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.