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Cowboys’ Nation: Please watch underachiever Micah Parsons this Sunday

Micah Parsons needs a huge game to crush the critics. Daniel Kelly is his biggest critic, will Parsons respond this week.

It is starting to get to Cowboy’s Micah Parsons, which is why he is responding to the what I have been saying.

Granted, he does not come out and say my name, but I think we all know who he is talking about. After all, I am the only person in America who is calling him a lazy underachiever, week after week.

It bothers Parsons so much – – he has started to send out Tweets in response. 

In my experience, things only really bother someone if there is truth to what is being said. I mean, why else would Parsons be coming at my analysis of his play when the rest of the football world is singing his praises?

Parsons was mostly a let down on game film in the three games I have seen him play in so far (he has only played four). Against Tampa Bay, he bit hard on two Tom Brady play-action fakes, and it cost Dallas the game. Against the Los Angeles Chargers, I charted 22 plays (video included) where he was soft or dogged it, and he also looked like a spectator against Carolina pretty much for the whole game. Go back and pull the two quarterback Sam Darnold touchdown runs if you do not believe me. It was embarrassing for a linebacker lining up inside to get that out of position and be that easily moved out of the way with no fight shown. It almost looks like he purposely moved out of the way on both of them.

He was equally embarrassing on the 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1 plays by Carolina, when as an inside linebacker he just stood there and did nothing. Maybe try stopping the run next time Micah? 

You see, I do know what I am talking about. I was hired to work in scouting by Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells. The same Parcells who used to coach the same team Parsons is now playing on.  

I do know what I am watching and seeing Micah. I am not like all the other “analysts,” you are referring to.

I am watching and seeing a football player who has natural explosive play-making ability, but who only flashes it once in a great while. I am watching someone who takes about 50-75% of the plays off every game (or goes soft or half speed). I am watching someone who has ability, but who chooses to be a gross underachiever. 

I am am watching someone who lacks any pure power at the point of attack, when taking on blockers. Micah, you look soft going up against offensive tackles week after week. The only offensive tackle who I have seen you have any success against was XFL draft choice Storm Norton of the Chargers, and you only beat him with your athleticism. 

For four years I have been railing on linebacker Jamie Collins, who was a quitter on Cleveland and Detroit. It was so bad in Detroit, they recently cut him after he pretty much stood there and watched Packers’ running back Aaron Jones score twice. Kind of like on those Darnold touchdown runs. That is who you remind me of Micah. You are my next Jamie Collins. 

Are my words too harsh?

Let’s settle the matter and put my credibility on the table. I am requesting us all to watch #11 this Sunday against the New York Giants. Watch him on every play and you tell me. 

Of course, there is a chance he might respond in this game trying show me up (which he is capable of), in that case I am challenging anyone in America to go back and watch the three precious games I listed.

Either way – – I am going to prove for once and for all to the football world that Micah Parsons looks more like a lazy underachieving bust than a world beater. 

Oh yes, before I forget, please let me address the opposing argument. Let me address Parson’s stats so far this season. Let me address his 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Let me address those stats by imagining for a second the amount of yardage and points his many underachieving moments have given up in these games?

Let’s look back at the resulting 14 points he gave up when he was the one who opened up the passing lanes on those two play-action passes when the Cowboys lost to the Bucs 31-29.

Let’s also again circle back and look at the two Darnold touchdown runs, when he basically quit when Dallas barely won, 36-28. 

My critics will ignore everything I have said and they all say that is only one or two games, but let me say this…

I know better than that. The Cowboys missed the playoffs last season by one game. 

Daniel Kelly is a former NFL scout with the New York Jets. He was hired on the regime which featured Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli, Mike Tannenbaum, and Dick Haley. He currently writes for Sports Illustrated Detroit Lions and he is a contributing evaluator for Draft Diamonds. For more information about him visit his website at He can be followed on Twitter @danielkellybook and his Facebook page is WHATEVER IT TAKES NFL TALK. 

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