After weeks of speculation, the Dallas Cowboys are in the market for a defensive coordinator. The Commanders hired Dan Quinn to be their head coach on Thursday. Quinn's departure sparked a celebratory reaction from Cowboys fans.
That said, the thought of bringing in a new voice and potentially switching schemes ahead of a franchise-altering season is frightening. Luckily, Dallas' defense will be in good hands for however long Micah Parsons is its centerpiece.
It stands to reason, though, that Parsons will be saddened by Quinn's exit. Quinn was hired as defensive coordinator the year Parsons was drafted in 2021 and they formed a tight bond during their three years together.
As Quinn generated coaching interest, Parsons went on the record saying that Quinn "might take me with him" wherever he goes. Parsons obviously said that tongue in cheek, but it unsurprisingly got people talking.
Desperate to restore the Commanders' brand, wideout Jahan Dotson recruited Parsons to Washington after the Quinn news broke.
Cowboys' Micah Parsons dunks on Jahan Dotson after desperate recruitment pitch
Parsons and Dotson were teammates at Penn State, so Dotson's recruitment pitch wasn't totally out of the blue. Like Parsons' quote about leaving with Quinn, the tone of Dotson's tweet suggests he knows Parsons joining Washington is unlikely. It's actually impossible, as Parsons is under contract for the 2024 season. That doesn't account for his fifth-year option and eventual contract extension.
The only chance Dotson has of reuniting with his former Nittany Lion teammate is if Parsons requested a trade. We suppose "never say never," but Parsons squashed any and all speculation with a perfect response to Dotson's tweet.
The three-time All-Pro posted a picture of his famed lion crawl sack celebration after taking down Commanders quarterback Sam Howell on Thanksgiving. His caption? Just a lion emoji. Simple, yet savage from The Lion. You can find Parsons' tweet behind this link.
And thus, Parsons and the Cowboys hand Washington their third loss of the year.
All kidding aside, the reason Parsons vanished from thin air after Dallas' playoff loss to the Packers was because he was too embarrassed to show his face in public, which he revealed on his "The Edge with Micah Parsons" podcast on Wednesday. Nary a thought entered his mind about leaving the organization.
Life without Quinn will be a tough adjustment for Parsons and the entire Cowboys defense. If fans needed a reminder, this tweet proves Parsons is fully committed to bringing a Super Bowl to the franchise and city of Dallas.