Darnell Dockett Has Something To Teach Us

Sam WoodsCorrespondent INovember 18, 2009

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 08: Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals participates in warm-ups before a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 8, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois.The Cardinals defeated the Bears 41-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Over the last couple of days, I've heard a lot of whining from Seahawks fans over Darnell Dockett pressing a forearm to Matt Hasselbeck's throat.

Honestly, it has been blown way out of proportion.

I'm not saying it was the right thing to do, even in a rivalry game. However, when trying to recover a lost fumble, there are a lot worse things that happen at the bottom of that pile, even in a Browns/Bucs type of game.

Remember in the preseason, when TJ Houshmandzadeh was supposedly bringing a "no man left behind" attitude to the Seahawks? Well where was it there? The offensive line can't let Dockett get there in the first place; and most certainly shouldn't let anyone (let alone a cocky Cardinal defensive lineman) give any kind of harm to your QB without immediately getting flopped back on the ground.

This kind of softness needs to die along with the Holmgren era. Under Mike Holmgren, the team was built to not get stupid penalties, to throw the rock around and move the chains. You were there to do a job, not to get chippy.

It needs to end. Like it or not, under Knapp we are headed towards being a four yards at a time running team that doesn't take crap from anyone. This sort of east coast idea of football has been brought to the division with Whisenhunt, Singletary and Spagnuolo. It needs to happen in Seattle if we are to remain competitive in the division.

I pray Ruskell realizes this and backs off his only welcoming of the good guys in the NFL to Seattle. This season is a lost cause. This offseason, a change is in order.

It's time Seattle, put down your coffee and throw out your Fruit Loops. Tomorrow's breakfast is a heaping bowl of rusty nails and a can of Coors.