Shaun Ellis had no problem sacking Tom Brady in last week’s playoff game. The big bad wolf could have huffed and puffed Brady to the ground. But Ellis knows that it’ll take more than a love-tap to take down Ben Roesthlisberger.
“He’s one of the best in the game,” Ellis said. “It’s huge that our cover guys stay back, stay on their guys. For us we just have to keep rushing him and keep moving."
Ellis said the trick is to not only wrap Roethlisberger up, but wrap up the part of his body responsible for getting the ball to the receivers.
"Once we get to him we have to keep attacking and get his arm down to where he can’t throw the ball."
“He’s a huge guy, he’s not scared to take a hit,” Ellis continued. “I’ve seen him shake three or four guys off of him and throw the ball. He’s very confident in his ability and his strength that he can get the ball down the field.”
So the key is to keep Big Ben in the pocket?
“You want to contain him,” Ellis said. “I don’t know if you can keep him in the pocket because he can move around, but you just want to contain him as much as possible. Once you get to him you have to break down and make sure you grab him. I think a lot of guys make the mistake, they run at him and then he sheds you off.”