If new Cardinals LB Joey Porter makes headlines with his mouth this coming season — which, according to past history, likely will be the case — coach Ken Whisenhunt certainly can’t be surprised.
The Cardinals acquired a player capable of getting under the skin of a quarterback because of his relentless pass-rushing abilities. But Porter also can get under the skin of his coaches and opposing players with his ability to trash talk — a skill the linebacker says he honed on the streets of Bakersfield, Calif., and something Whisenhunt witnessed first hand when they were together in Pittsburgh from 2001 to 2006.
Porter said Monday on KTAR AM in Phoenix that Whisenhunt didn’t ask him to tone down his act (via Sports Radio Interviews).
“No, when he had me out there, he knew exactly what he was getting,” Porter said. “He know he’s getting a guy that’s going to be fired up on game day. That when it’s time to fire up the troops, I’m going to make the main guy to the last guy on the roster — when we come out of that tunnel on game day — they can be whoever they are during the week, but on game day we’re going to be trained assassins. He knows how I’m going to have a battery in everybody’s back, and he knows what I bring from a leadership standpoint.
“I’ve never played on a team where any teammates had any negative things to say about me. As far as locker-room stuff, it’s going to be perfect. I’m just going to bring that little extra energy along with (Darnell) Dockett and A-Dub (Adrian Wilson) and those guys out there. I’m just going to add my part to the puzzle and make the defense better than it was last year.”
The Cardinals are undergoing some changes on defense. LB Karlos Dansby signed with the Dolphins, and S Antrel Rolle signed with the Giants. Arizona’s defense was torched during its last six quarters of the playoffs (not including the overtime), so maybe the unit could use a little bit of Porter’s fiery attitude.