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Cards notebook: Dockett makes good on forecast

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Posted: Monday, September 27, 2004 6:51 am | Updated: 4:56 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

ATLANTA - Darnell Dockett said he "got in my zone" Sunday morning and told fellow defensive lineman Bertrand Berry that the game against the Falcons "was going to be my breakout day."

"I’m not playing around," Dockett told Berry.

He wasn’t. Dockett, a rookie defensive tackle, was all over the field in a 6-3 loss to Atlanta. He had a team-high eight tackles, forced a fumble and his inside presence was one of the reasons Falcons quarterback Michael Vick struggled to make plays with his feet.

"I was so confident that if I did my job and everyone else did theirs, no one could stop us," Dockett said. "Personally, I don’t like losing a game like that, when you are a couple plays away and you’re always thinking ‘Woulda, coulda.’ "


Vick looked bad all day Sunday while the Cardinals locked him down. But with Atlanta facing a second-and-7 at their 14 with a little more than two minutes left and nursing a 6-3 lead, Vick calmly faked a handoff and peeled the other way for a bootleg sprint of 58 yards, salting away the win.

"(The day) was frustrating, but I kept telling the offensive unit, ‘We gotta make a play, we gotta make a big play,’ " Vick said. "It was a great call . . . and it won us the game."

Berry, playing that side of the field, took the blame.

"I just didn’t make the play," Berry said. "We held him in check most of the game, but it’s not enough to do most of the game, you have to do all of the game."


Cardinals defensive lineman Ross Kolodziej was believed to have broken his left leg, coach Dennis Green said. Kolodziej was supposed to be a major part of the Cards’ fivedefensive lineman front against Vick.


Both Green and Atlanta coach Jim Mora used up their allotment of two replay challenges. Each went one-for-two.

Green challenged an incomplete call on a sideline pass to Bryant Johnson but was rebuffed. He later benefitted big on a sideline punt return to the Arizona 4 by Atlanta’s Allen Fossum, when a replay showed Fossum stepping out of bounds at the Arizona 39. The Falcons later got a field goal on the drive.

Mora challenged the spot on a run by Cardinals quarterback Josh McCown, winning the challenge and forcing a punt. Mora also challenged the fumble of Falcons back Warrick Dunn in the fourth quarter but lost that appeal. It didn’t matter because the Cardinals gave the ball right back on a fumble.


The Cardinals had only three cornerbacks — Duane Starks, Renaldo Hill and David Macklin — active in their quest to have extra linemen to watch Vick. . . .

Linebacker Karlos Dansby started in favor of LeVar Woods. . . .

Despite Green’s statements to the contrary last week, L.J. Shelton did not play at all on the offensive line.

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