Another Dallas Cowboys player is involved in another incident. Ezekiel Elliott is running into walls. For the sake of Big D, the NFL should suspend him.
I’m not going to be very popular after this post. I get it. But it doesn’t change the fact that there needs to be accountability within the Dallas Cowboys organization.
Of course, owner and general manager Jerry Jones won’t play sheriff. Obviously, head coach Jason Garrett won’t either. And on many levels, they shouldn’t have to.
These grown men are paid handsomely to do things other grownups can only dream of. I understand the need to let off some steam. At some point, however, common sense has to reign supreme.
If the Dallas Cowboys won’t step up to play big brother or papa, I am perfectly okay with the NFL putting their foot down.
Though running back Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t arrested in the Dallas bar incident (the investigation is ongoing), I believe it is best that the superstar runner is suspended. Now, before you throw some jabs at me, hear me out.
Elliott, who turns 22 in just four days, has all the physical tools to operate in the gridiron, goal post to goal post. After rushing for 1,631 yards along with 363 receiving yards, No. 21 generated a shelf of highlight reels in just one year in the league.
The problem is his immaturity and willingness to juke between the lines outside the football world. In other words, he can be plain dumb.
If there are reports out there that the NFL might be dropping the hammer on you soon, wouldn’t it best to stay home? Play a little Madden on the PS4? Call a few buddies over?
You know: Stay out of the limelight. Apparently, the obvious isn’t common sense for some Dallas players.
Instead of following the path of reason, Elliott did the exact opposite. It’s almost like the Cowboys shoved the ball into stomach only to see him purposely lay the ball on the turf for a bit. Why take the chance? He has to be smarter. The Dallas Cowboys have to be smarter.
So, what happens now? Do the Cowboys hire security, personnel staff to guard Elliott? Are we back in the Pac-Man, Adam Jones era again? It sure feels like it.
The Cowboys aren’t a mediocre team right now. This young squad, with their brilliant set of coaches, can do damage. None of that, however, can happen if the wounds are self-inflicted, which is something the Boys are good at as of late.
With the running back dancing around dumbness, the fans are left in a bad spot. Some hope the NFL turns an eye or two. Some hope the punishment isn’t bad, maybe a game or two. Whatever the punishment, I for one hope there is some consequence.
Sure, missing Elliott will hurt. As good as this offensive line is, the Cowboys will have less sparkle without the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
If you punish Elliott now, maybe he’ll do some growing, mentally and professionally. It’s better to get these growing pains out now. We all go through it.
At the moment, it’s Elliott’s turn to play the big boy part.