No arguments, the Cowboys offense goes where Ezekiel Elliott goes
With Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott Today, coming off a knee injury, backup Troy Pollard ran wild, carrying 14 times for 131 yards and three touchdowns. So does that mean the Cowboys offense doesn’t really need Elliott?
Not according to Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, who insisted after the game that you can’t even argue that Pollard should be the starting running back in Dallas.
“There’s no argument,” Jones said. Zeke’s ability to punish, Zeke’s ability to deliver, Zeke’s ability, what he does for us in pass protection and, frankly, Zake’s ability to make big plays are there, and let’s go where Zeke goes. He is an integral part of our success.”
The reality is that Jones will never admit that Pollard is more than capable of handling the running back job in Dallas, because if Jones admitted that he would be admitting that the huge contract he gave Elliott was a mistake. The Cowboys have made Elliott the highest-paid running back in the NFL at the expense of using all that salary cap space elsewhere, and so Jones will continue to insist that the Cowboys’ offense goes where Elliott goes. Even on a day when the Cowboys offense went a long way without Elliott.
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