Micah Parsons on Leonard Fournette’s chip block: They need help, so I’ve got to be more conscious of it

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In December, when Bucs quarterback Tom Brady lobbied the league to consider banning low hits on receivers after Chris Godwin‘s knee injury, Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons responded on Twitter.

“Lol so let’s stop playing tackle football ?” Parsons wrote, adding a crying emoji.

Bucs running back Leonard Fournette‘s chip block into Parsons’ shoulder Sunday brought a different response from Parsons, who was knocked to the ground.

“I chalk it up!” Parsons wrote on Twitter. “It’s an offensive league!! Offense sells tickets defense don’t! They don’t protect defenders !! That’s not a chip that’s a blind side hit he’s 260 (pounds) putting his whole shoulder and head into my ribs and neck area . . .”

Bills edge rusher Von Miller sided with Parsons, calling for the league to ban the block.

In response Monday afternoon, Fournette posted a crying Jordan meme, a clear shot at Parsons for his complaint about the block that came with backup left tackle Josh Wells engaged with Parsons.

Parsons softened his stance Wednesday during his media availability.

“It is what it is, bro,” Parsons said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I got right back up. That’s cool. He said what he said. I said what I said. I just know at the end of the day, I know I’m still going to be a good player after it. You know what I’m saying? It is what it is. He got that one. I got one. Shhhh, it’s football.”

Parsons had two red-zone sacks of Brady on third down earlier in the half that led to a missed field goal and a made field goal for the Bucs. Fournette’s chip block on Parsons in the final two minutes of the half allowed Brady enough time to find Julio Jones for a 48-yard completion that set up a field goal before halftime.

“Shit, I mean, they need it,” Parsons said of the block. “You know what I’m saying? They need help, and I’m expecting it. It is what it is. It’s football. You know what I’m saying? But I like me one on one against anybody. I’m going to take it like that. I’m expecting it. I know they’re going to bring it. It’s just something I got to be more conscious of and just take it from there.”

37 responses to “Micah Parsons on Leonard Fournette’s chip block: They need help, so I’ve got to be more conscious of it

  1. Micah isn’t not wrong. I also didn’t think there was much to see in the block, not sure what all the fuss is for

  2. It was a hard block but it looked pretty clean to me. I’m not sure how you could eliminate that unless you just eliminate double teaming good defensive players.

  3. Mink Parsons is a cupcake. He deserved to be blocked like that and he can’t believe anyone would treat him like a man. Funny how sports can be!

  4. He complained, everyone noticed how hypocritical/whinny he sounded therefore he’s is trying to act like nothing happened, that’s it, the point is everyone saw you man.

  5. It’s a brutal sport payed by some to the best athletes.

    It’s not played by normal humans.

    The punter is the only one I’m not afraid of and not so sure of
    him.

  6. Parsons is such a baby. You can tell he cares wayyyy too much about what people say about him on social media. It’s Wednesday and he’s still talking about this?

  7. uberman says:
    September 14, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    “It’s a brutal sport payed by some to the best athletes.

    The punter is the only one I’m not afraid of and not so sure of
    him.”

    Except for the Steelers punter. I saw that dude holding on a kick and I was like, damn they have a punter the size of a line backer.

  8. birds of a feather says:
    September 14, 2022 at 7:32 pm

    “Clean block against a guy who is gonna have a tough year. Can’t beat a double team.”

    He’s learned his lesson. He’s a linebacker not a defensive end. If the Cowboys are going to consistently place him on the line they had better scheme to keep him from being double teamed. Otherwise, Just let him play his natural position.

  9. This ain’t the first time it happened. Small, undersized eagles rb Kenneth gainwell lit him up the same way in college. And he definitely wasn’t 260lbs lol. I’m sure you can easily find the clip of it. I don’t get parsons, though. I’m sure he has no problem coming in and hitting a ball carrier even when a teammate is already trying to make a tackle. What’s the difference?

  10. That chip block is going to ruin him. He’s going to hesitate on every snap looking for it. The Patriots did the same thing in preseason to Gaines Adams (RIP) his rookie year and he was never a good pass rusher after that. Go find the tape of the Bucs v Patriots preseason game back then, and then you’ll see that MP is being soft complaint about a chip block.

  11. Parsons is lucky to not be seriously hurt on that play. That looked like it has no place in the game to me. If he’d have broke his collar bone, you think the NFL would take this seriously? I do. Looked like this was planned, too. That tackle just feined a block so Parsons would be moving forward while Lenny smashed him. Dirty play 100%

    Imagine if Dak and Parsons both needed surgery after the game? The Parsons hit was easily fixed with better rules. The narrative would be completely different. Everyone thinks this is a good play, but watch this happen again in week 2 and a star pass rusher gets injured. The narrative is going to change really quickly

  12. Complaining that the lacking of the same protection for the engaged players on Defense as for the Offense is what he actually was pointing out, albeit delivered poorly. I get it. I’m not sure I disagree, except that different levels of protections are installed all across the spectrum. The reality; Equity isn’t going to work. So his final take……to just move on and deal with it is the right move.

  13. The blocks are legal. It’s like a good WR complaining about getting double-teamed, and trying to get the rules changed to outlaw double-teams. The great ones win anyway. If you’re going to be a great player, just win. Don’t whine.

  14. Parsons got caught off balance and knocked on his butt. He’s just sore because it looked so bad. Players get caught off balance and knocked on their butts at least 10 times every game. Not his fault but he doesn’t like looking weak. Which he did.

  15. His ego’s bruised that he got lit up so he tried to spin it as being dirty. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about, everybody who’s played football before has been put on our butts like that. Bad look to go and cry about it.

  16. A clean/legal hard block. Micah is a guy who commands double teams, so he’s going to continue to get blocked like that. Especially if he doesn’t see it coming. But if I’m Fournette, I’m not pounding my chest about knocking a guy down while he’s already engaged by another player. I can’t stand the Cowboys, but everything Micah said is correct. The rules certainly favor offensive players.

  17. Soooo then the TE cant block as he releases to give a bit of help to the tackles? Nope everything has to be one on one. No double teaming WRs either guys.

  18. And once again we have keyboard heroes and Cowboys haters!! Micah Parsons is a stand up guy!! He was angry about a block…24 hours later he has moved on. Those calling him a whiner, baby, and diva are so far off its pathetic!! In his 2nd year and he is one of the top players in the league. He didn’t show up at Undisputed because he did not want to put himself before the team after Dak’s injury and a terrible loss. Nothing to see here…keep it moving!!

  19. lawful11 says:
    September 15, 2022 at 11:22 am
    And once again we have keyboard heroes and Cowboys haters!! Micah Parsons is a stand up guy!! He was angry about a block…24 hours later he has moved on. Those calling him a whiner, baby, and diva are so far off its pathetic!! In his 2nd year and he is one of the top players in the league. He didn’t show up at Undisputed because he did not want to put himself before the team after Dak’s injury and a terrible loss. Nothing to see here…keep it moving!!

    —————————

    Its not Cowboy hate, most of us don’t concern ourselves over the Cowboys enough to even be bothered with hating them. Those calling him a whiner were simply basing that on the fact he was whining.

  20. I just caught the connection that it was Brady that Parsons had made fun of for looking to soften the game. Then Fornier gives Parsons a taste. I wonder if Brady bought him dinner after that.

    Just a side note, it looked like Parsons was about to win the battle on his single coverage so Fornier coming in hard to double was his job in that case. From the Bucs perspective they need Parsons out of the play ASAP. And with Parsons being no joke of course Fornier should come hard.

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