The Dallas Cowboys took notes when they saw the Los Angeles Rams win the Super Bowl last winter and some of their players plan to take inspiration from it next season.
Rookie par excellence in defense in the NFL during the last campaign, linebacker Micah Parsons is also not embarrassed to predict that he will form with his teammate Trevon Diggs the most formidable duo of the Goodell circuit in the near future. The day when the two men will be placed on the same pedestal as Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, of the Rams, is not very far according to him.
“It’s hard to say we’re the best because we’re still young and still making mistakes. It’s hard to put ourselves above Aaron Donald, the best defensive player in history, and Jalen Ramsey. We won’t do it now, but I think we can become like them or even better if we learn and stay together,” Parsons told USA Today Sports.
Author of 84 tackles, including 20 for losses and 13 quarterback sacks, the 23-year-old athlete also expects to see his statistics grow over the years.
“I can say that I know where I want to be and where I end up in this league,” he added.
Big shoes to put on
Nevertheless, any comparison with the shock tandem of the Rams is rather perilous. Donald and Ramsey have totaled two dozen career Pro Bowl invitations and have nothing more to prove. This is not quite the case with their vis-à-vis the Cowboys, especially Diggs. The cornerback led the league with 11 interceptions in 2021, except in the eyes of some observers his coverage is sometimes lacking.
“His level of risk has been brought up, as he is constantly on one-on-one surveillance. […] For me, it’s a lack of respect, since I think he deserves all the credit in the world and should be one of the top 5 running backs in the league, “said Parsons.
It remains to be seen if Dallas can now emulate Los Angeles and stand out in the playoffs. The franchise hasn’t won the Super Bowl since 1996. The club finished atop the National Conference East last year before losing in the first round to the San Francisco 49ers.