Ezekiel Elliott is one of the NFL’s best running backs, but his fumbling issue is starting to become alarming. Elliott now has 18 career fumbles in five years. It’s gotten particularly bad in 2020, fumbling in three of Dallas’ first four games.
Elliott is now determined to end his fumbling issue:
“I can’t give up the ball anymore. . . . It hurts,” Elliott said, via the team’s website. “I look at myself as a leader for this team. And I look at myself as someone who’s supposed to help pick the team up when we get down and not be the cause of falling behind.”
The Cowboys have scored 109 points the last three weeks but have also turned the football over nine times. Without a miracle onside kick against the Falcons (who find ways to blow leads), the Cowboys are 0-4. Elliott’s butterfingers are part of the problem in Dallas.
Of course, Elliott isn’t even near the top of the list of people to blame in Dallas. Mike McCarthy continues to turn the Cowboys into a pass-happy offense when proven not to win Dallas games.
The defense has also been brutal. Dallas is giving up 430 yards, via the ground and air, and 36.5 points per game. If Mike Nolan isn’t getting criticized, he should be. If a change is coming in Dallas, it’s going to be Nolan getting fired.
Back to Zeke, he Cowboys running back hasn’t quite looked like himself in 2020. He’s down to 3.9 yards per carry. In fairness, the offensive line is starting to age in a big way. The Cowboys need to turn things around quickly, and it begins with feeding Zeke.