Head Coach Ben McAdoo
Postgame vs. Los Angeles Chargers, Oct. 8, 2017
Alright, another tough ballgame. Thought the guys went out and played hard, I thought they fought their tails off. Came up just short, a couple mistakes at the end really cost us, and ran out of firepower there at the end – no excuses. I felt we had opportunities to move the ball, put points on the board, and this is where we stand.
Q: How did not having your receivers alter the way you played the game?
A: Yeah, I mean, it significantly altered the game. We had one receiver left at the end of the ball game. The guys fought hard, the tight ends stepped up and went out and worked to execute the two-man offense. They don’t get a lot of reps with what they’re being asked to do, but they went out, they played fast and played hard.
Q: What’s your sense of the severity of WR Odell Beckham Jr.’s injury?
A: I don’t know yet. I just got in off the field, I’ll have to go take a look and we’ll have to take a look in the morning probably.
Q: Has he [WR Odell Beckham Jr.] been sent for surgery?
A: Again, I don’t know. I don’t have an answer to that yet.
Q: The CBS telecast said WR Odell Beckham Jr. was having some problems with his finger before the game, was that the case?
A: He was medically cleared to play in the game.
Q: Do you have any updates on the other receivers and the severity of their injuries?
A: We had three ankles and a foot. It looks like Dwayne [Harris] has a broken foot.
Q: What about the other guys? You look a little short-handed?
A: DRC [CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] was in and out, he was hobbled a little bit, JC [LB Jonathan Casillas], Landon [Collins] was in and out a little bit, he was hobbled up, [Orleans] Darkwa after the touchdown pulled up lower body.
Q: Is that why we didn’t see him [RB Orleans Darkwa] much after the first half?
A: He didn’t get much after that, no.
Q: You said lower body?
A: I believe it was a calf, I’m not 100 percent sure.
Q: What was the explanation for the delay of game on the two-point conversion?
A: The clock starts – it’s a new rule by the league, they’re trying to speed up the game. So, the 25-second clock started quickly and then I tried to run down and call a timeout, but with four seconds left they didn’t pull the trigger on the timeout, they must not have seen me there. But we still felt we had a good call and an opportunity to convert.
Q: At 0-5, where do you turn from here?
A: You just keep working. You look in the mirror. You learn a lot about yourself in times like these. So, you’ve got to work for yourself, work for your teammates. We’re all pros – this is what we get paid to do. We get paid to win, not just compete. So, we’ve got to find a way to win.
Q: What do you say to your team after a loss like that, given your record?
A: I think that we showed a lot of fight out there, but again, this is professional football. We’ve got to go to work and find a way to win.
Q: Why the decision to go to G D.J. Fluker over John Jerry?
A: John’s been hobbled a little bit. I thought D.J. played fairly well last week. I wanted to give him a chance in the run game.
Q: You had CB Eli Apple on the bench for three series, what was your thinking there?
A: We have a lot of guys who were rolling in and out of there. We want to see guys compete, and we’re confident in all our DBs.
Q: What was your assessment of the run game today?
A: I thought there was some good and some bad, but more good. I thought we took a step in the run game. I thought we played physical. We needed a little bit more later in the game, but I thought our run game took a step forward today.
Q: Was CB Eli Apple on the bench for three series pre-planned?
Q: Exactly three series?
A: It was pre-planned.
Q: You use the phrase ‘learn a lot about yourself’ I’m sure in terms of the players…
McAdoo Interruption: Players and coaches.
Q (cont.): Yes, so how do you feel about the public and your bosses taking a look at you in a similar regard?
A: Listen, I get paid to win, not merely compete, and right now we’re 0-5. I’m my biggest critic, I look in the mirror, and I have to do a better job.
Q: Was QB Eli Manning tested for a concussion after he took a knee to the helmet?
A: Not that I’m aware of.
Q: Where do you go from here?
A: Back to work.