Dockett, Sowell with first camp scuffle

Posted by Darren Urban on August 11, 2014 – 4:42 pm

Finally, the Cardinals, under Bruce Arians, had a training camp fight.

The Cards didn’t have one during Arians’ first training camp last year. The streak held for two-plus weeks this year too. (I stand corrected. A fan reminded me that Bryan McCann and Charles Hawkins had a scrap late in camp last year, and lo and behold, they did.)

Monday, tackle Bradley Sowell and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett got into a post-play scuffle that wasn’t much of one. It was broken up quickly. But then we saw why Arians’ team doesn’t have such fights. Sowell and Dockett were made to run/walk/jog laps the rest of practice, which endd up being more than 30 minutes.

“It’s been a long time,” Sowell said of the last time he was made to run laps as punishment. “Dating back to probably middle school. Somewhere in there.”

It wasn’t a surprise though. At the outset of camp, Arians warned the team of the consequences of a fight. He frowns on that behavior. “The first thing you do is break your hand,” Arians said. “Might as well punch the wall. If you want to break your hand, break your hand. If you want to fight I’ll put boxing gloves on you and you can fight your ass off.”

There weren’t any broken hands Monday, or boxing gloves. Just the image of Dockett — who declined to comment — and Sowell circling the field over and over as practice went on as normal.

“We were coming off a big win where obviously as a team we looked good and the message today was don’t be complacent,” Sowell said. “Me and Dockett had the same mindset, neither one of us were going to go there (and be complacent). It happened the way it happened.”

Sowell said he and Dockett had been getting into it a little in each drill as practice had been going. “I knew it would eventually get heated,” Sowell said. At one point, Sowell caught up to Dockett during the laps and the two spoke briefly before continuing the punishment on their own.

“It was ‘We’re still teammates, let’s finish up this running and get by it.’ We both have played a little bit of football in the league. We both know how it is. Neither one of us want to lose,” Sowell said.

As teammate Lyle Sendlein said earlier in camp, “The Cardinals aren’t on the Cardinals’ schedule.”

“We’re teammates,” Sowell said. “It’s done.”



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34 Responses to “Dockett, Sowell with first camp scuffle”

  1. By nate on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Actually there was a bad fight last year with McCann? and a smaller wr on a special teams drill. Fists flying in that one.

  2. By Darren Urban on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Nate —

    RE: McCann

    Yes. Thanks for the heads up. I stand corrected. No one around here remembered that.

  3. By Scott H on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    I salute BA for this, big time. Old school. Love it. Not speaking of Darnell or Bradley or any other Cardinals players here, but to the extent that today’s pro athletes have become so entitled and self-centered, it is GREAT to see a head coach step right in and hold players accountable when they don’t do things the way they need to. Gonna have rules and penalties for not following those rules? Fine. Then, enforce them or they will mean nothing. Nothing like a nice big dose of DISCIPLINE.

    Don’t think it didn’t make an impression on every other player in that camp when a veteran leader like DD was told to run laps.

    I LOVE this guy!!!

  4. By Jason Zumwalt on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    I get it. I don’t like it. I hope it doesn’t happen again. But I get it.

  5. By Patrick Eagan on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Darren, whatever happened with linebacker Dontay Moch who played last year? He filled in for like one game after Sam Acho and Lorenzo Alexander got hurt before the cardinals discovered how good John Abraham still was. Thank you for your time.

  6. By Darren Urban on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Patrick —

    RE: Moch

    Moch was cut 3/13/14.

  7. By Scott on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    We are going to win the Super Bowl in our home stadium this year. GO CARDINALS!!!

  8. By Texascard on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    I love this guy

  9. By krehbieo14 on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    This is one of the reasons that Arians is respected. He reinforces players when they step up with positive play or good character but also holds them accountable for poor execution or inappropriate behavior. That’s what builds team chemistry!

  10. By AzDesertRat1953 on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Ya think BA will show up carrying 16-18 oz. boxing gloves tomorrow for whom ever wants to continue? lol

    Making them do laps is the Best punishment. Think about it, your a grown Man and you have to do Laps!

    Scott H – You are right.
    I remember last year when BA got on Fitz for messing up and Everyone took notice of that. That’s when I realized we had a guy that was not like all the other HC’s we have had, this one was Different, in a Good way!

    GO CARDS!!!

  11. By br in nc on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Its called “incentive pt” (physical training) the Marine Corps ensures all young Marines are intimately aware of it. (LOL)

  12. By chris parmele on Aug 11, 2014 | Reply

    Never get into a fight with a man that is uglier than you… have more to lose.

    Love what Bruce stands for.

    Old school in your face.

    Harbough wouldn’t do that….

    Pete Carroll would be shucking and jiving with the press after a brawl.

    Got ourselves a coach that is making a team….not a bunch of individuals with agendas.

  13. By Sean on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    BA wanted them to have the fight in em. Team doesn’t need Dockett or Sowell getting ejected out of a game. Last year it was 10-6.. a game like the first Ram game where Arizona Defense gave up a huge lead. 11-5. One other game, 12-4. NFC West you can beat most other divisions top team record, and still not make the playoffs.

  14. By Andrew on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    I couldn’t help but giggle on Sowells comment “We both have played a little bit of football in the league…” , yup and Darnell Dockett almost a decade more than you at an extremely higher level. Lol. Not knocking Sowell just saying.

  15. By jason on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply


    Not sure if you guys take requests for the Xmo Xtra, but I think a great candidate would be Dwyer running over Elbert Mack.

  16. By Dave on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Dockett’s ugly racist side showing up yet again. Only fights with white guys.

  17. By Darren Urban on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Dave —

    RE: Dockett

    I can’t tell if this is a really poor attempt at humor or if you are serious. Either way, smh.

  18. By br in nc on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Well put Darren, I would hope it is a poor attempt at humor, besides DD is the last person anyone would call a racist, for a decade now he has only seen one color, Cardinal Red!!! He may never be accused of being “politically correct”, but racist? Not a chance!!

  19. By br in nc on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Sowell sure isn’t helping his chances of making this team, he seems to be hanging by a thread already, sure doesn’t need this kind of attention.

  20. By Chuck 1 on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply


    No Like & Dislike icons?

  21. By Darren Urban on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Chuck 1 —

    RE: Icons

    You mean other than the thumbs up/down?

  22. By K-Dub on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply


    Could the Cards put black stripes on all the helmets during the preseason black jersey night. I’m starting to dig the look of a black on black. They can still track the QB’s line of sight in live action.

  23. By Darren Urban on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    K-Dub —

    RE: Black stripes

    Won’t happen.

  24. By red c monster on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Everyone, regardless of skin color, grew up with a Darnell Dockett in their neighborhood and EVERYONE hoped they were on his good side. Sowell now understands that. lol.

    Much respect to BA for the old school punishment.

  25. By D on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    I hope Honey Badger will be the exception to the rule on the % of players who blow out their knee and comes back great this year, but we all need to be practical and shouldn’t expect his play to be at the level prior to his injury until next year. Besides Adrian P, I can’t think of a player who has rebounded fast and played as good quickly from a bad knee injury.
    All players bodies are different and he hopefully can do it, but at his position he has to be able to change direction on a dime to play centerfield.

  26. By Chuck 1 on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply


    When I looked earlier, I didn’t see any Thumbs Up/Down.
    Gremlins at work, I guess.

  27. By Scott H on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Dave –
    Really, dude? Seriously, man, next time you feel like saying something? Do us a favor and don’t.

  28. By CARDINAL on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply

    Dockett has been my favorite player as I have been wearing his jersey every sunday since 2008 . Darren what is going on with our 4th yr VA tech running back ??? will we use him this yr ??

  29. By Darren Urban on Aug 12, 2014 | Reply


    RE: Va Tech running back?

    Who are you talking about?

  30. By br in nc on Aug 18, 2014 | Reply

    The only RB that fits the description is Ryan Williams.
    If you are referring to Ryan Williams, you are a few months late on him, and his use as a Cardinal. He is now a Dallas Cowgirl.

  31. By Kaleb on Aug 13, 2014 | Reply

    I like the method of on-the-spot straight forward correction that BA made here. It seems like many coaches these days have lost control of their players, and don’t face team “drama” in the face. Instead they cower away and throw a suspension or small fine from a safe distance. You want the respect and obedience of 53 grown athletes, you better not show any weakness. Keep it up BA.

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