Head Coach Ben McAdoo
October 13, 2017
Q: What happened to defensive end Romeo Okwara?
A: Knee. Knee sprain.
Q: Why an indefinite suspension for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie rather than a defined end date?
A: Well, DRC sat down and we talked about reviewing it at the beginning of next week.
Q: Are there any terms he has to meet or anything like that?
A: No. We are going to revisit it at the beginning of next week.
Q: What was the tone of that conversation like?
A: He and I had a personal conversation. Personal and private, it is going to remain that way. But it was a conversation.
Q: Has he requested a trade?
A: Not to my knowledge, no.
Q: Whatís the difference between him leaving the sideline and cornerback Janoris Jenkins leaving the sideline in terms of disciplinary action?
A: Weíd like to handle our disciplinary issues in-house. We do it on a case-by-case basis, and we generally donít like to broadcast how we handle it.
Q: If Rodgers-Cromartie didnít leave the building on Wednesday, is it fair to say you wouldnít have made the decision to make him inactive Sunday public?
A: There was a lot that went into it. We like to handle things internally, in-house, on a case-by-case basis, and we donít like to broadcast.
Q: How much of this is a fallout from the rule that was created after the touchdown celebrations from earlier this year?
A: Everything had led to this point. I donít want to speculate on what youíre referring to. Iím not really sure what youíre referring to.
Q: After the Odell Beckham Jr. celebration in the end zone against Philadelphia, you said you were creating rules to make sure guys would act appropriately. I was wondering if that factored into this?
A: Again, Iíll refer back to my last point, we like to handle things in-house and treat them that way. We donít like to put peopleís business out, and how we handle our disciplinary issues, out in the public. We donít feel like that helps us as a football team. Holding guys accountable is important, but we need to handle that in-house as much as you possibly can. In this case, we didnít feel that was an option.
Q: Had DRC expressed any unhappiness with his role?
A: Again, our personal and private conversations will remain personal and private.
Q: Do you feel like your players know why Rodgers-Cromartie was suspended?
A: When we report to work on Wednesday, our sole focus is getting ready for the next opponent and because the timing was an issue in this situation, the players will be addressed and they will be kept in the loop at the appropriate time.
Q: So they havenít been addressed by you about this situation?
A: At the appropriate time, they will be.
Q: What is your message to the team this week?
A: Weíve got a great opportunity. Thereís nobody giving us a chance in hell to go win this ballgame. People donít think we can score a point without 13 (Odell Beckham). They think our defense has lost its stinger. Special teams isnít important to the whole locker room. So, weíre going to find out what weíre made out of on a big stage, and I think we have a good football team. You go back and you look at the first two games of last season, we found a way to win a game versus a quarterback who never played, against a team that was battling here at home. Then we lost three in a row, we were 2-3. This year, last three ball games we lost either in the last seconds of the ballgame, or the last series of the ballgame. And we had opportunities to win those games. We havenít found a way to win. We need to do that, thatís my job. But I still feel we have a good football team. I believe in the guys in the locker room. We had a great practice on Wednesday and Thursday. It was a spirited practice yesterday with pads on. So, Iím excited to go see how we play.
Q: What gives you confidence that you can score without Odell Beckham Jr.?
A: Practice. Watching the way we practice and watching the way we execute in practice. Seeing the run game going.
Q: Production in practice hasnít translated to production on game day so far though, right?
A: Well, we ran the ball better last week. We had over 102 yards after contact running the football. Weíre doing some positive things in the games, we just have to play a complete game and play consistent football.
Q: Why did you not think immediately was an appropriate time to address the team about Rodgers-Cromartieís suspension?
A: The timing of the matters played a factor.
Q: In a situation like this, how valuable is it to have a guy like quarterback Eli Manning?
A: Yeah, Eli, heís gone about his business and prepared as he always has. As well as the other guys in the locker room. I havenít seen anybody blink, I havenít seen anybody flinch. We had a good week of practice.
Q: So, you thought the timing impacted your decision to not address the team?
A: The timing and details were an issue. If youíre going to speak and address an issue, you want to make sure that you have all the details.
Q: So, you didnít think you had all the details to speak to the team?
Q: Will you go with D.J. Fluker at right guard this week?
A: Do you think Iím going to answer that question? You know me better than that, Iím not going to answer that question. We have eight guys that can go out and play this week. They can play at a high level, and weíll play the guys that we think are going to give us the best chance to win the ballgame.