FRISCO, Texas – As has been noted, it’s been a rough start to the season – not just for the Dallas Cowboys, but for the entire NFC East.
However much the division might be struggling, though, Ezekiel Elliott said there’s no silver lining about being below .500 in mid-October.
“No comfort in here right now,” Elliott said. “There’s no comfort with being 2-3 in the National Football League."
That much is evident. The effects of the Cowboys’ lackluster record are being felt around the organization. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has been repeatedly questioned about his decision to punt on a critical 4th-and-1 during last week’s loss to Houston. Allen Hurns has also been in the news cycle for comments about the Cowboys’ offensive output.
Given the nature of the loss, it’s not exactly surprising that scrutiny would follow.
“Definitely a game we could’ve won. It was a game where we had a lot of opportunities. We definitely have to go back to the film and see what went wrong,” Elliott said. “But you’ve got to move on, you’ve got to shake that one off. We still have a lot of football left, and we’re still in the mix. So I mean we’ve just got to go out there and find a way to win this week.”
Asked if the Cowboys can do that without resorting to finger-pointing, Elliott said he’s confident in the leadership in their locker room. Despite the offense’s struggles for much of this season, Elliott said the vibe around the team has been one of positive reinforcement, rather than blame.
“I just think that’s not something we have to worry about,” he said. “There’s enough leadership on this team. We have good guys.”
That’s encouraging to hear, but it’ll undoubtedly be put to the test if the Cowboys don’t improve. Regardless, Elliott said it’s not something they can allow as they look for answers to their problems.
“It’s very important. Like I said, it’s a long season,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of ball left and a lot of getting better to do, so we can’t have that at all.”