A 3-4 doesn’t slow Campbell

Posted by Darren Urban on December 22, 2011 – 10:03 am

One of the traits of a 3-4 defense is that it is built for the linebackers. The defensive line is set up to keep blockers off the second level, and that right defensive end spot manned in a traditional 4-3 scheme — usually the big sack guy for the team — is a lot different than the right defensive end in a 3-4 look.

That hasn’t stopped Calais Campbell, who has been exceptionally productive despite the limits of his duties.

“Its one of those things, you have to do your job and if everyone does their job, then there is no where for a running back to go and it becomes, who sheds his blocks the fastest,” Campbell said. “A lot of times, teams challenge me and run at me. I’ve made some plays.”

Campbell does acknowledge it is a “big difference” playing 4-3 defensive end versus a 3-4 defensive end.

Yet Campbell is third on the Cardinals in tackles — 65, trailing the 89 of both Paris Lenon and Daryl Washington, linebackers — an impressive feat for any defensive lineman. He leads the team in sacks with seven. His nine passes defenses (nothing like a good knockdown at the line of scrimmage) is by far the most of any player who doesn’t play in the secondary. And his 10 tackles for loss is second only to Washington’s 13.

“There have been a lot of effort plays, chasing the ball down,” Campbell said. “One of those things, you have to go after the ball. You can’t expect it to just come to you.”

That production means the Cards need to re-sign Campbell, a free-agent-to-be (although with the franchise tag, Campbell should be in Arizona regardless in 2012). And the funny thing? “I feel like I could play even better,” he said.

“There are a lot of plays I leave out there, plays I could make if I took the right step or trusted my instincts,” Campbell said. “I am having a good year, but that goes along with the scheme and the team effort, and guys around me are playing well and it makes it easier to make plays.”

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17 Responses to “A 3-4 doesn’t slow Campbell”

  1. By jeff on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Cambell needs to be re-signed 3 months ago, before the season started. He’s getting more expensive every week. And please, don’t use the franchise tag. That was a disaster with Dansby, paying him $20 million for 2 years, when he ended up with $25 signing bonus for about 5 years.

  2. By GW on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I hope the cards management do the right thing and resign CC he’s a important piece to the defense and special team. for this week game the cards def need MORE turnovers along with their good play and off. need a lot of beanie no matter who is at qb. GO CARDS.

  3. By DontTakeLoses on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    What a developing stud! DD makes him better, attracts more doubles, but CC delivers upon the opportunity. Well done hoss!

  4. By garrett on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Campbell has the features to be the most dominant DE in the NFL. We need to utilize him more

  5. By kauaicardsfan on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Any word on how Campbell’s contract talks are progressing? Are they still talking or are they going to wait till the off season? Hope they get it done soon, we have a great core now that’s playing well together and lets keep them in tact!

  6. By Darren Urban on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Kauai —

    RE: Contract

    Nothing more than has been reported. They are talking. I don’t have any more details. No news may mean something, but it might not.

  7. By Eric Y on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Pro Bowl. That is all.

  8. By Christo on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    This guy MUST be signed if we want to do anything next year.

  9. By Bob-O! on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT. Daren, give us some juice on how these guys get pumped up, a link or a tidbit of info. I’m ready to see them get after it!!

  10. By D on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    It would be silly if Mr. Graves is not doing all he can to resign Campbell yesterday (I know it takes 2)
    instead of having to pay him franchise amount.

    They also need to resign The Hyphen, Marshall and I believe both the Punter and Feeley are up too?

  11. By Mal on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply


    How’s about a post/article on Nine-0? Youve done stories on Calais, Adrian, PP, Fitz, the young LB’s, etc, etc, but it is my humble opinion that Docket is a beast.

    If you watch tape of these games, he’s all over the field. He doesnt get the credit or the numbers, like tackles, but so often he’ll stear the RB right into a LB’s arms. He busts thru double teams and shows up at the end of almost every play to help contribute or gang tackle cuz he chases down almost every play. Incredible desire and hustle.

    For example, like the big play that let us tie the game against the Browns — O’B gets credit for causing the fumble and Calais gets credit for recovering, but nothing shows up in statistics that in between their two plays Docket dove in and knocked the ball away so the QB couldnt recover it.

    Besides, the guy always nails stuff right on the head when he analyses something (better than anyone else — its easy to underestimate him cuz he’s such a character, but he’s really sharp), and is always good for a super great quote (one of my favorites: “even a trash can gets a steak throwed in it once in a while”)

    We’re so lucky to have Dock!

  12. By Eric on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Beast. We gotta have this guy. Although Holliday and Eason have been great filling in, and Carter seems like he’s going to force Dumpster Dan to work very hard or sit more, DD and Campbell are awesome anchors.

  13. By sunday on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    If CC not signed it would be because the owners focuses on making money not to win. He got to get resigned otherwise it won’t make much sense on what the team trying to accomplish.

  14. By AndyStandsUp on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    People are projecting next season’s team to be looking for offensive line and pass rushing help at linebacker.
    But what if the Mayan’s prediction comes true and Campbell signs elsewhere (bypassing the tag) and Dockett gets eaten by his crocodile. (Does he still have that thing?)
    That would leave the front three currently, as Vonnie Holliday, Nick Eason and Ronald Talley. Can anyone else say “Yuuuuccckkkkk!”?

  15. By Mal on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    *that Docket post was to Darren — hadnt seen that theres a guy on here now who calls himself ‘D’.

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