Of course they are. If they weren’t, I’d have another title.
The henchman for this particularly banal act is Mike Sando.
Sando has been working with what D.K. Wilson refers to as “the Big Subliminal” for a few years now. He writes a blog of the NFC West. Here’s what he scratched together this week.
Franchise player rules will force Dansby to wait, and he should be content “settling” for a one-year franchise deal worth nearly $9.7 million. The volatile Dockett (my emphasis) has also committed to letting his play do the talking, a good sign for the team.
When did Darnell Dockett become “volatile”? Perhaps after he sent a message on Twitter about the double standards employed by ESPN in covering the civil lawsuit filed against Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Could it be that Mike Sando is engaged in an early attempt to poison the well by simply creating inflammatory and prejudicial statements in the absence of information? Is Mike Sando writing hit pieces to run cover for his boss?
Surely it wasn’t when Dockett’s mother was executed in his home. He was only 13. Surely it wasn’t after his father died of cancer four months later. Perhaps it was during the Super Bowl when he was inches away from being the games most outstanding defensive player.
Maybe it was when he earned a new contract based on his superlative play a few years ago. Did Dockett go berserk in camp and threaten to kill the GM? Probably not. The last time Dockett went down this road of seeking fair compensation for his considerable talent, he said:
“I’m here. This is what I’ve been looking forward to: continuing my career where I left off last year,” Dockett said.
“Right now, I’m here. I’m just trying to do whatever I can to help this team win.
“I’m excited to be here. I know my teammates are excited for me to be here.
“All my other issues are put to the side right now.
“It ain’t just about me. There are 60 other guys that depend on me to do a job to make them better.
“I’m even looking forward to making (offensive tackle) Levi Brown better in training camp. I’m going to get after him like no other.”
That was in July 2008. The Cardinals went to the Super Bowl and Dockett was dominant.
Mike Sando should either find a new employer or pick a new target. This sort of vendetta journalism on behalf of his masters is flatly pathetic. Perhaps Sando’s wife and kids will want to renegotiate — just like Dockett did after realizing he was receiving the short end of the stick. He is a year late to a Super Bowl party that began with Darnell Dockett’s dedication in 2008. And Dockett has been a star since he was drafted. Mike Sando is off base and behind the times.