Greg Ellis has gone bonkers.
Greg Ellis is a Raider now, but he isn’t done griping about his final season with the Cowboys.
Ellis went on Michael Irvin’s ESPN 103.3 radio show today and covered a lot of familiar ground if you paid attention to his complaints last season. He complained about his role (too much coverage and not enough playing time) and mentioned how it was impossible for him to be a leader if he wasn’t on the field.
In the midst of that, he dropped what sounded like a pretty big bomb: DeMarcus Ware would take himself out of games to force the coaches to put Ellis on the field.
“It’s a disgrace when DeMarcus Ware comes off the field just so I can get in the game and when the coaches tell him to come on the field, he tries to hide so I can play,” Ellis said. “And you’re telling me we’re trying to win the Super Bowl?”
Irvin asked Ellis for clarification: “You said DeMarcus Ware was trying to come off the field so you can get you on the field?”
Irvin: “On his own?”
Ellis: “On his own. He would say, ‘G, come on.’ And I would tell him, ‘No, DeMarcus, go ahead, man. You’re coming up on your contract year. Don’t mess that stuff up. Go ahead and do you, and we’re just going to do what the coaches, or whoever the powers that be, what they want to do.'”
We’re trying to get in touch with Ware to get his side of the story. However, with all due respect to Ellis, this comes pretty close to being unbelievable.
First of all, not including the time Ware spent on the sideline against the Seahawks after injuring his knee during the Thanksgiving game, the All-Pro linebacker sat out less than one defensive snap per game. If Ware was trying to hide from the coaches, he certainly didn’t succeed.
Furthermore, it’s hard to fathom that a man chasing the NFL’s sacks record would willingly reduce his opportunities to give another guy a chance to play. That seems especially out of character for a competitor like Ware, no matter how much respect he had for Ellis.
The Cowboy’s locker room must have been a zoo last year.