Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects major things from linebacker Micah Parsons following his impressive rookie season. Parsons, who was taken at No. 12 in the 2021 NFL draft, absolutely impressed in his rookie season as he is likely to be nominated the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Parsons is also a strong candidate for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. “Because of his unique ability to not only pressure with burst and with bend and with just sheer mental assets [but] combine that with his ability to give us coverage,” Jones said, per ESPN.
“And plus internally be the example that he is to other players as well as to our opposing players. He’s got all of those and so he’s going to invent the ‘Micah Player.’”
The Cowboys want Parsons to level up
“We talked about what he can do coming off his rookie season.
Clearly he made an impact. The biggest thing he is going to have to get accustomed to is the changes people make for him,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “We’ve got to make sure we have him prepared. He is a targeting challenge for an offense; that ability to move him around.
Any player in this league will attest to this, once you have success people will study the film and have a plan for you. So we got to make sure he takes that next step to be able to combat and continue to be highly successful”.
Parsons was extremely disappointed after the Cowboys lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the wild card round. Parsons really wanted to win the Super Bowl in his rookie season. “Man, that’s been in the back of my mind since I stepped in the league,” Parsons said.
“It’s sad we went out bad the way we did but the opportunity and the potential is there. We’ve just got to take advantage of it next year. I think we’ve got all the right pieces and we’re going to keep getting smart pieces this year and take it from there.
“But I’m telling you, like, I ain’t never been a loser in my life. I’ve always been a winner. I’m going to bet me into a bowl. I just don’t know when and how, but I know it’s in my plan and God’s plan for me to be in a Super Bowl”.