Micah Parsons strongly reaffirms his choice of Myles Garrett over T.J. Watt for NFL Defensive Player of the Year, expressing two additional assertive opinions on the matter.

In Las Vegas, Micah Parsons of the Cowboys delivered a stinging critique of Steelers’ T.J. Watt on Friday, regarding Watt’s reaction to Myles Garrett winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. Parsons went as far as suggesting that Watt’s response indicated poor sportsmanship and questioned Watt’s standing among the top five pass rushers in the league.

Parsons clarified his stance during an interview with Zach Gelb of CBS Sports at the Super Bowl’s radio row, emphasizing that he believed Garrett deserved the award, especially citing Garrett’s standout performance against the Titans. He highlighted the lack of tight end coverage on Watt compared to Garrett during games, asserting Garrett’s superior dominance on the field.

The debate intensified as many fans and sports personalities criticized Garrett’s victory over Watt, who led the league with 19 sacks, while Garrett tied for seventh with Parsons at 14.0 sacks. Watt, the 2021 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, along with his brother J.J. Watt, expressed their discontent with Garrett’s win even before the NFL Honors show.

Parsons defended Garrett’s credentials, emphasizing Garrett’s effectiveness as a pass rusher compared to Watt, citing statistical analysis to support his argument. He also expressed dismay over Watt’s preemptive comments before the awards show, suggesting they lacked sportsmanship.

Former NFL defensive end Chris Long echoed Parsons’ sentiments, commending Garrett’s impact on the game and emphasizing the extensive game planning he generates from opponents.

Browns defensive tackle Maurice Hurst acknowledged Watt’s competitive spirit while expressing full support for Garrett, recognizing both players’ excellence in the divisional rivalry.

Browns tight end David Njoku and quarterback Joe Flacco echoed sentiments in favor of Garrett, citing his exceptional talent and contribution to the team’s success.

The discussion surrounding the Defensive Player of the Year award continues to spark debate and reflection within the NFL community, highlighting the competitive nature and diversity of opinions among players and fans alike.

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