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Dockett tweets optimism

Posted by Darren Urban on May 30, 2014 – 12:26 pm

In the aftermath of the Daryl Washington suspension news — which on the surface sounds harsh to a defense that was ranked sixth in the league last season — veteran defensive tackle Darnell Dockett took to Twitter to essentially calm the fan base.

There’s no way to know how this whole Washington thing turns out. But it goes without saying the players — who were told about Washington’s situation earlier this week — aren’t suddenly blowing off the season. More Monday when the players come back to town for another OTA.


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27 Responses to “Dockett tweets optimism”

  1. By ryan on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    nice tweetn DD! you are a class act and great leader! it gave me goosebumps to read your tweets. the fact is that DWASH is out for at least a year. maybe more. maybe never back again. “next man up” is where stars are born!

  2. By LadyBird04 on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    I would be proud to have Dockett as a friend/co-worker. Sometimes he’s a little outspoken in his manner, but he is straightforward, hardworking, giving to kids and community and has always had an iron-clad commitment to the Cardinal team from day one. (I’d pass on the girly bars personally as well as the tigers, gators and other sundry critters)

    Good to see he’s keeping the “spirit” up with the team and fans. There are 21 other starters on the team who are working their butts off and we’ll be cheering for them every game.

  3. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Proud of DDs leadership. We got some depth.. Demens, Alexander, Foote, Minter.. and a really good DL with 2 new stout studs comind in. Alemeda will help soon enuff, and we’re much improved on the back end with The H Badger helping soon enuff too Go DD, Go Cards.

  4. By Jeff on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Rock on! Great attitude, Love the Cards, Just have to move on. Go Big Red!!!

  5. By Pete Dowdle on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    I can appreciate Dockett’s focus remaining on the goal(s) ahead, but for once I would like to hear an offender get called to account by a teammate in a leadership role, if only to show that player and the fans on the outside looking in that such costly behavior’s neither to be accepted or even tolerated. A culture of accountability needs to be reinforced in a transparent way, where offenders don’t simply get off with the suspension, the need to issue a contrite statement in the media, etc. It’d be nice to have someone of Dockett’s high caliber tell some of Washington’s obviously low caliber that he and his ilk aren’t welcomed around that team.

    And before anyone thinks I’m pissed about Washington getting high… again… or that he is getting into trouble on top of still dealing with the trouble he got into when he put his hands on a woman last year (well, the hitting of the woman IS intolerable!)… I”m really mostly pissed (at least for the sake of the team) about the sheer stupidity and selfishness of Washington’s, and how his thoughtless actions have likely placed the Card’s defense in some measure of a disadvantage. You want to smoke some weed? By all means, smoke it up! Just go do it when you retire, are out of football, and nobody’s placing any hope in you helping their favorite team win a championship. (Want to beat on a girl? You can go to hell for that one!)

  6. By Eazy E on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    It’s very disappointing but we CAN’T replace him sufficiently! I love Dockett’s leadership, but Daryl is a huge loss!

  7. By ancienthawkfan on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    I shall never forget or forgive Docketts completely unprovoked elbow to the throat of a then prone Matt Hasselbeck. There was no call for it, no reason. It was just unsportsmanlike, vicious, uncalled for violence. You watch these players hits and fight to win, but this was something else. The intentional attempt to cause harm to another competitor through any means, legal, moral or otherwise. To me since this event this guy is the epitome of the term thug.

  8. By Blair on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Maybe they should be giving up. Counting on a bunch of no body’s to run the defense, yeah that’s going to go over well. I personally hope they cut Washington. You can’t rely on a guy and then have them screw you what seems to be every off season. So when he comes back next year then we finally get to see what happens with his assault chargers? Yikes! Feels a lot like when fans by left the first time, left naked on defense. TE’s last year RB’s this year, so much for the playoffs, thanks Daryl.

  9. By dan on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Trade D.Washington to Denver.

  10. By richatchley on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    I love the mindset by the Cardinals and Cards fans. But I still think DWash is the difference between a really good defense and a great defense. I think this loss cost the Cardinals 1-2 wins and an even tougher road in the playoffs if they get there.

  11. By IloveBugel on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Darnell is right. Relax people! Washington is one player on a very talented and deep defense led by a great coordinator. We have the best defensive backfield in the division. Yes, better than Seattle’s who will be complacent next season resting on their laurels. We have a defensive line that doesn’t allow anyone to run on them and keeps offensive linemen occupied to free up the linebackers. A big reason why our linebackers were so successful last year.

    This offense is going to be lights out. We have the best receiving core in the division along with a extremely dynamic young back. Now for this shocker; we have the best quarterback in the division! Wilson and Kapernick are flashy, overrated rock stars. Neither of them will ever throw for 4,000 yards in a season.

    We have the best coaching staff in the league. I truly believe that.

    Seattle came close to losing several more games last season. This season they will lose most of those close ones.

    San Francisco is getting old. This year we sweep them.

    This is the best team in the NFL!

    Everyone will know it next February!

    Arizona 13-3
    Seattle 11-5
    San Francisco 9-7
    St. Louis 8-8

  12. By Dr. G. on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Some of the fans here are treating this suspension like it’s the end of the franchise. My man Dockett makes it clear that this is just a little flesh wound that will heal by even the pre-seasons games.

    I am going to treat this thing as if it is a torn neck ligament for #58 ((out for the season)) and know that other players will fill the spot with even more enthusiasm and very adequate effectiveness…. This is where BA and Keim are the best at what they do…. Go CARDS!!!!

  13. By Dynosoar on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    So if Washington was in Denver or Seattle where this is a legal substance, would he have been suspended? Haven’t read the 55 posts on the last blog yet, so maybe this was answered (actually, the Commish is pretty harsh in his punishments. Not saying they aren’t warranted and not saying this should be legalized, but when this is a legalized for recreational use in two states, the league should be looking at it.)

    Again, not a judgement call on Washington, two states voters or the NFL policy (although I personally feel the drug should still be banned, this should fall under states rights and not a national law, but that’s another discussion for another time in another forum.)

    I’m really just wondering if this suspension and the legalization in two states is going to have a crashing affect like an O-line and D-line and create change in the NFL policy. What if Washington claims he crossed the Colorado border and inhaled there. If it’s legal, can the League still punish him? I understand policy, but if it’s legal… I think this is going to become a huge discussion.

  14. By Dr. G. on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Dyno – The issue of legality falls under Federal dictates, not the states…. There are some notes here on that… There are many differing “opinions” here….. Be well…

  15. By Daniel Williams on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Man, DD is the man! That’s what leadership is all about! Love it!

  16. By ored on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    probably very soon it will be overwhelmingly legal among most states,we’re starting to see the amount of money state governments can realize from it and if anything can influence laws…it’s money…lots of money.small communities and suburbs are fighting defecits right now trying to keep local police and firefighting units staffed,toss in sewer,water,garbage,etc.and keeping a lid on taxes,it’s easy to see laws changing,too bad the feds only giving money away to the big banks so they can do their annual million dollar bonuses,put their butts on the dline to work for their salary for a change,can’t wait for the season to start…can ya tell,something tells me things will be fine,when a team gels,they lift each other up.

  17. By Dr. G. on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Just a pointed opinion and a fact to consider… With myriad jurisdiction questions, this is relevant to the story line.

    The FEDS have been walking a fine line on a number of issues to include the marijuana/illegal drug issue. The Constitution states that the Federal Government only has the power rendered to it by the states, not the other way around… But, the framers probably did not foresee the massive drug invasions from other countries. This then becomes a border issue for the Feds.

    But the Feds have tried to extend this authority internally to the States because drugs fly over international borders to interior states. There were not many air planes in 1788 to foresee these eventual events. It takes a tap dance to handle this complex problem of States rights vs Federal protection…. This is the reason enforcement seems lenient for the states that approve mary-j….. Be well…

  18. By AzDesertRat1953 on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    Next man up. This is what it is and there is no changing it, D-Wash is out for the season.
    Does everyone think that Keim and BA are just going to sit around and do nothing?
    Heck they all ready have the hole filled and looking for someone as good or better.
    Remember last year, All Year, they were getting good players to fill holes because there was someone better or smarter at one position or another, y’all think that is going to change? I do not think so.

    This Team got 10 wins last year mostly because of the HC his staff and the GM, does anyone think that is going to change?

    Like DD says, “It makes a better story in the end. Watch!”

    GO CARDS!!!

  19. By cardsalltheway on May 30, 2014 | Reply

    I agree with Daryl that the NFL’s policy on cannabis is too strict and what makes it worse is that the NFL is full of a bunch of hypocrites. They promote the drug/depressant alcohol which makes too many people violent, causes deaths outside and inside NFL stadiums at games(jumpers and fallers), yet the NFL promotes beer on TV and at games multiple times during the week and sells it at NFL games. Doesn’t the NFL care about the children?

    Shame on the NFL for promoting and selling a drug/depressant FAR MORE COSTLY(than cannabis) on our society in terms of both money and lives. Let’s start allowing NFL players to use cannabis, at least for health reasons. The NFL is full of a bunch of “Refer Madness” quacks.

    But that doesn’t mean Daryl gets a free pass with me, he never has about the GF beating/bone breaking incident. It was only 10 days ago he said this…

    “You know about being prepared, but you still get nervous about the situation, whether it’s going to be one game, two games, five games,” Washington said. “All I can do is focus on what I can do, which is go out and try and get better every day.”
    “I’m ready to have the situation over with,” Washington added. “I’m focusing on football and it’s good to be out here with my teammates.”

    Yes Daryl, your “SITUATION” is “OVER.” A very sad situation indeed. Can’t we start testing Goodell and Co. to see if they ever use cannabis? Just a strand of hair will do Mr. Goodell.

  20. By br on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Ilovebugel…
    love your optimistic view, and tend to agree, mostly, but I think you have overlooked one major factor, with or without Dwash, nobody is talking about St Louis!! The Rams are going to be very tough this year, another killer draft ( thank you Redskins!!!) Nobody is talking about the Rams, which im sure they love that, in the end the Rams will be there fighting for the NFC BEST title they are not the doormat that they used to be I had Us and the Rams in a dogfight for the West title Seahawks third ( they will have a bullseye on them and will get every teams best shot because they are SB champs) and 49’s bringing up the rear (just didnt improve in the draft and FA, as well Aldon Smith should be looking at long suspension himself) but even finishing 4th in NFC WEST there record will be good enough to win or finish a close 2nd in any other division. And NO iam in no way a Rams fan (Cardinal fan from my first breath of life on this planet until my last breath!) but have to respect what the Rams have done especially these last two yrs, and cannot overlook them or they will make you pay!

  21. By br on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Yeah but it really doesnt matter if evey state and the federal government legalize it, the NFL is a private entity who has its own bylaws and if it is illegal in the bylaws then a player must serve the suspension handed down, he can go to every court in the land and none of the courts will even hear the case, Basically the NFL just like all other sports write there own laws and they are included in every contract signed, they are judge, jury, and executioner. (See Donald Sterling)

  22. By br on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Pete Dowdle,

    Bravo! I couldnt agree more! The spoiled millionaire’s have to realize they are not above the law and rules of their profession, I would go one step further ( of course the whining player’s union would never buy into, not in a billion years) What should happen for repeat offenders, or any player who commits a violent act is owners/teams should have the right to terminate their contract the day they plead out or are convicted or get hit with dirty urine, and no other team can sign that player for a period of 5yrs after the suspension. And if they are signed to a contract after that 5yrs are up then it will be for veterans minimum, nothing garaunteed, no signing bonuses, and that play can only sign for vet min for the rest of his career!! Willing to bet the youngsters who thinks its cool to partake in the devils lettuce or think they are “Billy badass” cuz they can beat up there girlfriend/wife, or think its funny to talk of bombs in an airport, or who wrap their SUV’s around a bus full of children cuz they are to cool to call a cab or a friend to drve after a night of heavy drinking after 2-3 of there peers are slam dunked with that kind of punishment and the realize the NFL aint playing around, I believe most will straighten up and fly right!! Alot of blame needs to be placed on the courts as well, all these non pro athletes, everyday joe’s getting off several times with a pat on the wrist, and maybe probation, and thats with a public defender that you and I pay for him to have with our taxes! God forbid if you have tons of money you will walk numerous times with some shady under the table deal that you just paid your lawyer to broker time and time again!! Need to start with jail time up front, alot of the “offenders will be cured pretty quick with stiff jail time instead of a pansy tap on the wrist!!

  23. By Big Ken on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    I hate clichés, but one guy does not make this team. It’s about a ‘surrounding cast’, I think ole Buddy Ryan said. We still have a fine team. Watch out!

  24. By dieselbomb on May 31, 2014 | Reply

    Love ya, DWash. This is the 2nd strike. Coming back after the suspension when the League allows it means going somewhere else. A 3rd strike is out of the League altogether.

    I hope you get everything all lined-up such that your life is fully squared away – your life is so much more important than the NFL.

    You and your work stood out here. We miss you already.

    I’m praying for your life far more than for your career.

  25. By Dr. G. on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    candsalltheway – WEED IS ILLEGAL WITH THE FEDS, PERIOD…. The NFL cannot behave capriciously because it is the law. If the Federal law was changed, the NFL contracts may change. But keep in mind that a contract can have restrictions in it that have to do with behavior…like… You can’t ride a motorcycle or go sky diving, or consume things to enhance performance or that are detrimental to your health or fitness…etc… I don’t think you would like some of those things…. It is not about freedom to take risks or behave badly; it is a contract about what is best for the business and the person who is signing on. If you like the deal, sign it… If you don’t like it, just move on…

    This particular ((blog)) discussion is not a forum to vent the pros and cons of weed. There will be other venues on the net to do that…. A good day to you…

  26. By Nolan Walker on Jun 1, 2014 | Reply

    Dock has come along way since looking to be traded. Washington is a disappointment really ducks but Oh well next man up

  27. By scott023 on Jun 3, 2014 | Reply

    Trust is a very valuable. When Washington broke this trust it was already a sore spot because he hurt us all team mates, staff, owner, and fans, with four games gone. He said he was sorry, gave us his word to get better. He has lied to everyone. How in the world do you trust him again? He is a great football player. One of the very best. However, he is selfish, he is a lair. Kids looked up to him (before). Hey, I looked up to him (before). I was proud of him. It makes me sick to my stomach. This great talent has thrown everything out the window. He is a selfish lair. He has hurt us all again, because we wanted to trust him. What a complete waste, shame on you Mr. Washington. We all needed you here. For you , you had better change. Good Luck with that.

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