Greg Ellis, the Dallas Cowboys linebacker, refused to participate in the last day of team practice today, apparently because he is mad about “his reputations being reduced” according to Dallas Morning News.
Last year, I hammered Ellis pretty hard for his attitude during camp, and he turned out to have a terrific season. I am not going to make that same mistake. I actually like a player getting irritated because the coaches won’t let him work hard. The coaches are trying to give second-year pro Anthony Spencer more time on the practice field, and that means less time for Ellis.
Head Coach Wade Phillips contends still that Ellis will be the starter, which is what should be Ellis’ top concern. Here is where the article gets evasive and questionable:
According to the sources, the Cowboys have told Ellis they don’t want to wear down his 32-year-old body in May. But a source said Ellis doesn’t trust the team’s motives. Ellis was unavailable, and his agent, James Williams, declined to comment.
“Sources” often have ulterior motives. However, it makes sense that the Cowboys want to keep Ellis healthy because quite frankly he was better on the field last year than Spencer. However, Spencer was a rookie; Ellis is not. Another source says Ellis doesn’t trust the team’s motives? That’s where I throw up the big question marks. Personally, I don’t see why a source even needs to be used on a story like this. It’s comes off as trivial for an off season article about Ellis.
These OTAs as they call them are voluntary. Ellis doesn’t have to go. The fact that he is shows he wants to work hard. I cannot criticize that. I have no idea why the DMN is trying to ruffle feathers here, but it’s getting kind of old. Greg Ellis