Micah Parsons Breaks Silence on Mike McCarthy’s Criticism

Micah Parsons


Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates after being sacked.

With an All-Pro pick for the first team and a DROY award named after him, it’s hard to see how Dallas Cowboys trailblazer Micah Parsons can improve.

But for Cowboys player and head coach Mike McCarthy, there are always ways to get better. That’s why McCarthy said he was pleased with his defender’s rookie season, but also warned that Parsons must continue to work to become an “elite” player.

“Obviously Micah has had a lot of great moments in the last year, but our wish – and that should be his wish – is for him to become an elite player, not just a player. great player,” McCarthy said according to ESPN’s Todd Archer.

After a season-changing rookie campaign, a head coach called for even more focus and execution that may not be right. That’s not how Parsons sees it, and the 23-year-old explained as much in an interview with Bleacher Report.

“My reaction to [McCarthy’s criticism] It’s the expectation, so there’s nothing to get excited about,” Parsons said. “I wanted my coach to believe that I would do that kind of dance. It will make me focus on the body and focus on the mind. “

That was probably the exact answer McCarthy wanted to hear.

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Parsons makes a statement in 2021

Out of Penn State and predicted to be a high or mid-first-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft, expectations for Parsons will make an immediate impact. However, his rookie season blew those standards away.

In 16 games, the former Lion Nittany had a total of 13 covers, 3 catches and 64 solos. Moreover, his 30 QBs in 2021 is the most by a player since the statistics are recorded.

Parsons’ sole responsibility in the Dallas defense was partly responsible for his success. By frequently moving from full-back to full-back, it forces opponents to constantly monitor his position.

It allows the 23-year-old to contribute on a second level with Leighton Vander Esch, but gives him enough of a chance to put his hands on the ground and run after passers-by. Parsons stats show exactly how successful that strategy will be in 2021.

Cowboys Star Shooting for NFL Sack Record

If anything, it looks like Parsons’ expectations for his sophomore season are even higher than McCarthy’s. Any person wants to improve year after year, but Parsons isn’t just looking to beat his rookie totals.

He wants the NFL sack record.

“Yeah, 15 is the bare minimum. 15 is what I wanted to achieve,” Parsons said according to CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin. “But definitely 23 is that goal, to break the record.”

The pocket record in an NFL season is currently held by New York Giants legend Michael Strahan, who hit a total of 22.5 bags during his 2001 campaign. The Parsons will need 10 more sacks to hit their impressive total in 2021. Fortunately, Saturday’s addition to the NFL’s schedule makes it a more likely feat.

Furthermore, Parsons also sends a “warning” to his teammates and cornered Trevon Diggs. Diggs has tied the Cowboys franchise record for number of interceptions in a season with 11 in 2021, but Parsons wants to surpass him in 2022.

“I told [Trevon Diggs] I can lead the team in picks this year,” the Cowboys guard said according to NFL.com. “We’re not without money, but I’ve really trained my hands this year to get a few picks this year.”

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