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Cardinals get feisty in first full-pads practice

When the Cardinals adjusted their logo several years ago, former coach Dennis Green explained that the new profile of the not-so-intimidating bird would be angrier.

Maybe they should have just put Darnell Dockett’s face on the side of their helmet.

Dockett was at the center of a full-squad fracas on Monday afternoon, during the team’s first full-pads practice of the year.  As described by Darren Urban of the team’s official website, it started when Dockett showed why the Jets cut guard Alan Faneca, blowing up the veteran at the line of scrimmage and causing both players to land at the feet of quarterback Matt Leinart.

Dockett then swept the leg of Leinart, knocking the quarterback down — a blatant breach of training-camp protocol.  So Leinart, who has engaged in MMA training in the past with FOX’s Jay Glazer, confronted Dockett and spiked the ball as his feet.

Enter tackle Levi Brown, who attacked Dockett.  The two then mixed it up, and a scrum broke out.

Dockett later was contrite.  “I shouldn’t have done that,” Dockett said, in reference to his decision to put Leinart on his butt.  “But when you get caught in
the battle, the engine turns on and you don’t think about it.  I’m not
trying to hurt him but I am trying to go 100 percent every time I put my
hand on the ground.  If I am doing that, I am making my team better. . . .

“That’s what it’s all about.  As much as you love your teammates, when
you put the pads on, you have to try and kill them,” Dockett said.  “That’s what it is all about.  That’s the only way you can get better.  You can’t come out and play 80 percent and expect to win a third
divisional title. It ain’t going to happen.  We have to treat [the
offense] like they are the 49ers and they have to treat [the defense]
like we’re the 49ers.”

Amen to that. 

Though it still remains to be seen whether the Cardinals can compete without Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin and Antrel Rolle and Karlos Dansby, it looks like Dockett will do everything he can to help defend the division crown once again.  If the Cards played in any other division, we’d say “fat chance.”  In the NFC West, anything can happening.

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31 Responses to “Cardinals get feisty in first full-pads practice”
  1. crodseth says: Aug 2, 2010 11:47 PM

    The Cards will be garbage without their stars this year.

  2. DcNinerFan says: Aug 2, 2010 11:48 PM

    Hah. Unless the Cards have some sort of secret super-soldier weapon ALA Patrick Willis they won’t be able to replicate the 49ers D… Watch our for Justin Smith again, Leinart, lest you get your ass handed to you like Warner did…

  3. Sactown49er says: Aug 3, 2010 12:01 AM

    Looks like we’re on somebody’s minds!! Haahaha Screw AZ…ur gettin swept again AND are NOT winning the division!

  4. LarryFitzgerald4MVP says: Aug 3, 2010 12:04 AM

    The Cards are better than being predicted, they’ve filled a lot of their holes with solid players, despite what people have been saying. For all the negativity about Leinart, he’s been pretty decent when he’s had chances in the last year, and i think he can be a solid QB for this team.

  5. Sinister79 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:09 AM

    Damn, the Niners must of mind F’ed Dockett good and proper to get him to knock down his own QB and start a riot with his own team. The season has yet to start and the Niners already have a psychological advantage.

  6. Sactown49er says: Aug 3, 2010 12:11 AM

    U lil tweety birds suck anyway…jus hurt each other n make it worse. Dockett is a damn good player but come on man…

  7. Hawkfan50 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:14 AM

    Well at least he didn’t put his forearm on his QB’s throat while he’s on the ground , like Darnell Dogsh*t did to Hasselbeck last year ..
    By all means Darnell , please take out your starting QB for the season . The rest of the NFC West appreciates your enthusiasm !!

  8. Hound32 says: Aug 3, 2010 12:22 AM

    Desert Dwellers you had better hope that Leinhart is the real deal and doesnt get hurt . as a life long Browns fan you dont want to see Derek Anderception behind center.

  9. FumbleNuts says: Aug 3, 2010 12:22 AM

    “So Leinart, who has engaged in MMA training in the past with FOX’s Jay Glazer, confronted Dockett and spiked the ball as his feet.”
    OOOOOH, I bet that scared Dockett!

  10. Brian Sipe says: Aug 3, 2010 12:36 AM

    I like the aggression, and I bet the half wit Derek Anderson does too lol.

  11. LighTsouT says: Aug 3, 2010 12:56 AM

    If the Cards played in any other division, we’d say “fat chance.” In the NFC West, anything can happening.
    Hopefully this is true and the Rams win the division. Hey, knock me for being a fan, but this is football, any given team can win any given day.

  12. lieutenant Dan's Ice Cream says: Aug 3, 2010 1:25 AM

    Cards still suck.

  13. Ryno says: Aug 3, 2010 1:57 AM

    Too bad he didn’t injure that punk Leinart.

  14. The Bion says: Aug 3, 2010 2:02 AM

    Dockett has history as a dirty player going back to college. Did you approve when he got fined last season for digging his elbow into Hasselbeck’s windpipe?

  15. harloeisdead says: Aug 3, 2010 2:30 AM

    Yes, anything can happening.

  16. Wukong says: Aug 3, 2010 3:20 AM

    This Jay Glazer/MMA nonsense has really got to stop. Glazer is a blowhard that thinks being a business partner with Randy Couture and having won a single amateur MMA fight more than seven years ago some how make him the equal of Bas Rutten. Dude is a snake oil salesman who is suckering NFL players into a program that is teaching them nothing. Leinart would’ve been better off taking Tae Kwo Do lessons in a strip mall from some phony 17th Degree Grandmaster.

  17. Cup says: Aug 3, 2010 6:19 AM

    Being feisty in camp is always a good thing. I always hated seeing guys mail it in at camp. Start with fire, you will end with that same fire, good for Dockett, also a class move with his explanation and saying he shouldn’t have done it….

  18. Fed up says: Aug 3, 2010 6:25 AM

    The Cards were a one-hit wonder the season the Steelers drubbed them in the Super Bowl.

  19. DB26 says: Aug 3, 2010 6:50 AM

    Thanks DD for earning your check, unlike most these mouthpieces!

  20. iAMthatiAM says: Aug 3, 2010 7:06 AM

    Onother team full of spit and vinegar in training camp. Come the season…..meek as lambs.

  21. joey-pickles says: Aug 3, 2010 7:52 AM

    Nice little tip of the hat to the NYJ’s front office there Florio! Congrats!!!

  22. Caldon says: Aug 3, 2010 7:53 AM

    Your not helping your team if you injure your starting QB (well, in most cases).
    Your also not helping your team if leg swipping at other teams QB is your MO, since, you know, that is against the rules and you will get snagged and penalties will go flying.
    Don’t hide behind the “helping my team” lines. You lost your cool and made a mistake that could cost your team in a real game. Man up.

  23. Wartooth says: Aug 3, 2010 8:34 AM

    Hmmm? So the 9ers didn’t get a better QB, and somehow they have awarded themselves the division…Alex Smith, 57 turn overs in 3 seasons.
    Yeah, it’s a lock.

  24. Robski says: Aug 3, 2010 9:05 AM

    David Carr will have his own Kurt Warner/Vinny Testeverde renaissance in Frisco and lead them to a 10-6 division winning season after noodle arm gets hurt AGAIN.

  25. Hailskinzz says: Aug 3, 2010 9:29 AM

    Damn that division is garbage

  26. rickvaldez says: Aug 3, 2010 9:32 AM

    For all the negativity about Leinart, he’s been pretty decent when he’s had chances in the last year, and i think he can be a solid QB for this team.
    How solid will he be win big mouth Dockett is trying to take his legs out in practice. And he wants people to think He’s the best in the league…moron

  27. cantgetenough says: Aug 3, 2010 12:38 PM

    Florio said:
    “In the NFC West, anything can happening.”
    Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  28. LGC = Let's Go Cardinals says: Aug 3, 2010 12:46 PM

    Hey douchebag 49er fans…please do not forget that ALEX SMITH (just threw up in my mouth typing that) is your quarterback before you crown yourselves division champs.

  29. Boondock22 says: Aug 3, 2010 3:19 PM

    It’s amazing how every 49 fag has all kinds of crap to talk when your QB situation is even worse than ours. Leinart isn’t nearly as pathetic as Alex Smith and David Carr is even worse than D. Anderson.
    Singletary is a mega-douche, love the wooden cross and stop-watch combo he wears all the time…Cards will 3-peat the division and then you can all talk about how you will win it hands down next year.

  30. Sactown49er says: Aug 3, 2010 6:19 PM

    Cards aren’t winning crap with that wanna be Justin Timberlake QB of urs. Niners have every piece in place. They win the division with even a mediocre season from Smith

  31. clintcooper says: Aug 10, 2010 9:45 PM

    As a sort of Cardinals fan, I do not believe they can win the division this year. And I have absolutely no idea why everyone keeps bidding $40 on Fitz during the fantasy football auctions.

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