This week’s installment of trashing talking towards the San Francisco 49ers involves Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, who made his hatred towards the Niners known in an interview on SiriusXM’s NFL Radio:
I really felt like I could have had four sacks last week and I had zero (last week against the Vikings). 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… 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’.
The trash talking seems to have heated up over the last three weeks for the 49ers as they go up against big rivals. Two weeks ago we heard trash talking/complaining from Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and receiver Victor Cruz. This week the trash talking/complaining continued four days after the 49ers win over the Seahawks, this time between Jim Harbaugh and Peter Carroll. Now there is Campbell with his trash talking.
While the results were different against the Giants and Seahawks, the hatred and rivalry only intensified before and after both games. So I guess the 49ers Faithful should expect it from Campbell and the Cardinals. The Cardinals-49ers rivalry is always heated even when one or both teams are bad and have a losing record. This season the rivalry kicks off with one game separating the two teams for first place of the NFC West. This is huge game for both teams because if the 49ers win they open up a two game lead on the Cardinals. If the Cardinals win, they will be tied with San Francisco for first place in the NFC West. The two teams don’t meet again until the last game of the season.
You would think Campbell would hate and be more upset about the Cardinals’ free fall losing the last three games after starting the season 4-0. Last season Campbell was basically shut down by 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis who limited him to only one sack in two games. This season Davis continues to improve and is playing like an All-Pro lineman. Through seven games Campbell has only 23 tackles and two sacks. Davis will be able to shut down the defensive end again on Monday night. Maybe Campbell is just sick and tired of losing to the 49ers. The defensive end has been with the Cardinals since 2008 and played in six games against San Francisco, with the 49ers winning five of those matchups.