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Old 05-19-2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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Default What Should Broncos Fans Expect From B-Dawk?

Brian Dawkins: No. 20 S

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 210

Age: 35

Born: Oct. 13, 1973 Jacksonville, Fla.

College: Clemson

Experience: 14th season

High School: William M. Raines HS [Jacksonville, FL]

Over the course of Brian Dawkins' career (all of which he has spent in Philly until now) he has been given several nicknames. The majority of Philly fans simply refered to him as B-Dawk, but Dawkins has also been called "The Beast," "Weapon-X," and "Wolverine."

Wolverine, the low-key leader of the X-Men, is known for his animal-keen senses that allow him to track his adversaries with great ease, very much like Brian Dawkins hunts down opposing ball carriers and receivers delivering earth shattering train-wreck hits.

Dawkins senses are sharp, too. With 34 interceptions and 21 sacks over the course of his career, B-Dawk is one of four players in the history of the NFL to post at least 32 interceptions and 18 sacks, joining the company of Leroy Butler (38 INTs, 20.5 sacks), Rodney Harrison (34, 30.5) and Ronde Barber (37, 23).

One thing that can always be said about Dawkins is that he comes to play. While a mild-mannered, calm, and confident person off the field, when Dawkins steps out onto the field, he transforms into a beast. He becomes a loud, pumped up, vocal leader.

"Weapon-X," a man possessed, who cannot wait to get out there and make receivers pay for trying to go across the middle, to make running backs think twice before deciding to run to his side of the field, and get into a quarterback’s head knowing that he could be coming for him at any point in time.

After making a big play, B-Dawk will often celebrate (as defensive players sometimes do) with a bit of a pose, as he seemingly draws energy from the crowd as they show their appreciation for his fine play.

Dawkins, being unabashed and unashamed about his faith, will also be heard shouting “Hallelujah!” and pointing his index finger skyward at INVESCO field in thanks and recognition to the Lord for blessing him with the ability to play the great game of football.

While the Eagles organization may not realize just how great of a player that they let slip through their fingers, the Eagles fans sure do. When the news broke back in February that Dawkins had signed with the Denver Broncos, the fans in Philly were in complete and total disbelief.

You had people crying on the news they were so distraught. That is the kind of impact that Dawkins is capable of having on a city.

Eagles fans will tell you, Dawkins in no joke.

A seven time Pro Bowler, including an appearance in 2008, Dawkins has proven that he can still play at an elite level.

Despite being a defensive back in his mid-30’s, there has not been a dip in Dawkins production on the field. In fact, over the past five seasons, he has averaged 70 tackles (58 solo) 2.1 sacks, and 2.6 interceptions.

Dawkins shows no signs of slowing down either. If anything his resolve has been strengthened by his change of scenery, and looks forward to the opportunity to prove himself to his new coaches and new teammates.

B-Dawk also has a small chip on his shoulder, and looks to prove wrong those who doubted his ability.

I expect Coach Nolan to utilize "Weapon-X" in ways that play to his strengths, which should mean big plays in the form of sacks, turnovers, and big hits.

In a denverbroncos.com article, Ronnie Fields had this to say about the defense that Mike Nolan is installing in Denver: “It's not really the usual 3-4, it's an attack 3-4, it's like an offensive mindset. Some people play the 3-4 different; they're more like 'sit back and wait.' But as far as us, we attack.”

With that in mind I expect Nolan to use B-Dawk to Blitz the quarterback, move around, and confuse the offense. Maybe place Dawkins in some robber coverage where he can use his instincts to pick off the ball in a very Ed Reed kind of way.

Dawkins will also be asked to be a teacher and a mentor to the young defensive backs who the Broncos recently acquired, a task he is more than qualified to accomplish.

If I was Darcell McBath, David Bruton, Josh Barrett, Alphonso Smith, Josh Bell, Jack Williams, D.J. Johnson, or Tony Carter, I would be thrilled to be able to learn from Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins. I would watch them incessantly, pick their brains, ask for advice, and soak up as much as I could.

If even a little bit of Champ and B-Dawk rub off on any of these young guys, the future of the Denver Broncos secondary will look pretty bright.

In the shorter term, though, Dawkins joins a secondary that has been reloaded with experienced players who know how to play in the National Football League.

In Nolan’s attacking style defense, they will have a mandate to create turnovers and limit the ground they give up. As the strong safety, Dawkins ability to read the play and attack the run will play a huge role in making that happen.

Regardless of all the change and scheme and age, I think that Denver can expect B-Dawk to be B-Dawk. He is going to prepare, play explosively, and create havoc for the opposing team. "Weapon-X" is going to live up to his name as the X-Factor of the defense.

He brings leadership, experience, poise, intensity, big play ability, and character. On the field he will play like a beast, giving it his all. Off the field he will conduct himself as an upstanding member of the community.

Denver can expect big things from B-Dawk in 2009

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Old 05-19-2009, 10:54 PM   #2
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I'm excited about the team and Brian Dawkins, but that was a horrible article in so many ways.
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Old 05-19-2009, 10:59 PM   #3
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Excellent timing for him joining us the same summer they release Wolverine's movie, I'm doubly stoked on him now.
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:03 PM   #4
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Please just put "BLOG" in the title.
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:01 AM   #5
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Please just put "BLOG" in the title.
Well if people don't know that the Bleacher report is nothing more than a dressed up fan blog by now, then what's the point?
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:05 AM   #6
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What I expect from his is to tackle someone.

Which would be more than our safeties did last year.

Which makes us improved at the position already. +1 Broncos!
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:45 AM   #7
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B-Dawk? People actually call him that stupid nickname? What is this? 1998?
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:20 AM   #8
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He would been great replacing tony Lilly.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:40 AM   #9
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I expect that Dawkins will not look nearly as good as he did last year if we don't generate something resembling a pass rush.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:21 AM   #10
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Better then last year ... on brains alone , our safeties was so lost and out of position last year most the time ... But Brian could sneeze and throw his back out or break a hip at anytime ...
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:50 AM   #11
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All I expect is for him to play really hard as long as he's healthy. I have no idea if his big plays will be sacks, big hits, interceptions. I think you will see him patrol the box if need be to stop the run. He could be the first extra player into the box. I also think he will bail out the CBS once in awhile with a big hit. By the way when was the last time you saw a WR break open, CB is beat, then wham the safety bails him out with a big hit?

I'd have to say John Lynch the yr we lost in afc championship game. I can't remember one time from last yr.

It got to the point where the safety's where anything but safe. It was more like DANGER DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!!!!!
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:55 AM   #12
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Better then last year ... on brains alone , our safeties was so lost and out of position last year most the time ... But Brian could sneeze and throw his back out or break a hip at anytime ...
Yep if Broncos get lucky and hes healthy then great pickup. If he is old and gets hurt then maybe not so good.

The dude is a stud though and i have a feeling he gives Broncos 2-3 good yrs. Probably a little like Lynch where we will see him play well for a couple yrs, then tail off, then retire.

For sure though a Dawkins with one leg, one eye poked out, 4 broken fingers, a hangover and the swine flu are better then what we rolled out last yr. I almost have to say that the amount of interception Broncos got seems almost impossible. How does a ball fly through the air and not end up in your hands by sheer luck at least once in awhile.

Broncos safety's not only stunk, they were unlucky.

Anyone now what Brain Dawkins moon sign is, I want to check his horoscope and see if it aligns with the great football god's planet alignment that occurs once each yr, around January.
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:00 AM   #13
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I expect that Dawkins will not look nearly as good as he did last year if we don't generate something resembling a pass rush.
Well there were plenty of plays last yr on 3rd down when qb made a quick throw to a receiver not yet to the first down marker. Linerbackers and safety's missed a ton of tackles that would have gotten them off the field.

The lack of sacks is alarming, but usually you can scheme some pressure. Also Broncos lined up the dends so inside the rarely had a chance to make a good outside move. Seems to me that also led to our ends not being able to hold the edge. Add to that smaller OLB and I feel Broncos were always getting pushed around at those spots.

The need to get bigger in the front seven to allow them to scheme some pressure with guys like doom, ayers, moss maybe even.

Hopefully some of the big bodies like Fields, Powell, etc can somehow help with that. I think just because they are big they can a little.

Also I think Peterson sort of under rated. I could see him doing more under the new regime. Thomas seems to be a decent player and maybe he can improve.
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:15 AM   #14
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Leadership, experience, and the ability to tackle. A couple big plays/game changers would be nice.
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:43 AM   #15
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I think this was the best move we made all off season. I go to Pennsylvania frequently, and one of the people I work closest with is a huge Eagles fan. Everyone I talk to is upset about the loss and they keep asking me for Dawkins updates. The low down on the field is he is great against the run, but has been struggling with coverage a bit recently. Leadership and attitude is the key though this guy motivates as well as anyone in the league, Ray lewis has nothing on him from what everyone is telling me. For every concern I have regarding Andra Davis, Dawkins brings an establish positive to the table. I hope he is with us more than a year or two.
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Old 05-20-2009, 06:51 AM   #16
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:46 AM   #17
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dont ya just love the off season?
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:56 AM   #18
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Mock, you're worse than footsteps......I assume you're implying that Dawkins is old, and therefore a bad signing....

But I'm sure if Shanahan had been the one to sign Dawkins....then you'd be cheering from the mountain tops all while holding a picture of Shanahan's nuts.
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Old 05-20-2009, 08:30 AM   #19
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I expect him to bring what Lynch did. Strong leadership, great run support, a field-general and assistant coach to our young guys.

Great signing. I hope he stays healthy.

People may be "doubting" but he will bring a fire and intensity to the squad that should help immediately. How man big plays last year were running plays up the middle where the LB's and Safeties "whiffed" their assignments? A lot, I guarantee. I am remembering LJ's big run at KC, and a big run for the Jets.

Hopefully, those humiliating plays will disappear, and we force teams to grind it out down the whole field. That would be a major improvement.
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I'm excited about the team and Brian Dawkins, but that was a horrible article in so many ways.
A cut and paste of one liners taken from a football board.
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:39 AM   #21
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Mock, you're worse than footsteps......I assume you're implying that Dawkins is old, and therefore a bad signing....
Not bad...but certainly not a long term solution, none-the-less fine for now. I'd like to know what the general consensus of Philly fans is on how he played last year. GENERAL CONSENSUS...not what one guy on a blog says. Has anyone checked?
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But I'm sure if Shanahan had been the one to sign Dawkins....then you'd be cheering from the mountain tops all while holding a picture of Shanahan's nuts.
One of my biggest problems with Shanny was that year after year he signed aging free agents as stop gaps but left certain positions at the bottom of the priority list...especially the D-line. Hopefully Dawkins has enough left to play well and mentor these young safeties for 2010, but even if he does, that's essentially what we had with Lynch, and he was part of a bad defense his last year. Dawkins success or failure is going to rest more on the status of the front 7 playing in front of him than anything else IMO.
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I expect Dawkins and champ to tackle allot of runningbacks that make it past our "improved" D line
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Personally, I'll be ecstatic to see what competent safety play looks like.

I forgot what it looks like about the time that Calvin Lowry became a starter.
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Not bad...but certainly not a long term solution, none-the-less fine for now. I'd like to know what the general consensus of Philly fans is on how he played last year. GENERAL CONSENSUS...not what one guy on a blog says. Has anyone checked?
Reference my post Footsteps, I can't guarentee general consensus and have no concrete proof to back it up, but all the Eagles fans I have personally spoken with are very high on the guy. I am definately not "pro-McDaniels", and have had a lot of problems with the off season, but this is not one of them. I hear nothing but positives on the guy, and tend to believe the hype in this particular case.
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Well if people don't know that the Bleacher report is nothing more than a dressed up fan blog by now, then what's the point?
Because there are still idiots out there who think that it's a legit news site?
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