Todd Bowles Defends Leonard Fournette’s Block On Micah Parsons

September 13th, 2022

Addresses bone-rattling block.

It began yesterday morning (maybe Sunday night). The crying from NFL defensive ends that a running back can splash a pass rusher to protect his quarterback.

And so Joe is convinced Bucs coach Todd Bowles had heard before his day-after press conference that Von Miller and Micah Parsons were bellyaching on social media about Playoff Lenny’s pass block on Parsons, the Dallas defensive end.

For those who were in a drunken coma over the weekend, when Tom Brady dropped back on a pass play that turned into a 48-yard bomb to Julio Jones, Playoff Lenny, who was sick of seeing Parsons abuse backup left tackle Josh Wells, took matters into his own hands and absolutely rocked Parsons into the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Miller took to Twitter calling for NFL warden Roger Goodell to abolish Playoff Lenny’s block, calling it unfair to pass rushers.

Parsons whined and cried on Twitter stopping just short of calling Playoff Lenny a dirty player. But he did call Playoff Lenny a (female kitten) because Playoff Lenny didn’t allow Parsons to first square up on Playoff Lenny getting rocked.

The nerve of Playoff Lenny to play good, hard-hitting ball!

It seems Bowles couldn’t believe the caterwauling.

“It was legal,” Bowles said of Playoff Lenny’s hit. “If it wasn’t legal they would have thrown a flag.

“It was a hard hit and it was legal. As long as it’s in the game and legal, we’ll abide by the rules.”

Mic drop.

Basically, Miller is scared other running backs will see what Playoff Lenny did to Parsons and they will start coming after him in the same way. You better believe someone like Bill Belicheat is showing his running backs that clip. Miller, now with the Bills, obviously plays the Belicheats twice a season.

Parsons is just flat embarrassed a running back laid him out on an international stage, that’s all there is to it. If that was Donovan Smith who did that to him or Luke Goedeke, Parsons probably wouldn’t have said a word.

But it was a running back who jacked him up. Parsons can’t handle the shame.

80 Responses to “Todd Bowles Defends Leonard Fournette’s Block On Micah Parsons”

  1. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    If we run out of healthy LT, I think the Bucs can call on Lenny to play the position.

  2. geno711 Says:

    That clip might end up being shown at not only the pro level but at the college level as well.

  3. stu padaso Says:

    sounds like Parsons is the PU$$Y
    STFU wimp

  4. SteveK Says:

    Holy cow, what a beautiful hit. Lenny is a monster, and we are lucky to have him. He’s a true leader, a workhorse, and an absolute load on LBs and DBs to bring down. I hope we can manage his touches and let him pave the way of excellence.

  5. Red Skeleton Says:

    Gronk and other TE’s do it ALL the time. We chip blocked in HS. But damn…..that was a running back, they are only supposed to just kind of get in the way.

  6. stu padaso Says:

    And it’s OK to blast Tommy from the backside?

    Get real

  7. D Says:

    I rewatched that play 4 times during the game. Loved seeing Parsons get demoralized like that! I am getting a custom made shirt that reads in huge letters “Cowboys Suck” as I am decked out in all other Bucs gear. Eff Jerry and his kids. Go Bucs!

  8. Alex Says:

    Proud of Lenny. Protecting our QB!!!!

  9. Joseph C Simmons Says:

    I apologize if I’m repeating myself–I said something like this somewhere, no idea if it was this website–but there’s no way that play is illegal.

    1. You’re allowed to double team defensive linemen.
    2. You’re allowed to chip a player engaged with another offensive lineman.
    3. The hit was not to the head, nor down to the knees

    Also, that play will ALWAYS be legal. The only way to legislate it out of the game would be to completely ban chipping, which will never happen. They can’t make a rule that makes it legal to chip, “but not too hard”. Rules can’t be gray, they have to be black and white.

  10. Admiral Redbeard Says:

    New nickname to add to the list, “Pancake” Lenny, shortstacking olb’s and de’s everywhere. Pancakes, they’re not just for breakfast anymore.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    So, the last time I checked the chest is in the front…..and how is a blocker supposed to know if a defender is looking at him?……

    Legal…..and Parsons is a good player that doesn’t need to whine.

  12. stu padaso Says:


  13. Orlando Kevin Says:

    Chip blocks are legal and done all the time. Social media really allows whiners to whine louder. Just shut up and play.

  14. Infomeplease Says:

    LF earned the respect of all the NFL and fans Sunday night!!! Is there a more complete running back?? I THINK NOT!!! LFG!!!!

  15. Orlando Kevin Says:

    Parsons is a great player having a great game and got chipped because of how much of an impact he was having. Take that as a compliment.

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    Now THAT was a double-team.

    I cannot recall a DE getting blown up that bigly.

    I want to see more.

  17. Steven007 Says:

    Parsons could have taken the high road and complimented Lenny on the hit. That would have resulted in people heaping praise on him for being a pro and understanding the game. Instead he chose to piggyback on Miller’s comments and is for the most part getting vilified for being exactly what he accused Lenny of being. Irony.

  18. Anonymous Says:

    funny part is parsons was never heard from again after that hit lol

  19. geno711 Says:

    It’s a hard chip block. Clean and knocked Parsons on his arse but it’s still football. Parsons was teeing off on Wells. So glad that Lenny was helping out his OL and Brady. It’s pad on pad, that’s fine.

    Loved how many Cowgirls are off balance in that video.

  20. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Both Parsons and Von Miller both hit defenseless Quarterbacks from the blind side on a regular basis yet here they are both acting like Karens!
    That was a clean legal hit

  21. Joseph C Simmons Says:

    I apologize if I’m repeating myself–I said something like this somewhere, no idea if it was this website–but there’s no way that play is illegal.

    1. You’re allowed to double team defensive linemen.
    2. You’re allowed to chip a player engaged with another offensive lineman.
    3. The hit was not to the head, nor down to the knees

    Also, that play will always be legal. The only way to legislate it out of the game would be to completely ban chipping, which will never happen. They can’t make a rule that makes it legal to chip, “but not too hard”. Rules can’t be gray, they have to be black and white.

    (Reposting because I have no idea where my comment disappeared to, but there’s definitely no reason for it to be deleted.)

  22. Bucs Win Says:

    Maybe it’s just Michelle Parsons time of the month and she’s a little cranky.

  23. teacherman777 Says:

    Von Miller took a head shot on Tom Brady last year in our playoff loss to the Rams!

    Von Miller launched into Tom Brady’s head!


    Please tweet that highlight back at Von Miller and BSPN.

    It’s the same play where Tom Brady got his first career unsportmanslike flag for screaming at the ref.

    It’s the same play where Tommy got his chin bloodied.

    And Arians screams at Tommy as he comes off the field.

    I still believe that Arians screaming at Brady after that play was the straw that broke the camels back.

    Go Bucs.

    F Von Miller.

  24. SB~LV Says:

    What is to defend?
    Perfect block

  25. Guadalajara Mexico Fan Says:

    Hello Joe.
    I read yesterday a Twitter from Father Dungy sending a message to Miller and Parsons.
    It would be great you to post it here with your thoughts.
    Cheers from Guadalajara Mexico !!!!

  26. Buczilla Says:

    I was totally disappointed when this hit didn’t even get an honorable mention during the angry runs segment on gmfb. Looks to me like the network is protecting the star player on their most popular franchise. Sad, but expected.

  27. gp Says:

    That hit was textbook.
    Anyone saying otherwise needs to learn the game.
    The short clip video of that hit should be running on continuous loop on all video board visible to the training facility until the next game. The next “hit clip” will hopefully come from that game and can be added to the loop.

  28. Joseph C Simmons Says:

    Also, I swear to you, If it was Zeke Elliot that pancaked Shaq Barrett, I’d *still* be defending the block. This isn’t a homer thing; it’s a legit clean play.

  29. Statistically Insignificant Reader Says:

    Parsons and Miller, geez, You boys pull your diapers up, stick your thumbs in your mouth and watch from the sidelines if you can’t handle studs like Fornette.

  30. Statguy Says:

    That wasn’t just a pancake, it was a Lenny’s grand slam

  31. SB Says:

    Let it be so Joe. Perfect new moniker!!!

  32. Craig Says:

    It would have been better if he ignored it, this is the NFL.

  33. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    Miller and Parsons sound like they’d be more comfortable at college majoring in social studies with all the other ladies.


    I am not sure if Micah Parsons realized how respected & appreciated he WAS by even fans of OTHER NFL teams.

    I know I was definitely one, as a BUCS fan.

    He has cost himself a great deal of that, and NOT just BUCS fans, from reading responses from fans all over the league.


    He kind of looks like a whiny punk now.

  36. A Says:

    If you play in the NFL – sooner or later, everyone gets their A$$ kicked…suck it up shake the man’s hand for the good hit and line-up play the next down.

    Go Bucs!


    You can’t type LFG!!!!!


    Leonard Fournette.

  38. Your Mom Says:

    sore loser

  39. Allen Lofton Says:

    The game is played and won on the field, not social media. Plays like that happen but the glory seeker Parsons doesn’t like it because it deflates his ultra-ego.

  40. Defense Rules Says:

    Nothing to defend. Lenny kicked his ass.

  41. dls5492 Says:

    Well it’s the Cowboys. Must of learned this whinning from Jerry.

  42. D Says:

    Joe, you should consider writing an article or a letter to the NFL explaining how the referees get the offside call on Shaq Barrett wrong almost every time. If you watch in slow motion, you will see he times up the snap count perfectly, which explains his frustration. This is at least the 5th time I’ve noticed this in the past 3 years. SMDH. These refs have blown countless calls opening week.

  43. Goatfarmer Says:

    Lenny’s pancake breakfast. His new morning show.

    Joseph Simmons is 110% spot.fargin.on. Thank you Joseph.

  44. stu padaso Says:


  45. Mike Says:

    One stack of Micah flapjacks coming up!

  46. David Says:

    Lost respect for Von Miller and Micah Parsons for whining like little school girls about a chip block that mostly came from the front.
    What exactly do they want? Only to be blocked when you’re staring directly at the person?
    Their whole job is to try to blindside a quarterback to strip sack him.
    Their other job is to tackle a running back, whether it be from the front or side or clothes line him or at his knees… But he has the audacity to complain about a block on his shoulder!?
    He Sounds like the very definition of a female kitten

  47. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    HEY MICAH….now, WHO is the PU$$Y ????

  48. sasquatch Says:

    If you’re complaining about a legal hit, you’ve got no bawlz.

    Keep bangin’ Lenny.

    Among the nicknames for Lenny, how about “Pancake Lenny”?

  49. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Any help should be legal when you have Josh Wells blocking!

  50. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Lenny did NOT go low on a defender locked up with a blocker…THAT is illegal.

    He hit him shoulder to shoulder. It’s no different for these pssy DE’s blindsiding a QB than it is for them to get caught not paying attention!

    This was because Parson’s is only one game more than a rookie! He obviously is lacking experience. Shaq Barrett has learned along with all decent pass rushers to be aware of where the blocking help is coming from. AGAIN below the waist…bad…above a simple chip block.

    IF…Bernard had been back there…he’s a good blocker but he doesn’t lay people out like Lennie since he’s waaay lighter and less powerful. I have no doubt that Bernard would have successfully chip blocked Parson’s well enough to slow him from getting to Brady before the bomb to Julio.

    Same play…same result…except Parson’s doesn’t get his manhood embarrassed in front of God and everyone by Playoff Lennie’s blast!

    Cris Collinsworth’s is a “player’s announcer”. He calls it as he sees it. Recall after the play when the reran that block Collinsworth was respectful of Lennie
    s effort. He NEVER mentioned anything about the play being dirty. I didn’t see any griping from the ‘Boy’s sideline. Parsons is a sissy who can’t stand a little embarrassment. As embarrassing as that block may have been Parsons embarrassed himself far worse with his whining!!!

  51. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Hopefully Von Miller and Parsons can get a good pro flag football League started for all of the whimps pretending to be men. If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen. Millionaire pansies.

  52. Anonymous Says:

    First off, Von Miller. There’s supposedly no way to check for CTE but after his cheap shot on Brady last year and his comments yesterday, that’s a test and he’s got it.

    I’m amazed by writers for large sports pubs that are actually typing that Lenny went airborne into him while he was engaged. Guess they grew up writing and never hit anything – other than a bong. Lenny left his feet on the follow through, as did MP (mister p*ssy). If it was a blindside, MP has zero peripheral vision. Lastly, he wasn’t engaged and that’s because he disposed of our backup LT so fast. Now it was a couple hundredths of a second after the disposal but he wasn’t engaged – umh, until Lenny tuned him up.

    Parsons just learned that sometimes you’re the hammer and sometimes you’re the nail.

  53. BuddhaBuc Says:

    Lumberjack Lenny. Cuttin’ down those ends.

  54. D-Rok Says:

    Yes, Coach, let us abide by the rules. At least once or twice a game, please, if those are the results.

    Plus, did anyone notice that Lenny actually took out TWO pass-rushers on that play?

    Good stuff, and I love me some smash-mouth ball. Not sure if that’s this team’s identity this year just yet, but that was a good start!

    I think this game should give the Bucs the confidence needed to play the Aints next week, and a finesse game isn’t gonna cut it against the Aints.

    GO BUCS!!!

  55. Jack Sparrow Says:

    I hope Fournette does that to Cam Jordan next week.

  56. TheShaz Says:

    You would think that Parsons would have taken the chip and double team as a compliment. He was the best player for Dallas the other day. He did sack the GOAT twice.

    What surprised me was the whining like a baby on social media and Von Miller getting into the act. Pancake Lenny’s response to Micha’s tweet hit almost as hard as the chip.

    I don’t hear DE’s complaining when they blindside a QB

    I bet Parson’s regrets complaining now, but wait till Sunday when he gets double teamed and chipped more often.

  57. Mikejp Says:

    If some RB hits Shaq like that, what is your opinion?

  58. Mr. Editor Says:

    Until that point, Parsons was having a career day. Something had to be done to give Brady more time to throw the ball. Defenses will adjust and so on and so forth.

  59. rashad brown Says:

    Parsons is still mad at Lenny from last year when he called him a nobody.

  60. Joe Says:

    I was totally disappointed when this hit didn’t even get an honorable mention during the angry runs segment on gmfb.

    It wasn’t a run play.

  61. Astrobuc74 Says:

    Mic drop? More like Micah drop.

  62. Buc50 Says:

    It was nice to read the Twitter threads and see Micheal Pittman and Earnest Graham chime in and support Lenny. Pittman linked one of his blocks against the Colts that was the exact same block and result.

  63. Goatfarmer Says:

    I admit I’m old.

    I hate social media. It consumes so many, and leads to totally warped perception of reality.

    My parents hated long hair and The Beatles.

  64. D-Rok Says:

    Yes, Joe, you are correct – it wasn’t a run play. However, I commented previously that I counted at least 3 times during the game that Lenny flat ran over defenders, and #28 on Dallas got run over twice. Those 3 very angry runs should have gotten some recognition on GMFB Angry Runs segment. They used to do those segments every Tuesday – did they switch it to Monday now?

  65. Bucanero Says:

    Pancake Lenny has some competition for the sceptre but he has to be in the mix imho

  66. Hodad Says:

    If Smith can’t go sign Gronk to play LT. I bet he could make the pro bowl lining up there. He would be delivering hits instead of taking them.

  67. Chuck Says:


  68. Buczilla Says:

    Joe Says:
    September 13th, 2022 at 11:36 am
    I was totally disappointed when this hit didn’t even get an honorable mention during the angry runs segment on gmfb.

    It wasn’t a run play.

    Oops, I’m dumb.

  69. rrsrq Says:

    Let’s see they changed the rules with the Bert Emanuel catch/non-catch – They wouldn’t let AW Junior throw up the peace sign and now let’s see if Lenny gets away with a chip on a pass rushers (even though he did not go low, but I am pretty sur eParsons tackled Brady low and Brady was hit while on the ground by another cowboy

  70. geno711 Says:


    Not really stupid. Kyle Brandt will show runs (of which Lenny had many) and then has included blocks before on his angry run segment.

    For instance, in the last game of the regular season last year, he showed Josh Allen with an “angry” pass.

  71. Steve Burke Says:

    It appears to be just another case of “cowboys growin’ up to be babies”

  72. Ohta Says:

    It was a clean chip block. Micah needs to stop crying.

  73. Ash Says:

    Happens all the time this isn’t the first time it has happened only reason it’s getting attention is social media is apart of life now and someone cried about being embarrassed on national TV.

  74. Irishmist Says:

    Lenny was just doing what he could to address the chip shortage. If I was his agent I would see if he could get a deal with Intel.

  75. Alvafan Says:

    It’s pretty clear how important the ability to block is for a running back. Anybody missing Rojo? Also, that hit was brutal. He looked like he got his bell rung. I hate to see those kind of hits cause I think they lead to CTE. It’s a big sacrifice these players make providing us with our NFL football. I hope we appreciate it. That twitter link put up here yesterday with a nonstop loop of the block made me feel uncomfortable. I’ve been watching the NFL since 1969. Technology has really made the game more graphic to watch. The Isolation cameras catch some gross stuff. I love the mics in the helmets Lenny giggling while cutting through the line was epic! But I’m old fashioned. I prefer a camera angle that shows the whole play and all the pieces. I hope the kids alright. But please, don’t fault Lenny Legend. He’s a pro’s pro.

  76. stpetebucsfan Says:


    And today’s angry run went once again to Josh Allen. Allen rolled left and was going to be short of a first down until he simply stiff armed the defender and stuck his thumb in the earhole while literally tossing him to the ground.

    What made Brandt’s showbiz effective though was that he has a freeze frame of Allen laughing his arse off as he returned to the huddle.

    There are some really great QB’s in the league right now. Obviously Mahomes went off..what 5 freaking TD passes…Cheetah who? Burrows had an SB hangover poor performance..Justin Herbert is starting to impress me but he has to lead the Chargers deeper into the playoffs to get my respect.

    Out of all of them though Allen is the most amazing to me. They all have guns for an arm…even our 45 year old GOAT has some velocity remaining but how many QB’s do you see 6-5 240 lbs who actually initiate the contact and run over DB’s and holds his own with LB’s. He’s a real freak. Cam Newton comes to mind which might be a cautionary tale for Allen. IMHO Newton certainly didn’t do anything to lengthen his career doing that but he was fun to watch in his prime.

    I mean who doesn’t love seeing a QB truck a defender?

  77. BigMacAttack Says:

    Prime Time, Class Act, SNF, Hard Hitting, Run for 127, Playoff, Lombardi, Lenny has been everything this team needed. I’m so happy he has a well deserved ring and blossomed into the back he could always be.

  78. BigMacAttack Says:

    That game and this defense definitely put the NFL on notice.

  79. dbbuc711 Says:

    I can’t help to think what Jimmy Johnson or Bill Parcells or even Tom Landry would have said if one of their defensive players had whined like that

  80. The Buc'n Waterboy Says:

    My momma said “there’s a tear in my beer and I’m crying for you dear, so stop whining on twitter”. The little kitten is Parsons.