Head Coach Ben McAdoo
Postgame vs. Bengals, November 14, 2016
Nice team win tonight; we know it's tough to win in this league. I thought we stayed the course through all the ups and downs in the ball game, there were quite a few. Defense got to the quarterback at the end of the ball game. Offense ended it with four minutes, which was encouraging for us. Special teams had some opportunities and they pinned them back in the ball game to help with field position. We have to enjoy it fast, it's a short week, then we're on to Chicago.
Q: Can you take us through the decision to go for it on fourth down?
A: We knew it was going to take touchdowns to beat this team, it's a good football team and we felt like we needed to score touchdowns.
Q: Your team got some sacks tonight and although you've said that stats are for losers, how great did it feel to finally get some production?
A: When I said stats are for losers, what I really meant was you have to dig deeper than just the numbers to get some quality information. It was nice to get home on the quarterback. I thought we made a move even early in the game, and at the end it was good to finish it off.
Q: What do you think was the different with the running game?
A: We kept at it. We had more plays in the ball game so we had more attempts, so that was helpful. The more attempts you get in the run game, the more you get a chance to get guys in a rhythm. Not just the back, but the guys up front. I thought we played with some physicality.
Q: The fourth down call, was it close for you or did you know right away that you were going for it?
A: We were going for it.
Q: The fact that the win came in front of Tom Coughlin, was that more meaningful?
A: It was an honor to work for Tom. I was happy to see him get into the Ring of Honor tonight. I didn't have a chance to talk to him yet; hopefully I get to do that before we leave.
Q: When Brett Jones went down, do you think guys like Marshall Newhouse stepped in well?
A: We rolled a bunch of guys in there up front tonight and they did a nice job.
Q: Did Marshall work much at guard this week?
A: He's been working at a lot of different positions, but he's played a lot of football, too. We thought he was going to be the first guy in for us, didn't matter what position it was. He has a lot of experience under his belt and it showed.
Q: You won the opening coin toss and elected to take the ball, what went into that?
A: You're playing against a veteran quarterback, a good quarterback coming off a bye week, who had the chance to watch a lot of film on you. Just wanted to come out and jump start the offense and see if we could get them playing a little slow defensively after a bye week. That was the thought behind it.
Q: What can you say about Brad Wing and how important it was to get Cincinnati deep to prevent them from going on fourth and short situations?
A: Brad is a weapon for us, I said that earlier in the season. We have a lot of confidence in him in pinning the opponents back deep and he did that for us tonight.
Q: At the end of the game, you were able to break out some big runs, what worked at the end of the game with that?
A: Fundamentals and physicality. We were physical, we had some more attempts at the plate, which always helps, and we got into a bit of a rhythm there.
Q: To see your offense maintain possession at the end, was that a big boost for them?
A: It was a big boost for the locker room. To be able to finish the game in four-minute says a lot about your team, says a lot about your offense, says a lot about their physicality.
Q: How promising is that to get the pass rush, get the ball back and put it away?
A: This is one week. We're humble in victory. It was nice to go out and get a win and we’ve got to get ready for next week.
Q: In the absence of Victor Cruz, how do you feel Tavarres King and Roger Lewis Jr. did?
A: They had some good moments. It'll be interesting to go back and watch the film. We had a couple of opportunities to make plays down the field that we didn't come up with, so we'll have to go back and take a look at it.
Q: On that first interception, did Lewis need to get the ball there or was the throw off target?
A: I want to see that on film before I comment.
Q: Jason Pierre-Paul got shaken up at the end, is he okay?
A: I'll have to go back to the locker room and check, I haven't received any injury reports yet.
Q: Landon Collins had another pick tonight, what has been the biggest thing that's helped improve his game?
A: More reps, playing more games, got a lot of time as a rookie, that helps. He's seeing things cleanly, seeing things clearly, watching the ball hit his hands and catching them.