With the courts finally ruling in favor of the NFL’s six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott, effective beginning with Dallas’ game Sunday at Atlanta, the Cowboys are in a scramble to figure out life without their star running back.
Elliott, the reigning NFL rushing champion, has 783 yards and seven TDs on 191 carries this season. That’s a lot of production to replace.
Morris has had three 1,000-yard seasons in his career and been to the Pro Bowl twice. McFadden was the NFL’s fourth-leading rusher in 2015 when he ran for 1,089 yards.
Green took the blame, saying “I feel like this is on my shoulders. I let the team down,” according to ESPN. Good for Green, taking accountability, but 20-point losses rarely come down to one guy.
On a day with many long touchdown passes and special teams and defensive scores, the nod goes to an acrobatic, diving touchdown catch by the Redskins’ Maurice Harris in a losing cause against the Vikings.
“He was not only a quarterback and a player, but he was like a coach on the field,” Retzlaff said. “There was more to Van Brocklin than just his ability to take the ball and hand it off and throw a pass.”
This offseason, the Redskins added quarterback-turned-receiver Terrelle Pryor and Brian Quick, formerly of the Rams. Pryor ranked 50th in total value last season, according to Football Outsiders’ metrics with the Browns and Quick ranked 79th.
And the Redskins return Jamison Crowder, who was second on the team in receptions last season (67), as well as tight end Jordan Reed, who had 66 catches. There’s also Josh Doctson, the 2016 first-round pick who played in only two games as a rookie because of an Achilles injury.
On paper, this doesn’t seem like an even trade, but the plan was to have quarterback Kirk Cousins, who ranked No. 3 among all passers last year, via Football Outsiders, orchestrate an offense that relies heavily on pre-snap motion to create favorable matchups.
This year’s version of the Rams, now led by rookie head coach Sean McVay, is a different group even though many of the cast of players remains the same.