Come up with your own cliché, but that "out of the fire, into the frying pan" saying certainly comes to mind when considering what Dallas DE Greg Ellis is facing this week.
A week after going head-to-head with monstrous (6-6, 335) Detroit RT
Stockar McDougle. But instead of a reprieve, Ellis now gets to tangle
with another mountain of a man this week in Cincinnati RT Willie Anderson (6-6, 340).
Ellis said the comparisons between McDougle and Anderson end after you
get past the fact that the both are big enough to block out the sun.
"Willie's been the the Pro Bowl what … seven times? He's one of the
best in the league, no question about it," Ellis said. "They're both
huge. But Willie's a more experienced player. He doesn't panic if you
get a step on him. Not that McDougle does panic a lot, but most younger
players tend to panic a little if their man gets by them. With Willie,
he knows he can recover. He's big, he has long arms, and he moves well.
It's just hard to beat Willie Anderson."
However, Ellis said that for the Dallas defense to have success, it's
not going to come down to a battle of Ellis and Anderson.
"I mainly look at the tackle who's going to be blocking me, but you
really have to study the whole line" when preparing the week's
defensive gameplan, Ellis said. "They have a real good line. They're
big, strong and they move well.
"You really have to study the whole team aspect. We study what they
like to do, how they like to block. They run the ball well, and they
have very talented receivers. If we don't do our job, they can have a
real good day. We need to fill the gaps against the run and get after
(Cincinnati QB Carson) Palmer."
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