If anyone would have told me that Greg Ellis, entering week 14, would be leading the team with 10.5 sacks, ahead of sack master Demarcus Ware, I would have looked at you like you shot my mother.
The Greg Ellis that suffered a season-ending ruptured Achilles the year before? The Greg Ellis that stirred up trouble about his contract? The Greg Ellis that was absent the first three weeks of the season, still rehabbing his injury? Get outta town.
When he showed up to camp all bent out of shape about his contract, we rolled our eyes. There goes grumpy old Greg again. And when he sat out of training camp, still rehabbing his injury, we shook our heads. Greg’s too old, time to trade him. But Greg Ellis certainly got the last laugh by quietly having the best season of his NFL career.
At age 32, Ellis is showing no signs of letting up, or of the season-ending injury that hampered him until his return to the field in week 4.
Not enough can be said about the importance of Greg Ellis to the Cowboys defense. In 12 games, the Cowboys have racked up 33 sacks, one shy of their season total last year. Ellis has eliminated opposing teams’ focuses on Demarcus Ware, and has helped free them both up in the backfield for a combined 20.5 sacks. Ellis is also a major contributor to Dallas’ run-stuffing defense, which is ranked 4th in the league in yards allowed on the ground with 85.6 allowed per game.
Shame on the naysayers, including myself, for thinking that Greg Ellis was at the end of his decorated career with the Cowboys. We have been stifled by the outstanding play of #98, the unsung hero of our defense.