Ellerbe Elevates his Play

Mike In ValdostaCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 1: Linebacker Dannell Ellerbe #33 of the University of Georgia celebrates a victory as time runs out against the Michigan State Spartans during the 2009 Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl on January 1, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
We have seen this before. Harken back to the nineties Georgia Bulldog fans. Remember all of those highly acclaimed recruits that under-achieved in the classic city only to on have very productive careers on Sundays?

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.