Football season officially wrapped up a couple of weeks ago in the Dallas/Ft. Worth region of Texas after the Dallas Cowboys got embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers, 38-32. Outspoken All-Pro linebacker Micah Parsons took some time to reflect on the loss and then came out from his slumber, firing shots at Dallas’ coaching staff and Jerry Jones’ “all-in” comments.
“Completely embarrassing and unacceptable.” – Micah Parsons
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“They’re talking about we’re going all-in this year and that’s what I would hope for. I hope that we go all-in and I hope we go out and get the players we’re missing because we didn’t do that this year,” Parsons said. “I hope that we challenge ourselves, become better, and become greater for us.”
Nothing Parsons said there was inaccurate or untrue. He really hit the nail on the head and it’s about time someone within that organization pointed out these things publicly. Other than Jones, who speaks often, but doesn’t always follow through. We’ve heard the all-in “promise” before. Hopefully, for Cowboys faithful, it can be fulfilled.
The main problem with Jones’ all-in claim is 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 can’t be happy about that and the fact that it seems like they’re just going to run it back again.
Parsons spoke of bringing in the players they’ve been missing, but we’ve seen Jones miss out in the past, (see players who expressed interest in playing in Big D like Von Miller not too long ago.) Dallas needs another power running back in the backfield. Derrick Henry, a former 2,000-yard rushing power back should be available. Let’s see if Jones does what he claims once again and truly goes all-in.
“Guys like Skip [Bayless] who talk so crazy out in the media just because they can.” – Micah Parsons
Parsons also went at everyone’s favorite sports media punching bag, Skip Bayless. While throwing shade at Bayless, Parsons also gave more insight on why his segment that was scheduled for Tuesdays in the Fall of 2022 on Undisputed with Bayless and then co-host, Shannon Sharpe, never happened. Bayless had been hyping Parsons’ debut on the show in September of ’22 then it never happened. We’d never really heard the full story until now.
Someone probably got in Parsons’ ear and suggested it might not be the wisest move to partner with Bayless given his history. Not to say that it couldn’t have worked and that it couldn’t have been handled better, but Parsons seemingly made the right choice. So, go ahead and add him to the list of current and former pro athletes who have no love for Bayless.
With that said, it’s time for Parsons to step up even more and become that locker room/team leader, especially with Quinn leaving for Washington. It’ll be more than just about what he does on the field moving forward. This Cowboys locker room will be looking to Parsons for leadership more than ever heading into his fourth year in the NFL. Calling out everyone when needed is great, but we’re entering a period where more responsibility is likely to fall on his shoulders and with that also comes accountability.