scheme, but in­still­ing the cham­pi­onship men­tal­ity in the guys.”

All Bron­cos like Miller and Bar­rett have to do is re­mem­ber Ware as a team­mate. And all Bron­cos like Chubb and nose tackle Do­mata Peko need to do is look at Ware’s record. He knows of what he speaks.

Ware, 35, looked in play­ing con­di­tion as he bounced around the field Wed­nes­day. He is eighth all-time with 138½ sacks — a sure bet to be in the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame, po­ten­tially on the first bal­lot when he be­comes el­i­gi­ble in 2022.

Ware said join­ing the Bron­cos as a part­time coach will not lead to a come­back on the field.

“(Play­ing is) way out of my sys­tem,” he

said.

Ware spent his first nine years in Dal­las be­fore fin­ish­ing with three sea­sons on the Bron­cos (21½ sacks), an equally im­pact­ful player off the field as on.

“He was a great player, still could come out here if he needed to, and is a great teacher,” Chubb said. “He breaks things down to sim­ple terms.”

Ware worked with the Bron­cos ear­lier this month and Chubb was im­pressed.

“He knows the game in- side and out,” Chubb said. “When we’re watch­ing film, he’s see­ing things and all of us are like, ‘What are you talk­ing about?’ He has a pres­ence — you just want to fol­low him.”

Ware played Chubb’s po­si­tion — 3-4 out­side line­backer — through­out his career.

“He’s great; a phe­nom­e­nal ath­lete,” Ware said. “He’s one of those play­ers that come in — they don’t know the scheme yet, but they have the ath­leti­cism and mea­sure­ables to be a great player.”

The Bron­cos fig­ure Ware will be a boon help­ing Chubb, the fifth over­all pick in April’s draft, but Joseph also sees it ben­e­fit­ting Miller.

“It’s great for Von,” Joseph said. “D-Ware was the guy that Von fol­lowed and he be­came a great player un­der D-Ware’s watch and the coaches. It’s great to have him here for all of our guys. Our scheme is built around rush­ing the passer.”

Ware said he will be around for train­ing camp to coach the play­ers.

“Those days are done,” he said of his play­ing career. “But I can still put the cleats on and help the guys in other ways.”

Pho­tos by AAron On­tiveroz, The Denver Post

For­mer Bron­cos line­backer DeMar­cus Ware works out with the team dur­ing the manda­tory mini­camp Wed­nes­day.

Ware tack­les his new job with the Bron­cos as a pass-rush con­sul­tant Wed­nes­day.

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