ARLINGTON (105.3 The Fan) - Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott took ownership for his poor performance in Monday night's 38-10 blowout loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Elliott fumbled twice in the first half, leading to two Cardinals touchdowns. Elliott has now fumbled five times in the first six games of the season. The most fumbles he's ever had in a season is six, which came in 2018.
"I want to say that I'm sorry and this one's on me and I just need to be better for this team," Elliott said. "When you're fumbling, obviously teams are going to lock in on it and they're going to go for it even more ... I've got to figure it out, man."
After his second fumble, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy benched Elliott for the beginning of their next offensive series. Elliott eventually returned to the game, but his backup Tony Pollard was very involved throughout the rest of the game.
After the game, Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy spoke about the team's four turnovers and what they can possibly do to fix the issue even after preaching the importance of protecting the football week in and week out.
"We're the worst in the league at taking care of the football. ... It's frustrating to see a the pattern here," McCarthy said. It's discouraging. Period. It's something we work diligently on and it's not carrying over to the game. Maybe we're trying to hard. Maybe we're over-coaching it. We've been playing up-hill every single game. It's the self-inflicted wounds that plague us. We got work to do and we got to do it fast.
"I didn't coach very well. I have a continuing issue with ball security on my football team. It's something I personally take a lot of pride in ... in how it reflects how you play the game of football. And I'm not getting it done right now."
Dallas is currently the worst in the league with a minus-12 in turnover ratio.
As for Elliott, McCarthy says he still has faith in his star running back.
"At the end of the day, Zeke is our bellcow. We need to get it right. He's part of the plan. He's going to be a part of our success. So, we have to get it right. We have to take care of the football."