All Dallas Cowboys fans want is an explanation. And if they can’t get an explanation, they will demand a change in the ruling.
Because linebacker Micah Parsons (who might as well be referred to as an edge rusher) receiving an 88 overall rating in Madden 23, which ranks 14th among all NFL linebackers, is simply unacceptable.
Even more egregious? His speed was lowered after he proved he was even better on the field during his rookie year in 2021. After starting 16 games and recording 13 sacks, 84 total tackles, 30 QB hits and 3 forced fumbles, Parsons won Defensive Rookie of the Year, establishing himself as one of the most promising young talents in the NFL.
Some of those ranked ahead of Parsons are certainly understandable. But Madden fully lost the plot giving nods to fellow Cowboy DeMarcus Lawrence (sorry, but it might be time to pass the torch) and Packers linebacker Rashan Gary. Others can be questioned, but can’t be as strongly argued as those two.
Just for reference, Lawrence has recorded 9.5 sacks, 79 total tackles and 17 QB hits across his last 23 games. Parsons did more than that in his rookie season alone. Gary has 14.5 sacks, 82 total tackles and 39 QB hits across his last two seasons (31 games). On what planet is that production better than Parsons’?
Cowboys fans will lose it over LB Micah Parsons’ Madden 23 rating
The man’s speed went down after he beat multiple NFL defensive backs in a race during offseason workouts (as well as former wide receiver Chad Ochocinco!). If that wasn’t enough to portray his versatility, how about the fact he lined up all over the defensive line his rookie season as he wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks constantly?
Fans are still waiting for Parsons to comment on this massive oversight, but many personalities and pundits in the industry have already got the conversation going for him. Should be a layup once he decides to join the conversation.
Not to get too hot-takey, but go look at some of the stats for these other guys and you’ll see how Parsons is already laying the groundwork to overtake them in the bigger picture once the 2022 season arrives.
Cowboys fans just wish Madden 23 had the foresight to realize that so this outrage didn’t need to be expressed in a public forum.