Mike McCarthy questions Cowboys’ response to Jon Bostic’s hit on Andy Dalton

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Unnamed Cowboys players called out the coaching staff last week in an NFL Media report. Mike McCarthy questioned his players after Sunday’s game.

McCarthy didn’t appreciate that none of his players came to Andy Dalton‘s defense after Jon Bostic‘s dirty hit on Dalton. The other 10 Cowboys on the field — which included four backup offensive linemen — didn’t get in the Washington linebacker’s face.

“We speak all the time about playing for one another, protecting one another,” McCarthy said, via Jon Machota of TheAthletic.com. “It definitely was probably not the response you would expect.”

Dalton left with 6:20 remaining in the third quarter after Bostic’s helmet-to-helmet hit. Dalton was sliding, giving himself up after a scramble. Dalton is in concussion protocol, McCarthy said.

Rookie Ben DiNucci replaced Dalton and could start next Sunday against the Eagles if Dalton isn’t cleared for the game.

The Cowboys didn’t respond to Bostic, quickly drawing criticism on social media.

“I think you could say that. That’s fair,” Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said of those who questioned the team’s on-field response. “But with doing that, you’ve got to be careful, because we’re already down a bunch of guys that if you go in there and throw a punch and you get kicked out the game, you can’t help the team from the . . . locker room. We’ve got to find a way to not cross that line, but we’ve still got to protect our guys.”

The Cowboys, who are reeling, already have lost starting quarterback Dak Prescott for the season.

“You’re going to lose guys in this sport,” Elliott said. “You’ve got to have the next-man-up mentality.”

63 responses to “Mike McCarthy questions Cowboys’ response to Jon Bostic’s hit on Andy Dalton

  1. The gutless Cowboys are a joke. Losing is one thing. Shrugging it off is something else entirely. Tells you all you need to know. Dallas fans are going to lose their collective minds.

  2. Well maybe QBs should slide down a lot sooner … tired of QBs running free down the field for cheap yards . They should be treated no different than a running back when out of the pocket.

  3. Thought Mike wanted that kinda comments kept in house,,this season getting worse by the week for The Boy’s and now the headcoach is callin out the team in the media,,,dumb

  4. “But with doing that, you’ve got to be careful, because we’re already down a bunch of guys that if you go in there and throw a punch and you get kicked out the game, you can’t help the team from the . . . locker room.”

    When you’re not helping the team on-field the least you need to do is save face.

    But the Cowboys aren’t coached to do that or have no desire to do that.
    {Ouch}

  5. One of the offensive linemen should have knocked the defensive player’s head off after that play. To hell with the 15 yard penalty. Game was over anyways. It was a cheap shot. No respect for the Cowboys. Stand up for your teammate.

  6. McCarthy made the right choice in sitting for a year to pick his next coaching job. Shame that it’s pretty clear he made the wrong choice in going to Dallas.

  7. Zeke: You don’t need to throw punches to have someone’s back. Players shove all the time without getting ejected.
    You shove a guy, it’s on HIM to decide how he’s going to respond. He may be the one throwing the punch.

  8. Pretty sure, that with as many fumbles as Zeke has had this year and his YPC, that while he couldn’t help the team from the locker room, he sure as heck couldn’t hurt the team from the locker room for a change.

  9. I’ve been a Cowboys fan since 1979 and have seen a vast, vast majority of their games in that time and this is, by far, the worst team they’ve ever had in every way. But I’ll say this…they are so pathetic that I’m actually enjoying it. We Cowboys fans have gotten so used to seeing an average team that absolutely horrible is just about as entertaining as absolutely awesome would be, although, I’ve forgotten what an awesome Cowboys team looks like. Been that long.

  10. Jerry evidently didn’t get the memo that the reason Green Bay fired McCarthy was because he lost the respect of his team.

  11. Now I know why Jerry Jones hired McCarthy. Lol. It’s funny from the outside. Very sad if you’re a Cowboys’ fan. The saddest part is Jerry doesn’t really care. He’s living in the past. He has 3 rings. He’s in the HOF. He’s accomplished all he wanted to accomplish. It’s not going to get any better.

  12. Obviously it’s Jason Garret’s fault and Dak’s right Cowboys fans? You have a Super Bowl team without those two and there is no drop off with Dalton.

  13. The finger pointing has started and the Cowboys have a few tough opponents to play. It’s only going to get worse.

  14. The Cowboys were mentally checked out during today’s game. That was embarrassing from beginning to end.

    If McCarthy wasn’t Jerry’s handpicked golden boy, he would’ve been fired after the game. As it is does anyone expect McCarthy to see year 2?

    Zeke man, you keep showing why it was a mistake to pay you $90 mill last year. You were directly responsible for a pick off a ball that went through your hands.

  15. Jerry should put in a call to the Giants to see of their Offensive coordinator is available.

  16. He’s right. That says a lot about this years version of the Cowboys. It’s October and the have already quit on the season….how else can you explain losing to Washington 25-3?

  17. “As it is does anyone expect McCarthy to see year 2?”

    Depends. Is Jerry going to eat 24 million worth of crow? That’s a lot of crow. Maybe the most crow.

  18. When Jason Garett sucks so hard in New York and Mike McCarthy is somehow worse in Dallas, it seems to be a GM issue, no, Jerruh?

  19. tiredofcowards says:
    October 25, 2020 at 5:19 pm But I’ll say this…they are so pathetic that I’m actually enjoying it. We Cowboys fans have gotten so used to seeing an average team that absolutely horrible is just about as entertaining as absolutely awesome would be,
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    In 1962 I went to five NY Met games in the Polo Grounds. You’re right, it is actually possible to be so bad that it’s good.

  20. Oh come on. The head coach wants his guys to start throwing punches now? What, exactly is that going to accomplish? Other than some weird sense of ‘football machismo’, just what the heck are they supposed to do? Physically assault the guy who just got ejected, and will probably be suspended, in order to show “how manly” they are? Give me a break. What a dumpster fire of a team.

  21. I feel bad for Dalton. How can you get anything going surrounded by a team that’s given up? And now they showed that they don’t even have your back.

    It’s not McCarthy. It’s not Garrett. It’s a team full of players who just don’t have what it takes. These guys are showing they’re quitters. And today Dalton paid the price.

  22. Regardless if the team wants to play for McCarthy or not. This isn’t about him. Its about your QB getting pulverized and no one flinching. Hate your coach. But that is your quarterback…was your quarterback. Gutless Cowboy players. And JJ better speak up or the whole team is done if not already.

  23. Got yourself a fine football team Jerry. Hope you are happy with over paying players and now you cannot pay decent backups on the O line. How about them Cowboys. I am sure the coach will catch the heat but we all know who should get the heat.

  24. collectordude says:
    October 25, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    Titanic.

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    The Titanic wants an apology.

  25. Blow the whole thing up.
    1) Fire both Mikes. Use whomever to be interim Head Coach (Doesn’t matter.)
    2) Tank. Lose as many games as you can to get close to Trevor Lawrence.
    3) Trade Zeke for a 4th or 5th round pick.
    4) Hire Lincoln Riley, Eric Bieniemy or Greg Roman as the HC. Hire Matt Eberflus for DC.
    5) Put the non-exclusive Tag on Dak. Let him go for 2 1st round picks.
    6) Trade Michael Gallup for a 1st or second round pick.
    7) Draft Trevor Lawrence. (Package picks if you need to).
    8) Draft a stud DL.
    7) Draft a stud OL.
    8) Draft the rest defense all the way down, except grab a 2nd RB in the 3rd.

  26. This could be a big reason Rodgers has only 1 Superbowl ring. He had MM as his head coach when there were more out there to be had.

  27. At the helm of a rudderless team with no hope, as a first year coach of said rudderless team, probably not the best time to be calling out your team. Your scheme sucks, your team sucks, and a lot of that is on you McCarthy

  28. The Cowboys have long been an overrated team filled with hot air. They are gutless. Once things don’t go the way of their hype, they have no backbone. The entire team is filled with spineless weasels who are individuals who don’t play as a team.

    Washington has little talent. But they continue to play as a team. And on this day, the trash was thrown out of Washington and sent back to Dallas where it belongs.

    In a division where the “stars” are falling like flies, Washington has a chance to make the playoffs. They haven’t given up – and to their credit, in most miserable years, the team has been terrible but they have never folded (except in the year that they acquired Alice Smith and they ended up with a Sanchez.

  29. Few years back, about the same thing happened to Joe Flacco! Kiko Alonzo layed a viscous forearm to Flacco’s head. Difference is that the Raven linemen hit Alonzo pretty hard and then the bench emptied!
    Good, offsetting penalties, bad, Alonzo not ejected and Flacco got a concussion!

  30. With Jones, every one of his players is like this: when nut comes to crunch and they need to dig down hard for the win, they just won’t. “Even if we lose, I’m still a Dallas Cowboy….” And that’s good enough, for them and for Jones.

  31. With Jones, every one of his players is like this: when nut comes to crunch and they need to dig down deep for a win, they just won’t bother. “Even if we lose, I’m still a Dallas Cowboy….” Deep down that’s good enough for them, and for Jones. Most of them come to Dallas in the first place just because Jerry throws his money at his players.

  32. While not exactly what you want, the coach and the team sniping at each other in the press, I have to kind of side with Mike McCarthy in this “feud”. In many facets of the game I am seeing the same stupid play and sloppy mistakes as I did under Jason Garrett. I am seeing the total team implosion after the starting QB goes down, just like under previous coaches.

    I don’t think it is the coaching. It is the majority of the players. I don’t know if it is they lack football intelligence, are lazy to where they will not put in the work during the week, they lack heart, they have a celebrity mentality to where football is a lesser priority in their lives(hello Zeke?), or a combination of them all. Other than Dak and Gallup, I see no hustle or heart. I see a bunch of guys who forgot what got them there.

    What was their criticism of McCarthy? He did not have them prepared? Hello, you are “professional” football players, key word “professional”. Being prepared for a game falls as much on your shoulders as it does on coaching, if more. Coaches can only implement schemes, they are not responsible for players not knowing assignments and weak ass arm tackles.

    Maybe Dallas needs to start cleaning house of some of these all style no substance “stars” to where they get some draft picks and free agents with heart, work ethic, and football intelligence. Give Dak a team he can win with when he returns rather than this group of heartless sad sacks.

  33. tiredofcowards says:
    October 25, 2020 at 5:19 pm
    I’ve been a Cowboys fan since 1979 and have seen a vast, vast majority of their games in that time and this is, by far, the worst team they’ve ever had in every way. But I’ll say this…they are so pathetic that I’m actually enjoying it. We Cowboys fans have gotten so used to seeing an average team that absolutely horrible is just about as entertaining as absolutely awesome would be, although, I’ve forgotten what an awesome Cowboys team looks like. Been that long.

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    I have been a Packers fan since about 1979 and I am so happy that McCarthy is gone, I feel like the Superbowl he won was despite his coaching ability and any coaching talent he did have peaked with the 1 Superbowl. Some of the poorest football I have seen is from McCarthy coached teams and I am old enough to remember the 80’s Packers. It seems like his message is stale and players tune him out and play for a paycheck and nothing else. I am no Cowboys fan but I do feel your pain watching football with McCarthy in charge.

  34. I am a WFT fan, but that was an awful hit. Totally unnecessary. Doubt Jerry will sign Kaep. Probably would be a good idea since the ‘Boys O-Line is sieve-like, so they might do better with a QB who can take off and run. Maybe trade for RG3? If the Saints are dumb enough to trade Winston, that would be a good deal for Dallas. After his Lasik surgery, he can now see the field which should cut down on his interceptions. But what do you do with the ‘Boys who watched their QB go down and couldn’t be bothered to walk over to him and wish him well?

  35. As a Bears fan, who carefully cataloged every grinning twist of McCarthy’s knife in our backs over the years, I am thoroughly enjoying every minute of this.

    Bad news for me, I don’t he makes it to the end of the season with the ‘Pokes.

  36. Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre are the only reasons McCarthy lasted almost 13 years in Green Bay.

  37. My assumption here is that they just didn’t care about the game or don’t like/respect Andy Dalton. They play Washington again in 1 month. We’ll see how that goes.

  38. Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre are the only reasons McCarthy lasted almost 13 years in Green Bay.
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    Won when he had talent.

    Can’t scheme his way out of a wet paper bag.

  39. It could be that Dalton aint there guy? There guy is out for the season and Dalton is a fill in and not playing well.
    My sense is the team has tanked for the year and Mac will be gone at the end or sooner and Dalton will see this as his last season and retire.

  40. Cowboys, Raiders, Vikings and Patriots could lose all the rest of the games and the vast majority of football fans would not care at all.

    Joke franchises, the lot of them.

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