Jon Bostic’s illegal hit on Andy Dalton did not sit well with Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera.
Rivera told ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio that he made sure to approach Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy after the game and apologize for the helmet-to-helmet hit that knocked Dalton out of the game and resulted in an ejection for Bostic.
“I wanted him to know that we don’t play that way,” Rivera said. “And it’s unfortunate that it happened.”
The controversial hit came early in the third quarter when Dalton was scrambling out of his own end zone and picked up some yards before sliding to give himself up. That’s when Washington linebacker Bostic came in and not only hit Dalton late, but delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit which left the Cowboys quarterback disoriented as he lay on the ground.
Bostic was immediately ejected as many watching were quick to point out that it was a dirty hit.
Rivera, admittedly, said he missed the hit but spoke to Bostic about it.
“I told him, ‘Jon, you’re a veteran guy, you should know better,’” Rivera told PFT. “I didn’t see it and I was really kind of asking everyone what happened. They said, ‘He hit him, coach.’ And then when he got ejected, that really surprised me.”
Washington won the game, 25-3, but the hit left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth for all different sorts of reasons.
McCarthy said afterward he was disappointed that his team lacked any emotion or fight in standing up for their quarterback who was just taken out with a dirty hit.
“We speak all the time about playing for one another, protecting one another,” he said after the game. “It definitely was not the response you would expect.”
Dalton was diagnosed with a concussion after the game while Cowboys third-string quarterback Ben DiNucci completed the game.