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Post-Game Transcript: Interim Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/31/2017 5:10 pm
Interim Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo

Postgame vs. Washington Redskins, December 31, 2017

Opening Statement: Apologize first for being late, but it takes a long time to hug 80 some odd people coaches and players, but it really felt good. Needless to say, really happy for our football team, the organization and the way we played today. I got to look at the film and all that, but it felt like Giants football. Ran the ball. Played good defense. Stopped them on third down. We probably would have liked to have converted a few more third downs ourselves, but I just so congratulate all the people involved. So happy. I appreciate them tremendously. I tried to convey that to everybody in there and it just feels really good. Weve been chasing the feeling of being in a locker room on a Sunday or an NFL winning locker room. It feels special - all the work you put into it and its a week by week thing. But, the work you put in during the week is demanding. Our players, our coaches, they go through a lot. Our football staff. And, its rewarding. Prior to that, hadnt been great, but this feels good and I think the organization can carry this into the next season.

Just to clarify one thing with our deactivations today. Ereck Flowers was deactivated because of an injury, OK? I know some other things were said out there, but hes been fighting a groin all year long and just couldnt do it this week. Having said that, Ill open it up.

Q: How great has it been to see Rhett Ellison contribute over the past month?

A: Rhett is the kind of guy I just told him when I hugged him that I appreciate the value of players like him. I call them program guys. Hes not flashy, but he knows exactly what hes doing. Hes a pro. Studies it. Gets out there, practices every day. The league has a ton of those guys around the league and hes one of them and I think hes very, very valuable for this football team. Made some good plays today.

Q: You waited on the field to hug Eli Manning.

A: I did.

Q: What was that moment like for you?

A: Well, it was for him. I did ask the camera guy, Can you get a picture when I hug Eli? Because, you know, its a memory. Its a memory. Weve both been through a lot and none more than him with this season, but he never changed. I value that in people that can stay that balanced through ups and downs. Hes had the highest of highs and this was certainly very, very low, but hes a tremendous competitor and I appreciate him greatly.

Q: There was a point when Eli Manning was waving to fans coming off the field. Do you think he might be thinking that this is his swan song?

A: I dont know that. I dont think Eli youd have to ask him. Hes a competitor. I believe hes got some football left a lot of football in him. Hes a competitor. Competitors they last in this league. Theyre all over the place, especially that position. And, you need them.

Q: The new season starts tomorrow. Whats next for you?

A: Well, its offseason now. The season is over and the organization has to get rolling. Well see what unwinds. We got the exit physicals tomorrow from eight to 12, got a team meeting at 12 oclock. I know Dave (Gettleman) wants to address the team, which is what you do. Well lay out what we have to do going forward and then well take it day by day.

Q: With the hiring of Dave Gettleman, was there extra motivation to start this era off well today?

A: Its a great point, but it worked out that way, so thats good. Im not sure anyone was thinking like that. We were just chasing a win. Wanted to find a way to beat the Washington Redskins. We hadnt had that feeling in a while and it feels good. Feels good.

Closing Statement: Can I do this? (My wife) Maria doesnt watch these things or anything, but I want to thank her personally for her support.
Thanks Coach....  
Britt in VA : 12/31/2017 5:13 pm : link
you did a stand up job in a tough predicament. Good luck.
I love this guy ...  
Manny in CA : 12/31/2017 5:15 pm : link

He's smart, tough and has a huge heart; I hope, some kind of way that he gets to stay.
He should of been made the head coach  
yalebowl : 12/31/2017 5:38 pm : link
Three years ago and not the menu guy. It's more than X and O's to be a head coach
RE: I love this guy ...  
Millburn : 12/31/2017 5:43 pm : link
In comment 13764411 Manny in CA said:
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He's smart, tough and has a huge heart; I hope, some kind of way that he gets to stay.



I agree ,I think if offerd he stay on as DC!
I like Spags and think he handled  
section125 : 12/31/2017 6:24 pm : link
the interim well.

I think it will be a clean slate and they start with a new staff.
One thing that Steve Spagnolo can say....  
Britt in VA : 12/31/2017 6:26 pm : link
that not a lot of people on earth can say...

He won a game as the Head Coach of the New York Giants (in addition to his Superbowl Championship as their D Coordinator).

That's cool.
Motivation  
KeoweeFan : 12/31/2017 6:37 pm : link
is the job of the HC; he sets the tone.
I am willing to let the "mutiny" of some of the players on the defense lie on Ben's lap.
Spags seems to be able to come up with the plan in "the big" games, and in the circumstances, this was a big game.
The new HC has to pick his DC but I would not be disappointed if it was Spagnola.
I think Spags can be a  
Sarcastic Sam : 12/31/2017 6:40 pm : link
Jim Johnson or Dick Lebeau type DC. Yes, he sucked with the Saints but that was an unprecedented situation with bountygate. I can't blame the DC for the suckage of the defense when we had high picks like Odi and DaMoron playing. I don't think it will be with the Giants, but I think he will find prolonged success as a coordinator in the league.
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