Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 5/8/13
Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett was a good soldier under Ray Horton, but he hated the 3-4, 2-gap system the former defensive coordinator deployed. Dockett feels the strength of his game is in getting after the quarterback, and chasing down running backs, not tying up blockers for linebackers to clean up. Defensive ends responsibilities in a 3-4 are to take on offensive linemen, tie them up, and let the second level make the plays. In Todd Bowles new system, the linemen get the opportunity to ‘get after it’ and cause havoc. Once considered one of the best interior linemen in the NFL, Dockett was reduced to a little more than a blocking dummy. That has all changed with Bowles at the helm, and now Dockett can be as colorful o the field as he is off it. “It’s like a million pounds off your shoulders,” Dockett said, via Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com. “Personally, I had nothing against Ray,” Dockett said. “But I hated that scheme. I really hated it. I played it because I needed to. But this defense is based on guys and what their ability allows them to be good at. What they were drafted for.” “The whole defensive line is now, ‘Oh man, Dockett is about to kill this,’ ” Dockett said. “Even in practice, they’re like, ‘This is crazy, they’ve got you doing this every play?’ It’s about being aggressive. “I never changed my attitude for the game, but some of my hunger wasn’t there because I had to learn something I wasn’t good at. I just dealt with it. If Todd came to me now and said he’d need me to do something I’m not good at, I’d do it if it gave us a better chance to win some games. I want to win. I want to go out on top. I’m feeling great. There’s so much energy around here.”  
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