Greg Ellis has always been compared to a whiner and complainer his entire career as a Dallas Cowboy. But when he has been healthy, he has outperformed almost everyone on the defense. He is good. And he does want to win.
With that said, he is the first one to rattle the cages of his fellow teammates in an article here. We don’t know what Ellis has said in the locker room to his teammates, but the outspoken defensive linebacker isn’t afraid to slam them live.
When the Cowboys were 3-0, Ellis realized they weren’t playing to their full potential. So did we. But he says he didn’t say anything because he didn’t want to be compared to a whiner.
In Jeff Pearlman’s book “Boys Will Be Boys” it was former coach Jimmy Johnson who tore the team apart even though they were winning. When the Cowboys were 11-3 during the 1992-93 season he ripped into the team and wouldn’t let them eat on the plane after a 20-17 loss to the Redskins. Johnson was indignant. On the plane, he cracked open a Heineken and yelled at the airport staff to not serve food to the team.
“Typical Jimmy,” said Ray Horton. “He was single-minded and he wa shard, and all he cared about–I mean, the only thing–was winning football games. It probably wasn’t the healthiest way to be, but it made him a successful coach.”
Ellis is right. The Dallas Cowboys are not, never have, played to their potential. They have the staff and the players, but none of it is meshing together. But the difference between Ellis and Johnson is that Johnson did it in private, on the team plane. Ellis is doing it on television, prodded by the mainstream press.
You lead behind closed doors. Right, Wade Phillips?