Dockett talks Webb, Arians, Cardinals’ D

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 here):

“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.”

— Matt

Swartz