Darnell Dockett provides insight into Bruce Arians, Cardinals' defense, Twitter shenanigans.
By FOX SPORTS ARIZONA FS Arizona
Darnell Dockett's appearance on Phoenix radio station XTRA 910 on Thursday generated some headlines regarding his Twitter, um, shenanigans with Katherine Webb, better known as Miss Alabama and the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. For those who missed it, the comments generating most of the buzz were as follows (listen to the full interview
"She’s a very beautiful girl, but I just feel like somebody who’s been modeling and going to Alabama and doing all that country stuff, I just want to take her out of her (element) and bring her to get some of these garlic wings and these barbecue wings and see a few strippers and things like that, so she can appreciate what she’s doing. I’m just giving back to the community in the long run. ...
“If I really wanted to get his girl, there’s a bunch of different ways I’d have went about it. And I would have got her if I really wanted her. But I don’t think she’s my type. I’m not into the thinner girls and the modelling thing like that. I like hood chicks. I like girls with a couple stab wounds, bullet holes, been knocked up a few times. ... I like girls who you know have bad credit when they’re 21.”
Takeaways: He could've had Webb if he'd wanted her (McCarron might be willing to dispute that, as he did when Dockett originally started tweeting his now-famous lady) and he prefers "hood chicks." Interesting, but not to be taken seriously. This is Dockett being Dockett.
More interesting (but lesser noticed since they were only about football) were his comments on new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, an unusual introduction and the defense the Cards plan to install.
Regarding Arians, Dockett voiced his support for the hire (his relationship with Ken Whisenhunt was noticeably strained at the end of Whiz's tenure) and then provided yet another Dockett-esque anecdote:
“I did my research on Bruce, man, and he’s a great guy. I talked to a lot of players that played with him — Robert Mathis, Dwight Freeney, even some guys in Pittsburgh — everybody vouched for him. They all said he’s a good guy. And a couple days ago I got a text message from somebody and I was like, ‘Who is this?’ And they was like, ‘Hey, hit me up. It’s B.A. Give me a call. I want to talk to you ASAP.’ And I’m looking at the text message like, ‘I don’t even know who this is; I’m not calling them back.’ So the next day I get a text message and it’s like, ‘This is your coach. Give me a call. I want to check in with you.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, (expletive). New coach.' ...
"I called him back and he was so energetic. We conversated for 30, 40 minutes, and it was a great, positive conversation. He said some things to me that kinda got me excited."
As for the defense going forward, Dockett referenced in passing an apparent switch to 4-3 defensive tackle from the 3-4 defensive end position he had been playing under Ken Whisenhunt and Ray Horton.
“(Arians) told me he’s gonna put me in my regular position that I had been playing over the years, and I was a dominant force in the middle (at defensive tackle). That got me fired up right away because I’ve been just looking for another opportunity to do what I do best and go out and dominate games. ...
"The 4-3 and the 4-3 under and things like that, it creates where guys have to block me one on one. Guys have to worry about where I'm going, whether I'm going left, right, upfield, over the top -- it doesn't matter. It lets me be an athlete, it lets me just be dominant, be in the backfield and be disruptive. ... I'm excited about the whole thing and just getting back on the map."