The football season officially ended a few weeks ago in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas after the Dallas Cowboys were embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers with a 38-32 defeat. All-Pro linebacker Micah Parsons took some time to reflect on the loss, woke up from his slumber, and fired shots at the Dallas coaching staff and Jerry Jones‘ „All-in“ comments.
„Utterly embarrassing and unacceptable.“ – Micah Parsons
„They talk about us going all-in this year, and that’s what I’m hoping for. I hope we go all-in and I hope we get the players we’re missing because we didn’t do it this year.“ said Parsons. „I hope we challenge ourselves, get better, and grow bigger for ourselves.“
What Parsons said was not inaccurate or untrue. He really hit the nail on the head, and it’s time for someone within this organization to publicly address these issues. Unlike Jones, who often speaks, but doesn’t always follow through. The all-encompassing „promise“ we’ve heard it before. Hopefully, it can be fulfilled for the loyal Cowboys fans.
The main issue with Jones‘ „All-in“ claim is that they decided to stick with Mike McCarthy as head coach, then turned around and lost their defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to division rival Washington. Parsons cannot be happy about that, and the fact that it looks like they’re just going to repeat it all over again.
Parsons spoke of getting the players they had been missing, but we’ve seen Jones miss in the past (look at players who have recently expressed interest in playing in Big D, like Von Miller). Dallas needs another power runner in the backfield. Derrick Henry, a former 2,000-yard rushing powerback, should be available. Let’s see if Jones once again does what he promises and really goes all-in.
„Guys like Skip [Bayless] who talk so crazy in the media just because they can.“ – Micah Parsons
Parsons also took a shot at Skip Bayless, the most popular punching bag in sports media. While shading Bayless, Parsons also provided more insight into why his segment scheduled for Tuesdays in the fall of 2022 on Undisputed with Bayless and then co-host Shannon Sharpe never happened. Bayless had hyped Parsons‘ debut on the show in September ’22, then it never materialized. Until now, we had never really heard the whole story.
Someone likely reached out to Parsons and hinted that, given his background, it might not be the smartest move to work with Bayless. Not to say it couldn’t have worked and couldn’t have been handled better, but Parsons seemingly made the right choice. So add him to the list of current and former pro athletes who don’t like Bayless.
Against this backdrop, it’s time for Parsons to step up even more and become the locker room/team leader, especially with Quinn heading to Washington. In the future, it will be more than just about what he does on the field. This Cowboys locker room will expect more leadership from Parsons in his fourth year in the NFL, more than ever. It’s great to call out everyone when needed, but we’re entering a time when likely more responsibility will fall on his shoulders, and with that, accountability.