LOS ANGELES – Let’s just start with the facts here. Sure, technically they’re opinions but I’d like to search out people to argue either of those two statements:
The Cowboys have one of the best defense within the NFL.
Micah Parsons is one of the best defensive player within the NFL.
The primary one looks as if a no brainer. No other team within the league couldn’t only survive its starting quarterback happening with a four-game winning streak, but additionally play higher and higher each week. Yeah, it’s one thing to lean on the defense, but that is getting borderline incredible.
They allowed 19 points to the Buccaneers in Week 1. But since then, it has been 17, 16, 10 and now 10. Ten points to the Rams with Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Sean McVay, who all of us thought might figure it out this week with the Cowboys on the town.
And so they tried. However the Cowboys defense is just playing on one other level at once.
No, it isn’t a one-man show over there, but Parsons is undoubtedly the leader of this group. He’s the clear-cut MVP of this defense and this defense is one of the best within the NFL.
So I believe it’s OK to call him one of the best defensive player in football at once.
Absolutely no disrespect to Aaron Donald, who definitely hasn’t lost a step. He was amazing here on this game, doing his best to wreck the Cowboys offense with every likelihood he got.
In chatting with right guard Zack Martin, he said “99 is unbelievable,” referring to Donald, in fact. Martin spoke on the challenges of getting to search out him on every snap.
Here’s what’s crazy about Donald. His versatility has made him one of the best player within the NFL for years because he has the power rush from all 4 positions on the road. And on Sunday, they moved him in every single place to search out the mismatches – and oftentimes it was against rookie left tackle Tyler Smith.
However the crazy part is … Parsons is much more versatile. He can rush from all 4 spots on the road AND play linebacker, too. You understand, linebacker, his natural position.
Parsons calls himself a “lion” and on this present day, the lion was clearly wounded. He battled through a left groin injury your entire second half, coming out of the sport slightly greater than usual. But as he described it, “Sometimes I just needed to go off pure heart.”
Parsons willed himself on the market with a foul leg and still got two sacks and a forced fumble.
But really, with him, Parsons’ play goes way deeper than simply stats. Should you truly watch him on every play – and at this point I do not know why you would not – you may clearly see how often he alters each snap. Only a sidestep here by the quarterback, or him stepping up within the pocket, or a running back that chips Parsons off the sting before going out for a pass but never gets there since the quarterback is getting rushed anyway.
And the largest thing you will see is Parsons fighting through two and three defenders while DeMarcus Lawrence and/or Dorance Armstrong is getting home. And let’s not exclude Sam Williams. The rookie played his best game of his young profession.
But all the pieces starts and ends with Parsons. He isn’t just someone who lines up in numerous spots, but he dominates from there.
After the sport, I even asked Parsons what it felt wish to have a game like this with Donald on the opposite side, and he really didn’t draw back from the discussion of being one of the best defensive player in football.
“Yeah, I believe it is a battle. You must be one of the best rusher. There’s just one best rusher within the league,” Parsons said of Donald. “To me, it’s a contest between me and him, regardless of what. Even with the respect, I would like to potentially be one of the best player on this league. So, , with Aaron taking the cake at once, I’m just pushing, I’m climbing.”
Even higher, Micah. You haven’t got to go on the market and say you are higher. Just keep “pushing” and “climbing” and let other people say what seems fairly obvious at once.
Micah Parsons is one of the best defensive player in football. And he’s leading one of the best defense as well.