According to McCarthy, Parsons — who he deemed to be the “number one violater” — keeps breaking the golden rule of NFL training camps: don’t hit the quarterback.
“In Micah’s case, we have practice ethics, rules and structure to our drills. We go through these spots all the time: you don’t hit the quarterback. The quarterback hasn’t been hit in practice in my 30 years [as an NFL coach] that I can recall,” McCarthy said.
“That’s all part of working together, having discipline in your rush lane, discipline in your pass-protection unit, and this is why you have camp. We have a tremendous amount of work to do in the area of technique and fundamentals. Oh yeah, we’ve talked about that a number of times. That’s all part of the practice ethic plan. He is a No. 1 violator right now.”
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott fell to ground after pass during an 11-on-11 period but resumed play. Tough to tell if there was contact in pocket, although it appeared so from distance. pic.twitter.com/uUHPdfLDut
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Despite finding themselves in the same division as the reigning NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles and the playoff-caliber New York Giants, the Dallas Cowboys head into the 2023 season with championship expectations, as they currently have the sixth-best betting odds to win the Super Bowl.
At this time, only the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, and Cincinnati Bengals have better odds to lift the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl LVIII than the Cowboys.
Prescott, Parsons, and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys will open their 2023 campaign against Daniel Jones, Saquon Barkley, and the New York Giants in a Sunday Night Football matchup on September 11. While the Cowboys will be the road team in that game, they’re currently favored over the Giants by 3.5 points.