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Brian Dawkins’ run in Denver could be wrapping up

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Monday’s night’s 35-14 loss in San Diego will go down as one of the uglier games of safety Brian Dawkins’ illustruous career.

He missed a tackle that led to a long Patrick Crayton touchdown, and couldn’t handle running back Darren Sproles when he caught a pass and took it the distance.  After the game, Dawkins remained in the locker room long after most of his teammates had departed.

“I’m going to continue to fight. That’s just what I do,” Dawkins told Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post. “It’s just a frustrating thing when you’re out there on the field and you start thinking too much.”
Kiszla believes this will be Dawkins’ final year in Denver.  His original contract was essentially a two-year deal where the final three seasons easily void.  The gamble paid off in 2009, but Dawkins’ play has slipped this year.
The Broncos need to get younger throughout their defense, especially in the secondary.  Dawkins, who turned 37 last month, may still have a place in the league as a part-time player if he was in the right situation.
It’s not likely to be in Denver in 2011.
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33 Responses to “Brian Dawkins’ run in Denver could be wrapping up”
  1. ralphwilsonsucks says: Nov 23, 2010 9:51 AM

    Time to retire.

  2. pukey60 says: Nov 23, 2010 9:54 AM

    I never understood why this guy was such a marquee player.

  3. jbl429 says: Nov 23, 2010 9:55 AM

    Kiszla believes this will be Dawkins’ second year in Denver.

    Hate to be THAT guy, and I’m sure there will be a million pricks who love to point it out and call you a bad writer because of it, but I think you mean it’ll be his LAST year, not his second year.

  4. Burritto says: Nov 23, 2010 9:55 AM

    “Kiszla believes this will be Dawkins’ second year in Denver.”

    Sounds like he’s really going out on a limb with that belief. Heh.

    I like Rosenthal’s posts because I feel like an insider. I get to read Gregg’s posts before Gregg has even read them.

  5. homelanddefense says: Nov 23, 2010 9:58 AM

    “Kiszla believes this will be Dawkins’ second year in Denver. ”

    lol, yeah I believe that too!

  6. deegizzle says: Nov 23, 2010 9:58 AM

    Kiszla believes this will be Dawkins’ second year in Denver.
    ———————

    I can confirm for Kiszla that according to my sources, this is indeed Dawkins’ second year in Denver.

  7. rickah8888 says: Nov 23, 2010 10:03 AM

    Welcome back to Philly next season as we defend our Superbowl title.

  8. bucks12965 says: Nov 23, 2010 10:24 AM

    I seem to recall most people ripping Philly last year for letting this guy go.

  9. bspurloc says: Nov 23, 2010 10:37 AM

    BS Dawkins is so fast yahoo fantasy scorers missed him tackle and force a fumble.

  10. ijr213 says: Nov 23, 2010 10:48 AM

    The Broncos shouldn’t need to get younger in the secondary. Over 2 drafts, they have spent 7 picks on defensive backs. 7.

    If none of them are able to take over, then Denver needs to hire someone who can read talent better.

  11. quincycarter says: Nov 23, 2010 11:09 AM

    pukey60 says:
    Nov 23, 2010 9:54 AM
    I never understood why this guy was such a marquee player.

    Just informing everyone how little you know about football. Think before you post.

  12. drbob117 says: Nov 23, 2010 11:15 AM

    The late great Jim Johnson knew how to devise a scheme that hid BDawks lack of speed when he was with the Eagles.. I guess with the Broncos his coverage weaknesses are left out there for everyone to see.

  13. flavordave says: Nov 23, 2010 11:20 AM

    Pukey60 – Im stunned by how stupid and thoughtless your comment is. Does the sun even shine in your world?

  14. realitypolice says: Nov 23, 2010 11:21 AM

    Guess my first post was a little too critical for Rosenthal. If you just put as much diligence into proofreading your work as you do censoring comments, Greggy, we wouldn’t have this problem.

  15. rushmatic says: Nov 23, 2010 11:27 AM

    quincycarter says:
    pukey60 says:
    Nov 23, 2010 9:54 AM
    I never understood why this guy was such a marquee player.

    Just informing everyone how little you know about football. Think before you post.
    ________________________

    I second that, Quincy. I was never a Dawkins fan, but you can’t deny what he brings to the game.

  16. mean13 says: Nov 23, 2010 11:28 AM

    You can stick a fork in Dawkins. He’s done.

  17. ewitkowski says: Nov 23, 2010 11:32 AM

    Weapon X.. one of the most beloved Eagles of all time. A true leader and inspiration on the field.. seeing this guy run out of the tunnel before a game gave me chills.

    Cant blame him for making the switch to Denver, Im glad he got paid some serious dough before his career turned like this. We’ll always love ya Dawk!

  18. cuzz4169 says: Nov 23, 2010 11:36 AM

    “The Broncos shouldn’t need to get younger in the secondary. Over 2 drafts, they have spent 7 picks on defensive backs. 7.

    If none of them are able to take over, then Denver needs to hire someone who can read talent better.”

    100% agree

  19. raidersteve413 says: Nov 23, 2010 11:48 AM

    rickah8888 says:
    Nov 23, 2010 10:03 AM
    Welcome back to Philly next season as we defend our Superbowl title.
    ————————————————–

    hahahahaha
    What superbowl? Everybody knows the raiders are going to win the superbowl…

    If u really believe that eagles are going to win the superbowl give up hope..
    The Silver and Black machine is turned back on

  20. coonandfriends says: Nov 23, 2010 12:10 PM

    REALITYPOLICE
    For a long time I thought I was the only one noticing this guys total lack of professionalism. This guy has a dream job and is apparently too lazy to proof read his posts before showing them to the public, but seems to have copious amounts of time to censor comments that may show him in a poor light. By the way Greg how many safeties in the league CAN keep up with sproles in a foot race?

  21. joetoronto says: Nov 23, 2010 12:19 PM

    pukey60 says: Nov 23, 2010 9:54 AM

    I never understood why this guy was such a marquee player.
    *********************************************************
    Then either you weren’t watching, or you don’t understand the game.

    I’m guessing the latter.

    B-Dawk was an awesome player and a real treat to watch.

    Now, it hurts a bit to see what he’s become, time to hang em up, Brian.

  22. heywoodjablome says: Nov 23, 2010 12:29 PM

    pukey60 says:
    Nov 23, 2010 9:54 AM
    I never understood why this guy was such a marquee player.
    ___________________________________

    Wow. This guy will go down as my favorite Eagle player of all time.

    Here’s an article that I read a while back that pretty much sums up how awesome Dawkins is as a player/playmaker. If you can’t read it all, jump to Part III: The Playmaker. The author nails it.

    http://www.footballsfuture.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=280675

  23. kevo126 says: Nov 23, 2010 12:31 PM

    most overrated player of the last decade…

  24. bwisnasky says: Nov 23, 2010 12:35 PM

    how many safeties in the league CAN keep up with sproles in a foot race?

    ———————————————

    Michael Huff

  25. Jack Burton says: Nov 23, 2010 12:43 PM

    That play on Crayton was sad.

  26. janvanflac says: Nov 23, 2010 12:49 PM

    37 is pretty old for a football player (except a QB or a kicker) but this guy has a highlight reel about 2 hours long. The Eagles actually wanted to keep him for another year but they weren’t going to break the bank for 1 more decent year. Still he’s a clear 1st ballot HOF player.

  27. Manbearpig says: Nov 23, 2010 12:53 PM

    Touche, realitypolice and coonandfriends.

    @jbl429 – how is pointing out this guy’s constant failures being a “prick”?

    He is well-compensated (I’m sure) to produce content on a daily basis that is read by thousands of people, and constantly embarrasses his employers by churning out copy filled with typos, grammatical errors and biased, illogical opinions.

    If it was just an error once every couple of weeks I could understand. But every other post is another story.

  28. gojags says: Nov 23, 2010 12:54 PM

    This Jacksonville native would look great in the Jaguars uniform Yeah he lost a step but he could definitely be a veteran leader at the safety position and he plays with such passion, I am sure Gene would go after him.

  29. coonandfriends says: Nov 23, 2010 12:56 PM

    According to BWISNASKY Michael Huffy can keep up with Sproles. That puts us at 1, and I’m sure someone will say well what about troy polomaloueaslid, that would be 2. The point is safeties are playing safety cause they are too slow to play corner. Speed isn’t typically their strong point, so when you match them against a speedy running back or tight end it will cause match up problems for most of the safeties in the league.

  30. lisashag says: Nov 23, 2010 1:21 PM

    Come back home Dawk….we miss you! : )

  31. obamablowz says: Nov 23, 2010 1:34 PM

    bspurloc says:
    Nov 23, 2010 10:37 AM
    BS Dawkins is so fast yahoo fantasy scorers missed him tackle and force a fumble

    Your comment ….. FAIL!!!

  32. chrisvegas says: Nov 23, 2010 1:50 PM

    I can’t beleive all the idiots leaving comments saying Dawk was overrated and slow. In his prime he had great speed and could cover one end of the field to the next with ease. He is slow now because he is old. Dawkins was a difference maker and consistently made game changing plays, especially when opposing offenses were in the red zone. This is why Eagles fans loved him so.

    As of 2008:

    The only player with 30+ INTs and 30+ FFs in his career.
    4-time 1st Team All-Pro (AP). Since 1980, Dawkins is one of only 4 NFL players to be voted 1st Team All-Pro as a safety 4 or more times in a career. The other three are Ronnie Lott (5x), LeRoy Butler (4x), and Darren Woodson (4x).
    Shares the Eagles team record for most career interceptions with 34.
    Has 106 career wins, most all-time for any Philadelphia Eagle, including 9 playoff wins.
    Most forced fumbles among NFL defensive backs in history (32 – like sacks, difficult to prove numbers from past players before stat was recorded).
    One of only 9 members of the NFL’s 20/20 club – 20 sacks and 20 INTs in a career. Dawkins is one of the 4 defensive backs in the club.
    Ranks 4th in most career sacks by a defensive back with 21.0.
    Holds the Eagles team record for most games played as an Eagle with 183.
    Leads all active defensive players in fumble recoveries with 16 so far in his career.
    He is the only player in league history to record a sack, an INT, FR, and TD reception in a single game (vs. Hou. 9/29/02).

  33. bleedgreen4life says: Nov 23, 2010 4:46 PM

    dawk lost his step but he’ll definately retire as an eagle

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