FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys have had top-10 scoring defenses every year since 2021 when they brought in the tandem of defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and linebacker Micah Parsons, whom they drafted 12th overall that offseason. Since, all Parsons has done is dominate. His 21.1% career quarterback pressure rate leads all edge rushers since 2021, his 210 career quarterback pressures are the third most in the league since 2021 and his 34.0 sacks are the fifth most in the NFL over the course of his career.
The 2023 season as a whole is no different: Parsons’ 53 quarterback pressures are the second most in the NFL as is his 19.9% quarterback pressure rate. He leads the league with a 33.6% pass rush win rate, which is when a defender beats his initial block in less than 2.5 seconds. However, despite the Cowboys dominating the New York Giants 49-17 in Week 10, Parsons was held to four quarterback pressures — his second lowest in a game this season — no tackles and no sacks, marking his first game this season without a tackle. Given the game’s circumstances, the Giants starting undrafted rookie Tommy DeVito and the Cowboys winning the time of possession battle by nearly an entire quarter (37:21 to 22:39), the two-time First-Team All-Pro isn’t sweating the box score.
“It was a fast game,” Parsons said Thursday. “When you’re playing more off-the-ball [as an inside linebacker] and there’s a lot more three-and-outs and then you’re going back and forth from D-line to off-ball, sometimes there aren’t a lot of snaps out there because we got pulled late in the third quarter. There’s not really a lot out there to get. That comes when you’re playing a rookie quarterback who they’re trying to keep everything vanilla. Everything was fast to the flat or it was a sack or throwaway. It’s always tough. At the end of the day, we got the win. That’s all it’s about.”
Parsons began his career as an inside…
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Author : Garrett Podell
Publish date : 2023-11-17 17:39:18
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