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Ezekiel Elliott Quit On A Play And Some People Are Aghast

Ezekiel Elliott Quit On A Play And Some People Are Aghast
From Deadspin - September 18, 2017

The Broncos manhandled the Cowboys 42-17, just a thorough annihilation in every aspect of the game. But almost immediately, most of the blame for the lossor at least the loudest of the criticismfell upon Ezekiel Elliott, who had the worst game of his life.

Elliott, whos averaging 4.9 yards per carry in his NFL career, had just nine yards for eight carries on Sunday. He was asked when the last time that happened was. He said never.

There were a striking lack of carries for Elliott, but its not especially weird that Dallas would give up on the run when it went down 14 points early, and 18 after the first drive of the second half. And even when the Cowboys tried to run, they got nowhere. Denvers 3-4 defense bottled up the box, while the OLBs consistently managed to bring a pass rush. Man-to-man coverage was good enough to thwart Dak Prescott, who was every bit as ineffective as Elliott. Sometimes good players have bad games, and sometimes the game flow dictates abandoning the run. Theres nothing all that strange about how yesterday played out.

We just were getting dominated up front, Elliott explained. We couldnt get any movement off the ball. We couldnt establish the run game.

But its one play on which Elliott didnt touch the ball that is being seized upon. Here, in the third quarter with the Cowboys down 18, Elliott chose not to pursue Chris Harris after the Broncos DB intercepted the ball. He put his hands on his hips as he watched Harris eventually brought down by an O-lineman.

And here comes the quit narrative. LaDainian Tomlinson, in postgame analysis for NFL Network:

I didnt like the way he quit today. I didnt like that. He absolutely quit on his team today.

A weirdly strident Peter King, who says that the Cowboys need to discipline Elliott for giving up on the interception:

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