‘Frustrated’ Ezekiel Elliott sounds off on Cowboys’ nightmare season
Ezekiel Elliott believes he was speaking on behalf of all Dallas Cowboys players — at least those who care, the running back clarified — when lamenting how “frustrated” he is over the team’s extremely disappointing season.
The Cowboys limp into Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at a woeful 3-9, a record bad enough for the team to reside in the cellar of the historically awful NFC East division.
With a postseason berth all but a mirage barring complete collapses by the Giants, Eagles, and/or Washington, a team that entered the 2020 season with Super Bowl aspirations are left to wonder how everything went so wrong.
While the Cowboys have predictably struggled since Dak Prescott suffered a compound right ankle fracture and dislocation back on Oct. 11, no one expected such an astounding collapse, including Elliott.
The star running back sounded off Thursday on the Cowboys’ nightmarish 2020 campaign while pointing out if a player on the team isn’t completely discouraged, there’s something wrong.
“You can’t not be frustrated. You have to be frustrated. I think if you aren’t frustrated, then you don’t give a f—,” Elliott said, via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. “I know everyone in this locker room, in this building is frustrated.”
Elliott also relayed what embattled head coach Mike McCarthy had to say in a team meeting this week.
Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy told players in a team meeting today that he was not satisfied with the players' effort late in Tuesday's loss to Ravens, RB Ezekiel Elliott said. Didn't show specific film, but "we know," Elliott said.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 10, 2020
McCarthy has found himself perpetually under fire in his disastrous first season as head coach of the Cowboys after stumbling out of the gate with four losses in the team’s first six games. It’s safe to assume that McCarthy is as frustrated as Elliott and anyone else, but that may not be enough to save his job.
Either way, the Cowboys have little left to play for but pride at this point as players bemoan their evidently collective frustration.