DALLAS -- The firing of Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and the hiring of Monte Kiffin as his replacement has been the biggest headline made by the Cowboys this off season so far.
Thursday, DeMarcus Ware talked about those changes on ESPN's Mike and Mike Show.
"He's one of the best coaches I’ve ever played for -- really teaching me how to play and think like a linebacker," Ware said. "Once I heard about his firing, I didn't like it at first, but it's a business deal. There is nothing that I can do about it."
Ware will no longer be considered a linebacker in Monte Kiffin's 4-3 defense, but instead becomes a defensive end. He talked about the teams 8-8 record, and if the record is as good as the talent he sees in the room.
"I would say yes, if you play 5-and-5, it doesn't matter what the name is on the back of your jersey, you're a 5-and-5 team," Ware said. "But there are teams that have mediocre guys or guys that don't have the 'big name,' but they're playing consistent and playing like a team. That's what it’s about."
Ware used the Seattle Seahawks as an example of a team that consistently played as a team, but didn't have big names on their defense.
"Look how consistent they played," Ware said. "They played really, really well and they played more like a team and they almost won, won the thing."
At the Senior Bowl last week, Kiffin talked about things that he said makes a defense better.
"There are a lot of theories and stuff, but I just had to sum it up, I’d say play hard, play fast and player together," Kiffin said.
"Everybody always tells us the opportunity - 'the gate is closing, the door is closing' - yeah, I mean, the door is always closing each year, because it's a business deal, and to have certain guys on the team, you're not going to have that same team, so you've got to go into each year saying we have to accomplish what we need to accomplish," Ware said. "Go into the season with everyone on the same page and we have to have that this year."
Ware is recovering from off shoulder surgery and said he'll be ready for next season.