The Cowboys’ all-time sack leader has been impressed by how quickly the first-round rookie learns, and the impact he’s had on the Dallas defense.
FRISCO – When the producers of the HBO series “Hard Knocks” called DeMarcus Ware with the idea of reuniting him with the linebacker / defensive end Micah Parsons for one of the episodes, the historical leader in catches for the Dallas cowboys put a condition.
“I don’t want it to be prepared,” he told them. Ware. “I don’t want him to feel all tied up, like he can’t say one thing or the other. Whatever isn’t on TV, don’t show that, but you’ll get the best of who he is if you let him be himself.” .
For about 45 minutes last month, Parsons went to the gym of Ware, 3 Volt, at Trophy Club, Texas, and nailed the finer points of hunting down quarterbacks. It ended so well, they exchanged phone numbers and now talk or text each other weekly.
“It’s my boy,” she said Parsons from Ware.
Parsons, the 12th overall pick in the 2020 draft, is becoming the linchpin of the Los Angeles’ defense. Cowboys in some of the same ways it was Ware for the Cowboys from 2005-13, when he amassed 117 of his 138.5 career sacks and seven of his nine career appearances. Pro bowl. Last week, Ware was nominated for Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Throughout three games, Parsons he has been credited with 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks, six quarterback rushes, two deflected passes and a takedown for loss of yardage, but he seems to have more of an impact than those numbers dictate.
In the past couple of games, he played predominantly attacking the passer, as Ware, for injuries to DeMarcus Lawrence (foot), Dorance armstrong (ankle) and an absence of a match per COVID-19 protocols for Randy gregory.
These are the first two games in which Parsons plays as a specialist in pressing quarterbacks since high school.
If they have not selected the opponents for next Sunday, the Carolina panthers, to the corner Jaycee horn with the 8th global shift, then, there was a good chance that Parsons will not reach the Cowboys. The biggest need for the draft was the cornerback position, since Dallas he liked Horn and Pat Surtain II, from Alabama.
The Panthers they took Horn, who has been marginalized by a broken foot, and the Denver Broncos they took Surtain at No. 9. The Cowboys traded down from turn # 10 to # 12 in the first round with the Philadelphia Eagles and they got Parsons, To who Jerry jones described as his highest rated defensive player.
“There was a bit of, ‘Ah, shit —‘, because you wanted to add a cornerback and we thought we were positioned to get one of those guys and they could contribute quickly,” revealed the vice president of personnel, Will McClay. “But, then you talk about helping a defense and you hope to find the best player. There were a number of paths we could have taken, but we had him as a highly skilled defensive player.”
And thus began the potential partnership between Parsons and Ware.
“There are certain elements of the game [de Parsons] that are compared to the game of DeMarcus with his way of being sudden, “he explained McClay. “And later DeMarcus he became such a technical player. Initially, it depended on your gift from God talent, but there are some comparisons there. But Micah it is a different enigma. It can do so many things. “
It didn’t take Ware long to figure it out, even as he and Parsons they executed attacking movements to the quarterback and hand technique exercises at reduced speed.
“The kid has that little movement that all quarterback hunting specialists know,” he said. Ware. “You can’t teach it. It’s just a way for the greats to put pressure on passers and know how to get to the ball. Like, no matter what happens, they have that explosion.”
Ware He had it, and he became a clever quarterback hunter. He discovered that Parsons learn fast, too. In his first start in that role, he outwitted right tackle from Los Angeles Chargers, Storm Norton, to pressure Justin herbert, before scoring his first professional sack in the fourth quarter.
“It was sudden, but the foot [de Norton], once his outer foot crossed my foot where I was going, it was easy to perform the maneuver inward, “he said. Parsons. “That’s why I was so quick to get to cross under to get to the quarterback quickly.”
Ware he was watching the game live when he saw Parsons Take advantage of Norton’s outward bug, and message him right away.
“I knew how athletic he was, but I didn’t know how technical he could be,” he said. Ware. “I started teaching him some of the techniques and details of reading offenses, reading offensive tackles, how to go center. All the little things, and he knew it. As he went through the progressions, he was learning very quickly.”
The companions of Parsons they have been equally impressed, especially since he has learned multiple positions. Parsons leads all rookies with a 30 percent win rate on passing plays, a stat of ESPN which uses data from NFL Next Gen Stats.
“It’s a phenomenon,” said the linebacker. Leighton Vander Esch, who had a breakout season as a rookie in 2018 and was selected to the Pro Bowl. “The boy can do this and you are not going to stop him.”
According to the defensive coordinator Dan quinn, “He can run like you know. That’s his super power.”
The super power of Parsons It comes from a hill not far from the Central Dauphin High School driving range in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He used to get in trouble with his coaches because his mind wandered.
“So growing up, I used to run a lot on those hills. They called it ‘Parsons Hill,'” he recalled. “They said, ‘Just go up the hill.’ And I was running to the hills all the time, and eventually I noticed that I was getting faster and faster. So eventually, I was unstoppable on that hill. I just went faster and faster. thanks to that. So, I think that’s where I got my closing speed. “
Ware, who also possessed great closing speed, noted: “He can close a tackle in a way that is not a normal person. He has a different athleticism that he can really use to benefit the team. Some press specialists can’t bend their body like this, But when you meet a guy like that, it’s like, ‘Wow, we’ve got something special here.’ I know I see something special in Micah“.