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The Return of Joey Porter

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Newly signed Joey Porter apparently wants to show he’s as intense as ever by bringing a new brand of defense to the Cardinals; a brand with plenty of attitude to spare.

Porter did an interview with Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Show (Phoenix) on Monday morning addressing how he perceives his new role with the Cardinals.  Porter proclaimed that “we’re going to play with an attitude…None of that bully stuff will be happening to us.  If anybody is going to be doing some bullying, it’s going to be us on defense.”  Arizona has slowly built a reputation for playing tough after the whistle, but playing soft between them.  Hopefully, Porter will help usher in a new era.

Porter also explained that trash talking is simply a part of his game, as it helps keep the intensity and team confidence up, something he learned playing basketball.  “That’s just the competitor in me,” Porter explained.  “When you grow up where I grew up, Bakersfield California, you learn how to talk and you better learn how to do it fast.  I was never willing to back down to anybody, and you let them know you’re on the football field or the basketball court.”

In addition, Porter noted that Arizona was his number one choice from Jump Street this off-season.  “It was a great fit for me, my family and everything they told me about the way they’re going to use me.  Reuniting with coach Whisenhunt I know how he runs things around there, and I wanted to be close to home and I wanted to go to a team that I feel like I could help that is already winning…Arizona was the best fit for me.”

Perhaps the most promising aspect of Porter’s interview was when Porter addressed the opportunity to teach the young talent on the Cardinals’ roster.  The veteran linebacker vowed that, “everything I have in my toolbox, if they want to soak it up like a sponge, I’m going to give it to them.”  Newbies Will Davis and Cody Brown would do well to listen to Porter, who currently holds the second most career sacks among active players with 92; Porter is second only to Jason Taylor (127.5).

Finally, Porter addressed the multitude of critics who believe he has nothing left to give on the field.  “The chip I carry on my shoulder now is listening to everyone say ‘does he still have it?’” Porter explained.  “That always gets me motivated and keeps me going.”  Let’s hope so.


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