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October 23, 2012
Mad haters: Cardinals D-linemen hold special venom for 49ers, predict sacks


It seems as if Darnell Dockett is rubbing off on teammate Calais Campbell. While on SiriusXM NFL radio today, Campbell said he hates the 49ers "with a passion."

"I really felt like I could have had four sacks last week and I had zero," Campbell said. "So I gotta make up for that this week especially going against the 49ers who I really hate with a passion. I can't wait to go out there and stick it to them. Alex Smith I've gotten down a few times so I know he's thinking about me a little bit. So I can't wait to get out there..."

Host Tim Ryan: "Somebody told me they didn't like you, either."

Campbell: "Yeah, that's the way it is, though. It's cool. It's the way it is. It's a rival game. They're not supposed to like me. I'm not supposed to like you. That's what makes this game so special. I mean, off the field I don't have nothing against anybody but on that field come Monday night, it's on and crackin'."

Campbell also was asked about Dockett, who a few years ago was engaged in a Twitter feud with Vernon Davis and who has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

"I was talking to him just a couple of minutes ago, he was getting treatment, and he said he's ready," Campbell said. "I mean, he's probably the person that hates the 49ers more than anybody on our team. I mean, literally, when they are playing anybody else he's talking trash about every last one of them every game they're playing. He hates them with a passion so I know he's coming with everything he has this week. This would be a good week for him to get back on track and put a couple of sacks on the board. And you know he can get three in a game. He's had multiple sack games plenty of times in his career so all it takes is one game to get back on track."

For the record, the Cardinals are tied for third in the NFL with 22 sacks. Campbell has two sacks on the season. He'll mostly line up opposite Joe Staley and Mike Iupati. Dockett has zero sacks so far.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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