Let's hope this is an isolated case and not a regression to a past trend. Talent is great, but well coached talent is essential to winning football.
Congratulations, Dannell Ellerbe. We always knew you had it in you!
Carroll County Times: Westminster, Maryland (h/t Daugman)
After that play, though, Ellerbe settled down and recorded six tackles in his NFL debut.
He wound up stopping elusive wide receiver Wes Welker’s forward progress on a few occasions, which is a really difficult task.
“The first opportunity he had to make a tackle, I think he got too excited,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He played too fast, and he got in there and overshot a veteran back, got juked a little bit.
“After that, he made every tackle and he tackled one of the toughest guys to tackle in football, Wes Welker, a couple of times. So, he played well, but it’s just a start. There are plenty of things and a long way for him to go.”
From Ellerbe’s standpoint, it was a major step forward in his development.