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Is Micah Parsons the best rookie in Cowboys history?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Risen Star, Jan 11, 2022.

  1. Clarke82

    Clarke82 Active Member

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    Bob Hayes changed the Cowboys from bad to very good. His raw speed made the Cowboys offense the most dangerous in the NFL.

    Defenses were so busy trying to defend his speed that they developed the first deep zones which allowed the Cowboys to become a dominate running team.

    The Cowboys never had a winning season until Bullet Bob arrived and from his rookie year in when '65 when they finally had a non losing season (7 wins & 7 losses) they would have 20 consecutive winning seasons.

    I think Tony Dorsett, Everson Walls, and Micah Parson all are good answers but, in my mind Bob Hayes literally changed how the game was played.

    In years to come, we might look back and say that Micah changed the game with his versatility but, today I would say Bob Hayes is still the man.
     
  2. Scotman

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    You could 100% be right. I just can't speak about it first hand. It really was before my time and I've never gone back and watched those games.
     
  3. RS12

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    Me neither. I was born his rookie year and really only saw him mid career on. I am sure Meredith and Landry and Perkins had a hand in the jump between year one and two. I am making an educated guess based on Lilly being a top 50 all time great and the significant improvement.
     
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  4. Scottishcowboy

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    That screen pass in 2016! The movement and blocking down the field by the O line was special! I've a ton of Cowboys games stored on my TV hard-drive and I've re-watched that game more than any other, Zeke in general in that game was a machine.

    On the original point, it's a split between Elliot, Martin and Parsons. They all became the best player at their position their rookie season and that it the deciding factor for me. I can only go back to the mid 80s as a UK viewer and even then, TV coverage was limited back in those days.
     
  5. Hawkeye0202

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    You could also say Zeke got help from the OL.........see how that works (lol)
     
  6. RonnieT24

    RonnieT24 Well-Known Member

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    Bob Hayes terrorized the NFL like no rookie in team history in 1965. He averaged 21.8 yards per catch and led the NFL with 12 TD catches... IN NINETEEN SIXTY FIVE!!! Dude was pretty much uncoverable.. He could have had 30 TD catches if the Cowboys had chosen to throw it to him more. but they only threw the ball 360 times that year. As much as I love Parsons I can't rank his rookie season above Bullet.. or maybe even Dak who if I'm not mistaken set the record for passer rating for rookie QB and Zeke who led the NFL in rushing by like 400 yards.. Parson did not lead the league in anything.
     
  7. blueblood70

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    still zekes rookie year was better im sorry, this was zekes team for the first 3 years Moore now changed this but im not dak hater it was Zekes team.
     
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  8. RonnieT24

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    Any list that does not include Bob Hayes amazing rookie season is immediately null and void.
     
  9. Howboutdemcowboys31

    Howboutdemcowboys31 Well-Known Member

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    I’ve only been watching since 98. I’d say Martin is the only one who would be in the debate vs Parsons.

    Zeke was amazing but RB is the easiest college to pro transition so I wouldn’t say he was better than Martin or Parsons
     
  10. Clarke82

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    Bob Lilly was the best Defensive Tackle in the NFL for a long time but, his career got off to a relatively slow start because, Coach Landry thought he would be a better Defensive End. It was a failed experiment much like Randy White being played at MLB his first two seasons.

    So, for the purpose of this discussion, Bob Lilly and Randy White two HOF Defensive Tackles were played out of position as rookies and had little impact.
     
  11. WillieBeamen

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  12. phildadon86

    phildadon86 Well-Known Member

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    Not having Dak in the TOP TEN is complete disrespect. LOL. Wow. LVE over Dak? HAHAHHA wow
     
  13. LandryFan

    LandryFan Proud Native Texan, USMC-1972-79, USN-1983-2000

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    I would have to consider Tony Dorsett and maybe Everson Walls in the conversation. That said, the Cowboys were good before drafting those two and remained good afterward. When Parsons arrived, a whole new defensive attitude arrived. Yes, DQ had a lot to do with that, but as far as player impact goes, I'd have to give the nod to Micah.
     
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  14. pitt33

    pitt33 Well-Known Member

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    First offensive lineman in 40 years
     
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  15. zrinkill

    zrinkill Cowboy Fan

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    Oh and Roy Williams looked like a star his first year as well
     
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  16. CowboyRoy

    CowboyRoy Well-Known Member

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    Parsons, Dak, Dorsett, Martin
     
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  17. CowboyRoy

    CowboyRoy Well-Known Member

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    Dak won ROY over Zeke so we can take Zeke out of the jar completely.
     
  18. UncleRico

    UncleRico Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. I would have said Dak\Zeke in 2016 until this year but Micah is already the best defensive player in the league and has changed our defense significantly.
     
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  19. CowboysFaninHouston

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    good question.... could be a good debate..lets not forget about Taco LOL...

    but probably Demarcus Ware comes close...he played on a team with less talent around him. had a great rookie season....had less sacks off course, but he was everything on that defense....

    Larry Allen...but probably not his rookie year.....he came on in his second year.

    Tyron Smith, he was dominant from the get go...not much stats on OL men
     
  20. UncleRico

    UncleRico Well-Known Member

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    How can you lol at that though? That’s not far off at all. It was the best season by a rookie QB in NFL history by the numbers and as voted on by just about every talking head
     
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