QB Eli Manning
September 22, 2015
Q: As a player, what are the biggest challenges in a short week like this?
A: Obviously just getting the preparation, watching a lot of film. We know the personnel pretty well, but there’s a new defensive coordinator, so new scheme for Washington, so just trying to watch as much film on them, see their tendencies, just see how they play certain coverages, what to expect, so we can have a good plan. Obviously we have limited time to run a lot of the plays, lot of it’s in walk-throughs. The only live thing we’ve done this week and will do is just a little seven-on-seven today with the pass game. Guys have got to be sharp on knowing where they’re lining up, what they’re doing and have a lot of walk-throughs to go over that kind of stuff, so we should be good in that category.
Q: Is there a physical component to making sure your body is ready on such a short amount of time?
A: Yeah, no doubt. Especially for the big guys up front on both sides who do a lot of hitting. Making sure their bodies get recovered, get well rested, hydrated, all those things are important to make sure you’re physically able to get out there and play at a high level.
Q: How anxious are you to get back out there on the field given what’s happened in the first two games?
A: Yeah, a good thing about a short week is you don’t have a whole lot of time to reflect on the past. You know, just get back out there, start preparing and go out there and see if we can put four quarters together and play a complete game and win.
Q: Do you have less options with Parker gone? Is Geremy Davis ready to go?
A: Yeah, he’s going to have to be. We are going to need some guys to step up, need some guys to make some plays. We’ve been moving guys around. Rueben (Randle) is one to move around some, get him playing different spots, so it should be—guys are prepared for that and we should be in good shape.
Q: You said as recently as yesterday that Parker will be fine and that you’re going to get him back going. What does his release say to you?
A: I really just found out about it very recently. I just didn’t see him at practice today and was wondering what was going on. No one told me. I didn’t know about it, didn’t hear about it until then. Shocked by it, didn’t see that coming. But, hey, some guys have to step up and some guys are going to have to make some plays.
Q: Does it send a message in any way in your mind and the players’ minds?
A: I wouldn’t take it as that, but obviously we’ve got to start making plays, we’ve got to do our job better and get some wins.
Q: How do you deal with a week like this with everything that’s happened and the mistakes that were made in the first two weeks and some criticism that you haven’t heard in such a long time?
A: Just try to get back to finding wins. Nothing a win can’t fix. There’s always going to be mistakes. I think we, as a team, we have to be careful and not drawing too much on the mistakes. There’s been a lot of good things, a lot of positive things. There are some things we could do better, there are some things we can improve on. Acknowledge those, get better at those, but there’s a lot of things we’ve been doing well that we’ve got to keep doing well.
Q: What is the difference between this 0-2 start and the 0-2 start in 2007? Do you feel a difference?
A: 0-2 is 0-2. Try to work to get a win and get back on track.
Q: How about playing in the division against Washington?
A: They’re playing good football right now. They have very talented players all over, they’re doing a great job getting the rush, they haven’t been on the field much defensively. Their offense has held the ball and they’ve been great on third down getting guys off the field. We’re going to have a challenge to stay on the field, have some drives, convert on third downs and block their guys up. They have a good front four and they give good pressure and they have good players in the secondary.
Q: I’m sure you remember that 0-2 start in 2007 was stopped by a goal-line stand by the defense in Week 3. How much can one series, one play, really swing the momentum for a team?
A: I think a win or a certain drive, just something to give the team some confidence, can make a big difference. Something to be excited about so we’ve got to go out there and put ourselves in situations to win in the fourth quarter like we’ve been doing, but now we’ve just got to do the job and finish the job that we started. It’s all about how we finish and doing whatever it takes, making whatever plays and someone is stepping up to get the win.