Anytime a participant bursts onto the scene in any skilled sport making a right away affect, you possibly can rattling effectively guess comparisons to an all-time nice are certain to observe. After 19 common season video games within the NFL, we’ve reached that time for Dallas Cowboys star linebacker Micah Parsons. Corridor of Famer Lawrence Taylor is the very best bar for a linebacker to try for on the sector. And that’s the extent some really feel Parsons is approaching, not even midway via his sophomore marketing campaign.
There’s no denying that Parsons is a beast, however at any time when so many individuals concurrently make one of these comparability, it ought to give trigger to pause. It’s nothing in opposition to Parsons, however we see this on a regular basis.
J.J. Watt was purported to be the subsequent huge factor within the evolution of go rushers within the early 2010s, and he was that for a couple of years. Watt recorded 20.5 sacks in 2012 for Houston, then did it once more in 2014. Watt was chosen to the All-Professional staff and Professional Bowl in 4 of his first 5 seasons. He additionally received back-to-back Defensive Participant of the 12 months awards in ‘14 & ‘15.
Sadly, the damage bug bought a maintain of Watt, and he’s made one Professional Bowl and All-Professional staff since ‘16. He’s undoubtedly an all-time nice, however Watt’s profession actually took an surprising detour. He received’t even go down as the best defensive participant of his technology. That honor is reserved for Aaron Donald, thought-about by many to be the very best inside defensive lineman in league historical past. Watt and Donald primarily play totally different positions on the D-line, but when we’re speaking total accomplishment and affect on the defensive aspect of the ball, it’s Donald with out query.
What Parsons has achieved to this point is superb. He was Defensive Rookie of the 12 months, All-Professional, and a Professional Bowl choice final season. All issues Taylor did his rookie 12 months however even went one step additional than Parsons by taking house the league’s Defensive Participant of the 12 months award in his first season. Taylor would win two extra DPOY awards and was named NFL MVP in ‘86.
Sure, a defensive participant received the MVP award. LT received the award in a 12 months the place Dan Marino threw 44 landing passes and over 4,700 yards. No different QB went over 25 TDs, and just one different threw for 4,000 yards in ‘86. For Taylor to win that MVP over Marino that 12 months when QBs weren’t usually posting these numbers is spectacular. Taylor’s additionally a first-ballot Corridor of Famer.
That’s the sort of domination Parsons is up in opposition to when in comparison with Taylor. We frequently hear coaches and executives speak about how vital it’s to search out an excellent left sort out to guard the QBs blindside. LT is the explanation why the left sort out place has turn into so coveted. After he broke Joe Theisman’s leg in ‘85, groups realized the significance of defending their QBs blindside.
Under no circumstances is that this meant to decrease what Parsons has completed thus far in his skilled profession. However this fixed rush to crown somebody the subsequent so and so is at all times humorous. Everybody needs to say they have been “first” to say this or that. However too many occasions, we go straight to the highest when it isn’t but warranted.
A few of the speaking heads within the sports activities media universe have tempered their Parsons hype and gone a bit decrease on the record, saying he reminds them of Von Miller. One other all-time nice go rusher who’s additionally a future Corridor of Famer continues to be going robust in Buffalo. That comparability may be a bit extra apt for Parsons at this stage. It’s not a knock on anybody, however the LT comparability is a bit a lot proper now.
Taylor isn’t solely thought-about the very best defensive participant in NFL historical past, however some have known as him the very best participant the league has ever seen. Of all the nice QBs, RBs, and WRs we’ve seen, some of us say LT (an LB) is the very best soccer participant ever. Parsons is nice and might be the very best defensive participant within the league right now. However let’s chill with all of the LT discuss and let this child’s profession play out previous 20 video games.