Micah Parsons rips Giants for not pulling Daniel Jones in blowout loss

Micah Parsons signed up with the chorus of observers puzzled regarding why Daniel Jones wasn’t pulled — for his own defense — from the Giants’ historical season-opening loss to the Cowboys.

With Parsons leading the charge, Dallas sacked Jones 7 times and continuously pushed the New York quarterback in Sunday night’s 40-0 blowout.

But in spite of the uneven rating and their failure to manage the Cowboys’ pass rush, the Giants kept Jones in the video game up until their last ownership — a choice that drew extensive criticism.

“It’s called protecting your guy — something I thought the Giants should have done,” Parsons stated Tuesday on his “The Edge with Micah Parsons” podcast. “I don’t think Daniel Jones should have been in that game in the fourth quarter.

“I believed they need to have safeguarded him and pulled him out. Barring injury, their season would be over without Daniel Jones.”

Jones struggled in his first regular-season game since signing a four-year, $160 million deal in March. He completed just 15 of 28 passes and had two passes intercepted while being harassed throughout by the Cowboys, who pressured Jones on 55% of his 42 dropbacks.

Parsons had an upfront view of the wreckage; the two-time Pro Bowl pass rusher had a sack, a tackle for a loss and two other hits on Jones. It was the worst season-opening loss in franchise history, and fans at MetLife Stadium booed the Giants loudly as they exited the field at halftime with a 26-0 deficit. The second half wasn’t any better for New York, which pulled multiple other starters — including star running back Saquon Barkley — despite leaving Jones in the game.

“I do not concur with Daniel Jones avoiding there up until that last drive, I believed that was incorrect,” Parsons said. “I believed that was tricking.

“That’s your franchise quarterback, and he’s out there with a backup offensive line still getting sacked and hit. I just didn’t understand. Maybe it was a prove-it moment by the Giants — I have no idea — a learning lesson, who knows. But I thought Daniel Jones should have got pulled out.”

Coach Brian Daboll, when asked Sunday why Jones stayed in the video game with the result currently chose, stated New York just was attempting “to get something positive going.” Jones likewise highlighted he “wanted to stay in” the video game and stated there “wasn’t any conversation” about eliminating him.

But Parsons plainly didn’t purchase that action and pointed out the Bengals’ choice to pull franchise quarterback Joe Burrow from Sunday’s loss to the Browns.

“The Bengals [made] the smart decision by pulling Joe Burrow, saying, ‘Hey, we’re going to submit, we’re going to take our loss, and we’re going to move on to next week and get better,'” the two-time All-Pro stated. “That’s the best thing you can do.”

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