Defensive end Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals is not the biggest fan of the San Francisco 49ers.
The Cardinals play the 49ers on Monday Night Football this upcoming week, and Campbell was quick to talk about how eager he is to go against a team he doesn't particularly like. He seemed pretty eager to get back in the head of 49ers quarterback Alex Smith as well. Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group filed this report.
"I really felt like I could have had four sacks last week and I had zero," Campbell said Tuesday. "So I’ve got to 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. And 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."
The 49ers radio host talked about how there were some 49ers who reciprocated those feelings of dislike, and Campbell responded.
"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 talked about how his teammate Darnell Dockett has struggled to replicate his production, and how Dockett might hate the 49ers even more than Campbell does.
"You could tell he wasn’t 100 percent in some of those games. He’s back to 100 percent now. He says he feels a lot better," Campbell said. "I was talking to him just a couple of minutes ago getting treatment. He’s probably the person that hates the 49ers more than anybody on our team."
Campbell has two sacks so far this season and, if Arizona is expected to pull the upset, he might have to provide some of the pressure on Smith, and try to force him to make mistakes.