Quarterback Eli Manning
November 16, 2017
Q: How did Sterling Shepard get so wide open last week?
A: He just did a good job of getting open on a couple of plays. We moved him around, so it was a combination of a lot of things, but he did a good job of beating his one on one match-ups and made a couple of great catches down the field.
Q: What were your takeaways from yesterday’s meeting?
A: Yeah, I thought the meeting was great and right to the point, knowing that we got to play better football.
Q: Was it a meeting that had to be had at this point in the season?
A: I think all meetings have to be had, so that’s just part of football.
Q: Can you talk about Evan Engram’s development and especially what you’re seeing from him as a blocker?
A: I think Evan has done a good job of doing everything we’ve asked him to do. I think he takes the coaching very well, he wants to get better. He’s hungry, eager to do whatever we ask him to do, so there’s always room for improvement. Each and every game, he’s learning a lot each week. I think he’s done a good job of extending his knowledge of this offense. We’ve put him in a lot of different spots and moved him around a bunch and just understanding the timing of the offense. He’s done a good job.
Q: What is your role in helping the offensive line become acclimated to the offense with all of the different line combinations and bringing in a new guy in John Greco?
A: Yeah, I mean I think a lot of it is practice. You want to practice the things you’re going to do in the game so you don’t throw any surprises at them on game day. Get a lot of reps at it and make sure for communication you’re on the same page on how we’re declaring things. Sometimes nowadays, you get linebackers with new numbers and different dime personnel and sometimes you got three safeties or three DB’s in there. Who’s a linebacker, who’s a safety, how are we calling things? Just make sure everybody is on the same page.
Q: What unique challenges does Kansas City present this week?
A: Well, I think they’ve got good players. A good front seven, experience and good DB’s. So I think they do a great job playing disciplined football on defense. They do a good job of getting turnovers, so we’ve got to make sure we control the ball, be smart with it and try to have some long drives, be patient.
Q: What’s the mentality of the team right now?
A: Go win the next game. So same mindset as every week. We’re hungry to get that win.
Q: Do you think everyone on the team is giving full effort?
A: Yeah, preparation has been good. Guys are flying around and we’ll go out there and give good effort and go win the game.
Q: What did you think of the team meeting yesterday?
A: I thought it was good. I thought it was a good meeting.
Q: How different was it from what you’re used to?
A: We’ve had those meetings. You have meetings where you watch the film, watch the tape and make corrections. So it didn’t seem much different than any other meeting.
Q: How much do you think that meeting stressed accountability?
A: Yeah, I mean, I think everyone knows we’ve got to play better. So it’s up to guys to give great effort on every play and finish and have a desire to go out there and do your job well.