Around the NFL: Dockett Gets Huge Fine, Belcher Police Video, Payton Contacting Saints?, Dolphins Say Pats ‘Disrespectful’
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By Danny Cox
Talk about your strange news days. There is a lot going on around the NFL, and it includes a suspended coach, police video, a team whining, and six figures. Now, those “six figures” are indeed money, yet they don’t refer to a salary, but a fine.
Cardinals Darnell Dockett fined “six-figures” for not following team orders
The NFLPA is going to have a field day with this one. Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals was fined a “six-figure” amount for allegedly spitting at a teammate and disobeying the team’s plan to let the New York Jets score.
ESPN reports that Dockett allegedly spit at Kerry Rhodes during an argument about letting the Jets score near the end of the Cardinal’s 7-6 loss. Rhodes denies this happened and Dockett even apologized for the argument. Dockett is appealing the fine, of course.
“Thank God for the @nflpa that’s all I got to say… ‘I ain’t got no worries’,” Dockett tweeted on Friday.
Dockett didn’t agree with defensive coordinator Ray Horton’s plan to have the Jets score, and he didn’t want to quit. All that became pointless anyway when Shonn Greene of the Jets purposely downed the ball to allow the clock to run out.
Police release video from day of Chiefs Jovan Belcher’s suicide
One shows officers finding Belcher asleep in his car around 3:00 a.m. that morning. The second video shows a car responding to Arrowhead Stadium. The latter video has police radios stating that a shooting was connected to Belcher and that he was armed at Arrowhead.
Giants say that Sean Payton is contacting the Saints
Several players from the New York Giants say that they believe suspended coach Sean Payton is contacting the New Orleans Saints, their opponent on Sunday. Their belief is that it would be impossible for him to go the whole season and not speak to them.
“Of course he will get his message to them somehow,” punter Steve Weatherford said. “I’m not saying anything about Sean Payton as a person or anything, but I think any coach would do that. It’s not like he’s just going to sit at home and watch the games and not have any thoughts. His message will be heard.”
DISCLAIMER: “I havent accused Sean Peyton of “coaching” from behind the lines. He was my coach for 3 years He’s 1st class. Misunderstanding”
Dolphins say Pats “disrespected” them by running the same play repeatedly
The point of an NFL game is to score more than your opponent and stop them from scoring more than you. As the Patriots drove on their game-sealing field goal drive against the Dolphins last week, they ran the ball 13 out of 16 plays to get into position, and most of them were over the left guard.
Dolphins backup defensive tackle Tony McDaniel says that was wrong of them to do so.
“It really (ticked) me off,” McDaniel said to The Palm Beach Post. “It was disrespectful to us to run the same play over and over and be successful.
“Normally when somebody’s driving down the field, you just think, ‘Well, they just had a good run there,’ but you run the same play over and over, as a competitor, that (ticks) me off.”
At this point in your football career…how can McDaniel even say that with a straight face? Randy Starks, Dolphins defensive tackle, partly agreed with McDaniel, but knows that it was their responsibility to end it.
“It is disrespectful,” defensive tackle Randy Starks agreed, “but you’ve got to stop it. We never stopped it, so I’d keep running the same play, too.”
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