Mike McCarthy, Cowboys coach, challenges Micah Parsons to be an elite player – Dallas Cowboys Blog

FRISCO, Texas Micah Parsons He had a great time in his new home. The Dallas Cowboys A linebacker has been at Dallas Stars Dallas Mavericks games. At a, he threw the first pitch. Texas Rangers game. He was backstage after Errol Spence Jr.’s welterweight title fight at AT&T Stadium.

It also had a hilarious pregame puck drop He was at the Hershey Bears home game in Pennsylvania. There he walked straight to the center of the ice and didn't wait for anyone to join him.

There are many spoils that come with being a member of the Cowboys after becoming the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year and being named first-team All-Pro.

“I'm just enjoying Dallas, just doing new experiences,” Parsons said. “Going to places I've never been. Enjoying life and all that comes with it.

As he prepares to start his second season, Parsons is trying his best not to let it get in the way of football.

Mike McCarthy has been a coach for over 50 years and said the Cowboys are the most difficult team because of all the attention they get. The Cowboys are the NFL's top team in attendance, with five of the 10 most viewed games in 2021 featuring them. Cowboys players are able to be pulled and pushed in ways that other players from other teams cannot.

“He’s been extremely celebrated and so forth, and he’s done a lot,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think he’s missed anything outside of here. But that’s all part of the challenge.”

For McCarthy, Parsons’ second-year jump won’t be measured by statistics — like building on a franchise-rookie-record 13 sacks in 2021.

McCarthy divides the NFL players into four groups. These include good players, great players with great moments, elite players, and players who perform consistently at a high level.

“And that’s what we’re all hoping that these guys develop into because elite players make players better around them,” McCarthy said. “Obviously Micah had a lot of great moments last year, but our desire — and it needs to be his desire — is for him to be an elite player, not just a great player. …

“How they work, compete in practice and in weight room. How they compete in garbage can basketball in locker room. I don’t know. That’s all part of culture growth and establishing that, and that’s something that he has an opportunity to really make a huge impact in our football team.”

Parsons, despite only entering his second season of football, is still regarded as a leader. Parsons is the Cowboys best defensive player. He was less direct than he was a year ago when he spoke his mind.

“I’m able to be a little more [vocal] with the guys, explaining what I like to do, what I don’t like to do, what helps me if you do this that way,” Parsons said. “And just having that open communication this offseason, just been beneficial for the guys. I think if you look at the way we’re practicing and we’re looking at the film, we look so much better than [when] we were starting last year.”

Parsons’ ascent last year has provided some motivation for DeMarcus LawrenceHe had two consecutive double-digit seasons of sacks in team history, before Parsons. Lawrence’s 2021 season was interrupted by a broken foot that cost him nine games.

Is this his mindset when he enters the season?

“Become the sack leader again. I let a rookie show me up last year,” Lawrence said. “Shout-out to my boy Micah. Restate your dominance. Let everybody know that I’m coming, how I feel, and the type of respect I’m going to demand when I step on that field.”

McCarthy loves intra-unit motivation. So does Parsons.

“It’s healthy for the locker room. I want D-Law to step up,” Parsons said. “But sorry to tell him, he’s never getting that back. He should have all the fun he can and be fed so that he can become a 10-sack man. But if 10’s the number, I’m going for 20.”

Parsons will continue to meet with Cowboys' all-time leader in sacks after the mandatory minicamp is over DeMarcus Ware Before the training camp begins. The two sparked a relationship It was a year ago, and it has been thriving ever since. After seven consecutive double-digit seasons of sacks in Dallas, Ware is now hoping to be inducted into the Hall of Fame next summer.

“You’ve just got to sharpen your toolbox in the offseason, mentally,” Ware said. “You’ve got the physical aspects. You know how to play football but now, ‘How can I move before the ball snaps?’ Talk about snap counts, different movements, different tendencies, studying that stuff.

“That’s where [during Ware's NFL career] it got to a point, ‘DeMarcus, how did you know the play was happening?’ Because I studied it for 40 hours.”

Parsons claimed that he hasn't changed his offseason exercise plan. He weighed in at close to 248 pounds. He feels much more at ease in defense and knowing what to expect. But 2021 is over.

“Micah just has to put his head down and just work, forget last year,” Parsons said. “I'm just really focused on this year and what I'm going to do. I won't think about the past. I'm just thinking about how I can be dominant this year.”

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