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Dockett says there’s “no option” but to make the playoffs

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If you haven’t heard, the Cardinals have a 6-4 record, which puts them in a tie with the 49ers for second place in the NFC West.

As Arizona enters the stretch run to the postseason, one of the veteran defensive leaders has adopted a playoffs or bust mindset.

“We don’t have a choice but to make the playoffs this year,” Dockett told Erik Kuselias on Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  “There’s no option for us.  We’re a veteran team we know we can do some things on offense, we know we can do some things on defense.  The biggest thing is that when you get to your 10th or 11th game of the season, it’s about not beating yourself at this point.  Everybody’s going to be equal in talent level, in schemes, matchup problems here and there but the main thing is not beating yourself.  You can’t beat yourself, that’s the biggest thing.  You work hard and you’ll have that chance and it’s in your favor when you don’t do those things.”

Aside from not seeing the Cardinals beat themselves, Dockett would like to beat the 49ers.

“Last year they won the division and everyone wants to beat them because they got to the playoffs last year,” Dockett said.  “They went to the Super Bowl, had a hell of a game in the Super Bowl but fell short.  Right now, everybody is coming at the throne, it’s part of being at the top.  Right now, you only get respect when you beat the best and no matter what Seattle is doing, San Fran is the best team in the division.  They won the division last year and unless that changes, you’ve got to go for the top.”

Either way, Dockett just wants to get to the postseason.

“You look at anything less than the playoffs when you’re playing football, you’re playing for nothing,” Dockett said.  “I’ve been very fortunate to get to the Super Bowl, to play on playoff teams but when you get that feeling, you’re playing for that trophy that’s the only thing that matters.  Anything less is a disappointing season.  I don’t care what team you’re on.  You want to win the division first, get into the playoffs and when you get into the playoffs, anything happens.  If you don’t get into the playoffs, it’s a very unsuccessful season.  That’s the way the standards should be for every team in the NFL.”

The problem for 20 of the NFL’s teams every year is that the table seats only 12.  The way the Cardinals have been playing this year, they could be stealing one of the chairs — possibly the one previously reserved for the 49ers.

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28 Responses to “Dockett says there’s “no option” but to make the playoffs”
  1. crapdrawers says: Nov 23, 2013 9:58 AM

    the west is strong. Seattle is getting healthy now, they’re scary. But my niners will get the offense back on track and start a run.

  2. threedeep1998 says: Nov 23, 2013 10:02 AM

    Great job with Arians hire. Really turned around one of the most boring NFL teams from last year. Carson Palmer will hold these dudes back though. INT machine

  3. chawkup says: Nov 23, 2013 10:08 AM

    Thanks for giving the Seahawks some bulletin board material Darnell.

  4. dioalice says: Nov 23, 2013 10:10 AM

    I like how the Cards are coming together at the right time. Had their offense been on track earlier (and it still needs to improve), they could be 7-3 or better.

    Should they beat the Colts tomorrow, they have a realistic shot at 10 wins, and a wild card. It probably comes down to the 49ers game in week 17 as to which NFC West team gets the fifth or sixth wildcard.

  5. florioinitalianmeansnonsense says: Nov 23, 2013 10:15 AM

    If you haven’t heard, the last three teams the Cards beat are the Jags, Texans, and Falcons; basically the Cards had three byes in a row. They are going to find out how playing a real team will be this week. Colts 38, Cards 20.

  6. gorillapimpin says: Nov 23, 2013 10:20 AM

    Carson Palmer will fold under the pressure, then blame the organization and everyone involved, then retire. After all that takes place he will come back and play for another QB desperate team and donut again. Ironically both teams he has forced his way put of ate better off without him.

  7. seattlerogueburner says: Nov 23, 2013 10:20 AM

    Just because a team did great the previous year, doesn’t make them the best this year. Look at Baltimore. I’d worry about your trip to Seattle on December 22nd more than beating the second best team in this division

  8. c297201d says: Nov 23, 2013 10:38 AM

    chawkup wrote – Thanks for giving the Seahawks some bulletin board material Darnell.

    Can they read?

  9. stanleybucasas says: Nov 23, 2013 10:47 AM

    Funny how the fans from the ‘northwest’ are still whining, begging, and crying for attention! Darnell Dockett is entitled to his opinion, and until the Seahawks actual wim something that ACTUALLY means something, stand in line.

  10. MostlyRight says: Nov 23, 2013 11:12 AM

    “If you haven’t heard, the last three teams the Cards beat are the Jags, Texans, and Falcons; basically the Cards had three byes in a row. They are going to find out how playing a real team will be this week. Colts 38, Cards 20.”

    In case you haven’t heard, the Colts got abused by the Rams…the worst team in the NFC West, and barely scratched a win vs the horrible Titans since losing Wayne and adding the invisible Richardson while losing a first rounder. All while the Cards have been improving week to week. Oh, and the Cards beat the Lions and Panthers too, and were one rare Larry Fitzgerald fumble from already beating the 49ers.

  11. raynman49 says: Nov 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    What’s that thing on his head?

  12. truths4all says: Nov 23, 2013 11:38 AM

    Even though Russel Wilson cautions the Seattle fans to keep in mind that they have not won anything yet, the Seahawk fans are simply unable to control themselves over anything less than 100% positive posted about their team.

    Of course when you keep in mind that the Seahawks are all these fans have to give meaning to their empty lives, the rest of us certainly should view these desperate fans with more understanding than we do of a crazy uncle or such. Besides the Seahawks and a rusty Space Needle, Seahawk fans must constantly face their major issues of living each day such as mold, polluted fish, socialistic governments, loss of personal freedoms, high taxes, low employment, high crime, dropping property values, multiple insect infestations, lyme disease, ugly people, stupid people, and just being wet and damp to their underwear all day and night long. And these are just some of the positive things the Seattle Chamber of Commerce proudly posts on their bragging list.
    No wonder Seahawk fans always appear off center and slightly deranged. We owe them some understanding and space, just as we do the crazy uncle almost every family has.

  13. djjackson81 says: Nov 23, 2013 11:39 AM

    Reality is AZ has lost to NO SF Seattle and STL. All those losses were in those teams houses. AZ isn’t playing to overtake Seattle in the division they are playing for a wildcard spot.
    Game plan vs Indy 2 TE on the line to help block Mathis let Washington shadow Luck when he runs like he did Cam. Indus defense doesn’t match up to AZ defense at all. AZ isn’t overlooking week by week play to win each week. Indy in PHX Phily in Phily were they won 1 time this season then Tenn. AZ will beat STL likely drop to Seattle but heads up SF to get in bottom line.

  14. westcoastklown says: Nov 23, 2013 11:51 AM

    Docket is obviously not watching football or even paying attention to the news. 9ers are regressing while the seahawks look to demolish the division. 9ers will be third best in the division after they play the cards. Then get smacked around a third straight time by the seahawks. I guess 4 games behind the best football team in the division maies you the best football team in the division. Way to stay positive son.

  15. adderal says: Nov 23, 2013 12:25 PM

    They have the D and talent on offense. If it all comes together late there is no reason they can’t be one of those teams that upsets some teams in the post season. Of course if they get there that means the niners continued there nose dive so I hope not.

  16. badmoonrison says: Nov 23, 2013 1:15 PM

    Yep, I hate to break it to you Cards fans, cause it would be nice to see you end up with a better record that the 9ers, but Palmer will ultimately end up choking when it counts most, just like he did with my Raiders since we first traded for him which was a total bonehead decision on our part. I have to admit, Im amazed he’s gotten you guys to 6-4…

  17. hawkdawg88 says: Nov 23, 2013 1:49 PM

    Seattle is one of the most livable large cities in the country, by almost every unbiased account, so all this crap about a “rusty Space Needle” and “mold” is masking some sad inferiority complex.

    As to football, the Hawks are 10-1, the Niners are 6-4, and the Hawks have demolished the Niners the last two times they played them. Their respective QBs are headed in two different directions. Sure, the Niners can beat anybody, including the Hawks, on any given Sunday, but to say now that the Niners are the best team in the division because they won it last year? Stretching it. What if they were 0-10? Still the best team because they won it last year?

    All this is pretty funny coming from Dockett, whose team got its ass kicked on national television, at home, by the team he says isn’t as good as the Niners. It will be interesting to see what happens to him and his buddies when they close the season up in Seattle.

  18. vaphinfan says: Nov 23, 2013 2:43 PM

    It would be good to see the cards in the playoffs again esp in their tough division

  19. seahawkfan4evr says: Nov 23, 2013 3:28 PM

    djjackson81 says:
    Nov 23, 2013 11:39 AM
    Reality is AZ has lost to NO SF Seattle and STL. All those losses were in those teams houses.

    Seattle played arizona in arizona not seattle that comes later.

  20. patsfan1820 says: Nov 23, 2013 3:48 PM

    San Fran is falling apart so the Cardinals best chance of making the playoffs is taking their wildcard spot. If the Cardinals beat the Colts and 49ers somehow lose to the Redskins the Cardinals are in business.

  21. raideralex99 says: Nov 23, 2013 4:09 PM

    If the Cards make the playoffs … these idiots would still call down Palmer.
    Give it a rest … we all know Palmer is not an elite QB but he is very capable of winning.
    What’s HOFer RG3′s record?

  22. Ferdinand says: Nov 23, 2013 4:23 PM

    I can see you having no option but to make it to the playoffs, but surely you must have had some options in your choice of head-wear. Funky is fine. Whimsical is wonderful. But that’s just – what the hell is that?

  23. beastmode5150 says: Nov 23, 2013 4:29 PM

    He’s never been too bright. The niners are the best? Lol

  24. cakesw says: Nov 23, 2013 5:58 PM

    Wow……Seattle fans need a hug!

    He didn’t diss the Seahawks…he was asked what team he wants to beat, and he answered the 49ers and then even gave a legitimate reason why….

    It doesnt translate to ” the Seahawks suck”, which apparently many Seahawk fans want to think…

    Dockett and the 49ers have gone at it for a loooooong time, there is never any love lost there.

    Seattle fans need to get over it….your team is the best in the NFC, not many of us doubt that…the guy was merley asked whom he wanted to beat….He could have answered the Titans for what it is worth, and you guys still would be upset.

  25. seaeagle707 says: Nov 23, 2013 6:28 PM

    With the problems that RGIII, has had this season, and some generally poor playing by the Skins’ D, the chances of them beating up the 9ers, are slim to none. Kaep would have to have a day disastrous by his own standards, for that to happen. The Cards have a much better chance of beating the Horseshoes. The more likely scenario is that the Redbirds and the 9ers will still be tied in W’s and L’s, heading to week 13.

  26. ddogdaddy says: Nov 23, 2013 8:21 PM

    @MostlyRight

    Well you are mostly right. While you are right the Colts did get waxed at home by an inferior opponent (Rams). Let’s not forget the Colts beat the 2 teams that Dockett is talking about needing to beat.

  27. mf1849 says: Nov 23, 2013 8:49 PM

    truths4all says: Nov 23, 2013 11:38 AM

    Even though Russel Wilson cautions the Seattle fans to keep in mind that they have not won anything yet, the Seahawk fans are simply unable to control themselves over anything less than 100% positive posted about their team.

    Of course when you keep in mind that the Seahawks are all these fans have to give meaning to their empty lives, the rest of us certainly should view these desperate fans with more understanding than we do of a crazy uncle or such. Besides the Seahawks and a rusty Space Needle, Seahawk fans must constantly face their major issues of living each day such as mold, polluted fish, socialistic governments, loss of personal freedoms, high taxes, low employment, high crime, dropping property values, multiple insect infestations, lyme disease, ugly people, stupid people, and just being wet and damp to their underwear all day and night long. And these are just some of the positive things the Seattle Chamber of Commerce proudly posts on their bragging list.
    No wonder Seahawk fans always appear off center and slightly deranged. We owe them some understanding and space, just as we do the crazy uncle almost every family has.

    _________________________________

    Couldn’t agree more! So…how are your nieces and nephews doing?

  28. flipola says: Nov 23, 2013 8:57 PM

    Cardinals, valiant effort this season, truly. You’ve done much better than most expected. And I have a soft spot for teams that were horrible when I was younger (Arizona, Seattle, Cincinnati, et cetera), and as an LSU fan, I love Peterson and Mathieu. But it’s a battle for the finals wild card spot at best, and Carolina has a much easier road.

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