There were a lot of doubts about the Dallas Cowboys after Week 1. However, one thing that seemed certain was Micah Parsons’ undeniable dominance in the NFL. After two sacks against Tom Brady in Week 1 and another two against Joe Burrow in Week 2 — two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL — Parsons currently leads the league in sacks.
In another stellar defensive performance from the Cowboys, the second-year linebacker was once again all over the field, attacking from the left, middle, and right. You would watch a play develop and somehow Parsons would get to the man with the ball. He was everywhere.
With his four sacks in six quarters of NFL football so far this year, the Cowboy is on pace to get 54 sacks this season. Is that plausible? Obviously not. But it just goes to show how dominant he is, and this wasn’t against no-name opponents.
While his on-field performance is inspiring, the way he handles himself off the field at just 23 years old is worth talking about, too. Last week, he denied making a television appearance on “Undisputed” because he felt he needed to be a leader and there for his team after the tough Week 1 loss.
After the Week 2 contest against the Bengals, the linebacker spoke with Tracy Wolfson. From the beginning, Parsons complimented his team and shared how they al stepped up after several players got injured last week.
"“I mean we had to be relentless today. I mean knowing Dak is down, all the injuries, we really had to step up as a defense. We are owning in on this year our defensive mentality. We’ve got to be relentless, hardworking, and bad mother… you know what I’m saying? So that’s been the mentality.”"
Micah Parsons says the Cowboys have to believe in each other even if nobody believes in them
There was actually a sweet moment in the interview where former Cowboy La’el Collins comes over to give Parsons a hug, which was nice to see.
After complimenting Cooper Rush on another great performance for the team, Wolfson asked Parsons what his message would be to Cowboys fans who didn’t know what was going to happen with this team after Week 1. His response was excellent:
"I’d say, ‘if you don’t believe in us, we’re gonna fight. That’s all I believe in. We are going to fight. Back against the wall. Nobody believed in us, but we are going to believe in each other in this locker room. Don’t give up on us yet. We got the rest of the season, baby.’"
He’s right. A lot of people did count the Cowboys out and say the season was over. The odds were heavily against this team, even at home. The drive and determination we saw from this roster on Sunday was night and day from what we saw against Tampa Bay.
There’s still a lot to work on and a long way to go, but this response after Week 1 was a great sign.
It’s inspiring to watch Parsons be a leader in just his second year in the league. And, for what it’s worth, he may have a future in motivational speaking once he’s done wreaking havoc on NFL quarterbacks.