Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys goes viral after receiving an unexpected response to his win.
Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys is proving to be not only one of the best rookie linebackers in the NFL, but also one of the best defenders in the league.
Parsons had three tackles, two sacks, a forced fumble, and one tackle for loss in Dallas' Week 14 win over Washington. Parsons has 75 tackles, 27 quarterback hits, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, and 17 tackles for loss through his first 13 NFL games.
This is why you tend to believe Parsons when he says the NFL game is simple for him.
Parsons admitted during an interview with Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer that he "doesn't think the NFL is hard." These comments went viral almost immediately, but few people can disagree with Parsons.
After the Cowboys' win over Washington, Parsons told Breer, "Yeah, for sure."
"I don't think the NFL is difficult; I think they have some really good players here, but I just think it's a bunch of guys who work really hard, and I think it shows when you play guys like La'el [Collins in practice]."
When I'm playing against La'el and challenging him every down, saying, "What could I do there? How can I improve this?" or when I'm playing against Zack [Martin] and getting those opportunities, it really makes those guys [on other teams] look bad."
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Dan Quinn, the Cowboys' defensive coordinator, keeps coming up with new ways to use Parsons all over the field.
Despite the outpouring of praise in recent weeks, Quinn stressed that Parsons has remained committed. "I think for a young guy it would be challenging for all of us if we were put in that situation," Quinn said at a press conference on December 13.
"Everyone is saying, 'Man, we love you.' Rubbing the back and saying all the nice things, but here's what I like about him: I got a text from Parsons this morning, 'What do we got this week?'"
"I said, 'Hey man, I'm still grading this game, so I'll get back to you. Like, give me a minute, okay?' This is like 9:30 a.m., and I'm like, 'Hey back the F up. So, I'll get back to you.' But I think that kind of attitude shows that he's willing to go because it's not easy to learn pass rush stunts and a blitz package
Parsons has a chance to become the first player since Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants to win both the NFL Rookie and Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Michael Irvin, a former Cowboys great, believes Parsons should be considered for the NFL MVP award as well.
"At this rate, [he] could break the sack record!... This is incredible what we're seeing," Irvin said on ESPN's First Take on December 13.