Shaun Ellis, Gerard Warren and Kyle Love lead feeding frenzy on Tim Tebow
|01.15.12 at 11:44 am ET|
FOXBORO — The Patriots defensive line has long been associated with one man.
But while Vince Wilfork again held down the fort on Saturday night with three tackles and 1.5 sacks in New England’s 45-10 pasting of the Broncos, three others stepped out from the shadows and pounded Tim Tebow and the Broncos into offseason submission.
Shaun Ellis delivered a crushing sack of Tebow, Kyle Love had three tackles and former Florida Gator Gerard Warren did the “Gator Chomp” on one of the most famous Gators of all time as the defensive line picked a good time to have one of their most dominant games of the season.
The loudest play of the night actually came when Ellis missed Tebow on a scramble midway through the third quarter. Ellis broke through into Denver’s backfield only to have Tebow shake free. But Ellis didn’t give up. He got up off the ground and chased Tebow from behind, leveling him with sack that drew oohs and ahhs from the Gillette crowd when it was shown on the video replay boards.
“It felt good,” Ellis said. “I should’ve got him in the beginning. It should’ve even gotten to that but he kept the play alive and I was able to finish him and my teammates forced him back my way.”
Pure and simple, it was a feeding frenzy for the defensive line. Everyone had their chance to take a bite out of Tebow, even former Gator Gerard Warren, who tackle Tebow for a loss, and proceeded to do to the “Gator Chomp” after the play.
‘It was far from easy, I’ll tell you that,” Warren said. “It took a whole lot of guts and technique and discipline. But we just went out and executed tonight.’
“That’s always the defense here, we always feed off each other,” Love added. “Somebody makes a big play, you’ve got to be excited. Once we do that, the fans get into it. It’s kind of like you can’t stop. We played a full, 60-minute game. And this is the time we’ve got to do it.’
Was it the best game of the year – all around – for the defensive line?
“It was one of them, definitely,” Ellis said. “It came in due time. We all made a lot of great plays, we all played well as a unit and we just want to keep rolling.”
One of the biggest reasons for the D-Line’s impact Saturday night was the play of the secondary. They stayed in good fundamental position, not allowing Tebow any easy targets down field when he took off scrambling.
“Really, we were just focused on what we had to do,” Ellis said. “DBs did a tremendous job of staying back when he was scrambling, stay on your man and let us handle up front and that’s what happened.”