20 Questions with Broncos Safety Brian Dawkins

Michael HicksContributor IMay 12, 2009

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 30:  Brian Dawkins speaks about being named a finalist for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award during a press conference prior to Super Bowl XLIII held at the Tampa Convention Center on January 30, 2009 in Tampa, Florida. Dawkins is one of three finalists for the award.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Pick any player from your team, and list all of the questions you would ask for a feature interview.

Brian Dawkins came to Denver from Philadelphia via free agency this offseason. The 35-year-old Pro Bowler leaves a situation where the Eagles were one game from the Super Bowl to join the the Broncos, a team in transition.

1. How difficult was it to leave the Eagles where you were the face of the defense for so many years?

2. Hindsight being 20/20, would you have come to Denver if you had known the upheaval that was about to take place with the team's offense, in particular the trade of franchise QB Jay Cutler?

3. You're 35 year olds in a sport that isn't catered toward older players. How much longer do you see yourself playing?

4. The secondary has undergone numerous changes this offseason with the release of Dre' Bly and the addition of players like Alphonso Smith, Andre Goodman, Renaldo Hill and Darcel McBath. How do you see this group gelling together and performing in 2009?

5. Who is the leader of this defense, you or Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey?

6. The secondary would seem to be the strength, right now, of Mike Nolan's 3-4 defense. How will the defensive backs help make the front seven a more formidable group and allow them to get more pressure on the QB, something the team lacked in 2008?

7. Fellow former Philadelphia Eagle Correll Buckhalter came along with you to the Mile High City. Before the team drafted Knowshon Moreno in the first round of this year's draft Buckhalter was being pegged as potentially the team's No. 1 back. Can he still fill that role in spite of the his injury history?

8. If the season started today, do you feel that the Broncos have enough talent across the board to make a run at the AFC West title and the playoffs or is this team in rebuilding mode?

9. Last year, the Eagles were minutes away from a return to the Super Bowl after a late-season run, how did that compare to Philadelphia's run to the 2005 game against New England?

10. How do you think the Jay Cutler-Josh McDaniels feud will impact the team this season, especially on offense?

11. Was trading Jay Cutler a good, sound move for the overall morale of the team instead of having the potential headache of a very public feud hanging overhead throughout the season despite his immense talent?

12. You recently donated two tickets to the Broncos game in Philadelphia later this season to a former Eagles employee who was fired for comments he made criticizing the team for letting you leave. How much did that kind of support mean to you and your Eagles teammates when you played there?

13. What is your impressions of new head coach Josh McDaniels in the time that he's been on the job?

14. Is there any awkwardness knowing that your head coach is two and half years younger than you or could you see him turning to you for advice during the season?

15. Unlike the NFC East, especially last season where the competition was stern from top to bottom, the AFC West boasts two of the weaker teams in the league, at least record-wise in 2008, and had a division champion that won just eight games. What do you expect to see from a competitive standpoint this season in the AFC West?

16. What were your impressions of Josh McDaniels' flirtation of acquiring former protege Matt Cassel from New England to succeed Jay Cutler as the team's quarterback?

17. What will you miss the most about not playing for former defensive coordinator Jim Johnson?

18. If there's one player on another team in the NFL that you would you like to have as your teammate here in Denver that could be the missing piece to the puzzle, who would that be and why?

19. You signed a five-year contract to come to Denver, which, by the time it expires you would be 40. Can you see yourself playing until then?

20. Denver has won just one playoff game—a 2005 Divisional Playoff game against New England—since John Elway retired in 19999. Are you the answer in not only getting the team back into the playoffs, but also winning in the postseason? 


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