It’s widely known throughout nearly every level of football that players are generally not supposed to hit the quarterback during practice. That’s why they wear a different color jersey than the other players on the team. But apparently, Dallas Cowboys star pass rusher Micah Parsons has been violating that rule, and Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy isn’t too happy about it.
In a press conference last week, Mike McCarthy addressed the situation, sending a brutally clear and public message to Micah Parsons: “You don’t hit the quarterback.”
“In Micah’s case, we have practice ethic, rules and structure to our drills,” McCarthy recently told reporters according to Garrett Podell of CBSSports.com. “You 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 that I can recall in this league. 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.”
This is likely a symptom of Parsons simply playing too aggressively in practice, but it’s still a critical rule he needs to follow. Otherwise, his coach is going to be even more frustrated if he accidentally injures Dak Prescott.