Ezekiel Elliott reacts to anonymous Cowboys players criticizing Mike McCarthy
Ezekiel Elliott on Wednesday reacted to a report from earlier this week in which anonymous Dallas Cowboys players criticized head coach Mike McCarthy, and the star running back made it clear doing as much only hurts the team.
McCarthy’s debut season as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys could not have gotten off to a more disastrous start, as the team sits with a 2-4 record and appears to be in a downward spiral.
The tenuous situation was exacerbated by reporting passed along Tuesday by Jane Slater of NFL Network, which was nothing short of damning for McCarthy.
#Cowboys players initially bought into keeping things internal. Now as they sit 2-4 the discontent is leaking out. On the coaching staff “totally unprepared. They don’t teach. They don’t have any sense of adjusting on the fly.” Another “they just aren’t good at their jobs”— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) October 20, 2020
McCarthy has since addressed the troubling allegations contained in the report, referring to the whispers of dissent as a “teachable moment” for the entire team.
Elliott presumably was not one of the anonymous players — or is speaking out of both sides of his mouth — as he called out the unidentified teammates who went to the media to air their grievances.
Ezekiel Elliott on report of Cowboys players criticizing the team’s coaching staff: “We need to keep that kind of stuff in house. Everyone look in the mirror, see what’s going on, fix that and we’ll be better.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 21, 2020
Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee joined Elliott in condemning anonymously tipping off reporters about behind-the-scene issues.
“The consensus in our locker room, with our defense right now, is that we all need to work hard, we all need to improve, there’s no pointing fingers,” Lee said, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. “Anything anonymous, we’re not going to worry about that.”
Lee went on to praise McCarthy for his handling of the seeming crisis of confidence when addressing the team Wednesday.
Sean Lee on Mike McCarthy addressing the team today: “It was great what he said about if you have a problem, come to my door. He doesn’t have a problem talking to guys, embracing other people’s opinions. Maybe he’ll agree w/ you, maybe he won’t. Conflict is not an issue for him.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 21, 2020
It remains to be seen whether McCarthy can lead the Cowboys out of an early-season tailspin. Interestingly enough, one of the embattled head coach’s most prominent players from his days with the Green Bay Packers attempted this week to put a positive spin on what’s been going on in Big D.