Why does Dan Dawson Still Dress?

Discussion in 'Saskatchewan Rush Forum' started by Gravedigger, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Gravedigger

    Gravedigger Member

    Seriously. The dude's been awful all year. It's not a coincidence whatsoever that Rochester started winning games after benching him, and in every game he dresses for the Rush they either lose or barely win and look poor doing so, whereas if they play Knight+Dinsdale instead they usually blow out the opposing team and look fantastic all around. I mean seriously, the dude is the only player on the entire roster who has a negative win loss record when dressing, and the eye test confirms that he is by far the worst player on the team. This isn't just a case of the team around him plays badly when he gets into the game, the dude just legit doesn't fit. He does absolutely nothing in terms of generating scoring opportunities due to how slow he is, and his playmaking, his career calling card, has not been acceptable (nor necessary given how much better Matthews/Church/Keenan are as distributors). What's even worse is what doesn't show up on the statsheet. Players like Knight and Dinsdale, who usually get inexplicably benched for this bum, do things like set picks, cut to the net, grab rebounds etc to establish positioning, facilitate their teammates' offense, and secure additional offensive possessions. Dan Dawson does exactly zero of that and usually just stands near the middle of the field preparing to make the play die on his stick. Yesterday was probably his best game as a member of the Rush yet he was still the worst player on the Rush by a light year.

    This just seems like one of those cases where the name on the back of the jersey has overshadowed what's actually happened on the field. Yes, the team wasted a high 2nd round pick to acquire him, but don't fall for the sunken cost fallacy. Just play Knight+Dinsdale instead and don't sink the cost further by having Dawson cost the Rush yet another game. Let him retire and get into the Hall of Fame in a few years, or trick Vancouver into giving a 1st round pick for him or something. Playing him during the playoffs is a disaster waiting to happen.
  2. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    Since the rush haven’t had a meaningful game in 2 months it’s kinda hard to throw any shade at dan Dawson

    It’s called complacency
  3. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    Dawson's best days are behind him. Maybe Paul Day takes a chance on him as a player/coach for Wings 2.0 but I doubt it.
  4. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    It’s obvious he still wants to play since he reported to Saskatchewan but I doubt philly has interest but they will need some nice veterans
    Cough Crowley cough
  5. unspoken

    unspoken Member

    Dawson was brought in because Knight had an injury. Given that Knight was the scratch the last two games, that injury could have been reaggravated and Dawson was playing in his place. I'd bet that he'll be the scratch come playoffs.
  6. Gravedigger

    Gravedigger Member

    I'm not even going to pretend to be under the guise of "he's a legend we can't be disrespecting him and all his accomplishments". This guy sucks. What he accomplished the other 15 years has no bearing on how much of a detriment to his teams he was this year. He better not be returning next season. Absolutely the single worst player I've seen play for the Rush during their current dynasty. You have to go back to 2013 John Lafontaine to find a player this detrimental to the team, and at least with Lafontaine, he was a young guy trying to find his way and eventually made himself a full time fixture on the Rush backcourt. At age 38 Dawson will not be getting any better, and might actually get worse (if that's even possible). There is no coincidence whatsoever that the Rush are 3-3 with him and 14-2 without, while the Knighthawks are 2-6 with him and 11-4 without. Probably the most negative on field presence in the entire NLL this season and manages to single handedly lose his team games. He was probably the 2nd biggest reason the Rush dropped game 2 to the Knighthawks (#1 being Matt Vinc being the GOAT goalie), and managed to make some absolutely horrible players in their own right in Billy Dee Smith and Ian Llord look like Kyle Rubisch because they got to play against this bum. Flash forward 1 week and Dawson is on the bench as he belongs and the Rush lock up the title.

    He needs to retire ASAP. Do not ever let him defile a team with as well oiled and as efficient an offense as the Rush ever again.
  7. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    Shanny said on the Twitter broadcast that Knight was a healthy scratch in game 2. I wonder if Keenan was throwing Dawson a bone to put him in the lineup with the Rush up by a game and game 2 in Rochester. And I was there and I don't think Dawson played that poorly. He moved his feet well and when he didn't have the ball, he was not just standing there.

    I agree that his best days are behind him. In this league, you can't really spot guys in lineups for just power plays or other certain situations. Everyone has to contribute all the time.
  8. unspoken

    unspoken Member

    Just for the record my initial post wasn't a criticism of Dawson. It's just that the offense they had before the trade gelled so well that it would be difficult to not see him as the odd man out.

    It will be interesting to see if he signs again here as there could be a righty forward spot open after the expansion draft.
  9. Hollywood42

    Hollywood42 Well-Known Member

    I’m sure he would retire before he would allow himself to be a healthy scratch again
    It’s not worth the travel
  10. AmericanRockFan

    AmericanRockFan Well-Known Member

    This. I was a little surprised he even reported to Saskatchewan after the trade, but at this point in his career I'm sure he probably approved it beforehand. I'm pretty sure Dawson's career is unofficially over now.
  11. RockStar

    RockStar Well-Known Member

    loved the guy as a player throughout the prime of his career.

    thinking it might be time to try his hand at coaching if he has ever had such an aspiration.
  12. chuckster

    chuckster Well-Known Member

    I'd say Dawson was no factor in the Rush losing that game. Again, it felt like Keenan put him in to give him one last game in Rochester. And it didn't end up costing the Rush in the end as they put Knight back in and won the Cup.

    Your borderline hatred for 1 guy seems a little over the top.
  13. swami24

    swami24 Well-Known Member

    Always nice to go out with a championship. It is the way to go.

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