- Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW ORLEANS -- Darnell Dockett had a career day but the 10-year veteran wouldn’t speak of it.
For just the third time in his career -- and the first in four years -- Dockett recorded three sacks in a game. Yet, he didn’t want to focus on his the superlative day following Arizona’s 31-7 loss to New Orleans.
“We played well up front. We got chances to get after the quarterback, we did a great job at it,” Dockett said. “Me, personally, I don’t care about what I did in the game. I don’t care about stats. I’m not one of those stats people. I care about wins and losses. Anytime I go on the road, you can give me zero tackles, zero everything and give me a win, and that’s good enough for me.
“That’s my main focus. We fell short as a team and this business is all about wins and losses, and we lost today.”
Dockett picked up the slack from Dan Williams' absence. Williams missed Sunday’s game after his father, Thomas, was killed in a car accident while driving from Memphis to New Orleans. Williams’ nose tackle position was filled on a rotation, but Dockett was steady all day.
He had four quarterback hits and was disturbing the Saints’ offense on a few plays.
“There were times I thought he got after the quarterback and was back there in the backfield being disruptive,” said Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, who wouldn’t elaborate on Dockett’s play until he watched the game film.
Dockett was emotional, even introspective, after the game, showing a renewed passion that coincided with Todd Bowles’ new one-gap, 3-4 defense.
“We were better than that,” Dockett said. “I mean, Saints is a good team. They’re not that good. They made plays. They made more plays than we did. I told my team today, ‘The only thing about today is we can’t go 15-1. It’s the only thing bad about today.’
“There’s a lot of football left. Nobody should be feeling sorry for themselves, pointing fingers and all that. Sometimes it takes a good loss like this to re-evaluate yourself and tell yourself you’re not that good and you work harder with your craft. We will perform better next week, I’ll be sure of that.”