It’s hard not to root for a guy like Dean Muhtadi, as I noted in my column yesterday. But he’s not just the underdog. He’s doing the Cardinals some good in becoming the workout partner of Darnell Dockett. It was a pairing suggested by strength coach John Lott.
“Dock pulled 475 pounds (the other day) in the clean,” Lott said. “I’ll put that number against anyone in the National Football League. It’s not just because of Sheik, but Sheik lifts Dock to another level.”
Dockett took Muhtadi on, telling Muhtadi — when there were workouts only and no on-field work — that he needed to switch to the 7:30 a.m. group from 10 a.m., because that’s when the Pro Bowler would be there. “He’s going to keep up with your pace,” Dockett said of the man everyone calls “Iron Sheik.” “We push each other. We have no down time.”
The day Dockett was lifting 475 pounds on the clean, Lott said, Muhtadi was at 455 pounds. That fits Muhtadi fine. “I loved it here from day one when I found out John Lott was the strength coach,” he said. “This is my place because I am the ultimate meathead.”
Said Lott, “Sheik may be humble, which I like, but he’s got some talent himself. I just hope that motor he has — and he can run for a big man — will help him with us. Maybe he can find a way to scratch and claw on this team.”
Until then, he’ll push Dockett in the weight room, which Lott says Dockett embraces. “Dockett is a beast on the field for a reason, and one of them, his secret weapon, is that he is a beast in here for me.”
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