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Ezekiel Elliott takes blame for fumbles, Cowboys’ blowout loss: ‘I want to say I’m sorry’

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Ezekiel Elliott takes blame for fumbles, Cowboys' blowout loss: 'I want to say I'm sorry'

Even after the Cowboys’ 38-10 loss to the Cardinals had mercifully ended, Ezekiel Elliott was nonetheless fumbling. At this late hour, it wasn’t the ball.

The Cowboys’ three-time Professional Bowl working again was now fumbling to seek out the precise phrases to clarify his turnover pattern.

“I can’t actually—even—um—I don’t know why,” Elliott stated after shedding two fumbles in in the future for the primary time in his profession and now 4 complete this season.

Ezekiel Elliott settled on an apology.

“I need to say I’m sorry,” he stated, “and this one’s on me. I should be higher for this crew.”

Elliott knew the Cowboys have been counting on him to raise his recreation after quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a season-ending compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle final week. As a substitute, he and substitute quarterback Andy Dalton mixed for 4 turnovers to extend the 2-Four Cowboys’ complete to a league-high 15.

“We’re the worst within the league caring for the soccer,” head coach Mike McCarthy stated. “It’s irritating.”

Ezekiel Elliott takes blame for fumbles, Cowboys' blowout loss: 'I want to say I'm sorry'

Ezekiel Elliott ’s woes got here first and, as he’d later say, “killed our momentum.” The Cowboys’ protection had posted its finest first quarter of the season, holding an opponent scoreless in that stretch for the primary time all season.

However the Cowboys offense mustered no factors within the first quarter, both. And with 2:44 to play within the first, Dalton shoveled a brief move up the center to Elliott because the Cardinals protection closed in on the pocket. Cardinals security Budda Baker wrapped Elliott, who was carrying the ball loosely, just under the waist. Defensive deal with Jordan Phillips recovered the fumble.

Arizona’s offense then ripped off an 11-play drive, capped by a 6-yard Christian Kirk landing on a jet sweep.

“We’ve been placing our protection in unhealthy conditions,” Dalton stated. “Whenever you try this, you’re going to make it laborious on your self to win these video games.”

The Cowboys offense returned to the sector, now in a 7-Zero gap.

On the second snap of the drive, Elliott pushed up the center with a carry solely to seek out himself wrapped up by Phillips, whose arm knocked the ball unfastened once more. Cornerback Byron Murphy recovered, establishing a 49-yard subject on which the Cardinals would rating their second landing. Ezekiel Elliott took the hand the ball escaped from and angrily slapped the facet of his helmet.

He started the subsequent collection on the sideline. For eight performs, he was successfully benched.

In case you don’t deal with the soccer, it clearly will have an effect on your alternatives,” McCarthy stated of choosing working again Tony Pollard on that drive.

Ezekiel Elliott supported the transfer.

“They did the precise factor,” he stated. “I’m giving the ball away. I wasn’t serving to the crew. … I’m alleged to be a man that this crew can lean on when instances get tough, and I simply wasn’t that immediately.”

Turnovers weren’t a brand new downside nor a Dalton-specific problem for the Cowboys. Prescott had uncharacteristically thrown 4 interceptions and fumbled 3 times this season earlier than getting harm, at the same time as he set league information tied to passing yards.

Even so, Daltonunderneath heavy strain for a lot of the night time behind an injury-hampered offensive line—didn’t assist. His checkdowns weren’t sufficient to maneuver an offense, Dalton netting 82 yards on 20 makes an attempt within the first half. The Cowboys didn’t rating a landing till the ultimate three minutes of the sport. And when Dalton did take probabilities—he completed 34-of-54 for 266 yards—he repeatedly missed receivers, together with on two pricey interceptions the Cardinals transformed for one more 10 factors.

Turnovers weren’t a brand new downside nor a Dalton-specific problem for the Cowboys. Prescott had uncharacteristically thrown 4 interceptions and fumbled 3 times this season earlier than getting harm, at the same time as he set league information tied to passing yards.

Even so, Dalton—underneath heavy strain for a lot of the night time behind an injury-hampered offensive line—didn’t assist. His check-downs weren’t sufficient to maneuver an offense, Dalton netting 82 yards on 20 makes an attempt within the first half. The Cowboys didn’t rating a landing till the ultimate three minutes of the sport. And when Dalton did take probabilities—he completed 34-of-54 for 266 yards—he repeatedly missed receivers, together with on two pricey interceptions the Cardinals transformed for one more 10 factors.

McCarthy declined to evaluate how Dalton fared within the Cowboys’ first recreation for the reason that 2015 season to be began by a quarterback apart from Prescott.

“I, frankly, don’t need to be impolite,” McCarthy stated. “I’ve no assessments for you tonight. I believe all of us perceive what the rating is. We didn’t play very effectively on offense, protection or particular groups. Most significantly, I didn’t coach very effectively.”

However it was the lack to guard the soccer that pained McCarthy most, because the Cowboys fell to 2-Four in his opening season, a mark nonetheless adequate to guide the NFC East. McCarthy alternated between describing the self-inflicted gap as discouraging, irritating and disappointing. He blamed himself.

I’ve a unbroken problem with ball safety on my soccer crew,” McCarthy stated. “That’s one thing I personally take loads of delight in and the way it displays on the way you play the sport of soccer.

“I’m not getting it finished proper now.”

 

Hassan Zia is an accomplished News writer & working journalist in the industry for over 5 years. At Pakistan print media he established his skills in writing and publishing multiple news stories of daily reporting beats ranging from crime, drama, business, entertainment. An activist at heart Zia believes in sensitizing audiences on issues of social justice and equality. Using powerful technique of storytelling on humanistic themes: women, children, labor, peace & diversity etc. his work underpins the causes he’s concerned about. Besides being known for his activism and community work Zia is also associated with renowned universities as a visiting faculty member for over 3 years now. His academic background is a Masters in Mass in Communication.