Micah Parsons has proven to be an incredible pass rusher over the past couple years and is a key component to the Cowboys defensive scheme. Parsons recently explained what his favorite move is as linebacker and what he wants to get out of the coming season.
The Cowboys made an exceptional choice by selecting Parsons in the 2021 draft, as his remarkable pass rushing skills caught the league off guard and established him as an immensely valuable player. It seems safe to assume that had the league understood Parsons true potential back when he was drafted, he would have easily went as a top 5 pick.
Although predominantly playing as a traditional linebacker during his time at Penn State, he has transformed into a formidable defensive weapon renowned for his ability to generate immense pressure on the offense. His outstanding athleticism has made him stand out as one of the most unstoppable players in the league, transcending positional boundaries. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn's ingenuity in incorporating new elements into his game, particularly in relentlessly pursuing quarterbacks, has proven instrumental in expanding his capabilities. Deploying Parsons in various positions adds an additional layer of unpredictability for offensive linemen, making it challenging for them to effectively block his advances.
Parsons consistently emerges as a strong contender for the Defensive Player of the Year award each season due to his outstanding performance as a pass rusher. Notably, he achieved an impressive 13 sacks in his rookie year, followed by 13.5 sacks in 2022. However, his influence on the game extends far beyond these statistics, making him a fascinating subject of analysis. Bleacher Report even shared insights from Parsons himself, revealing his most effective pass rush move.
“Anyone who played against me knows I’m notorious for my inside move. It’s really just setting up the speed, getting a tackle to come out on you. Quick basketball jab, come inside with a rip. Or I might even hop, cross-chop, rip. Because the inside move is closest to the quarterback. What really sets up is the speed. Get them to come. That’s usually my signature move, the inside move. The deadliest move in football no matter what position on the line you are at”, Parsons said.
Parsons has made it clear he's looking to become even more of a defensive threat in the coming season, so while his signature inside move has been a force to reckon with, we can expect to see a lot more from him in the coming season.