Cowboys' Micah Parsons refutes criticism of Malik Hooker's podcasting habits

Parsons began his podcast with, The Edge with Micah Parsonsto coincide with the start of the regular season in 2023, and he will release episodes weekly to share his reactions to recent games from the Cowboys and others around the league.

He participated on the show with transparency and honest opinions that often led to quotable sayings, but his time spent in front of the microphone did not affect his preparation on the field during his first year.

Parsons, the leader of Dallas' defense, has made a career-high 14 sacks and has never made fewer than 13 in his three NFL seasons. He has also never finished lower than third in Defensive Player of the Year voting, and the Cowboys' defense has been a terror since he arrived. The unit has finished in the top-10 in scoring for three consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1990s, an era fans of the franchise have long yearned to return.

Plus, the sing-along storylines are somewhat cowboy in style, led at the top by boss Jerry Jones.

But Hooker still has a right to his own opinion about how to deal with any hiccups that come up when transitioning from Dan Quinn's scheme to the one installed by new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. As a 15-game starter last year, he's an important veteran voice whose philosophy can also inform incoming freshmen like defensive lineman Marshawn Niland, linebacker Marist Liufau and defensive back Kellen Carson.

The comments about Parsons’ podcasting from both teammates were largely harmless, though the topic could be revisited if the Cowboys face more trouble in the regular season in 2024 than they have in the past several years.

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