Micah Parsons criticized the Giants coaching staff Monday for what he believes was mishandling of quarterback Daniel Jones during the Cowboys’ 40-0 victory on “Sunday Night Football.”
Parsons, 24, had one of Dallas’ seven sacks on Jones, who remained in the game into the fourth quarter despite the Giants trailing 33-0 heading into the game’s final 15 minutes.
Speaking on his podcast for Bleacher Reportthe linebacker said Jones, 26, deserved a better fate.
“It’s called protecting your man. You know, something I thought the Giants should have done,” Parsons said. “I don’t think Daniel Jones should have been in this game in the fourth quarter. I thought they should have protected him and gotten him out. And barring injury, their season will be over without Daniel Jones.
Parsons then used the Bengals as an example, with Cincinnati removing Joe Burrow from a lopsided Week 1 loss to the Cleveland Browns.
“’Hey, we’re going to submit, we’re going to accept our defeat and we’re going to move on to next week and get better,’” Parsons said of protecting Burrow. “It’s the best thing you can do.”
But the Giants coaching staff took a different approach with Jones, and it didn’t sit well with Parsons.
“I don’t agree with Daniel Jones staying there until that last ride. I thought it was wrong, I thought it was misleading,” said Parsons, a two-time All-Pro.
“He’s your franchise quarterback and he’s out there with a backup offensive line that’s always getting sacked and hit. I just didn’t understand. Maybe it was a proving moment on the part of the Giants, I have no idea. A learning lesson, who knows? But I thought Daniel Jones should have come off, so technically he’s not on the bench.
The Giants demonstrated their confidence in Jones as their franchise quarterback by signing him to a four-year, $160 million contract in March.
Jones finished Sunday’s loss with 104 passing yards, two interceptions and a QB rating of 32.4.
He’ll look to bounce back from the Week 1 disaster Sunday when the Giants visit the Arizona Cardinals.
Parsons will get another look at Jones in Week 10, provided the quarterback can stay healthy between now and then.
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