Admittedly, Calais Campbell was thinking of his bank account, and it may be costing him the team lead in sacks right now.
Campbell’s goals before the season were to lead the Cards in sacks and reaching double digits in the category. Campbell has six sacks right now, with linemate Darnell Dockett totaling seven.
Flash back to the final play of the first half in Tennessee, where Darnell Dockett tracked down a scrambling Vince Young for a sack, the clock running out and costing the Titans a chance at a field goal? That was one of Dockett’s sacks. Campbell should have been the one who got Young on that play. Somehow, Campbell – who had a similar play in Jacksonville when he allowed David Garrard to escape what looked like a sure sack – didn’t bring Young down.
In this case, Campbell thought Young threw the ball.
“Usually you still throw him to the ground, let him know you’re there, but I didn’t want to get fined,” Campbell said. “So I gave him a love tap to let him know I was there, and I turned around to see where he threw the ball, and I saw it was still in his hand. I was like, ‘Man, I should’ve taken him to the ground.’ That hurt. But I thought about the fine.”
Campbell tried to put such thoughts out of his head after that. A week later, Campbell tossed Vikings quarterback Brett Favre like a rag doll on a sack, and while he wasn’t flagged, he was fined $5,000 for the extra emphasis.
“I learned the last couple weeks, you just play and if the fine comes, you go with it,” Campbell said. “Sacks are critical, so if you have a chance to make it happen, you have to get it.”
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