Stephen Jones: Ezekiel Elliott “can’t have these things that we call distractions”

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Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones has talked about the need for wide receiver Dez Bryant to eliminate “distractionsa couple of times recently and Bryant’s not the only offensive player he puts in that category.

Jones sent a similar message to running back Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott contested a six-game suspension for much of last season before serving it in the second half of the year and was involved in a handful of other off-field incidents that landed him in headlines while the league was investigating a domestic violence allegation.

The Cowboys backed Elliott in his fight against the suspension, but Jones said he still needs to focus on making sure everything is moving in a positive direction.

“I know Zeke wants to be great — I’m convinced of that, that he wants to be great,” Jones said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He’s also got to understand that, to be great, you can’t have these things that we call distractions and things of that nature. Things that take away, not only from him, but from our team. … Obviously, right up through the start of last season, there were things that were popping up. We haven’t seen that as of late and hopefully that’s a good indicator that he understands.”

Jerry Jones talked this week about making the offense friendlier to quarterback Dak Prescott. One way to help make that happen is to have Elliott available and focused on football for all 16 games.

40 responses to “Stephen Jones: Ezekiel Elliott “can’t have these things that we call distractions”

  1. “Jerry Jones talked this week about making the offense friendlier to quarterback Dak Prescott. One way to help make that happen is to have Elliott available and focused on football for all 16 games.”

    Absolutely!!

    This applies equally to every player on every team. And also, it does not matter why the distraction happens. Its that it happens at all that hurts the team. Thats why some players need to be more careful about going near situations where a distraction could possibly happen and regardless if whether or not its their direct fault.

  2. Cannot win consistently with players of low character. No team can. Off the field distractions cause a team to lose focus.

  3. It’s not distractions. It’s bad decisions and bad behavior. Zeke needs to take responsibility for his actions and the Cowboys need to stop enabling.

  4. The irony of Steven Jones comments is how the team continually backed him at every single opportunity, rather than tell him to take the suspension so the season could be salvaged. The Joneses are implicit in their standing idly by and watching all this crap unfold. They never or rarely in the moment condemn bad behavior. If they do, it’s a tepid slap on the wrist. They reap what they sow.

  5. Man. Stephen Jones is going all-in on his star players this offseason.

    Maybe there is one Jones who actually cares about the product on the field, and has some competence in making it better.

    What am I saying? It’s the Cowboys! The banana peel is always one step in front of them!

  6. Get off the high horse ladies. Not all players are going to be choir boys (in any environment), heck that even extends all the way up to the position of the presidency–Zeke just needs to have a tighter circle and stay away from the thirsty. He has a target on his back and he just needs to stay off of the headlines for things outside the scope of his football prowess.

  7. Jerry was the biggest distraction taking every opportunity to blast the league and commissioner while telling everyone it’s a slam dunk win for him in addition to his very public very petty fight over the commissioner’s contract extension.

  8. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones should have a talk with the Cowboys GM. When your GM repeatedly brings in ‘distracted’ guys you are going to have some of those things you ‘call distractions’ from time to time.

  9. I wonder if Cowboys players fail to see through the good cop/bad cop routine that Jerry and Stephen routinely use.

  10. So many players learn the hard way that many of the hangers on do not have their best interest at heart. Guys like zeke are a brand, a business, they have to manage themselves like one.

  11. sportoficionado says:

    Get off the high horse ladies. Not all players are going to be choir boys (in any environment), heck that even extends all the way up to the position of the presidency–Zeke just needs to have a tighter circle and stay away from the thirsty. He has a target on his back and he just needs to stay off of the headlines for things outside the scope of his football prowess.
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    *Zeke just needs to be a decent human being for a change.

  12. If you think you can quickly change the behavioral results of someone’s lifetime of culture/values influences you are going to be monumentally disappointed.

  13. I am an Eagles fan but it is obvious that Elliot makes a huge difference for the Cowboys. As for Bryant, he is clearly on the downside and not worth the trouble anymore. He has a hard time getting open and drops way too many balls. If I were the Jones family, I would concentrate on upgrading WR and the D so that if and when Sean Lee goes out, everything doesn’t fall apart. As an Eagles fan, I hope they do neither!

  14. Don’t bring in immature guys and then blame them. You might be able to fit one guy like that into a locker room full of mature men, but you can’t have a large collection of immature guys. I’ve always been under the impression that your dad lives for these “distractions”. It keeps him in the news cycle. He loves the attention. He probably wanted to draft Johnny Manziel. Maybe you need to have a son to father talk. Or maybe the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, and this is just a charade. If so, it’s working.

  15. Jerry going cuckoo over Goodell’s contract wasn’t the best way to ensure that another “distraction” wouldn’t be forthcoming from the league office.

  16. Zeke and Dez, their distractions are nothing by Dallas Cowboy standards. Imagine if the 90s Cowboys teams played during this era. How many suspensions would they have gotten from Goodell?

  17. Agree with that. Not only did he make an enemy of Goodell but 25 of the other owners as well. Still, the Raider’s won SB’s with Davis so that isn’t a death knell.

  18. How did the Cowboys enable? All Jerry Jones asked for was a fair and independent
    investigation.. it is unusual in most investigations for. That the one and only lead investigator
    ( who met with the victim 3 times and had 2 more contacts ) to recommend NO
    charges and further, to come to a conclusion that the victim lacked crediblity.
    What Zeke needs to do is make better decisions about who he dates and
    hangs with, The fact that Zeke was 20 years old at the time should be
    considered but does not allow him to just walk away from his responsibility
    in this matter. Zeke seems like a good young man who perhaps hopefully
    will learn from this incident.
    In this day and age it seems as if all of the teams have “ problem children”.
    Perhaps the NFL needs to be more proactive in its educational programs
    for new players.

  19. Sounds like the mouthpiece of the Cowboys is transitioning from Jerrah to Stephen. This is not a bad thing, it is a good thing. Hopefully the foot that sometime accompanies Jerrah’s comments will not be included in the transition.

  20. How can you expect your players not to be a distraction when ur father is the biggest distraction…. A circus atmosphere leads to distractions. Please sell.

  21. cookerduff123 says:
    I hate the Cowboys, but maybe Stephen Jones is drawing a line in the sand, unlike his pops?
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    Some people might call it drawing a line in the sand.
    Others might say that describing the extremely poor and irresponsible behavior of one of your employees as mere “distractions” is nothing but damage control, and one of many things that enables that poor behavior to continue.

  22. Stephen Jones is the better brain in that front office in that he actually listens to his football people but he and all the Cowboys brass were behind Elliott when he decided to fight the suspension early in the season so, who is really the distraction? Also, were the Cowboys asleep when Elliott was giving Urban his ass to kiss at tOSU? From a temperament and professionalism standpoint, did they think they were getting the next Walter Peyton or Barry Sanders?

  23. bzingha says:
    January 25, 2018 at 10:32 am
    Cannot win consistently with players of low character. No team can. Off the field distractions cause a team to lose focus.

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    The 1990’s Dallas Cowboys just called…..they and their 3 Super Bowl rings would like to disagree with your statement.

    Look, we live in a day an age of instant everything, your TMZ’s, your PFT’s….etc. find out every little misstep a player/coach/GM/owner make the second it happens. The days of these guys being deified and lifted up as heros are gone. The notion that you cant be a great player if you are bad at life off the field is idiotic.

    All I can tell you is to get over it…..every team has a bad guys….hell the Patriots drafted someone who committed a double homicide…then went out and committed a third one. It happens, you draft talented guys and hope for the best, cant blame Dallas for trying. You can have 52 choir boys, but you probably wont win any games.

  24. I’m afraid we might be getting very close to the day when the Cowboys won’t be able to attract good free agents. Everyone knows the coach isn’t in charge, and Jerry Jones actually loves these distractions. Veterans who are serious about winning will sign somewhere else. People bring up the 90’s Cowboys, but Jimmy Johnson was totally in charge, and he held people accountable. Jimmy was nobody’s puppet.

  25. FinFan68 says:
    January 25, 2018 at 11:40 am
    If you think you can quickly change the behavioral results of someone’s lifetime of culture/values influences you are going to be monumentally disappointed.

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    Uhhhhhhhh NO. This is part of the problem this country is having right now…justifying everything. He KNOWS right from wrong so don’t blame his upbringing or where he lived…that’s just excuses. PERIOD. He’s in a good place for it though because everyone from the GM to the waterboy are VERY good at making excuses…..

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