Mike McCarthy didn't like Cowboys' timid reaction to hit on Andy Dalton

Peter Hailey
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Mike McCarthy didn't like Cowboys' reaction to hit on Dalton originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

In the second half of Washington's matchup with Dallas on Sunday, Jon Bostic blasted a sliding Andy Dalton. The hit knocked Dalton out of the game and was so egregious that the officials decided to eject Bostic. Rightfully so, too.

The way Dalton's head bounced off the FedEx Field grass and the way he laid on the ground after the collision were both disturbing visuals. Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy, though, was also disgusted by the way his team responded to the sequence. 

Here's what he had to say following his group's very uninspired loss to the Burgundy and Gold:

The Cowboys' lack of anger in light of Bostic's hit was definitely noticeable at the stadium. One would've expected a few Dallas players to get in Bostic's face after what he did, especially when he did it to their quarterback. No one really did, however.

Of course, the main concern in all this is Dalton's health. He didn't take another snap and was replaced by backup Ben DiNucci for the rest of the contest. Hopefully, somehow, his health isn't affected too severely by what happened.


Beyond that storyline, though, the narrative that the Cowboys just aren't buying into the McCarthy regime in his first season in Dallas will only grow thanks to both their overall showing in Washington and their no-showing of support for Dalton in that moment. That's simply not how a united, passionate group of guys would react.