Darnell Dockett DL ARI 2 Months
The Cardinals may approach LE Darnell Dockett about a pay cut this offseason.
Dockett is owed $5.75 million in salary and bonuses after struggling as a pass rusher in 2013, recording 4.5 sacks. He turns 33 in May. The Cards do not have a viable in-house replacement, so GM Steve Keim will have to tread lightly with Dockett, who remains a critical piece of Arizona's stout run defense.
Darnell Dockett DL ARI 10 Months
Darnell Dockett admitted that he "hated" the 3-4 scheme former DC Ray Horton ran last season.
Dockett was asked to keep offensive linemen off the linebackers, not make plays himself. He ended up with just 1.5 sacks and 34 tackles in 15 games -- his worst numbers since 2005. New defensive coordinator Todd Bowles will run a hybrid scheme that features Dockett in his natural role -- an interior pass-rusher that disrupts plays in the backfield. "It's like a million pounds off your shoulders," Dockett said. Expect a bounce-back season.
Darnell Dockett DL ARI Jan 27 '13
Darnell Dockett said he would have asked for a trade had Ken Whisenhunt returned as the Cardinals' head coach.
It's not a secret that Dockett was unhappy with his role in since departed DC Ray Horton's defense, and his numbers showed that, as he mostly disappeared in games last year. Now, with Bruce Arians in the fold as head coach, Dockett is determined to get back to his 2007-10 form. He is expected to move back to the middle of the defense, and Dockett's sack numbers should see an uptick.
Darnell Dockett DL ARI Jan 24 '13
New coach Bruce Arians told Darnell Dockett that he will be more of a full-time interior pass rusher in the Cardinals' 2013 defense.
Dockett was wishy-washy when asked by reporters after the season if he wanted to return to Arizona. He sounds genuinely amped now. "He told me I was going to play some of my regular positions, positions I played when I was a dominant force in the middle," Dockett said. "And that got me fired up." Playing less of a two-gapping end spot moving forward, Dockett's sack numbers should rise.
Darnell Dockett DL ARI Dec 31 '12
Darnell Dockett gave a vague response when asked if he wanted to return to the Cardinals in 2013.
Dockett hinted that he feels unwanted and that the organization needs to be more committed to winning, but also says he's content in Arizona. He was one of several veterans to butt heads with coach Ken Whisenhunt this season. "At the end of the day my loyalty is with the Cardinals," Dockett said. "I have given this organization everything I've got. I love playing here. I love some of the talent we've got."
Darnell Dockett DL ARI Dec 03 '12
Arizona Sports 620 reports that an undisclosed incident that occurred between Cardinals RE Darnell Dockett and FS Kerry Rhodes late in Sunday's loss to the Jets may result in disciplinary action for Dockett.
Expect more details to emerge by Tuesday. The Cardinals have lost eight straight games, so it wouldn't be shocking if the team began to unravel a bit. Rhodes was the best player on the field in the Jets game, racking up six tackles, three pass breakups, two interceptions, and a forced fumble in the loss.
Darnell Dockett DL ARI Oct 20 '12
Darnell Dockett (hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Dockett and O'Brien Schofield (probable, knee) were upgraded to full practice weeks after being limited Wednesday. The Cardinals will be without FS Kerry Rhodes (lower back), but don't have any other injuries on defense. ILB Paris Lenon (knee) is listed as probable.
Darnell Dockett DL ARI Oct 05 '12
Cardinals DT Darnell Dockett played 19-of-56 defensive snaps in his Week 5 return from a hamstring injury.
He was held off the statsheet, though the ten-day layoff between Arizona's Weeks 5 and 6 games should get Dockett back to full strength, assuming he avoids setbacks. Although he has no sacks, Dockett was perhaps the most disruptive interior defensive lineman in football in the first three games of the year.