Darnell Dockett on the Redskins and Portis
Cardinals Pro Bowl defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is from Montgomery County and played his high school ball at Paint Branch. He frequently visits the D.C. area in the offseason, and does various appearances in this area. And he recently asked his Twitter followers what they'd think about him playing for the Redskins.
So it was a natural question when Dockett appeared on 106.7 The Fan's LaVar and Dukes Show on Thursday: would you ever want to play for your hometown team? Dockett's answer, to me, came out of nowhere. It was harsh.
"For me to ever come to Washington, man, I have a lot of respect for the fans," he said. "This is one of the biggest cities with the most fans that are just dedicated for that team. But there's a lot of things I don't like, there's a lot of things they do that I couldn't accept as being a leader. You know, I've never seen an organization that would go out and lose on Sunday and throw a party Sunday night after a loss and party all week. Like, I couldn't adapt to that, and I think that's one of the reasons that I couldn't be a part of an organization, of how they carry their organization.
"I'm not gonna disrespect Washington, I don't have anything bad to say. But it's just certain things that I'm used to. I'm used to my guys, if we lose, we come back in town after a loss, we don't even want to go to the gas station, we don't want to show our face nowhere, because winning means that much to us. And I think a lot of guys on that team, winning don't mean anything. I think partying and getting paid is a big part of a lot of guys on that team.
"Yeah, I could see me playing [there], but there would have to be a lot of things changing, because I'm a winner. I don't feel the need to play football and not want to win on Sundays, and I think winning comes with a perfect week of preparation, not being in the clubs, dedicating myself for 16-plus weeks of football. This is what you do, this is what you get paid millions of dollars to do, and that's what it's all about. It's not about partying every day of the week, celebrating one win. It's about piling up 9, 10 wins in a row, and winning a title, and getting a division, and getting into the playoffs. That's more important to me.
"So as far as me coming back home, yeah, I would love to come to Washington and play football when my contact's up next year, but a lot of things would have to change. And I'm sure Shanahan would do a great job in trying to turn that team around."
Huh. Well. That was interesting.
I'm not sure exactly who he was talking about, but one could reasonably suspect that Clinton Portis maybe was somewhere on the list of perceived problems, I guess. So Chad Dukes eventually asked Dockett his opinion on ol' No. 26. Remember, Portis accused Dockett of dirty play two seasons ago, in a game when Stephon Heyer was thrown out for retaliating against Dockett. Who knows if that was part of this, but Dockett is apparently not a fan.
"I couldn't play with him," Dockett said. "I don't got nothing bad to say, I won't say nothing bad on him. I couldn't play with a guy like that. From what I'm hearing in the locker room, me personally, I couldn't play with a guy like that. I've never played, since I've been in the NFL, with a guy that selfish, I've never played with guys where it was all about them, I've never played with guys that don't practice.
"We don't do things like that in Arizona. We've got guys come to practice, they play hurt, they play hard, and they give you everything they've got, week in and week, no matter what. I respect a guy like that, who goes in and gives you everything he got, even if he ain't got nothing, if he's got a sprained ankle, a bruised thumb, a swollen eye. We respect guys like that.
"So what I'm hearing from his locker room about certain guys on that team, they don't value the same things that other programs value. So as far as hm, I don't have nothing to say about him, but there are a few guys that I do respect on that team, and London Fletcher's definitely one of them. Shouts out to him, because that guy, he brings it. He plays every game, he's dedicated to winning, and the Washington Redskins did a great job of getting him there, and I hope that he's able to walk away from the game when he wants to walk away from the game, because he means that much to me."
Yowzers. Ok, anyhow, Sept. 2, final preseason game, Redskins at Cardinals. Maybe we can get Portis and Dockett on the field together for one series and they can work things out?
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