Mike McCarthy sees Dak Prescott running more this season

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As he returned from a serious ankle injury, Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was significantly limited as a runner in 2021. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t think that will be the case in 2022.

McCarthy said today that he plans to put more called quarterback runs in the Cowboys’ offense this season, saying that Prescott now looks completely healed from the ankle injury and ready to make more plays with his legs than he did last year.

Prescott has been impressive with his offseason workouts and is quicker, leaner and more flexible than he was last year, McCarthy said.

For the first five years of his career, running the ball was a major part of Prescott’s game: He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and 1.5 rushing first downs per game from 2016 to 2020. But in 2021, Prescott averaged just 3.0 yards per carry and 0.4 rushing first downs per game.

If Prescott can use his legs more effectively in 2022, that opens up a lot more possibilities for a Cowboys offense that was already good last year even without Prescott able to do everything.

23 responses to “Mike McCarthy sees Dak Prescott running more this season

  1. What else can he do? He was always a running back who thought he could throw and turns out even his team knows.

  2. Run more? Running wasn’t one of the Cowboys problems last year. The biggest problem the Cowboys had was stopping the other teams offense from scoring, but if Mike thinks Dak should expose himself to more hits then by all means have Dak run as much as possible. Great plan

  3. Forgive me if I am not overly enthusiastic when our “Super Bowl winning” highly paid head coach and our “boy genius” highly paid offensive coordinator, plan on running our 40 million dollar a year quarterback more. I suppose they’ll be using our highly paid running back as a lead blocker or decoy?

    Super.

  4. I see Jones pulling the plug on McCarthy after 7 or 8 games.

  5. I like that he’s not waiting for the last 11 seconds of the season this year. But in all seriousness, Dak seemed hesitant to run after his calf injury, I hope he does run this year, as it makes him much more of a weapon.

  6. Fortunately for the Dallas team the competition in the NFCE is limited with the only real threat being the Eagles. I suspect Dallas will win the division again.

  7. Once again, let me explain it to you football gurus who didn’t understand what you were watching. Dak running on the last play of the 9er game was not a mistake in play calling, It was a mistake in play design. Instead of sliding and burning 10 seconds off the clock waiting for a 60 year old official to run 20 yards to spot the ball, Prescott should have simply turned and fired the ball laterally out of bounds to stop the clock after gaining as many yards as he could. Dallas would’ve had around 9 or 10 seconds left at that point with 2 shots from the 25 to throw into the endzone.

  8. Why tell anyone what you plan to do as a coach?
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    – insert Forrest Gump quote here –

  9. auntbeeishot says:
    June 14, 2022 at 2:18 pm
    Once again, let me explain it to you football gurus who didn’t understand what you were watching. Dak running on the last play of the 9er game was not a mistake in play calling, It was a mistake in play design. Instead of sliding and burning 10 seconds off the clock waiting for a 60 year old official to run 20 yards to spot the ball, Prescott should have simply turned and fired the ball laterally out of bounds to stop the clock after gaining as many yards as he could. Dallas would’ve had around 9 or 10 seconds left at that point with 2 shots from the 25 to throw into the endzone.
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    Actually a guru like you needs to be explained it was absolutely abominable the way the play was designed AND executed. Dak should have had the brains to hand the ball to the ref instead of his center.
    Even beyond that all the other players coming ambling in like it’s a day at the park instead of running top speed.

  10. If Dallas was a prime SB contender with the team in win now mode before the limited window of opportunity closes, by all means let him run. Unfortunately, the Cowboys always consider themselves prime contenders regardless of how the rest of the league sees them.

  11. I also see Dakota running more this season. Since he is now exposed as a do noting clown, defenses will blitz him and dare what is left of his OL to protect him. Dakota is a sloth when it comes to processing things on the field so I expect Dakota to indeed bring himself back to his running back days.

  12. running more? running is the only thing he knows how to do outside of running up stats between the twenties against second stringers in games hopelessly out of reach;

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