Dawkins: Eagles Need To Respect Orton

Brian Dawkins
spent three seasons in Denver. For the majority of that time, Kyle Orton was the Broncos’ starting quarterback.

They both joined the team in 2009. Orton threw for over 3,800 yards that year with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He posted similar numbers the following season. Dawkins didn’t make Orton out to be Peyton Manning (he went 12-21 as the starter with the Broncos) but cautioned those who are ready to dismiss the Cowboys altogether because he will be playing quarterback Sunday night instead of Tony Romo.

“I watched him play in Denver, so I know that he can complete some of the quick rhythm throws, some of the quick outs and curl routes. He’s not the best downfield thrower there is but he can complete passes, so you can’t get overconfident,” said Dawkins during his weekly appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic.

“He’s a guy that can lead a football team. He’s a guy that can grab the reins. He’s somebody that feels comfortable playing the position. It’s not a new thing to him. There are a lot of veteran guys that play the position and it still seems new to them, but it’s not new to him. He can direct drives, he can put points on the board and they do have weapons in Dallas for him to get the ball to so it’s not like everything is on his shoulders. I’m pretty sure they will run the ball a little bit more and rely more on the play action pass, so you have to respect this dude.You can’t go in as a defense saying, ‘It’s not Tony Romo, he’s not going to be able to keep plays alive.’ You have to respect him.”

An ESPN report emerged late Monday afternoon that Romo will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a herniated disc in his back. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett did not confirm the report at his press conference, but gave Orton a vote of confidence should he be the quarterback for Sunday night’s showdown between the Eagles and Cowboys that will decide the NFC East.

“Feel great about Kyle Orton,” Garrett said. “We’ll evaluate Tony on a day by day this week. In the meantime Kyle will be the guy that’s taking the snaps until Tony is ready to go.”

The 31-year-old Orton has a career record of 35-34, completing 58 percent of his throws for just shy of 15,000 yards with 81 touchdowns and 57 interceptions. The Purdue product hasn’t started since 2011. He finished that season with the Chiefs after being released by Denver, which opted to start Tim Tebow over him following a 1-4 start.

“He’s seen enough football, he’s a smart enough dude to be able to take in the offense in its totality and be able to go out and run the same exact plays,” said Dawkins. “He may not be able to keep plays alive like Tony Romo does by scrambling and moving around in the pocket, but he can run the exact same offense…He can step back, he can read blitz protections, he can set protections up and he can get the ball to where it belongs. I don’t think you can go into this game thinking that we can have a different defensive game plan because it’s not the starter.”

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  • Adam

    Tony nooo

    • G_WallyHunter

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA jesus murphy

  • Kev_H

    I’d prefer to go against a hobbled, gut-it-out, Romo than a fresh, something to prove, Orton to be honest with you. But I think the Eagles will be super prepared, lock down receivers again, and it won’t really matter.

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      We kinda have some low key lockdown corners. Boykin’s the truth.

  • djack10

    That Vikings game may have been the best thing to happen to the Eagles. They won’t be overconfident since Cassell torched them without AP even playing. Can’t wait for Sunday night!

  • nutmegel

    All i want for Christmas is Dawkins back in midnight green. fingers crossed

    • George

      better than any of the safeties we have now…

    • mtn_green

      I think it was Cole that did Dawkins flying move for that sack.

      • All Things Bad@ss

        Yup .. that was Cole. A thing of beauty.

  • Birdz

    The Eagles will respect Kyle Orton…..they’re gonna kill him, but they will respect him while doing it….

  • Choco

    Fear the neck beard

  • ia

    Romo injury (fake) is just smoke screen to confuse Eagles.

  • Scott J

    If we can get a lead on the Cowboys, they’ll get away from running Murray. Murray will complain to the coaches, Bryant will start his sideline yelling antics and will run into the locker room to cry in private. This could become a circus!

    • GEAGLE

      Yes sir…getting out to an early lead will force the cowboys to unravel….they don’t have the mental toughness to keep it together and overcome being down in a do or die situation with a backup

      • OregonDucker

        I only wonder whether Chip will hit 34 points by halftime. I’d like to see a Duck-like 60+ at game’s end. We need to send an emphatic message to our playoff foe.

    • Andy

      This is why under CK they should never defer if they win a kick-off. It is too important to get the offense going and get a lead to allow the defense to do its thing. I think this defense has a strength shutting down the run, but can really dominate a team that has to pass, pass, pass because they are playing from behind.

    • OregonDucker

      Last matchup with Dallas we were embarrassed. Every player on the Eagles Offense wants to atone for that poor performance. Mark my words, the Eagles O will DESTROY the Cowgirls D. Chip’s scheme will be devastating. And Foles will be brilliant.


    Doesn’t matter who we play if our defense plays the way they played the,bears…
    Billy’s blitz packages were awesome, And he knew they couldn’t stop it so h just kept pouring on the blitzes….when the blitz the A gap with Meco or Mykal, while running a twist stunt where Cox loops outside and Trent loops inside….that’s just NASTY!!!
    Baldi broke down those blitzes on Eagles frenzy!!…Forte is a pretty good blocking bAck, yet we blitzed constantly forcing him to stay in and block, and Mykal and Meco ABUSED him…Forte is a better blocker then Murray..

    Chip also put on a clinic offensively the way he used Desean in “ghost motion”..baldi broke it down well….FOles would send Desean in ghost motion to see what the CB would do…when the CB followed Desen to the other side, Nick would hand it to shady who would run to the side that the CB is no longer on….when the CB didn’t follow Desean to the opposite side, FOles would fake the read option and throw a swing pass to Desean…..Between Chips play calling, FOles surgical running of the offense, and or line completely DOMINATING the trenches, we put on a clinic,,,,,

    like Suh and Fairly. Our Oline forced peppers and that Dline t waive the white flag they wanted no parts of our Oline…….SK will have a lot of fun doing the ALL 22 for the bears game

    • cliff henny

      yeah, but it helps having orton over romo.

      • GEAGLE

        Certainly…but beating Romo is so much more fun

  • jon h

    so…..who’s Orton’s backup? I just looked on ESPN.com at Dallas’ roster and unless I missed something (which is totally possible), it appears that they don’t have a 3rd string quarterback nor a QB on the practice squad. If that’s the case, I think we will really know the status if Dallas picks up another QB this week. Can’t imagine they go into the game with no back up (again, unless i’m missing something)

    • pjcostello

      They have three QBs in for tryouts, since you’re right — they have no other QB on the roster. John Skelton, Tyler Thigpen and David Carr.

      • Mr. Magee

        Wow. How is it smart to not have 3 qb’s on your entire roster?

  • pjcostello

    OK, I am a little worried about Orton… he’s a small-ball QB, where he’ll throw short (under 10 yards) passes and they’ll run the ball a lot. Not exactly West Coast offense, but similar in concept — using short passes as ‘runs’. The Eagles have had trouble defensively with that sort of offense, and it wears on a defense over the course of a game.

  • Mr. Magee

    Dawkins’ comments make a lot of sense to me…. I’m guessing both Chip and Davis have a similar point of view.