Cowboys' Mike McCarthy on team's response to Dalton hit: 'not the response you would expect'

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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Cowboys performance on Sunday against the Washington Football Team left a lot to be desired on the field to say the least.

And after a tumultuous week filled with questions and criticism of both players and staff, many wondered how the team would respond on the field to the challenge of yet another tough loss.

It appears, however, that some of those answers have now come to light, as the team's lack of fight for one another reared its ugly head, following an ugly hit to Andy Dalton that knocked him out of the game with a concussion.

Following the hit from Jon Bostic, in which the linebacker was immediately ejected, Dalton sat on the ground, nearly motionless, and had to be helped off of the field to the locker room, where he remained for the rest of the game.

The rest of his teammates, however, failed to respond in defense of Dalton, and when asked about it after the game, Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy's disappointment in his players reaction was evident.

"We speak all the time about playing for one another, protecting one another," McCarthy told the media during the post game press conference. "It definitely was not the response you would expect."

Now, with Dak Prescott already out for the season, and Dalton's availability for next week's matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles in doubt, the Cowboys will likely have to turn to third string quarterback Ben DiNucci under center.

The only other option available on the roster, outside of emergency quarterback Blake Bell, who is listed at tight end, is practice squad quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who does have NFL experience with the Carolina Panthers.

Until then, however, the Cowboys (2-5) season is seemingly all but lost, and even more questions, including the futures of certain players and coaches, are inevitably going to surface.