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On Wednesday morning, ESPN released its annual list of National Football League positional rankings by executives, coaches, scouts and players, which features the NFL’s best defensive ends.

Late Wednesday morning, Dallas Cowboys DE Micah Parsons expressed his displeasure.

The 25-year-old Cowboys defensive star was ranked as the third-best defensive end in the NFL by respondents, behind Myles Garrett (No. 2) and Nick Bosa (No. 1).

Parsons was highly praised in the article, with some voters even ranking him No. 1. Of note was Parsons’ league-leading 29.7% pass rush win rate last season. One NFL coordinator told ESPN, “He has a knack for getting blockers in position and keeping them off balance. It’s not just skill. He sets up tackles and has a plan. And he brings versatility.”

Parsons, however, took little time to criticize the list and posted several complaints about ESPN’s actions on his social media account.

Parsons’ biggest complaint seems to be the number of double coverages he will have to endure in the 2023-24 season, according to ESPN. ESPN puts the number at 167. Parsons estimates it was over 500. According to ESPN’s Pass Rush Rankings, Parsons is the EDGE with the most double coverages in the league at 35%.

This isn’t the first time Parsons has used his account to air his grievances about the football world around him – in fact, it’s not even the first time in the last month. Parsons made headlines in June for a brief exchange between himself and teammate Malik Hooker in a post that Parsons has since deleted.

Perhaps Parsons’ best path is simply to dominate the 2025 season so that he is the league’s undisputed No. 1 pass rusher next year. According to one NFL coordinator, that’s not an unlikely scenario:

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he was number 1 next year. His talent is undeniable.”

Twitter: @dmn_cowboys

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