Ezekiel Elliott: Check the stats, put some respect on my name

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is feeling disrespected.

Without citing a single instance of any disrespect, Elliott wrote on Twitter today that he isn’t getting the respect he deserves.

“There are a lot of great backs in this league but I don’t understand why the media has to talk down on my game just to uplift other backs. We all are talented football players and can ball,” Elliott wrote. “Check the stats. Since I entered this league I have dominated year in, year out. Put some RESPECT on my name. Women lie. Men lie. The stats don’t. Go do your homework. Almost 1800 scrimmage yards and 14 TD’s with no training camp and now im not the same back. I do appreciate the standard you guys hold me to though lol. But I promise you no one holds me to a higher standard than myself.”

No one disputes that Elliott has great stats. Since entering the NFL in 2016, he has 5,405 rushing yards. No one else is even within 1,000 yards of Elliott’s total in the last four years.

But it is fair to question how much of the credit Elliott deserves for those yards, and how much credit belongs to the Cowboys’ offensive line, and to a strong passing game consistently keeping the defense from stacking the line to stop Elliott.

Regardless, Elliott gets plenty of respect from fans, from media and from the Cowboys, who gave him a lucrative contract extension. But like many athletes, Elliott seems to draw inspiration from telling himself he’s disrespected.

86 responses to “Ezekiel Elliott: Check the stats, put some respect on my name

  1. Its never enough for some of these players.. didn’t you just get a fat contract??
    What more do you want?????? Prove to the world you are the same back when the OL is a mess or the passing game is not effective.
    You have been the benefactor of a great OL so accept it and keep cashing those checks.

  2. No doubt, he is the man in Dallas. They run more than many teams. We hear every year about how the Cowboys have the best OL in league, but they don’t win with it.

  3. Somebody needs to tell Zeke that demanding respect is a sure sign that you either haven’t earned it or don’t deserve it.

  4. His whine is emblematic of the Cowboys. Check my stats? How about check your playoff record.

  5. Wealthy athletes who go on social media & demand respect are extremely weak people. Zeke has extremely low esteem & major maturity issues.

  6. I do not read all that much about the NFL in the media, but Michael David Smith’s comment suggesting that Elliott’s success may be due not to him but the Dallas O-line may be what he is talking about. Yes Dallas has a usually had a decent line, but that is true of any successful running back. If there is no blocking, there is no run game.

  7. Zeke haters always bring up the cowboys OL but I remember the first few weeks of the season when they weren’t leaning on zeke hard tony pollard was avg like 3 yards a carry and zeke would come in for a hand full of snaps and avg 5 or 6

  8. I always find this kind of argument by Elliott amusing. So he’s annoyed at the disrespect given how “he” has “dominated” since entering the league…but doesn’t that implicitly disrespect the OL that helped in that domination? No RB does it alone, no matter what the stat sheet suggests by assigning the yardage to the individual player. Emmitt Smith used to buy expensive watches for his linemen, because he was no fool.

  9. There was a piece on Sportscenter the other night listing the Top 10 backs in the NFL based upon their Madden ratings. He was only ranked T-3, behind McCaffrey and Derrick Henry and tied with Nick Chubb.

    Maybe that’s what he saw. Who knows with these guys.

  10. “how much credit belongs to the Cowboys’ offensive line, and to a strong passing game consistently keeping the defense from stacking the line to stop Elliott.”

    What passing game is this guy talking about?

    Elliott is the cowboys offense.

  11. I don’t know that I’d diminish Zeke’s numbers with the “but they have a great O-line” argument. Yes – O-line is important but that kind of logic gets into a whole lot of undefinable things. How do you quantify the effect the O-line has on a back’s numbers? Plenty of RBs have put up great numbers with good O-lines, sure.

    Barry Sanders was maybe the all-time greatest, and he was always on a terrible team, juking and ducking for his life.

    If we’re gonna dismiss Zeke because of the O-line, then we’re saying that any RB would put up those numbers behind that line?

    See? It gets complicated and, really, can’t be quantified. There are so many factors besides O-line: scheme, play calling, passing game threat, well-designed (and executed) play action, and on and on.

  12. I think it may have been response to Skip and Shannon talking about him recently. Skip is a Cowboy lover but basically said Zeke wasn’t a top 10 back last season. Shannon agreed with all his heart.

  13. Tell us the truth it’s all about stupid video game rating .. Gets his panties in a bunch over it

  14. When you mix his stats with his idiocy, the first thing that comes to mind is not “respect”, it’s “moron”.

  15. A very good OL helps the RB obtain the stats, & success. The Cowboys have had the right combination of OL/RB in Dallas & both have gotten respect. It seems he may be thinking that his past success is due to his individual talent & feels disrespected when others are infused within his success.

  16. Jerry made a huge mistake when he over paid Zeke Elliott and is now stuck with him Jerry proving “Never to old to learn” did not make the same mistake with with Dak Prescott.

  17. Zeke is another overrated RB behind the best O-Line in the league. Emmitt Smith 2.0!

    Jerry is trying to recreate the early 90’s team again and has been failing at it for 30 years.

    Cowboys still suck, just like the Raiders!!

  18. He would never hear Walter Payton or Barry sanders make a comment like that, this is why no one can stand you Elliot

  19. Ever watch film of the GIANT holes that Emmitt Smith ran through on the way to MANY of those yards he gained?

    He often was not TOUCHED until he was past the linebackers and into the secondary.

    Same thing with him. Talented RB for sure.. but I always wonder how he would have fared running behind a line where he was hit as soon as he got to the line.

  20. Ironic. Your own quarterback is proof that you can’t just rely on stats to evaluate a player.

  21. I’m not really a Zeke fan, but I do respect his stats. In his 4 years in the league, he has ranked 1st, 10th, 1st and 4th in rushing yards. In the year he ranked 10th in yards (2017), he only played in 10 games. Yes, fans are right when they say Dallas runs a lot – Zeke has led the league in rushing attempts both years he lead the league in yards (2016 and 2018). However, he averages 4.6 yards per carry…..

  22. Ever watch film of the GIANT holes that Emmitt Smith ran through on the way to MANY of those yards he gained?

    He often was not TOUCHED until he was past the linebackers and into the secondary.
    ————————————————————————————
    I was at the Cowboys/Giants game on Thanksgiving 1992. Freezing cold. The Cowboys had the ball on their own 2 yard line. Aikman took the snap and handed the ball to Emmett Smith in the Cowboys end zone. Smith ran through a hole wide enough for a Ford F250. He went 98 yards without a single Giant defender coming anywhere near him.

  23. Ezekiel Elliott: Check the stats, put some respect on my name
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Check the headlines and earn respect. Right now it seems to be “He is a good RB, BUT…”

  24. People that blow their own horn are pathetic. Elliott should just do his job and let others decide if he is a great RB.

  25. Even checking the stats tells the story last year:
    Zeke vs playoff teams:
    NO – 18/35 and 6/30 Loss
    GB – 12/62 and 2/29 Loss
    PHI – 22/111 and 6/36 Win
    MIN – 20/47 and 2/16 Loss
    NE – 21/86 and 4/40 Loss
    BUF – 12/71 and 7/66 Loss
    PHI – 13/47 and 7/37 Loss
    7 games – 1-6 record, 3 tds (of 14 total) 462 rush yds (of 1357 total) – to be fair receiving was better in important games.
    Plenty of negative personal issues to go with coming up small in big games.

  26. And Dak’s stats are more than respectable but they belie the reality that he is average, and average is his ceiling. 8-8 again.

  27. he’s speaking directly about an anonymous poll where one GM ranked him outside of the top 10 RBs in the league and said that last year Zeke only looked about 60% of his former self. This tweet didn’t come out of nowhere.

  28. Zeke is like the Kyrie Irving of the NBA. Immensely talented, but just kinda…out there.

  29. Hmmm as good as he has been. In a couple seasons dude will be just another back. Just like most of em. Long gone are the days of Adrian Peterson type RBs in this league, imo.

  30. YouEnjoyMyself says:
    July 16, 2020 at 10:07 am
    The O-line has nothing to do with it. It’s all you zeke.

    ========================================================

    Zeke constantly praises his o line in interviews. It’s one of the traits I like best about him.

  31. All any QB, RB, TE, or WR needs to do to see if he’s respected is check his ADP each year. Fans are the consumer of what the media spins, and at least in my league Elliot has been top 5 every year (except when everybody thought he was going to be suspended at the start of the season).

  32. Maybe he’s manufacturing a synthetic chip to carry on his shoulder for motivation.

  33. Ahhh, remember the good old days?

    when young, immature, myopic, self-important, entitled athletes couldn’t jam their feet in their mouths to an audience of millions on a insecurity-fueled whim.

    Seems like a LONG time ago

  34. So many people cry for respect when they themselves don’t give any respect to anyone.
    it’s becoming a part of our culture.

  35. He needs to learn that there is a difference between Demanding respect and commanding respect!

  36. Zeke constantly praises his o line in interviews. It’s one of the traits I like best about him.

    He sure as heck didn’t praise them in this interview. All he did was to praise himself.

  37. Here’s a stat: 8-8.

    Held out, started slow, dragged down his team. 47 yards and 0 TDs in the game they needed to win against Philly to win the division and make the playoffs.

    Running around the field and not winning against winning teams doesn’t mean squat.

  38. Dude you’re a top 5 fantasy back, I dont think anyones really disrespecting you.

    Get over yourself.

    You are also a fantasy asset if this season actually happens because you are a Rona.

  39. hey zeke, if you don’t behave like a fool & look like a clown maybe people would show some respect

  40. korth says:
    July 16, 2020 at 11:25 am

    I was at the Cowboys/Giants game on Thanksgiving 1992. Freezing cold. The Cowboys had the ball on their own 2 yard line. Aikman took the snap and handed the ball to Emmett Smith in the Cowboys end zone. Smith ran through a hole wide enough for a Ford F250. He went 98 yards without a single Giant defender coming anywhere near him.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Except his longest career run was 75 yards, against Washington, in 1991.

    Otherwise, totes.

  41. Zeke it can get worse, your coach doesn’t value RBs. That is one of the reasons he was ran out of Green Bay. Maybe he will change?

  42. Chisel Chest says:
    July 16, 2020 at 10:56 am
    He would never hear Walter Payton or Barry sanders make a comment like that, this is why no one can stand you Elliot
    —————
    Exactly. Those two played the game with an amount of class equal to their level of talent, meaning they played with a hell of a lot of class. Not only does Zeke not “act like he’s been there before” when he scores a TD, he has to do that moronic “feed me” move after every first down!

  43. @ jurgyisgod,

    “His whine is emblematic of the Cowboys. Check my stats? How about check your playoff record.”

    Says the fan of a team who has had roughly 1/2 the playoff appearances versus the Cowboys the past 20 years, and zero playoff appearances the past 5 years.

    Elliott also dominates Washington virtually every time your team plays Dallas. Btw, Dallas is 6-1 vs the Skins since Elliott has been on the team.

    So how about you check yourself and your sorry-@$$ team. Your delusional thoughts are emblematic of your team.

  44. RB’s are just not valued as much as they used to be. Certainly, Elliott has been an excellent back in the league. But I don’t think he gets less respect than any other top back does.
    I would agree with those who say his off the field stuff might have something to do with his self pity.

  45. As a fan of a division rival I can say that Zeke is never an easy out. He’s explosive and has great vision. He has no problem getting physical. He’s both productive and consistent…and might be the best in the NFL (there’s a few great RBS). He just has bad luck when it comes to thinking.

  46. Congrats on those stats Zeke! You played half the season against teams that ended up picking 2,3,4 and 5th in the draft.

  47. Zeke is the man and the same people who say he has a great OL are the same people who say the OL isn’t the best anymore so which one is it? Either way his first two years were the line for sure. After that not so much. Please don’t use the passing game excuse either. Dak isnt scaring anyone from stacking the box. Zeke is regarded in the top 4 so I also don’t see the disrespect he is referring to.

  48. I respect that he can squeeze that abnormally large head into his helmet… that’s talent.

  49. Too bad that he’s not worried about the continued lack of class that he continually demonstrates; The feed ME the ball gets really old and giving up on a play which resulted in a pick six shows, it’s only about ME!

  50. All that hair and the nose rings are slowing you brotha. Maybe if you work hard this year you can move back up. Maybe.

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