QB Eli Manning
October 3, 2017
Q: Whatís your message to the team at this point?
A: We have to play the next game. Thatís all we can do. Thereís not going to be Ė thereís not a magic trick to get a win. Thereís not any outside help. Itís you keep working hard, you keep preparing and you go out there and you make plays on Sunday that will give ourselves a chance to win. So, you just have to keep doing the right things and keep preparing the same way and just play a little bit better.
Q: You started 0-6 a few years ago and then went on to win a lot down the stretch. Are there any lessons you took from that?
A: Weíre going to play hard. So, thatís our only option. Itís still about trying to get that win, trying to earn it, try to feel good about what youíre doing. We have a lot of games left. Nothing more important than this next one and weíre going to compete our tails off and go get a win.
Q: Have you got the sense that players are taking longer to get over the most recent loss?
A: Every loss is tough and every one hurts and it should hurt. We work hard to try and get a win and you lose when you compete and you have opportunities to win and you donít do it Ė it hurts. But, I think as soon as you start kind of preparing for the next game, looking at the film, looking at concepts, you got to get over it and figure out how youíre going to win this next one.
Q: When you looked at the film from Sunday, what sort of an impact did RB Wayne Gallman make?
A: I thought Wayne did some good things, had some nice runs and got some good yardage, ran hard. Heís exciting. Seems like heís an exciting guy when he gets the ball in his hands. So, we just have to give him opportunities to make some plays. Had a nice touchdown and did some good things.
Q: Chargers Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram move around a lot. How challenging is that for you to deal with?
A: Theyíre two good players. They do a good job getting pass rush. Theyíre a very talented front four and rotate in a couple guys, but they do a good job getting to the quarterback a lot of times with just a four-man rush. So, big challenge on our offensive line doing their job, receivers getting open in a timely fashion and just knowing where everybody is, have great communication.
Q: Is it business as usual for you when youíre 0-4 or do you have to be more aware about the young guys?
A: Yeah. You always want to be a good leader. Thatís just by doing your work, saying the right things, make sure guys are working hard, but also not getting down, not just going through the motions, have some excitement. You can still have fun. Still have fun doing your job and itís still about enjoying the process of getting better, of figuring out how weíre going to work and getting them excited about the plays that are coming up, excited about the opportunities of where they might get the ball or how weíre going to score and how weíre going to win this game. Itís just trying to do your job and make sure everybody sees how youíre handling the circumstance.
Q: Is it tough to focus on the next game when there were such high expectations and now youíre 0-4?
A: Itís our only option. It doesnít help to do anything else. Thatís the only way that you can fix it is to get wins and thatís the only way you can fix this problem or the situation weíre in is by winning games. So, thatís our only option.
Q: What went right for the offensive line this past week that allowed you guys to not allow sacks and to run the ball?
A: Yeah. I thought the offensive line did some good things and we had a lot of plays. No sacks, threw the ball almost 50 times. So, the ball was coming out fast, receivers getting open, had some protection, got to scramble around a few times. So, I thought everybody just knew their assignments, got into a good rhythm, did some good things. So, we have to continue to do that.