The Dallas Cowboys released 2019 Pro Bowler Jaylon Smith in a stunning move on Wednesday morning. The linebacker quickly struck a deal with the Green Bay Packers, leaving a huge gap back in Dan Quinn's defense.
Smith had fallen down the depth chart in Dallas, but should still give the Packers a boost as they try to mount an NFC playoff push. Meanwhile, the Cowboys will need to find a way to replace the second-rounder's production.
Some of that burden will fall upon rookie linebacker Micah Parsons, who's started all four games for Dallas this year. That worries, FOX Sports analyst Emmanuel Acho, who already feels like the 2020 first-round pick is being asked to do a lot for the Cowboys defense.
"Cowboys fans, you should hate the release of Jaylon Smith because you love Micah Parsons. Releasing Jaylon Smith will put even more stress on Micah Parsons" Acho said on Speak For Yourself Wednesday before breaking down film to try and make his point.
Parsons took exception with Acho's argument and took to social media to defend himself in the clips that the FOX Sports host chose. The two then briefly engaged in a conversation on Twitter.
Parsons' willingness to push back against Acho's film breakdown is admirable, but it looks like the FOX Sports analyst has at least somewhat of an argument. The first-year linebacker will need to step up in a major way if the Cowboys defense wants to continue its early season success.
Through his first four NFL games, Parsons has been a solid contributor. He's racked up 17 tackles and 2.5 sacks thus far and seems to have plenty of potential.
However, Parsons will have to adjust to taking on more responsibility with Smith now out of Dallas. The Cowboys clearly have the faith that he can fit the bill, but he'll need to prove that he can handle the increased role as soon as possible.