Run the ball with Tony Pollard more
I know what some of you are thinking. Outside the turnovers, Ezekiel Elliott isn’t the real problem in Dallas. His poor play is a symptom of horrific offensive line play. Zeke can’t run through holes that aren’t there.
But let’s face it. The Ezekiel Elliott of 2016 doesn’t exist anymore. The Zeke of 2020 is a much slower, plodding running back than he once was. He also struggles with drops as a receiver on top of having a serious fumbling problem.
Elliott is a shadow of his old self this season and doesn’t possess the speed or shiftiness needed to create more opportunities on every carry. Zeke simply feeds on the lanes his O-Line creates.
The fact is, this offense needs a spark. And it seems unlikely to come from the quarterback position.
And while backup running back Tony Pollard is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry with his limited rushing opportunities so far this year, his shifty running style and lateral quickness could give him an edge over Elliott running behind this makeshift offensive line.
By no means am I saying the Cowboys need to bench Elliott (unless the turnovers continue), but there needs to be a much better balance between the team’s top two running backs. Through seven games, Zeke has played over 80% of the offensive snaps while Pollard has played just 21%.