Mike McCarthy has a lot of confidence in Dak Prescott as the right quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

"I think No. 1, you just look at what he's done during his time in the league. I think he's been impressive," McCarthy said of Prescott.

"I've been impressed with him since the first time I saw him play live up in Green Bay [in 2016], when they came to Lambeau there. First impressions, I think are very important when you see quarterbacks on the field because in-person evaluations, particularly at that position, have always carried more weight as far as how I felt about a player. So I think he's gotten off to a great start. He's built a really good foundation. I'm told he's a tremendous leader.

"Defenses get you to the championship. The quarterbacks win championships. And I definitely think Dak is that quarterback."

Prescott posted career-highs in passing yards (4,902) and touchdowns passes (30) last season.

McCarthy said he has been in touch with Prescott since taking over as head coach in January, but what's not clear is how much Prescott will be around during the offseason.