Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy admitted he was not pleased with the way his players reacted to the hit on Andy Dalton that appeared to momentarily leave the quarterback unconscious. Cowboys legend Troy Aikman feels a bit differently.
During a Tuesday morning appearance on 96.7 The Ticket, Aikman downplayed the lack of fight that was shown by Cowboys players after Washington linebacker Jon Bostic ruthlessly launched his shoulder into Dalton’s head (video here). He attributed it to genuine concern for Dalton’s health, inexperience on the offensive line, and a lack of continuity with the Dallas roster.
“The way that Dalton reacted after getting hit, my reaction on my couch was, ‘I hope he’s OK.’ He just seemed like he was really, really injured, beyond a concussion,” Aikman said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I hope Andy’s OK.’ And I felt like that’s how the players reacted. So I think that had Mike answered that question differently at the postgame press conference, I don’t think the national media would have jumped on that.”
Aikman added that he believes Cowboys players were “more concerned with (Dalton’s) well-being as opposed to (retaliating).” You can read his full comments below:
Aikman may have a point, but it was alarming that not a single Cowboys player confronted Bostic. For a 2-5 team that already has players anonymously bashing its coaching staff, any seeming lack of chemistry is cause for concern.
Andy Dalton has entered the NFL’s concussion protocol after he took a brutal shot to the head in Sunday’s game, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback appeared to lose consciousness for a brief time. As of Sunday evening, Dalton was unsure of what happened to him before he was taken off the field.
Dalton was alert and feeling well enough to fly home with the Cowboys, but Jon Machota of The Athletic reports that he does not remember the hit from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic.
While that is troubling, it is not exactly a surprise. Bostic launched himself as Dalton went into a slide and drilled the QB right in the head with his shoulder. Dalton laid motionless on the turf for a couple of seconds before trainers tended to him. You can watch the play here.
Bostic was ejected for the hit and is expected to be fined by the NFL, but it does not sound like he will be suspended. Even Washington coach Ron Rivera acknowledged that the play was dirty, as he apologized to Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy.
Dalton’s health is the primary concern for the Cowboys, but McCarthy also expressed disappointment in the way players reacted to the hit. Dalton will now have to clear concussion protocol to be able to play in an important Week 8 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Andy Dalton was knocked out of Sunday’s game and potentially beyond after Washington linebacker Jon Bostic delivered a vicious hit to the quarterback’s head. Bostic will likely face disciplinary action from the NFL, but it doesn’t sound like it will be severe.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Bostic is not expected to be suspended by the NFL for his hit on Dalton. Bostic was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for the play, so he will likely be fined.
Dalton had gone into a slide when Bostic launched himself at the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s head. Dalton laid on the ground motionless for a few seconds before being helped off the field. You can watch the play here.
The hit from Bostic was such a dirty play that Washington coach Ron Rivera apologized to Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy over it. If Bostic isn’t suspended, many people will feel he got off easy.
McCarthy already has some concerns over the way Cowboys players reacted to the hit on Dalton. The coach may also be bothered by Bostic not facing harsher discipline.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton was on the receiving end of a dirty hit on Sunday that knocked him out of the game, but his teammates didn’t exactly rush to his defense. Head coach Mike McCarthy sees that as an issue.
Dalton looked like he was briefly knocked unconscious after Washington linebacker Jon Bostic delivered a vicious head shot (video here). Not one Cowboys player confronted Bostic over the play. McCarthy was asked about that after the game and spoke about the importance of teammates protecting one another.
The Cowboys fell to 2-5 with their blowout loss to Washington, but the NFC East is so bad this year that they are still very much in the hunt. You wouldn’t know that by the way they played, and their reaction to the hit on Dalton was one of several instances on Sunday where it appeared they have given up.
Between anonymous players blasting the coaching staff and no one showing any fight when Dalton was drilled, it’s obvious the Cowboys’ issues aren’t merely schematic.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton left Sunday’s game against Washington with a concussion after he was on the receiving end of a ruthless hit.
Dalton was trying to scramble for a first down deep in Dallas territory when he took a brutal head shot from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic. Dalton had clearly gone into a slide, but that didn’t stop Bostic from launching his shoulder and helmet at Dalton’s head.
Dalton laid motionless on the turf for a couple of seconds after the hit. He was immediately removed from the game, and Bostic was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected. Here’s another angle of the play:
Bostic will almost certainly be fined for the play and should be suspended. That’s the exact type of head-hunting hit the NFL has been trying to get rid of for years.
With Dalton and Dak Prescott both injured, rookie seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci took over for the Cowboys. Dallas was trailing 22-3 at the time, and Dalton was seen earlier in the game ripping into his offensive line on the sideline.
The Dallas Cowboys appear to be teetering on the brink of disaster, and even Andy Dalton knows it is time for them to start showing more urgency.
Dallas got off to another horrific start in Sunday’s game against Washington. Following a second-quarter drive where the Cowboys were unable to get anything going, Dalton was seen on the sideline ripping into his offensive line.
Dalton got barely any pass protection in the first half. Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t much help, either, as the star running back got absolutely destroyed while trying to pick up a third-down blitz.
The Cowboys are falling apart both on and off the field. Their defense is historically bad, and some players anonymously bashed the coaching staff this week. Dallas may still be alive in the NFC East because the division has been so bad, but they appear to be getting worse by the week.
It would have been hard for Dallas Cowboys fans to not feel like their season was slipping away after Dak Prescott suffered a severe ankle injury on Sunday, but Jerry Jones is far from ready to give up. He has too much faith in Andy Dalton.
During his Friday appearance on 105.3 The Fan, Jones said his goal of winning a Super Bowl this season has not changed now that Dalton is the starting quarterback. If Dallas doesn’t make a deep postseason run, Jones is confident it will not be because of Dalton’s play.
The Cowboys signed Dalton to a one-year contract last offseason that could pay him up to $7 million. He’s an experienced NFL starter who is certainly one of the most serviceable backups in the league, and this is the exact type of situation for which the Cowboys signed him.
Dallas had plenty of problems before Prescott went down, mostly on defense. They’re not going to make a deep playoff run if they can’t get that sorted out, no matter how Dalton plays.
For what it’s worth, Dalton seems confident in his ability to win games. He made that clear with a message he delivered to the Cowboys immediately after Prescott got hurt.
The Dallas Cowboys signed Andy Dalton prior to the season for the exact situation they are currently facing, and the veteran quarterback seems like he is anxious to capitalize on the opportunity.
Dalton took over for Prescott in Sunday’s game game against the New York Giants after Prescott suffered one of the most gruesome ankle injuries you will ever see. Everyone on the field was understandably rattled, but Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup says Dalton had a great message for the team’s offense when he got into the huddle.
The Cowboys went on to win on a field goal as time expired. Dalton completed 9-of-11 passes for 111 yards.
Dalton signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys that can be worth as much as $7 million. That is top money for a backup quarterback, but Dallas was willing to pay it in case something happened to Prescott. We saw the same formula pay off in a huge way a few years ago when Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl. Dalton has a long way to go before he can even start thinking about that, but the idea is the same. In fact, Stephen Jones compared the two situations after the Cowboys signed Dalton.
While it would be unwise to expect him to play as well as Prescott, Dalton has extensive NFL starting experience. He has also made it clear that he is not going to accept being a career backup, so this is the exact chance he was hoping for, even if the circumstances are unfortunate.
If it wasn’t already obvious, Andy Dalton’s stop in Dallas looks set to be a one year stint.
Dalton spoke to the Dallas media on Wednesday and made clear that he still views himself as an NFL starter, and hopes that backing up Dak Prescott with the Cowboys sets him up for a better situation when he returns to free agency next year.
There were a lot of circumstances working against Dalton. He was released late, after most teams had already filled whatever holes they had at quarterback. The coronavirus pandemic also prevented him from traveling to meet with any teams.
It’s pretty clear that the Cowboys have no plans to start Dalton unless something happens to Dak Prescott. He’ll try to help however he can in Dallas and then move on in search of a starting job once more.
The Dallas Cowboys should have one of the most reliable backup quarterbacks in football this season, and they saw how important that can be when the division rival Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl two years ago. From the sound of it, the success Nick Foles had in Philly may have factored into the Cowboys’ decision to sign Andy Dalton.
Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones spoke about the Dalton signing on Wednesday, and he likened it to when Foles was the backup behind Carson Wentz with the Eagles.
“To have a guy like Andy Dalton come in here – not unlike what Philly had with Nick Foles when Carson Wentz went down – to be able to take control and win games, win huge games for you if that’s what you need is really important,” Jones said, via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “Certainly you can lay your head on the pillow better at night knowing you have someone like Andy Dalton.”
The success Foles had with the Eagles is the best-case scenario for a backup quarterback, as he led the team to a title and was named Super Bowl MVP. It would be a leap to say Dalton could do the same, but that season in Philly certainly highlighted the importance of having a reliable backup quarterback.
While the Cowboys’ decision to sign Dalton reportedly had nothing to do with Dak Prescott’s contract situation, Dalton is more than just injury insurance with Prescott negotiating a new deal. He has a ton of starting experience and should be able to keep Dallas afloat in the event of an injury or — though highly unlikely — a holdout.