Coach Mike McCarthy reveals Cowboys' expectation for Micah Parsons in Year 2



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Coach Mike McCarthy reveals Cowboys' expectation for Micah Parsons in Year 2

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy says Micah Parsons has put himself in a position to make a second-year jump even though the lineback and the team expect him to receive much more attention from opposing teams in 2022.

Parsons, the 12th overall pick of the 2021 NFL draft, enjoyed a monstrous rookie season as he finished with 13 sacks, 84 tackles, three pass break ups and three forced fumbles. Parsons, who was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year last season, was also in contention for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.

It didn't take long for Parsons to become a star in the league and the Cowboys expect rival teams to put a bigger focus on Parsons when preparing their game plan to face the Cowboys.

McCarthy: Parsons is going to be a big part of our defensive success

"You know, I think Micah is a second-year player," McCarthy said when discussing Parson's Year 2, per CBS Sports.

"And what you look from from the rookie class -- we talk about it all the time -- is taking that second-year jump. He's lost a little weight, he's had a really good offseason. Obviously, in Year 2, and how people look at him, and how they'll have to game plan against him, we've had a whole year to implement the schemes around that and to make sure we're giving him the opportunities he's needing.

He's definitely put himself in a position to take a big second-year jump. He's definitely going to be a big part of our defensive success." Meanwhile, coach McCarthy received public support from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Jones addressed the media this week and put an end to the speculation surrounding McCarthy's future in Dallas. Jones noted that McCarthy is still the team's coach because he believes McCarthy can lead the Cowboys to a Super Bowl victory.