Head Coach Ben McAdoo
Postgame vs. Kansas City Chiefs, November 19, 2017
Opening Statement: Great to get a win at home. Guys played great today. Fought through a lot of adversity. Played heavy-handed and physical. Special teams showed up in a big way for us today. Specialists played very well. Coverage units were outstanding. Thatís what we expected. We knew we needed that coming into the ball game. Just a tremendous team win. Fought through a lot of adversity against a good football team.
Q: How much did the wind play into your game plan today?
A: Yeah. The wind was a big factor in the ball game, especially down there to the left. It was really howling down there pretty good. We had the first kick for points down there in that endzone and we knew it was going to be a challenge. The gust picked up right before the first PAT. We knew we were going to probably have to go for two if we scored back in that endzone again, but other than that we had a nice field goal try down there late in the game. We got nice and close for it, so Aldrick (Rosas) did a good job putting it through.
Q: How good does this feel?
A: Feelings donít have anything to do with it. We played like the type of team that weíre capable of playing. We played tremendous defense today. We were all over the field. We were flying around, running to the football. That was great to see. Special teams was big for us, again, I canít say that enough. Going against that offense Ė they have a lot of speed, a lot of lump-in-your-throat returners. Three of them. And, we played tremendous on special teams and the offense just stuck with it. We were short-handed today, but thatís no excuse. We have enough talented players to go out there and play well. Eli (Manning) took his shots when he had a chance to take his shots. We had some receivers, you know, Tavarres King and Roger Lewis made some plays for us today.
Q: Talk about Aldrick Rosasí and Janoris Jenkinsí redemption and overcoming some adversity today.
A: The redemption Ė I thought Janoris Jenkins played his tail off. Weíll have to go back, take a look at the tape and see what we saw on the last Ė on that second pick. Thought we could have iced the game there. But, he played his tail off. He was all over the field, did a good job turning the ball back inside a few times, was playing physical. It was good to see him do that. Aldrick just kept kicking. That first one that wasnít pretty. We knew the wind was going to factor there. He just kept fighting. We knew there was going to be some adversity and Aldrick did a good job fighting through it.
Q: At what point did you notice the effort would be different in this game?
A: I thought we played well as a football team. I thought we played hard. We knew to beat this team we were going to have to come out and exceed their effort and play hard and play physical and play heavy-handed and thatís what we did today.
Q: Did you see a difference in the effort compared to what youíve seen before?
A: Weíll go watch the film. I know we played hard. I can see that we played hard from where I was standing. Played inspired football today.
Q: You seemed more animated than usual. Was that a conscious decision?
A: Iím just going to be myself on the sidelines. I donít call plays anymore, so I try to stay into it on all three phases. Be myself.
Q: On the fake punt, did you see something on film or was it your gut feeling?
A: Yeah, we thought where we were in the situation that we had, we were confident in the fake at that point. Wanted to take some chances today.
Q: Why did you want to take some chances?
A: We were playing against a good team. Theyíre a tremendous football team in all three phases and to beat them, youíre going to have to think outside of the box a little bit and not be afraid to pull the trigger on some of those things.
Q: How intrigued were you to see how your team would respond after the meeting earlier this week?
A: Again, it was about the game today. Itís about the way the players played the game today. Coaches put players in a position to be successful. The players responded. Tremendous team effort.
Q: Did you consider running the ball on third-and-two late in the fourth quarter?
A: Yeah. Yeah, we considered running the ball there, but we knew they had plenty of time and being up against an explosive offense, you have to think about really all three phases in that instance. We thought we had a good play. We thought we had a chance to score there and that was really the mindset there on third down, was trying to put a touchdown on the board, but it didnít work out.
Q: Talk about fourth-and-five and the possible 53-yard field goal. What was your decision-making process there?
A: Iíll have to go back. Where was it in the game?
Q: The Roger Lewis one. You were at the 36.
A: Yeah, the wind played a factor.
Q: On the Roger Lewis catch, did they tell you they were reviewing it to see if he got in for the touchdown?
A: It looked to me like he scored. Looked to me like it was a touchdown. Iíll have to go back and see the film. They said they looked at it and they were confident that he was down right there at the spot.
Q: Why do you think today was the day your defense came together against such an explosive offense?
A: You know what, I think the defense Ė they came out and they played inspired football. They played tremendous football. They leaned on each other. They challenged each other. They played their techniques well. They played fast. They played aggressive. You know, we missed some tackles today, but the second, the third and the fourth guy were to the ball pretty fast. So, thatís a big part of it.
Q: What do you have to say about Eli Apple being inactive?
A: That was a coaching decision. Thought it was the right thing to do this week for him.
Q: Sterling Shepard had migraines Friday night, Saturday?
A: Yeah. Sterling had migraines and we felt it wasnít in his best interest to play.
Q: Did you make decisions today based on what your record is along with the fact you were playing a good team?
Q: How do you feel Chad Wheeler responded to the action he saw today?
A: I thought Chad had a quiet day from where I was standing. So, thatís a good day for your first start.
Q: How do you feel that Eli Manning played, especially on the last drive?
A: Yeah, you know, Eli played aggressive in that last drive especially. He doesnít get to throw the ball as much as he used to. We like to run it over, establishing the run, so he doesnít get a chance maybe to get in the type of rhythm that heíd like to get into in a ball game. In that instance, we gave him the ball and we played it a little more aggressive and he took advantage of it.