Broncos’ Dawkins trying to shake last season’s collapse |

Broncos’ Dawkins trying to shake last season’s collapse

Lindsay H. Jones
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins glares at his team after going down 13-6 to the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter of play Sunday December 20, 2009 at Invesco Field at Mile High. CYRUS MCCRIMMON/ THE DENVER POST

As much as everyone who works at Dove Valley – and all of you Broncos fans, too – would like to forget it, no one has been able to shake the bad memories of the end of the 2009 season.

The 2-8 finish in the final 10 games still stings, as does the dreadful defensive performance in the final game of the year: a 44-24 home loss to Kansas City.

“The whole stretch hurt, and that will be in my memory bank the way that felt the last part of the year. You don’t want that feeling ever,” safety Brian Dawkins said today. “To have to feel that, that was really my first time going through something like that, and you don’t want to feel that again.”

The late season collapse, especially in the run defense, spurred many of the Broncos’ offseason moves. The team parted ways with defensive coordinator Mike Nolan and promoted linebackers coach Don “Wink” Martindale, replaced the entire starting defensive line through free agency and made a couple changes to its linebackers corps.

Dawkins, a team captain in 2009 and the unquestioned defensive leader, said he approves of all of the changes.

“Obviously, there are going to be some things that remain the same, but Wink has his own ideas and how he wants to attack and do things,” Dawkins said. “Let’s just say I like them.”

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