Mike McCarthy speaks out on expectations for Ezekiel Elliott in new offense
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy may have full confidence in quarterback Dak Prescott as a Super Bowl-winning player. However, it seems running back Ezekiel Elliott will remain as the central force in the offense.
Elliott is coming off another dominant year by his high standards. McCarthy is looking to keep it going in the 2020 NFL season, via Jon Machota of The Athletic:
“You get the ball to your playmaker,” McCarthy said. “Zeke will touch the football plenty in our offense. So I’d say it’s all about the quarterback. Someone has to give the ball to the playmaker so it makes sense to develop that way. Zeke will be a primary focus.”
McCarthy’s comments are certainly an encouraging sign considering the Cowboys had made Elliott the hight-paid running back in the NFL last offseason with a six-year $90 million extension. He followed it up buy rushing for 1,357 yards and 12 touchdowns while tacking on 54 receptions for 420 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns.
Having a workhorse back like Elliott helps to take the pressure off quarterback Dan Prescott by keeping the defense on their toes. Despite his efforts, it still seems as though the three-time Pro Bowler was held back by the fluctuating state of the offense. Although Dallas boasted one of the most productive groups in the league, they still struggled to to finish out drives with touchdowns.
The onus will now fall on McCarthy to get them finding the end zone on a more consistent basis. Fortunately, his comments indicate that Elliott will continue to provide the Cowboys with plenty of bang for their buck.