The NFL typically doesn’t function a lot of a favoritism contest. Granted, there do exist some exceptions to this rule (as they do with any predetermined stipulation), however skilled sports activities is one business that extra oft than not grants alternatives to those that will carry out on the highest stage.
Successful – and income apportioned to those that personal our beloved franchises signify the all-important backside line in these video games of inches – and the 2 are consequentially intertwined.
We’ve heard the mantra “it’s a enterprise” time and time once more as regards to the sporting world, and sadly, though these whom are paid the massive bucks to create huge dividends for professional groups are all human, they’re additionally commodities that may be traded, launched, or changed at any given second.
It’s a theme that’s unfolded on numerous events. Case and level: Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe, Patrick Mahomes and Alex Smith, and even nearer to dwelling Dak Prescott and Cowboys legend Tony Romo.
That’s simply the way it goes: you sow good issues on the gridiron; you reap extra taking part in time, and elevated favor in your route.
Sadly for one more Cowboys Nation fan favourite, there’s a sure backup at his place that’s been respiratory down his neck for an extended whereas, a time through which he’s surrendered leverage in his personal job safety by literal misplaced deposits of the soccer.
The fumbled baggage reference leaves little room for query as to whom we’re referring to and that’s Ezekiel Elliott, whose numerous free change mishaps twisted our collective stomachs in licorice-like knots we hadn’t even regarded as fathomable.
The wily, wide-eyed backup in his rearview is Tony Pollard.
Don’t get me mistaken, Zeke is not at risk of dropping his job this 12 months. The Cowboys pay him far too bountifully to waste his abilities on the sidelines. And he nonetheless oozes with an Professional-Bowl-esque capacity. Few halfbacks have hit holes with comparable ferocity, and he incites a uncommon timidity in defensive backs that impacts one-on-one encounters lengthy earlier than they unfold.
However the once-gluttonous eater has misplaced a couple of kilos as his predatory carnage has waned. He’s additionally visibly misplaced a step within the velocity and agility departments which are extremely arduous to re-salvage as a operating again.
And did I point out that man behind him chomping on the bit for extra possibilities?
Enter Tony Pollard, who burst onto the scene in 2020 with a widely-wielded scope of versatility in a number of sides, together with the passing recreation and in particular groups. He didn’t put up big numbers (435 yards on 101 carries for 27.2 yards per recreation), however there have been a number of situations through which Mike McCarthy & Co. relied on him for the brunt of the group’s backfield manufacturing.
And compared to his pleasant film-room mate, Pollard’s stats aren’t too shabby in any respect (4 speeding TDs to Zeke’s six; 4.3 YPA vs. 4.0; 300 rec. yards vs. 338; and the final kicker, zero fumbles to Zeke’s six).
Elliott is primed and able to present the world that 2020 was only a fluke, and judging by the offseason coaching movies he’s put out, he’s projecting 2021 to be a far superior marketing campaign.
It higher be. As a result of if not, the Cowboys have a greater than succesful backup that can don’t have any drawback embezzling Zeke’s meals for his personal hungry abdomen.