The Dallas Cowboys' defense didn't allow Daniel Jones to prove on Sunday night that he was worth the $80 million extension he signed in the offseason. Micah Parsons and company sacked Jones seven times, and that doesn't even begin to describe the amount of duress the Giants quarterback was under.
Jones was under siege all night.
Parsons, Dante Fowler and Osa Odighizuwa led the way with six pressures apiece. Dorance Armstrong tallied five pressures and an impossible eight Cowboys generated multiple pressure on the former No. 6 overall pick.
With the game decided early in the second half, the national audience assumed Giants head coach Brian Daboll would spare Jones any further hits. Even with the Cowboys up 40-0 in the fourth quarter, Jones remained in the game.
It was reckless coaching on Daboll's part and Parsons went after the second-year coach on The Edge podcast for failing to protect his quarterback.
Micah Parsons defends Daniel Jones, criticizes Giants for not pulling QB vs Cowboys
"It's called protecting your guy - something I thought the Giants should have done. I don't think Daniel Jones should have been in that game in the fourth quarter. I thought they should have protected him and pulled him out . . . That's your franchise quarterback and he's out there with a backup offensive line and still getting sacked and hit. "
Even Giants fans agree with Parsons, which tells you everything you need to know. The All-Pro defender made a great point about the Bengals pulling Joe Burrow in the final minutes of their blowout loss vs the Browns in Week 1.
The score was 24-3 at the time Burrow was pulled. The fact Jones was under center in a 40-0 shellacking is an awful look for Daboll. Yes, Burrow nursed a calf injury in the weeks leading up to the game, but Cincinnati -- unlike the Giants -- had the bigger picture in mind.
Daboll said postgame that he was trying to get the offense into a rhythm, which is why Jones remained in the game late. Excuse me? So a potential consolation touchdown in garbage time of a deflating loss takes precedence over keeping the franchise QB healthy after he had taken numerous big hits throughout the game?
It stands to reason that Jones wanted to fight with his teammates until the final whistle, but it's on Daboll to protect the player from himself.
Regardless, the Daboll honeymoon phase is clearly over after overachieved in his first year as the head coach of Big Blue. The New York media is sickened by his decision to leave Jones in and fans rightly feel the same way.
Good on Parsons for coming to Jones' defense.