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Thursday Transcript: Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan

Eric from BBI : Admin : 11/30/2017 4:27 pm
Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan

November 30, 2017

Q: Talk about this week in terms of what has happened with Eli Manning.

A: Well, Tuesday obviously was a very difficult day. Eleven years worked closely with Eli (Manning) as a member of this coaching staff, as a receiver coach, quarterback coach, the coordinator and then these past few weeks being able to call the plays for him and so many experiences that we shared together. The highest of highs a couple Super Bowl trophies. The lowest of lows, you know, I think you could certainly say this season has had its fair share of those. And everything in between and the thing is, through it all, he has been the ultimate professional. He personifies class and humility, toughness, competitiveness. I just have great respect for Eli Manning as both a player and as a man and over that long period of time, we developed quite a bond a strong bond and theres nothing that can take that away or break that bond.

Q: What was the decision-making process like for you? Did Ben McAdoo talk about this decision with you beforehand or did you find out with the rest of the team?

A: You know, I think Mr. (John) Mara and Ben have spoken at great length as far as the whole process of the decision and how it took place and when it took place and theres really nothing that I can add. You have to go back and check on their comments.

Q: What did you tell Ben McAdoo that you thought when he told you?

A: As I mentioned, that whole process has been discussed. At this point, its more a matter of what are my responsibilities and the responsibility being that there is a group of players, theres a quarterback that needs direction and weve had so many struggles this season. Its been very, very difficult, so I think its really trying to zero in on trying to find a way that we can get this thing headed in the right direction. Its been frustrating, obviously, for everybody. So, thats where the focus is and trying to get this unit ready for a game in Oakland.

Q: Has Davis Webb had any offensive rep work so far this season and moving forward how is that going to change.

A: In terms of what David has done offensively, you go back in obviously the preseason and training camp and him being involved in that aspect of it. As the regular season has gone on, hes been primarily in the scout team role and as far as what happens in the future, again, that will remain to be seen. Our situations as they come about, you know, theyll be presented to you guys obviously by either Coach (Ben) McAdoo or Jerry (Reese), whoever comes out and well go from there.

Q: Has anything changed with Davis Webb at this point or is he still a third string scout team guy?

A: As far as, again, who is on the depth chart. You got to know that, man, I cant talk about the depth chart. I cant talk about who plays. I want to help you out as much as I can, but thats how Ill have to do it.

Q: I mean, theres been no change in Davis Webbs prep this week. Is that correct?

A: In terms of youre asking me whether hes getting reps as far as playing with the Giant offense. You know, Id love to help you out but I got to be careful about what I say, what I dont say and how much is said and all that good stuff. I can just tell you that he has continued to work with the other quarterbacks. Hes been doing what hes been out at practice. But, I cant say anything as far as how much hes playing with the offense or how much hes on the scout team. Hes been out at practice and hes doing all the things were asking him to do.

Q: How has Geno Smith reacted this week to his increased responsibilities?

A: Geno has worked hard all year and done the things that you want someone who is the No. 2 quarterback to do in terms of preparation and really zeroing in on doing all the things necessary that if given limited reps if he does get the opportunity, hell make the most of it. Hes obviously excited about the opportunity, you know, its a chance for him to show what he can do and hes looking forward to what happens on Sunday.

Q: Eli Manning did some work with the scout team. How did that come about and was that jarring?

A: Well, again, the thing is that I just mentioned about Eli. Having spent a great deal of time with him, that is, as Ive mentioned, someone thats hes the ultimate professional. Hes the ultimate team player and while certainly not something -- as he shared with everybody -- a decision that he was thrilled with, you know, hes going to do everything he can to help the team and hes preparing himself as best he can as though if he gets an opportunity, hell be ready to go and keeping himself sharp and so his attitude has been one of being a good teammate and wanting to do everything he can to help the offense, help the other quarterbacks, help everybody get ready as best he can.

Q: Did you have to tweak the game plan when Geno Smith became the starter?

A: Yeah, you know, theres a framework, a system of what we do, what we try to do and it would be foolish to not take into account some of the preferences or some of the particular skills that maybe a certain player has. We always have the quarterbacks involved. We have a framework and within that framework, there may be things that they like a little bit better than other things and the things that he brings to the table, we want to make sure we try to feature that. As with whoever the quarterback is, theyre going to have suggestions and input and then we put it all together and try to put our best foot forward. So, in terms of any drastic changes, no. We dont foresee any of those.

Q: What do you think Geno Smith brings to the table?

A: The big thing in terms of Geno when you look at it from a specific standpoint, you know, he has arm talent. He has a very live arm and hes got mobility to extend some plays. But, the key thing I would just want to say is that regardless of who the quarterback is, we got to do a great job finishing drives. We got to be able to, as has been said time and again, youre tired of asking about it. Certainly, were tired of answering it and I know our fans and players everybody is tired of having to deal with the fact that were not scoring more points. So, that means having the conversions on third down. Were doing some good things running the ball, but we just have to find ways to continue to get more snaps. So, regardless of whos out there. He brings those skills to the table as you asked, but regardless of who the quarterback is or what particular skills they are if were stubbing our toe on third down, if were having foolish penalties, if were not completing passes, thats going to be not good for anybody and thats not what we want. So, look forward to Sunday.
Wow... just wow...  
Slade : 11/30/2017 4:34 pm : link
Poor Sully... Both he and Spags are vexed by McAdoo's disaster...

Next week's Q&A will be more entertaining...
This guy should be the interim HC  
regulator : 11/30/2017 4:38 pm : link
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RE: This guy should be the interim HC  
smshmth8690 : 11/30/2017 5:24 pm : link
In comment 13715178 regulator said:
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exactly.
RE: This guy should be the interim HC  
Vinny from Danbury : 11/30/2017 7:39 pm : link
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Agreed. And that is what SHOULD have happened this past Tuesday. Not the current debacle that has turned this team into the laughingstock of the NFL, and created hatred for the team among it's fanbase.
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