FRISCO, Texas – As the Dallas Cowboys, running back Ezekiel Elliott, seem to fix a problem that has led to four lost fumbles in six games, he has studied every fumble he has ever had.
He would not give away any conclusions he came to – “I will not give away all my weaknesses right here,” he joked – but the problems came down to keeping the ball tighter and the opposition making good defensive play.
“I just think I need not put myself in vulnerable situations. I just have to lock myself in and focus,” Elliott said. “I do not think there is a specific answer. All I can do is give myself, watch as many movies as I can, gather as much information as possible and try to use it to help me. But I do not think there is an exact answer to how to solve these fumble problems I have had this year. “
Elliott has lost four fumbles after losing just five in the first four years of his career, and his gifts this season have accounted for 28 points by the opposition. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, Elliot has more losses in 1
Coach Mike McCarthy said giving up production for ball safety might be more of an option for Elliott instead of straining for extra yards. Elliott accepted the blame for Monday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals in the locker room after the game and publicly with the media.
Players undergo several ball safety drills in practice. The message hits home with coaching points in videos twice during the week.
“I mean, he’s probably carried football all his life, so his instinct and awareness I would definitely classify him as very high in the category of all the running backs I’ve been in my career,” McCarthy said. “But I think what’s most important about this tough moment we are going through with our turnover is recognizing the importance he puts on himself … He knows how to carry football, he understands the press points, and we has video of everything we do.
“At the end of the day, it’s the focus. We have to get it done. I do not know how many different ways I can continue to talk about it. We all understand the impact it has had on the outcome and the path. in games We have been involved in. So we have to take care of football and we have to start winning these revenue matches week in and week out. “
The Cowboys have 15 turnovers this season and are league-worst minus-12 in turnovers.
“We just have to move forward, period,” Elliott said. “We can not really sit here and worry about things we can not change. I will not be able to change the number of times I have put the ball on the ground this year. It will not change at all. What I focus on on what i can control is my game from here on out so i have to put it behind me and i can not sit back and think about it and let it affect my game going forward.to go out there and play much better football than I have played. “