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Ellis Shown The Door, Fans Shove Him Through

The writing was on the wall shortly after the 2007 NFL draft. The Cowboys picked Anthony Spencer, defensive end from Purdue in the first round. The 26th overall pick.

Greg Ellis, an aging veteran coming off a season-ending achilles injury saw the writing and, in turn, expressed himself – as only Greg can do – and voiced his concern about being replaced by the 6′ 3″ 255 lb prospect.

It took two years to happen but here we are. Greg Ellis, after 11 years of service, was officially released Tuesday, June 2, 2009.

I’m not disputing the fact that Ellis’ better days are past him. I’m not disputing the fact that it is time to see what Spencer truly has. These things are part of the NFL. Players get old and the young guns come in and take over. It is a natural cycle, not only in the NFL, but in life. The time has come for young blood.

Here is where I have a problem. No, it’s not with Jerry Jones(not this time anyway). It isn’t with Ellis or Spencer. My problem is with fickle Dallas Cowboys fans that seem to enjoy shoving this guy out the door after 11 years of hard-fought football service with America’s Team.

I dare the majority of these fans to show many anything they’ve done for 11 years with passion, conviction, loyalty and the dedication Ellis has shown this organization.

How soon people forget. It’s the “What have you done for me lately?” generation of football fans that forget Ellis’ 12.5 sacks in 2007 and his Comeback Player of the Year award. They don’t honor his 634 tackles, 36 tackles for losses, 197 quarterback pressures and 77 sacks over the course of the last 11 seasons. All in 162 games 156 in which he started.

All they see is Greg “The Whiner” they call him. Well I respect his honesty and at times I did question his timing. I’m not saying he didn’t have issues but he suited up in the Blue and Silver and gave his blood, sweat and tears for 11 years and, in my humble opinion, that gives him the right to voice his discord when things aren’t going, in his opinion, the way they should. He earned that voice.

We give our opinions every day about The Cowboys and have never put our bodies on the line to defend the Star. Then we’re gonna question this man?

Feel free to post your comments. Good bad or indifferent.

Here’s mine: Thank you, Greg Ellis. It has been an absolute honor to watch you play for the Dallas Cowboys. God bless you and your family. I wish you the best of luck in the future.

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Draft Day Trades Have The Boys’ Sitting Pretty

I’ve never been one to spend an entire day watching the NFL Draft, but I’ve been under the weather and so I found myself staying home and watching ESPN intently.

Let me first say how much the draft coverage of ESPN sucks. Pick after pick they have 5 different so-called experts on their panel who continually speculate and predict who each team will take, and they are wrong 90% of the time.

I mean they aren’t even getting the position right, let alone the player. And everytime they got it wrong they would say something like "another shocker here at the NFL Draft in New York" or "what a surprising move by the (insert team name) …", gimme a freaking break!

Led by Chris Berman, who I like to refer to as the mouth that swallowed New York, these guys are a big joke. (with apologies to Steve Young who actually knows what he’s talking about but is constantly drowned out by the other 4 guys)

Secondly, does the commissioner have to say "with the ___ pick of the 2007 NFL Draft" every single time? I mean come on, we know it’s the 2007 NFL Draft, we dont need to hear it 250 times.

Despite those two complaints I have to say I actually enjoyed watching and waiting until the Dallas Cowboys made their selection with the 22nd pick (of the 2007 NFL Draft).

So who did they take with the 22nd pick (of the 2007 NFL Draft), you ask?

Well, as it turned out, our Cowboys traded the pick to the Cleveland Browns who finally took Brady Quinn with the 22nd pick (of the 2007 NFL Draft).

See what I mean, lol. Admit it, you are sick of hearing it too aren’t you?

I actuall felt bad for Brady Quinn who was projected to go in the top 3 picks by our notable panel of experts. NOT! The poor guy had a hundred cameras on him watching his every emotion as pick after pick transpired. By the time he was finally chosen, his pinstriped jacket was gone, his collar was unbuttoned, his tie was hanging loosely, and his well kept hair was a mess. What a drag… Now he will only make 5 million per season instead of 8 million.

Anyhow, I digress…

The fact is that the Cowboys played their cards perfectly!

There was no doubt that Brady Quinn was the guy to take for the Cowboys who were set to take the best available athlete.

The Cowboys had no real needs as they addressed those needs by signing Leonard Davis and Ken Hamlin in the off-season.

As a matter of fact, after pick number 6 I had already told my girlfriend that the Cowboys could be looking at Brady Quinn they way I figured it.

I actually looked at all the teams that had yet to draft and I didn’t see any team with a huge need at quarterback except the Jaguars (sorry Jacksonville but Leftwich sucks).

When the Jags decided to draft a safety instead of Brady Quinn, I jumped up and said "we just got Brady Quinn or we are about to make a big trade." 

Of course the Cowboys were caught between a rock and a hard place. Could you imagine the stir that taking Quinn would have created? Imagine the quarterback controversy this would have created!

Believe me when I say the Cowboys made the right call by trading their 1st Round Pick (#22 overall) to Cleveland for the Brown’s 2nd Round Pick (#36 overall) and their 1st Round Pick in 2008!

Truth be told, there is no real difference between picking #22 and #36 in the NFL Draft. Now the Cowboys can now use the extra second round pick to fill a hole or add depth to another position.

Regardless, having two 1st Round Picks in next year’s draft is huge and will pay big dividends for the Boys down the road!

This was an absolute steal for the Cowboys and let me just say, way to go for the Silver and Blue!

UPDATE:

Right as I was about to post this bulletin the Cowboys just traded to get back into the 1st Round! Wow!

They just made a trade with the Eagles (ugh) for the #26 selection and took Defensive End Anthony Spencer of Purdue! This guy is a fierce tackler with explosive speed and a ferocious hitter. You can pencil him in fro starting along side DeMarcus Ware!

Here is the net result of both trades…
We trade a #22 overall plus a third and a fifth round pick for #26 overall (Anthony Spencer) and a 1st Round Pick in 2008!

How Bout’ Them Cowboys!