With Ware rejuvenated, defense is no longer an afterthought in Denver – SI.com
Ware, the centerpiece of Denver’s aggressive defensive upgrade this offseason, stole whatever sliver was left over from the spotlight Peyton Manning commanded last Sunday night at home against San Francisco, dropping that ridiculous fake spin-move on 49ers Pro Bowl offensive tackle Joe Staley to record an instant-classic sack of Colin Kaepernick.
For the record, Ware, the former Cowboys‘ pass-rushing star, hasn’t named or trademarked his gone-viral half-spin, spin-back maneuver. But it has quickly spawned imitators, with fellow Broncos sack specialist Von Miller trying it this week in practice. Ware’s take? Like almost everything else having to do with Denver’s new-look defense this season, it’s a great addition.
“Von started doing it the other day, that was funny,” Ware said Tuesday, by phone. “I said, ‘Oh, no. Now somebody’s really in trouble.”’
You get the feeling the league concurs. Led by Ware’s three-sack night against San Francisco, the Broncos defense had itself a coming-out party in the 42-17 blowout of the visiting 49ers, sacking Kaepernick six times and limiting San Francisco to just 10 points over the course of the three quarters played by Denver’s starters. Manning’s record-breaking 509th touchdown pass got the well-deserved headlines and the adulation, but make no mistake, the Broncos defense is no longer an afterthought in Denver.
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