QB Eli Manning
Postgame vs. Eagles, January 3, 2016
Q: Eli, how would you sum up the season?
A: You know, just missed opportunities. I thought we played hard all year. I thought every game we were well prepared, we had a good plan and we just didn’t make plays in critical moments of the game to win, and it’s the case tonight. Made bad plays at critical points also, which is frustrating because I think we worked hard and guys wanted to do well, guys wanted to win and we just weren’t able to put it together.
Q: Do you take something from the fact that your running game has come back, especially today?
A: Yeah, I know, it’s great. It was great the way we ran the ball, offensive line did a great job. They weren’t going to make it easy for us to throw the ball, they were going to play a shell and a lot of times roll to Odell [Beckham Jr.], but we had to run it and we checked to a lot of runs and just stayed with it, stayed patient and eventually kind of got them out a little bit or opened up some throws, but I’m proud of the way Rashad [Jennings] ran it and the offensive line blocked it up.
Q: Eli, let’s say if this is Tom Coughlin’s last game, what does he mean to you and this organization?
A: Whether it is or not, he’s been a great coach early on in my career, just teaching me the importance of preparation and making me draw up every single blitz that the team had done each and every week—how I protected, what my callouts would be, how to prepare for third down in the green zone and the game plan and practice and compete everyday as a gift. So, he’s been a great influence on me.
Q: Eli, with so many questions about [Tom] Coughlin’s future, was there something different about today’s game on an emotional level?
A: You know, I think, no. We wanted to go out there, we wanted to win, we wanted to play well. He’s had a great attitude all week and that attitude is contagious to the players. Guys wanted to go out there and play well, play hard and get this win, and I thought we had a great effort, just couldn’t put it together.
Q: Do you think the core of coaches and players you have around you could be competitive in 2016?
A: Yep, of course. I think we have a number of very good players and our coaches are outstanding. There are some areas where we can make some improvements, for sure. I thought with this squad we could have won a lot of games this year and had opportunities to win a lot of games. We’ve just got to find ways to win it as a unit and as a team.
Q: Can you talk about the growth of some of the young guys? You have [Ereck] Flowers as a rookie and then Will Tye, who joined you in the middle of the year.
A: Yep. Obviously when a rookie tackle comes in, we want to play him on the right side. Will Beatty, our left tackle, gets hurt and we moved [Flowers] to the left side from early on and he’s done a great job. He’s been banged up some, played tough and hanging in there. Offensive linemen…we’re moving guys all around because of some injuries, but they’ve done a good job. Will Tye came in halfway through to be a practice squad guy. He’s come in and played well, made a lot of big catches for us and done an outstanding job. So we had a number of guys step up and do some good things for us this year.
Q: All things considered, would you like to stay in this offense?
A: Yep, of course. I feel very comfortable in the offense. We scored a lot of points, we were competitive in most of the games, and I thought we had a great game plan. I think with the guys we have and add a few guys, we can be a strong offense.
Q: Is that something you’re going to communicate to the front office, wanting to stay in one offense as opposed to changing again?
A: We’ll see what happens with that.