Dennis Gardeck’s sack dances get uneven reviews by Cardinals

Oct 15, 2020, 12:21 PM
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck (45) reacts after sacking New York Jets quarterback Joe...

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Dennis Gardeck (45) reacts after sacking New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in East Rutherford. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Dennis Gardeck only needed his first 10 snaps as an NFL outside linebacker to record two sacks.

With each of those quarterback takedowns against the New York Jets on Sunday, the third-year undrafted pro out of Sioux Falls didn’t miss a beat pulling out two celebration dances.

One, in which he put his arms out like a jet, is called “turning the cona,” as in the cone during outside linebacker drills. The second, which was caught on FOX cameras, is called “hitting the strobe,” and Gardeck shouted out former Cardinals linebacker — and noted locker room dance hall enthusiast Joe Walker — for his moves after the game.

“I actually liked that one,” Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said Thursday. “I would have gave that one a seven. The other thing with the jet thing, I wasn’t digging that one. I’ll give that a three.”

Peterson admitted Thursday that the team broke down film of the dances during practice sessions this week as Arizona prepares to face the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Kliff Kingsbury might’ve given Gardeck a harsher rating than a three during those film sessions. With reporters this week, the Cardinals head coach kept his opinion on the matter brief.

“Not good,” Kingsbury said.

But Kingsbury’s and Peterson’s criticism may not matter. Gardeck on Thursday would not apologize for his moves.

“I got a seven and a three? That’s a 10 out of two sacks. I got a 10 total combined. I feel like 10 out of 10 I did my job,” he said.

Asked about his self-deprecating nature, the fun-loving Gardeck explained his approach this way:

“Who am I at the end of the day? I think that’s kind of where I came from, even going back to high school. I was never the guy. You can think what you want about me. I’m just going to have fun, play football and celebrate how I celebrate, whether it’s a seven or a three.”

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Lecitus Smith #54 of the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium on November 13, 2022 in Inglewood, Calif...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Lecitus Smith: People mistake Kyler Murray’s passion for ball

Cardinals OL Lecitus Smith was the latest teammate to come to the defense of QB Kyler Murray following recent criticism from Patrick Peterson.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals OLB Myjai Sanders (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
Tyler Drake

How the Cardinals should attack the final 5 games

With little hope of turning the season around, it's time for the Arizona Cardinals to turn the page and look to the future.
2 days ago
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson (7) breaks up a pass intended for Arizona Cardinals w...
Kevin Zimmerman

Patrick Peterson says he has no beef with Kyler Murray, adds more criticism of Cardinals QB

Patrick Peterson's attempt at cooling things down after his comments about Kyler Murray on his own podcast included more criticism of the QB.
3 days ago
Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals walks off the field following the NFL game at ...
Alex Weiner

Hard Knocks recap: Kyler Murray returns to forefront, Cardinals give back on Thanksgiving

Kyler Murray returned, the Cardinals lost another heartbreaker and several teammates gave back on Thanksgiving in the latest episode.
3 days ago
Paris Johnson Jr. #77 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in action against the Northwestern Wildcats during...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals nab OL Paris Johnson in Brugler’s 1st mock draft for 2023

The Athletic's Dane Brugler graced us with his first mock of the year on Wednesday and has the Cardinals taking OSU's Paris Johnson at No. 7.
4 days ago
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 20: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals is congratul...
Arizona Sports

Kyler Murray calls out Patrick Peterson for condemning comments made on podcast

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray let his frustration with former teammate Patrick Peterson calling him out on a podcast known.
4 days ago
Dennis Gardeck’s sack dances get uneven reviews by Cardinals