Bruce Arians: Slow down on comparing Micah Parsons to Lawrence Taylor

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Cowboys outside linebacker Micah Parsons said on Sunday that rather than being compared to Lawrence Taylor, he’d like to be the player that other players are compared to. Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said today that he also wouldn’t compare Parsons to Taylor.

Arians, who coached against Parsons in Week One, says that’s because it’s way too soon to compare any rookie to Taylor, whom Arians (like many others) regards as the greatest defensive player in NFL history.

“He’s started to have a heck of a career. But when you’re talking about the best defensive player in the history of this league, slow down a little bit,” Arians said on the Dan Patrick Show, via Andrew Perloff.

Parsons has just about locked up the defensive rookie of the year award and may even earn the defensive player of the year award — awards only Taylor has won in the same season. Parsons will be mentioned alongside Taylor if he does win both awards, but Arians thinks that’s a bit premature.

21 responses to “Bruce Arians: Slow down on comparing Micah Parsons to Lawrence Taylor

  1. I was completely wrong on Micah Parsons going into the draft and when the Cowboys selected him. I couldn’t happier to be proven wrong by a man who has the desire to play the way he does. Best pick by the Cowboys in the last 6-7 years.

  2. As mouthy and dumb as this guy is as a coach, I agree with this.

    We heard the same thing about Robert Quinn, Von Miller or Kahlil Mack or insert another name here over the past 20 years. No one will be LT, and if you’re too young or don’t know, that’s too bad.

    Parsons reminds me of Jamal Adams with the hype and the overrated status.

    Blitzes and stunts a lot, but a liability in coverage and can be had because he doesn’t understand the sport yet, or maybe he never will. He’s also got tons of red flags with his maturity and ability to be coached past what he’s doing now. Numerous Big 10 schools rejected him for some off field, serious issues that he somehow avoided without any punishments, so let’s pump the brakes is right.

    If you look at his game vs NE, he did absolutely nothing except for a few tackles. Good, smart offenses know how to eliminate the predictably used one trick pony types who just think trying to blast into the backfield is all you need to do.

    Parsons is nowhere near Lawrence Taylor. That’s insulting.

  3. As long as Arians doesn’t think of himself as a great coach because he won a SB… Tom won that SB, Bruce couldn’t win until Brady got there.

  4. Ok, I get it Lawrence Taylor is a hall of famer and one of the best at playing the game. He’s also a garbage human being, who is a registered sex offender. If I was Parsons I wouldn’t want to be compared to him either but I digress.

    I don’t think anyone is comparing Taylor’s cumulative career against Parsons. They’re comparing Micah against where Lawrence was at this very early stage of his career. LT was the only rookie to be named DPOY and Parsons is doing enough to warrant consideration. That’s why there have been comparisons and that’s fair.

  5. Jimmie Johnson, Bill Walsh, and Joe Gibbs couldn’t figure out a way to block LT. Chew on that.

  6. As a Cowboy Fan since 1960 I really think Micah has a great future. What baffles me is the Cowboys War Room on Draft Day. How can they draft a Taco Charlton #1 one in 2017 leaving T J Watt on the board, and then hit on a #1 Micah Parson four years later?

  7. Jordan says:
    December 14, 2021 at 2:24 pm
    LT was huge into steroids. That’s his asterisk

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    You spelled cocaine wrong.

  8. @touchback6 you literally are demonstrating for the world your ignorance. A quick Google search would have told you the guy had an offer FROM EVERY MAJOR PROGRAM IN THE NATION. No one avoided him. He was the #7 player in the country coming out of high school.

    He may not be LT but he’s a hell of a player so far. Do your homework before you continue making an ass of yourself.

  9. Brian Fields says:
    December 14, 2021 at 2:15 pm
    Ok, I get it Lawrence Taylor is a hall of famer and one of the best at playing the game. He’s also a garbage human being, who is a registered sex offender. If I was Parsons I wouldn’t want to be compared to him either but I digress.

    I don’t think anyone is comparing Taylor’s cumulative career against Parsons. They’re comparing Micah against where Lawrence was at this very early stage of his career. LT was the only rookie to be named DPOY and Parsons is doing enough to warrant consideration. That’s why there have been comparisons and that’s fair.

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    Go read Parsons’s off the field antics. He may not have been convicted of the hazing or sexual assault, but he has a lot of character concerns which obviously the Cowboys have never cared about down there.

  10. When Khalil Mack was the flavor of the month someone asked Belichick if Mack was as good as LT. When he finished laughing,(yes, he can actually laugh), Belichick said “Come on man, you’re talking about Lawrence Taylor.”.

  11. Joe The Bartender says:
    December 14, 2021 at 2:37 pm
    As a Cowboy Fan since 1960 I really think Micah has a great future. What baffles me is the Cowboys War Room on Draft Day. How can they draft a Taco Charlton #1 one in 2017 leaving T J Watt on the board, and then hit on a #1 Micah Parson four years later?
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    I agree Parsons looks to have a great future, but every team misses on draft picks. That’s why 29 players were drafted before TJ Watt. 46 players were picked before Bobby Wagner. Your QB, Dak Prescott, was drafted after 134 other players and Tony Romo wasn’t even drafted. Could be worse; your team could have drafted Tony Mandarich instead of mine.

  12. All these “character concerns” are not showing up in Dallas. And bringing up the character of an 18 year old seeking a college scholarship (Big 10) vs someone becoming a pro years later is reaching. Brian Fields nailed it above. People love to hate on the Cowboys organization and players.

    Nothing logical or of substance here just a bunch of “ifs” and “maybes” along with inuendo. No substance. Parson’s works his butt of to get better and learn more about the game. He’s kept his nose squeaky clean in a town where the team members are gods.

    Not only did Taylor benefit from Steroids he also admitted using coke before and during games. So sex offender, steroid user, and coke head. I hope to hell Parsons doesn’t emulate LT. LT = Sorry excuse for human tissue.

    Parsons is real good, not great. Great comes with a body of work.

  13. Mink Parsons has a career so lengthy that his bust is already being prepared from Canton. Last year the bleached, braided hair loud mouth from Washington was all that and a bag of chips and all he turned into was a bag of hot air (and constant wiffs).

    Seriously – let these players put in a decade to establish a body of work. Mink has done nothing other one hit wonders haven’t already done.

  14. Is the guy on the Bucs? No…does he play in you division ? No. Did you coach LT ? No… I don’t understand why Arians is even concerned with the comparison.

  15. I think Bill Parcells, who was LT’s Defensive Coordinator, then Head Coach (in speaking about other ‘first year wonders’) said it best: “Let’s not break out the anointing oil just yet”.

  16. I was disapointed when we missed out on the two corners, not disapointed anymore, I don’t think he’s the next Taylor, I think he’s the first Parson’s which is fine by me

  17. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    “I don’t understand why Arians is even concerned with the comparison.”

    Because he was on an interview show so people asked him about these things and he gave his opinions. He’s not wrong.

    To be fair, Parsons’ body and movements and playmaking ability do remind people of LT. Not saying he will be as impactful as LT. He’s certainly on the right track.

  18. I watched LT his whole career and so far Parsons is not only looking as good but if, and it is a big if due to injuries and such, he looks better than LT. So Arians who is the biggest proclaimer of success of anyone to put a damper on the young mans career is a bit of a joke.

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