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Mike McCarthy Describes The Cowboys' Plan At Backup QB

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday against the Giants.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - JANUARY 03: Head coach Mike McCarthy of the Dallas Cowboys looks on during warmups prior to the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on January 03, 2021 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys are set at the most important position in sports, starting quarterback. Dak Prescott got the multi-year deal he wanted, signing one of the more player-friendly deals in NFL history this offseason.

As the Cowboys saw last year, securing the QB2 spot is also quite important. Dallas thought it had hit a home run last year, bringing in long time Cincinnati Bengals starter Andy Dalton. He eventually settled in and had some productive games for the Cowboys, but it was rough out of the gates, and he had his own injury issues that forced Mike McCarthy and his staff to look even further down the depth chart, which did not turn out well.

Prescott is coming off of a very bad ankle injury, and months of rehab. With Dalton now starting for the Chicago Bears, the team needs to find a solid backup option. Right now, McCarthy says that the team is evaluating options and wants to bring in a lot of competition to be Prescott's understudy.

“It’s definitely a position we’re continuing to look at,” the Cowboys coach said in a recent press conference. “It really goes back to the earlier answer on a competitive, 90-man roster. You definitely want — the most important position in my view of football is the quarterback position. You want to have as much competition, talent and young, veteran, whatever. We’ll continue to watch that."

It sounds like McCarthy prefers to bring in a veteran, as the team did with Dalton last year. Via 247Sports:

"There’s definitely some veterans that we’ve talked to and sure would like the opportunity to be here. Now that Dak’s contract is done, I think everybody clearly understands what that room is potentially going to look like.”

Even the backup quarterback market is drying up a bit. Guys like Joe Flacco have already landed elsewhere. One potential option who knows the Dallas Cowboys' division and is currently a free agent: former Washington Football Team starter Alex Smith.