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Cowboys DC Dan Quinn pushes back on Micah Parsons

So, which is it?

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Hold up, not so fast. 

That's what Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is apparently telling Micah Parsons, who had said earlier this offseason that he was making a full time switch in position to defensive end. 

“Yeah, 100 percent. He is a pass-rushing linebacker, okay?” Quinn explained to media members on Saturday at the team's rookie minicamp. “So if you ever need position changes, come to me. Not through any of the guys. I think what he was probably trying to say is, ‘I’m really emphasizing some pass-rush into my offseason.'”

“I’ve really tried to spend as much as I could on that, to make things for us where people could play dual roles,” Quinn said. “When we can get to that spot where you’re interchangeable pieces, it seems more complex. But really, I would say, the package can be easier; we’re just featuring people in different spots.”

For Quinn, it's about putting the best players on the field and in the best position to succeed for the overall well-being of the team.

“A receiver that can be a runner, a runner that can be a receiver, a tight end that can be a receiver, a D-end that can play ‘backer, a safety that can play nickel, those perimeter-type people, I think, is changing that way,” Quinn continued. “A lot of players are coming in: this guy’s fast, he’s athletic; get him on the field. And sometimes you’re seeing a guy who might traditionally have been a linebacker in the past, but he’s using his speed and his athleticism to go play, so I just want to try to incorporate that as often as we can.”