Cowboys linebacker Mika Parsons had one of the best rookie seasons in history for a quarterback. He unanimously won Rookie Defensive Player of the Year, was named All-Pro, and finished second in Defensive Player of the Year voting after 13 sacks, 20 tackles for a loss, and 30 quarterback hits in 16 starts.
COVID-19 in week 18 prevented Parsons from getting a chance to break the rookie sack record of 14.5 set by Titans player Jevon Kears in 1999.
Parsons, who at the start of this offseason briefed Demarcus Lawrence The defensive part has not returned the team’s lead in sacks, more sacks are expected in 2022.
Yes, 15 is the minimum. Fifteen is what I want to achieve,” Parsons told Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports. “But definitely 23 is the goal break the record“.
Edge rusher Steelers TJ Watt equaled Michael Strahan’s single-season record last season with 22.5 sacks. Watt won Defensive Player of the Year over Parsons.
Parsons’ expectations for 2022 are even higher.
“I just accept the blessings that God has given me,” he said. “I don’t feel like I need to live up to anyone’s expectations other than my own. If I can live with it, I can deal with it. I’m just going to go out and play my game. I don’t want to go out there and chase anyone’s story. I just have to do my thing and that’s what brought me here and that’s what I’ll continue to do.”
This offseason, Parsons revealed that he was playing with a knee injury in 2021. He underestimated his health throughout the season, but eventually admitted to spraining his knee badly in a joint practice against the Rams on August 7.
So this season, he hopes that full health and a year of experience will help him achieve even more in the second season.