FRISCO — Pete Carroll has seen some significant changes on film while preparing for the Cowboys' offense this week.
"They've been kind of the same for quite a while, and you can see there's a difference right now," the Seattle Seahawks head coach said. "They've been influenced by some other teams that have done some good stuff in their division, in particular. You can see them experimenting with things, and it fits them."
Carroll was referring to how the Cowboys have been using Dak Prescott, specifically in Sunday's 20-13 win over the New York Giants.
Prescott sparked the offense with his feet, carrying seven times for a career-high 45 yards.
And it wasn't done on scrambles after the pocket collapsed. The third-year quarterback was keeping the ball on designed read-option plays.
It's the result of defenses stuffing the box with extra defenders to stop star running back Ezekiel Elliott. No longer having go-to pass catchers Dez Bryant and Jason Witten is another factor.
If most of the linemen, linebackers and safeties are focused on Elliott, why not make them pay with your mobile, 6-2, 235-pound quarterback?
Carroll is familiar with the impact a running QB can have. Seattle's Russell Wilson has been one of the league's best over the last seven years. He averages six carries per game for his career.
Like Prescott, who has thrown for only 330 yards in two games, Wilson wasn't putting up huge passing stats his first few years. During the Seahawks' 2013 Super Bowl run, Wilson averaged 175 yards passing per game during the postseason.
Before facing the Cowboys in Week 1, Panthers defensive end Mario Addison said Prescott reminded him of Wilson.
"He's one of those guys just like Russell, he makes plays on the run," Addison said. "When he's running with the ball, that's when he's the most dangerous."
The numbers back it up.
Since Prescott became the starter in 2016, the Cowboys are 9-2 when he carries five or more times. They are 4-0 when he gets at least seven carries.
So it's simple -- just run Prescott more.
The Cowboys don't necessarily see it that way.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones said he doesn't anticipate the new plan being 8-to-10 Prescott rushes per game.
"You can't just consistently serve your quarterback up as a runner," Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "I think ultimately that takes its toll. I think you use it to help you set everything else up."
Prescott didn't exactly slide at the end of all his runs Sunday night. Wilson has never missed a start in his NFL career because he's been smart about avoiding big hits. Of course, he's also three inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than Prescott.
"I'd like it more if he got down a little bit," Elliott said. "I don't really want him to run like me, so I want him to get down. But Dak is a big guy; he's a big athlete. I mean, he's smart."
Prescott averaged 13.6 carries per game during his final three years at Mississippi State. In eight college games, he carried at least 20 times. He's familiar with the impact extra hits can have on his body.
Prescott acknowledged that he was a little more sore than usual Monday.
"But not anything like when I was taking 20-25 carries [in college]," he said. "I'm all right."
The plan will be different each week. Prescott might go several Sundays before he has another seven-carry game.
But opponents will see the film.
Elliott isn't the only one in the Cowboys' backfield capable of winning games with his feet.
"It depends on how the defense plays it," Prescott said. "If the defense gives me the read, I'll keep it."