Darnell Dockett hasn’t had much to say recently — he has barely posted on Twitter and has avoided interviews — because right now, he doesn’t see a reason to talk.
“There is too much talking and not enough playing football,” the defensive tackle said. “That’s honestly how I have been approaching the last week — don’t talk about nothing and go play football, and maybe if people see me doing it they will do it too.”
Dockett said he knows if he doesn’t make the effort, someone (I assume he means fans and media) will talk about it. He noted that extra work can’t hurt him or anyone else, that when the day ends at 2:15 every day “it don’t mean you have to get off the field. I always feel every Wednesday and Thursday an extra 25, 30 minutes adds up to a great season. The field is there, the weight room is there, the film is there, anything you need to do extra is there, and that’s obviously what it needs to be. We need to put more time in everything, the whole team.”
Dockett said he did see more focus this week.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt said the message has gotten across to the team that the best players have to play better. You would think Dockett would be in that group and Dockett, after a moment, agreed.
“I see a hell of an effort and that’s what I bring every game,” Dockett said. “I try to hold myself to a higher standard. I honestly don’t think he was talking to me, but I could be wrong … as a matter of fact, I’m not going to say I could be wrong because I would be wrong if I said that, so Im not trying to excuse myself. We made a lot of mistakes.”
– DE Kenny Iwebema (knee) and S Matt Ware (ankle) are questionable and will be game-time decisions. WRs Steve Breaston and Early Doucet are out for Sunday. DL Alan Branch (shoulder) and LB Paris Lenon (pelvis) are probable.
– Whisenhunt said there is a scenario where all three nose tackles — Bryan Robinson, Gabe Watson and Dan Williams — are active for a game, because Robinson can play end. That may be an option if Iwebema can’t go.
– Kurt Warner was back, taking in practice and getting ready for post-practice interviews as he and the FOX crew preps for Sunday’s TV broadcast.
Tags: Alan Branch, Bryan Robinson, Dan Williams, Darnell Dockett, Early Doucet, Gabe Watson, Kenny Iwebema, Kurt Warner, Matt Ware, Paris Lenon, Steve Breaston
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