1. Stop the talking
One thing this Dallas team has always been good about is talking themselves up and buying their own hype. That’s been the case again in 2023 with Micah Parsons especially going all-in on the self-hype train.
With three blowouts in their first four games, Parsons had no problem proclaiming this defense to be great. And while it’s hard to argue that they didn’t look elite — especially Parsons — it was just as difficult to ignore the opposing teams.
Dallas beat up a Giants team that’s been a mess, the Jets without Aaron Rodgers, and then destroyed the Patriots, which everyone else seems to be doing as well. But in Week 3 when they played against Josh Dobbs, a smart quarterback who won’t panic, they were handed their first loss. Then against Brock Purdy and the 49ers, it became a blood bath.
After the game, however, they were still talking. Despite losing 42-10 and being embarrassed by George Kittle’s shirt, Parsons acted as though the Cowboys were the team that San Francisco didn’t want to see again.
Now, credit should go to Jayron Kearse. He said the right things, stating that if they didn’t like what Kittle did, they needed to stop him — but they didn’t.
That approach is much better than talking about how things will be in a re-match, especially with a tough schedule that this team hasn’t proven they can navigate.
Perhaps the focus should be on that, rather than trying to convince everyone they’re the best based on their words.