Head Coach Ben McAdoo
Postgame vs. New England, September 1, 2016
Opening Statement: It was good to see the back end of the roster get out there and play well tonight. They played hard, they played with some great energy and enthusiasm. They were challenged on both sides of the ball, especially on special teams, and they stepped up and had a nice night. With that, we'll open it up for questions.
Q: How do you think your defense responded to Tom Brady?
A: Well, I think that they responded well. Playing chess with one of the best in the history of the game, they responded, they got a couple of turnovers and they helped us out.
Q: What did you think of Tavarres King?
A: He made a nice play. He's been making plays all offseason - all training camp - and in the preseason games. He had a nice night.
Q: Has he done enough in your mind to make the roster?
A: We'll have that discussion tomorrow.
Q: What did you see from Victor Cruz?
A: I thought he had a couple of nice releases. I'm not sure on the production. I know on the vertical route to the right near our sideline, he had a real nice release. On one at the line of scrimmage, he didn't get the ball there, but it was encouraging to see.
Q: How confident are you that he can be a productive receiver from what you've seen?
A: I`m confident.
Q: Are you anticipating any difference in making cuts now that you're a head coach as opposed to when you were a position coach or coordinator?
A: We're going to use our lines of communication. We'll get with the position coaches, the coordinators and put everything on the table. We've had a revolving door, you could say, where we ranked it each day on how the positions look and we always keep it up to date. There'll be maybe a couple of surprises. We're going to have some tough conversations, it's not anything that's going to be easy. And then we'll go down and work from the top with Jerry (Reese) and the personnel department and get everybody on the same page and go from there.
Q: When do you start that?
A: A while ago.
Q: What did you think of the run game tonight?
A: I thought we made some progress. I thought there were some signs of physicality tonight. I thought the backs ran hard, they were pushing the pile. As we got going through the course of the game, we were starting to finish better.
Q: Was the order of how you used the running backs indicative of how you have them ranked?
Q: What have you seen from Cruz that makes you confident in him?
A: I saw that release on our sideline, that helps. I've seen him at practice every day. I've seen the twinkle in his eye.
Q: You didn't use Andre Williams last game; you didn't use him the first half this week. Has he been struggling in your eyes this summer?
A: No, I thought he had some nice runs in the second half. He pushed the pile. He's been making some plays in the pass game for us as well. We have confidence in Andre.
Q: On the touchdown, it looked like they ran a crossing pattern, maybe a pick play on you. What was it that Eli (Apple) and [inaudible] were trying to coordinate to do?
A: We just have to play with better leverage.
Q: Did you come out of the game clean injury-wise?
A: (Knocks on wood) So far, so good.
Q: You had an extended look at Paul Perkins in this game. What did you think of him?
A: Paul is like a rookie who missed some time in the offseason. He has some ups, he has some downs. We like his skill set. The game is important to him and he approaches it that way. We like him.
Q: What did you want to see from your starting offensive line- the ones you had out there? And do you think youíve seen what you were looking for?
A: I thought we made some progress.
Q: In what regards?
A: In pass blocking and run blocking.
Q: How typical for a rookie running back is the ball security issue with Paul Perkins?
A: That canít happen. Canít happen. Youíve got to maintain the ball. The game is about the ball. Youíve got to take care of The Duke.
Q: Were you tempted to play Eli Manning tonight given the struggles of the offense with him in the preseason or was this the plan all along and youíve just stuck with it?
A: No, I wasnít tempted to play him.
Q: Eli played two of the games. Thatís never happened before. Did you plan this all along that youíd only see him in two games?
A: It was our plan going into it.
Q: Before the preseason? And why? Why so little action from him?
A: Heís played a lot of football in his career. He has a lot he can fall back on. Two games is enough.
Q: On Larry Donnellís catch out there, he seemed to get up and he had hurt his hand. Any update on his hand?
A: No update on it. He continued to play after that.
Q: Why did Will Tye play all night?
A: We have three tight ends.
Q: Coach, weíre discovering how important the backup quarterback position is in todayís NFL. After tonight, how confident are you in your guys in the backup quarterback spots.
A: Whatís important for the backup quarterback position is we need to be able to put players around them in positions to be successful. We feel Ryan (Nassib) can do that. He missed a couple throws but we didnít run some great routes at times and he keeps playing. He keeps running, he keeps playing hard and he keeps taking shots and staying aggressive.
Q: Now that preseason is over and training camp, as well, is there any player who has surprised you that stuck out in your mind?
A: We have a handful of guys, but Iím not going to talk about those guys because theyíre on the bottom half of the roster and I may want to stash them.
Q: Are you excited about your depth at defensive end, especially with the way that Kerry Wynn has played the last couple games?
A: I think weíre going to have some tough decisions at defensive end and defensive tackle. Our defensive line group is a pretty good group.
Q: How much does this game actually factor in?
A: There are only four and the preseason games get factored in more than any of them. So itís heavily weighted.
Q: How would you assess the play of Bobby Rainey tonight?
A: He made a lot of plays. Heís very versatile. Heís a smart, conscientious player. He did some nice things.