The Denver Broncos have made DeMarcus Ware’s return to the team permanent with a part-time deal to be the team’s pass-rush consultant for the 2018 season.
The future Hall of Famer, who spent three years with the Broncos between 2014 and 2016 helping the team win Super Bowl 50, jumped at the chance to return to Denver.
The 35-year-old recently joined the team for two days during organized team activities, and his involvement will continue to be limited to a number of days over the course of the season, as reported by ESPN insider Adam Schefter.
Broncos are hiring former LB DeMarcus Ware as a pass-rush consultant on a part-time basis, per source. Ware will work a few days a week, a few times a month, trying to help improve Denver’s pass rushers.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2018
Ware admitted he would love to help both Denver and Dallas — the team that drafted him — but for 2018 at least will work exclusively with the Broncos pass rushers led by Von Miller and rookie Bradley Chubb.
Broncos head coach Vance Joseph admitted earlier this month that the team was looking to bring back Ware.
“It’s good for us,” Joseph said Wednesday. “Obviously, he’s a guy who can teach pass rush.
“He’s going to be our pass-rush consultant. He’s going to be in here a couple times a week, hopefully for home games also.
“It’s a good piece to have as part of our staff.”
The Broncos haven’t been afraid to give their coaching staff an overhaul this offseason, after the dispapointing 5-11 season in 2017.
In total, seven assistant coaches were fired, and the team decided to make changes to the way some positions are coached, with Joseph signalling his intent to add a pass-rush consultant.
The interior offensive line and tackles now have their own coaches, while Miller will be in the defensive line room with coach Bill Kollar rather than linebackers coach Reggie Herring.
Both defensive assistants can also call on Ware’s expert knowledge when it comes to rushing the passer and coaching technique, and he won’t be going easy on his proteges.
“I just have a light switch,” Ware said. “Either you’re on or you’re off. If you’re not on the field, you know what, the light switch is off. When you’re on the field, you need to go 100 per cent.
“That’s my mentality when I’m out here coaching guys in technique work. When I’m out there really just coaching guys and showing them things, I want your eyes on me because you have my attention. That’s how the guys have really been taking on that concept.”
As well as a championship ring from Super Bowl 50, Ware finished his career with 138.5 sacks, good enough for eighth in all-time sack leaders, and just one sack behind Hall of Famer Jason Taylor, who finished his career with 139.5.
During his 12 seasons in the NFL, Ware had seven seasons with at least 10 sacks and had four seasons with at least 14, while in 2008 with the Cowboys when he racked up 20 sacks.
Last season, the Broncos amassed just 33 sacks. The team totalled 52 when Ware and Miller were terrorising quarterbacks on their run to Super Bowl glory.
He was also a proven leader with nine seasons as a defensive captain, including three during his time in Denver and has played alongside Miller, Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett.
With Ray set to have surgery on his injured wrist on Thursday, and a doubt to make the start of the season, the Broncos will hope that Ware can help mentor Chubb and Jeff Holland so they compete from the opening day of the season.