Micah Parsons Shades Tua Tagovailoa, Brock Purdy on MVP Campaigns

Micah Parsons knows Dak Prescott is the real NFL MVP.
Sep 24, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA;  Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) looks on after
Sep 24, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) looks on after / Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL MVP race hasn't felt this wide-open in a long time. Plenty of fans will lament that it's still only really about quarterbacks, but the lack of variety in positions represented in the race doesn't make it any less fierce.

With the Eagles tumbling and Jalen Hurts falling out of the top spot, the odds show that this is anybody's race. Six quarterbacks have odds better than 10-to-1.

Obviously Cowboys fans and players are most focused on Dak Prescott here, and Micah Parsons went in on some of Dak's competition. He didn't say their names, but he threw some clear shade at Tua Tagovailoa and Brock Purdy.

Cowboys News: Micah Parsons Pushing Dak Prescott's MVP Case

Micah chose his words carefully. He didn't directly say anything negative about Tua or Purdy, but you don't need to do much work to read between the lines. He names each of their No. 1 receivers and says he could succeed at quarterback in those offenses.

"I truly believe I could be Tyreke Hill's quarterback ... I could throw a screen pass to Deebo."

Micah Parsons

Will this anger some fans in Miami and San Fran? Of course. But is he wrong?

Yeah of course it's an exaggeration that Parsons himself could succeed at QB in those offenses,

Three of Brock Purdy's four leading receivers have an average depth of target (aDOT) below 10 yards on the season, with Deebo Samuel (6.7) and Christian McCaffrey (1.5) not even coming close to that mark. That leaves 1,558 of Purdy's 3,185 passing yards (48.9%) coming as yards after the catch (YAC).

For comparison, three of Dak's top four receivers have an aDOT north of 10 yards, and only 43.3% of his passing yards have come from YAC.

And for Tua? He's throwing to one of the fastest wide receivers in NFL history, and hitting him when he's wide open. Tyreek Hill has an average of 3.4 yards of separation when targeted, compared to 2.8 yards each for CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks.

Of course it's good for a quarterback to find his open receiver, but it's not exactly rocket science to look for Tyreek Hill on a deep route. Micah might not be able to do that, but there have gotta be double-digit quarterbacks in the NFL who could post big numbers in that Miami offense.

Dak's production is up there with anyone else's, and he's doing it while being asked to make significantly more difficult throws. He's carrying this Cowboys offense, and he's doing it in a way that has them a real threat to win the entire NFC.

If that doesn't have all the making of an MVP quarterback, I don't know what does.

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