What was going on down in Dallas last year? Former Cowboys OLB/DE Greg Ellis says his teammate DeMarcus Ware would hide from the Cowboys coaches on the sideline so Ellis could get a chance to play.
Ellis, who has signed with the Oakland Raiders, says head coach Wade Phillips and his staff wouldn't let him play even though he was most qualified to play on the other side of the defense opposite Ware.
Here's exactly what he said, "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 during an appearance on ESPN 103.3's Michael Irvin Show. "And you're telling me we're trying to win the Super Bowl?"
Irvin then asked Ellis to repeat his statement and make it clear and Ellis responded, "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.' "
When Ware was later asked about Ellis' claims, he didn't deny them, "You know, on the concept of hydration, I think I was probably going off the field maybe to get hydrated," he said — and then laughed. "But I think that everybody at the end of the day got ample amount of time and I went back and looked at a lot of the things, and I, what, played in like 95 percent of the plays?"
"And, you know, maybe sometimes guys rush better against certain guys, so I don't know. I don't know what the deal is, but at the end of the day, I did what I can do to help the team out last year."
This gives you an idea of how little respect Phillips has with his players. Wade is a nice guy but he's not the kind of coach who can discipline disgruntled players and keep them in line.
I've said it numerous times and I'll say it again, expect the Cowboys to fall apart this year. The pressure on Phillips and Tony Romo will break them.