QB Eli Manning
September 9, 2015
Q: The same feeling every year going into the opener? Opening up against the Cowboys, is it good to open up against a team that you know?
A: Yeah. I think itís good to start in the division. Sunday night, it should be a great environment. And a very good team. They were strong last year, good on defense. Offensively, very, very strong. So we know weíve got to go out there and play well. Theyíre going to be fired up, itís going to be loud. But those are fun environments to play in. Hopefully weíre up to the challenge.
Q: Howís your offense going into the game? You ready?
A: Yeah. I thought we had a good day of practice today. I thought we were pretty good on Monday, as well. I feel like we have a lot of weapons, and feeling good about where we are and what weíre trying to do. Now itís just about going out and executing and making the plays that are out there.
Q: Is there a different feeling now that itís Week One? You know what youíve got on Sunday? Is there an excitement and added focus this week?
A: I think itís always a little different Week 1. Practices are a little bit more precise. You know exactly what youíre getting, what youíre going against. The game plan is in. Youíre getting a lot of reps with the guys that are going to be out there on the field with you playing. I think it was sharp. Itís not as much sitting and watching different teams or different groups practice, you get a lot more reps. But I thought we had good energy today, and thatís what we need.
Q: Can you compare the comfort level this year as opposed to last year at this time?
A: I feel, obviously, much different right now than I did last year going into Week 1. Just with the comfort level within the offense, and the checks, and what everybodyís assignments are, and how weíre going to handle certain blitzes or looks, and getting to all of our possibilities. I think the receivers, offensive line, everybodyís comfort level is higher, which makes everybodyís job a little bit easier.
Q: Whether itís a coincidence or not, youíve thrown the ball extremely well in Dallas against the Cowboys. Is there anything to that?
A: I guess good weather, I donít know. Hopefully we can have another day being productive throwing the ball. Weíre going to need to. We have some weapons at receiver who can make some plays. Iíve got to do my part, get them the ball. Weíve got to be balanced, weíve got to run the ball. Hopefully we can have a good day and make some plays.
Q: Do you feel like Victor Cruz may be ready this week?
A: Youíve got to ask Victor. Iím not sure on that.
Q: You guys have lost four openers in a row. How hard is to dig out of that?
A: Just worried about this one. This is the next game. Weíve got to go out there and we have to play well. If we get off to a fast start, and the game into the fourth quarter, thatís where we have to find a way to win those close games.
Q: How hard is it to comprehend yesterday when you hear about Tyler Sash?
A: Yeah. Coach Coughlin came in and told me about it. Just shocked, a teammate, so young. Feel like he was just here. Lose a life of a teammate is never good, never good to hear. Obviously thinking about his family and everybody who knew him. Lost a good guy.