Friday before the Seahawks different for Dockett

Posted by Darren Urban on December 20, 2013 – 2:28 pm

The Cardinals as a group haven’t just moved far forward from this time last year. So too has Darnell Dockett. The trip to Seattle was the back end of a very rocky week for the defensive tackle last season, after his sideline confrontation with Kerry Rhodes at the end of the Jets game and the let-them-score issue. Dockett was demoted that week in practice and then came off the bench in Seattle. It was a bad time for both him and the team.

“Mentally for me, I wasn’t in the right place, our team wasn’t in the right place in the middle of that losing streak,” Dockett said.

Dockett has bounced back, of course. He was happy with the new scheme that Todd Bowles brought in. He has 4½ sacks, and is coming off – according to – two of his best games of the season. The Cardinals need him to play well Sunday in Seattle during this return trip. Dockett sure remembers the last time.

“They had a team that was struggling in every phase and they took full advantage of it,” Dockett said. “They ran the score up. Passing the ball with five minutes left. But that’s cool. I’m not mad. As a team, we have to understand the environment we are going into and we have to understand what is at stake. We have to understand we will face adversity there. Every team that goes there faces adversity. You will have to overcome it real fast.”

Can the Cardinals do that? An excellent question. When Bruce Arians calls this a barometer of where his team is at, that’s a guarantee.

— Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was disappointed in his unit last week, not necessarily because they played poorly but because for the first time this season, he felt the players began watching the clock instead of playing the game once the Cards took a 34-17 lead.

“I thought we shut it down,” Bowles said.

I doubt that will be a problem Sunday, nor a possibility, but it’s always good to learn such a lesson in a win.

— As for the rash of penalties the Cards had in the second half, Bowles said “I thought we lost our composure.” Some flags might have been questionable, but Bowles is right, the Cards have to make sure they keep it together.

— Speaking of penalties, fines were handed out from the Titans game. Tennessee linebacker Kamerion Wimbley was hit for $10,000 for his low hit on Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, the one that left Palmer with a sprained left ankle (and luckily nothing else.) Titans running back Jackie Battle was not fined for his concussion-inducing hit on Larry Fitzgerald, although it wasn’t a foul and I didn’t even think it was that big of a hit.

Two Cardinals were fined. Linebacker Marcus Benard was docked $15,750 for his roughing the passer penalty on Ryan Fitzpatrick. And linebacker Daryl Washington paid $5,000 after his taunting penalty. Safety Rashad Johnson and defensive end Calais Campbell were not fined for their personal fouls.

I think Larry Fitzgerald plays. He said he’s never missed a division game and that’s true. He’s missed only four games in 10 seasons, against Cleveland in 2007 and against Chicago, Oakland and Green Bay in 2006.

— A bigger concern is the ankle of Palmer. With all those pass rushers, you want your quarterback as mobile as possible. Coach Bruce Arians didn’t sound concerned. We will see how that plays out. Palmer has played at a high level which is why the Cards are doing so well. He hasn’t seen a defense like the Seahawks though, since, well, the Seahawks game.

— Won’t go through all the playoff permutations again but again, a Cards’ loss and a Carolina win and it’s over. Otherwise, the Cardinals are still breathing.

— Finally, below is a message from Tyrann Mathieu that he wanted to make sure the fans saw.

On to Seattle.

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34 Responses to “Friday before the Seahawks different for Dockett”

  1. By Scott H on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, OK….is ANYONE buying it when DD says he isn’t mad??? Nice of him to keep his cool when talking about it. But there ain’t NO FRIGGIN WAY he’s not mad about that! When a division rival runs it up on you like that and just flat-out humiliates you to the tune of 58-0….c’mon, man.

    But, staying focused is the right thing to do here. The Cardinals need a win on Sunday, period. Doesn’t matter where, doesn’t matter how, doesn’t matter against who. Revenge cannot be the goal here. Trying to get a win is all that matters. Well, that AND a Panthers loss. Our only way into the playoffs at this point is to pull even with the Panthers so the win against them earlier this season gives that last spot to us.

    All I ask is that we line up and give Seattle a real game on Sunday. We do that and it’s anyone’s game.

  2. By erik on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    That taunting penalty on DWash was the biggest BS call I have ever seen! Name me one person who does not clap or celebrate somehow after a sack or TFL (I forgot if it was a sack or not). There is too much money involved in sports these days for it not to be a little crooked somehow and over these last few weeks it appears certain parties don’t want the Cards to make the playoffs. Hold on, I have to scratch my head. My tin foil hat is getting itchy 🙂

    How does Fitz never get injured?! It is absolutely amazing to me! He needs to hold seminars in the offseason because whatever he does works!

  3. By Kevin on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply


    Do you have insight as to why the Bears/Eagles game was flexed Sunday and not the Cards game? Seems the Cards/Seahawks would be a better game but I also know there are certain league/network rules for which games can be flexed.

  4. By Darren Urban on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    Kevin —

    RE: Flex

    Lots of things go into the choice, not the least of which the TV markets, which are definitely bigger for Philly-Chicago than Seattle-Arizona.

  5. By Sir60 on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply


    What does the league do with all the revenue from the fines?


  6. By Darren Urban on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    Sir60 —

    RE: Fines

    It goes to the league’s charities.

  7. By carlo milano on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    Can be a 10 months rehab for matthieu?
    The guy seems motivated to make it faster but in this case is not better be cautious?
    Did adrian peterson have the same injury last year?

  8. By Darren Urban on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    Carlo —

    RE: Mathieu

    We will see on the timeline. Too early to tell now. You don’t want him to rush it.

  9. By Coach K on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    I see the Cardinals getting up early with a 14 point lead and surprising the Seahawks. There is something about this team that gives me a strong feeling this game is not going to go like everyone thinks. I see Feely kicking the winning field goal with 30 seconds on the clock.

  10. By DTL on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    Dockett is a warrior, expecting him to bring it.

  11. By jakeplummersghost on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    Haven’t wanted a game this bad since the Super Bowl. Beat the Chickens,

  12. By mal on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    To stay alive for the playoffs, we need a Cards’ victory OR a Carolina loss.

    We dont need both — just one or the other — and we’re still good.

    [one little wrinkle: if the Cards and Carolina both lose, then we also need Atlanta to lose, but thats no worry]

  13. By AzDesertRat1953 on Dec 20, 2013 | Reply

    Honey Badger Rules!

    Nice to hear from you HB. If you can, keep us updated.

    GO CARDS!!!

  14. By Servant Of The UnIverse on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    You know, a few seasons ago there was that spotlight on “Diva” receivers, and I

    think there is something along the lines of that with how professional athletes in

    the NFL will after having made some sort of favorable play, not only celebrate it

    but do so excessively; and to do so when their team is down is sometimes just

    sad. Some players have spoke against the fairly recent rules that were

    implement with regard to player safety; with the main issue, in my opinion,

    coming down to players having to control how they execute the fundamentals of

    football play. Adjusting to how players play the game could prove a difficult task;

    but, to utterly lack the discipline to abstain from the WWE-like child-league “there

    are no losers” celebratory acts is…well, to be as extreme as possible, although

    not by much…is along the lines of the alleged deeds committed by Incognito.

    Just plain juvenile! I remember sometime during the 90’s when I first heard an

    excessive celebration penalty called after a TD; it least it was during a

    reasonable time to celebrate within the ongoing time of a game, but seriously,

    celebrating after each play is just a joke. Find another way to cope with the

    frustration of the circumstances; remember You are role models, show some

    class, not that players don’t, but sometimes will get carried away with emotion I

    guess. Take for instance our man D. Wash, whose clapping over the face of the

    opponent while directly looking over him serves as one post-play scenario,

    another scenario–my personal cup of tea–would be get back in formation and be

    ready for the next play, cause I couldn’t wait to do that again; yet, a third and

    rather admirable manner to demonstrate extra effort after a play is to extend the

    opponent a “getum-up” hand. Overtly showing sportsmanship; while covertly,

    saying “get yo face-massk back up so I can knock you off yo cleats again!” If I

    ever become a coach, I would tell our team that since we can not be content

    with having our fans celebrate our performance, or that a squad cheers us and

    the fans on, if players must celebrate then we will practice differing the

    celebrations to our long-snapper and punter! Do You really want to be that guy,

    the genius who cost the team yardage; moving them outside of FG range and

    consequently lost the game. I mean the consequences to celebrating like a WWE

    megastar, who after a hit (a fake one at that) gestures to hear it from the crowd,

    have proven detrimental to the team. Save Your celebration for actual

    accomplishments, give them meaning again!!!

    Thank You for Your attentiveness!!!

  15. By NJAzCardsFan on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Darren- Due to the change in the Cards coaching staff at the end of last year, did Dockett ever have to pay the $200k fine for his refusal to let the Jets score at the end of that debactle…???

  16. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    NJAz –

    RE: Fine

    I am not sure what happened with that.

  17. By Lawrence Nichols on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    This has been a great year for the Cardinals and they have come much farther than most people would have thought. The team has bought itself respect amongst its peers which is very honorable. As a fan of the Cardinals I have enjoyed going to all the home games (We travel from Medford Oregon) and this time we are making a special trip to Seattle to see our team WIN on my birthday, then turn around and fly back to Phoenix for the 49er game and victory. In the last ten years we have had only one game we couldn’t make it to because of weather and a mechanical breakdown of a jet! Our fingers are crossed for the 29th for good weather, I would hate to miss the final. Club Section 240 Row 1

  18. By Scott H on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Mal –

    Why do we need the Falcons to lose??? That means the 49ers win. Why do we want THAT??? Hard to see how that helps the Cardinals.

    In regard to Sunday….it’s hard to imagine wanting to keep Seattle’s defense on the field as much as possible, but I think that is the way to try to win this game. With Wilson, Seattle’s offense is what truly scares me. Much like the Chargers did with Denver last week, I think we need to keep Wilson and the offense on the sidelines as much as possible, sustain long drives, and end those drives with points, some of which NEED to be of the 7-point variety.

    Wilson just makes plays no matter what. Need to keep him out of this.

  19. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Niners win

    Without going into all the combinations, the Cardinals CANNOT be tied with the Niners and make the playoffs. That includes a 3-way tie with Carolina. Figuring that the Cards would have to beat the Niners the last week, there are ways where the Cards would want the Niners to win Monday, depending on how their game and the game of the Panthers goes.

  20. By John The Draft Guy on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Love the Honey Badger.

    As for the game,

    Carson Palmer has either been sacked, hit, or pressured 145 times this year. He was sacked 7 times at home against Seattle and hit several more times.
    If Sowell and company can’t slow down that pass rush, and with Palmer hobbled, it will be a long game.

    If the line can give him some help, he did throw for 258 yards and completed 67% of his passes. It really comes down to that Oline.

    Look for the mismatch of Ellington in the slot catching the ball. The hawks lost their slot wr to drugs suspension, you know Earl Thomas will be patroling the field deep, giving Ellingto room underneath. We need Housler to step up too. Floyd will be going against a back up also. He will have his chances to be big.

    But none of that works if we can’t protect Palmer. That is what seattle is counting on.

    Defensively, the seahawks threw 3 tds against us. All three beat our safeties. Oh, btw, Honey Badger and Rashard Johnson are out. Tony Jefferson needs to play big. But I think you may see those CBs left all alone with no safety help. Big games from PP, Powers, and Cason are needed.
    Also, seattle has got back their two tackles. With Okung on Abraham, we need Dockett and Campbell to come up big inside.

  21. By clssylssy on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    First of all, Eric I totally agree with you about the BS call on Daryl Washington for “taunting”/unsportsmanlike conduct call against the Titans. To me that was a thinly veiled excuse to give the home team better field position and some much needed help! I can’t count the times Richard Sherman has knocked an opponent on his backside hard and gotten up and beat his chest with no penalty. Fans want to be entertained and this is professional football, a billion dollar ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. A little enthusiasm and pride at making a good play should be legit and pumps up the fans, but, this seems to be one of those “discretionary” calls where it is in the eye of the beholder (refs), is unchallengable, and is a BS catch-all flag on the play. There is a certain vague criteria for “celebration” which consists of a such things as no choreograph type dances, no jumping into the wall (except for the Lambaugh leap) no spiking the ball in the face of the defender, saluting (?) –basically harmless! The fact that there is no consistency about what is considered to be “celebration/taunting” makes this an even more hypocritical and questionable rule. I recall several years ago Jerome Simpson doing a front flip over the head of our defender as he flamboyantly entered the endzone for a TD. That was not considered taunting or celebrating?The fact is that he could have injured our player if he had kicked him in the head seemed to escape the NFL as well as the commentators who replayed this over-and-over and, as I recall, declared it the play of the year! The NFL is trying to sterilize and legislate football into a giant overpriced snoozefest. Certain “celebrations” fans associate with fond memories of their team’s victories and are a part of tradition and a team’s leagacy such as the Lambaugh leap, or when I was a child growing up at Arrowhead, Warbonnet (Indian Chief riding a painted horse) would circle the sidelines, Ray Lewis’s dance, etc. Certainly fans can watch college football if they are offended by harmless celebrations at a much cheaper price. I guess I feel people deserve a little levity for maximum entertainment and the substantially higher price of watching profootball a part of the total fan experience.

  22. By Chris Lewis on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    I keep seeing different playoff scenarios where they all say if Carolina wins this Sunday they’re in the palyoffs. How can that be? Even if Carolina wins this Sunday, Arizona can still get in if they win both games and Carolina loses one game, as they would both be 11-5 and Arizona has the tiebreaker since they beat Carolina head to head, so I’m scratching my head tryng to figure out how Carolina gets in with a win this Sunday. Can someone please explain this?

  23. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Chris Lewis —

    RE: Panthers

    Again, that has to do with a tiebreaker which would then include the Niners, who would be tied with the two teams if they too go 1-1 (which they would because the Cards would have had to beat them). And any Cards tie with the Niners means Cards are out.

  24. By Chris on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren!

    I know its off topic, but after watching some cardinals games today im curious to know whats ur take on DE Frostee Rucker.

    He seems ot be a very valuable back up that gets some pressure when rushing the passer. Not hearing his name too often i wondered how he grades out by PFF. Could u check that out?

    I think he gets too little credit for his level of play. Especially considering that BA mentioned him a couple of times in regard to locker room leadership.

    Was he a one yr deal? An extension candidate?

  25. By Darren Urban on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Chris —

    RE: Frostee

    I will look that up. He is indeed on a 1-year contract.

  26. By mal on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Scott H-

    If the Cards lose to Seattle, we’re still okay as long as Carolina loses.

    But then if SF loses, too, it works against us cuz the BEST we could finish after that would be to have a 3-way tie with all of us at 10-6. The Cards lose all 3-way ties becuz of the tie-breaker rules.

    So if we lose and Carolina loses but SF wins, then we’re still okay — cuz SF gets the first wildcard spot and we’re left to fight it out with Carolina for the final wildcard.

    Of course the sweetest deal of all would be for us to beat Seattle and SF to lose, cuz then we control everything. But no one expects Atlanta to win in SF.

  27. By mal on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Chris Lewis-

    Yes, if Carolins wins, theyre in — becuz they would then finish no worse than 11-5.

    At season’s end, if Carolina and AZ and SF are all tied at 11-5, Carolina and SF are the 2 wildcards, becuz in a 3-way tie our tie-breaker with SF is figured first, which we lose.

    The sad thing is that our tie-breaker with Carolina never helps us.

  28. By Scott H on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Darren & mal –

    OK, I didn’t realize the 3-way tie scenario. But I’m still not seeing the 49ers as who we need to worry about, ESPECIALLY since they are playing the Falcons this week. Of all the un-likely outcomes that could occur this weekend, I think there is none MORE un-likely than the Falcons pulling off the up-set. That is why I am letting the 49ers go as pretty much already in ahead of the Cardinals.

    As stated, this all comes down to whether or not the Cardinals can pull even with the Panthers. And the lethal 1-2 punch that kills us is a Cardinals loss and a Panthers win this weekend. Both teams win, we’re still alive. Both teams lose, we’re still alive. And counting on the Saints to win on the road makes me a little nervous.

    Geez, even the Cardinals are still alive going into the last week, we still have to beat the 49ers while the Panthers get the Falcons, who will have NOTHING to play for and will probably already have their lockers cleaned out so they can hit the golf course Monday morning. I swear, NO ONE in the NFC has tougher road to the playoffs than the Cardinals.

  29. By cards62 on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    Really like these videos that play when I bring up our website now. Great idea.

    Enjoyed the one with Carson audio, and article on Carson making the oline wear ufly outfits to get their Christmas presents. Really think that Carson is embracing being a Cardinal and i think our offense will have a great year next year after a huge improvement this year/.

    I would really love to see a monster game from Patrick Peterson tomorrow.Think we will need it plus it would just be nice to see again. Wish Carson could hit him with a bomb for a td on the opening drive so that Patrick is fired up for the whole game.

    Really worried about our oline tomorrow, but keeping the faith.

    Go Cards beat Seahawks.

  30. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    The good news is, we don’t have to make up our minds yet about whether we want SF to win or lose. They play Monday. If Carolina loses and we lose, we need SF to win to avoid setting up a three-way tie again. If Carolina loses and we win, we want SF to lose so that we can just get in outright by beating SF, but we don’t HAVE to beat SF in that scenario if Carolina loses again the following week, because two Carolina losses and we’re in with just 1 win. If Carolina wins and we win, we need SF to lose as that will be the only team we can catch at that point. If Carolina wins and we lose, we cannot make the playoffs.

  31. By sbrown on Dec 21, 2013 | Reply

    first and formost, Cards would help their cause by getting the win in Sea this week, then we can see what would still need to happen in week 17 games.
    I look back at the week 1 loss at StL, that has come back to haunt them now. Add the poor calls at the end of the Phi game, Cards could be looking at 11 wins now.
    All that aside, Cards control their chances with a win this week !

  32. By louis on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    stop dreaming it/s over today we had a great season wait until next year.

  33. By Nick Pepe on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    We aren’t done yet.

    I truly believe we find a way into the playoffs. And it starts with a Win today in Seattle. It’s gonna happen. This team is special. And it all comes together today.

    Merry Christmas Everyone!!
    “St.” Nicholas Pepe
    Lifetime Member
    It’s gonna take forever to get to 4pm EST!!!

  34. By Kevin S Mesa on Dec 22, 2013 | Reply

    I take one aspect of my previous post back — SF is not the only team we can catch after Carolina’s win; we could also take over NO’s spot with a win today and a loss by NO and win by us in the final week.

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