Mike McCarthy sees an issue with Cowboys players not rushing to Dalton's defense after the QB got knocked out of a game due to a dirty hit. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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. 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.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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