The end to the Dallas Cowboys’ season wasn’t what fans hoped for after the team’s strong regular season. There’s no doubting that.

The offense didn’t get it done, while the defense stepped up to close out the season.

In particular, Micah Parsons was a key component to the unit all year long. The Cowboys desperately needed him on defense, and he delivered.

Accordingly, he is a finalist for the defensive player of the year award. Nick Bosa and Chris Jones are the other two finalists.

For Parsons, the Cowboys were one of the most productive teams at rushing the passer. His impact cannot be understated in that aspect of the game. The Cowboys totaled 54 sacks for the season. That was the third-most in the NFL behind the Eagles and Chiefs.

Parsons generated 106 pressures and earned a 92.0 pass rushing grade from Pro Football Focus.

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The Cowboys will need Parsons to continue to be a star in order for the defense to find success in the coming years.

They need personnel upgrades in the secondary, and those could come in the NFL draft or free agency. Only time will tell.

Regardless, Trevon Diggs cannot be your only impact player on the backend. Daron Bland was a bit of a breakout player this season, but there was little consistency from others. The Cowboys can’t have that happen again next season.

It takes too much away from an impressive front seven group that is still improving. 

Although, one thing is clear. They must continue building around Micah Parsons. He is a generational talent at edge rusher for Dallas.

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