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Dockett putting up big numbers

12/2/2009

Darnell Dockett showed athletic ability and football smarts while collecting 3.0 sacks against the Titans in Week 12.

DockettOn one sack, Dockett held his ground and resisted charging too far upfield. He shed the offensive lineman's block at the right time, sacking Vince Young as the quarterback stepped toward him. It almost seemed as though Dockett had set a trap on the play.

Dockett plays left end in the Cardinals' base 3-4 defense. He moves around, though, and the NFL still lists him as a defensive tackle. The designation should help Dockett's chances for the Pro Bowl because most defensive tackles cannot match his sack totals.

Did I say most? Make that all. Dockett has more sacks this season than any NFL defensive tackle. He has 20 sacks since the start of the 2007 season, more than any defensive tackle, including Albert Haynesworth (17.5) and the Vikings' Kevin Williams (17.5).

No wonder Texans coach Gary Kubiak called Dockett the best player he had seen this season.

DT sack leaders

The chart shows 2009 sack and sack yardage totals for players listed as defensive tackles. Two of them -- Dockett and Williams -- will play at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday night.