Shannon Dawson had plenty to say today after a blowout turned into a squeaker. He’s well aware of what could have happened if the offense was firing on all cylinders, and is not ashamed to take some of the blame.
“I don’t live in a fantasy world where they’re going to make every throw.”
Dawson challenged us to bring him game tape of a quarterback making every throw. His office is open during weekdays if you’d like to. He said that Patrick had a few slight misses, but only four or five egregious errors. One of those, of course, was the interception. “He was trying to be too perfect,” Dawson said.
They took what the defense gave them
It’s the reason why there were so many deep balls and so few runs up the middle. They essentially stacked the box and dared them to make big plays deep. It was a gutsy move, but it worked because Dawson had no idea what their defense was going to do. He regrets not having a better flow of the game in the second half, but his aggressive personality couldn’t resist going deep. Unfortunately, it led them to too many 2nd and longs.
Boom’s First Boom was a “Blessing”
Even though he always is prepared to make a big Boom, he was humbled and blessed to open up a new stadium with a 75-yard touchdown. Most importantly, he was happy to share it with his teammates, his family and the Big Blue Nation.
Dawson Compared the Game to Golf
He told Patrick after the game to have a short memory and remain calm. If you chunk a drive, you can still recover and make a great putt to save par. If you hit a perfect drive and approach, you can still 2-putt for par. “They’re both pars. They don’t draw a picture on the scorecard,” Dawson said.