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Communication, Talent Not Playing At High Level Has Led To A Slow Start For The Cardinals

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GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02:  Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals warns up before playing against the New York Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 02: Darnell Dockett #90 of the Arizona Cardinals warns up before playing against the New York Giants at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was interviewed after practice on Monday and was asked about how the Cardinals have started and what needs to change in order for the team to become successful this season. Dockett has always been one to speak his mind and tell people how it really is.

He hinted that this team has basically been lacking in some of the more main areas of football. From communication to just sticking to their assignments, the Cards need to get back to the basics. 

We have heard both Kevin Kolb and Todd Heap discuss how this team just lacks some sort of intensity or special focus when game day comes along. Dockett basically reiterated those words on Monday when he said this:

"It's about (getting) in the film room, paying attention, playing the techniques right, and communication. That's been killing us for four games, just communication. If I see something I'll let my guy know that I see it and I'll hold it to you."

That marks the third time that someone on the team has called out the team's work on paying attention to detail. Without work in the film room and knowing how to approach certain situations in the game, the team will always have a difficult time winning. It seems to me that some sort of spark is needed in order for this team to get back on track in that regard.

I don't think anyone in particular is being called out; it would be unsafe to assume that one or a small group of people is responsible for these struggles. I think that these players are calling out their units as a whole. For Kolb and Heap, they know the offense has struggled scoring and remaining on the field for extended periods of time. For Dockett, he knows that the defense has allowed too many points and that they need to buckle down, cause some turnovers and put themselves in situations to get off the field as soon as possible. 

We have seen plays from the defense where it just doesn't look like it is executed properly. I don't know if it's players not hitting their gaps, taking their assignments or what, but this is an issue that needs to be resolved through cohesiveness and paying attention. 

When asked about the talent on the team, Dockett didn't seem to concerned. He stated that there is plenty of talent, it's just that the talent is not playing hard enough. When you don't play hard, talent is, "just a bunch of names on the roster."

"When talent meets hard work and everything, then you got something real special. So talent don't mean anything. We've got a lot of guys that can do a lot of things on this team, but if we're not doing it as a collective unit, then it don't mean nothing."

Working together, communicating and perfecting their craft. That is what the Cardinals need to do to get back into the race for a division championship. The team also had a recent meeting that the players ran and the coaches sat and listened to, which Dockett found to be highly beneficial. He called it, "one of the most emotional meetings I have ever been a part of."

"We're gonna turn it around and take things ten times more serious than we ever have. There's a lot of guys on this team that depend on a lot of people and at the end of the day that's what we gotta do. We gotta play together."

It seems Dockett has figured out what it takes to win. Hopefully his teammates follow suit.