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Thursday Transcript: Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/7/2017 5:32 pm
Offensive Coordinator Mike Sullivan

December 7, 2017

Q: What has this week been like for you?

A: It was one very eventful and whats the right word Im trying to find here. You look at all of the circumstances of the previous week and coming into the events of this week. First word that comes to mind would be sad, the first thing that comes to mind in terms of what happened with Ben (McAdoo) and Jerry (Reese) is thinking about things that I could have done differently. What more I could have done. What more the other offensive coaches could have done and the players and theres a human element to this. It goes beyond whats on Twitter or message boards, etc. Its families. So, it is sad and then you look at just the circumstances as they presented themselves and where were at right now and just zeroing in on winning a football game. Just trying to do everything I can to support Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) and get the offensive coaches, get the players ready to go. So, its been a challenge, but were moving forward.

Q: What has changed for you?

A: Well, the things you mentioned as far as responsibilities. Obviously, Ben (McAdoo) for the first season and first five games this year was calling the plays and was heavily involved in the game planning process and then he handed those responsibilities over to me. He still would be involved in the game plan. He was still a sounding board. He still had ideas. We had a lot of collaboration. The quarterbacks are involved. Then, you put together a plan and you go out and practice it and hope for the best and that voice hasnt been here this week. Obviously, he has a great wealth of knowledge in this particular system and weve had to pick up the slack and just the other guys have had ideas and we just kind of bounce suggestions off one another and look at our personnel, where were at, how we have to play and come up with a course of action that we think is going to help us go out there and beat the Cowboys.

Q: How different do you think it will look?

A: Its hard to say as far as any at this point any drastic differences. Were 12 games into it. We have our personnel. In terms of some subtle things, I think anytime youre the final decision maker, there is some latitude to maybe tweak a thing here or there as far as installing a streak read-run, a shoot offense that was here from 2004 to 2011, thats not going to happen. But, we are just well aware of the things that we need to do to be successful and it sounds like a broken record, but it does start with regardless of what plays were calling, weve got to protect the football and we cant have some of those negative runs that we had this most recent game. Weve been running the ball better and if I can just finish it up here, that ability to do that, be successful, thats given us a chance to have a chance in recent weeks and can help open up things in the pass game. So, we got to get that on track.

Q: Do you have more freedom to make personnel moves that maybe you and Ben McAdoo didnt see eye-to-eye on?

A: In all honesty, right now, its about just trying to come up with a plan that fits who we have and how we can attack Dallas. As far as personnel type decisions and where that goes, obviously with Kevin Abrams as the interim GM and Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) as the interim head coach. All of us so much has happened and its just a matter of trying to put together a plan and Spags has made some of his little adjustments as he sees fit to how we practice and how meetings go on and how the week goes and so forth. Thats been something that has been positive. Not to say that anything needed to be changed, but just hes putting some of his small touches on things and so Im not trying to skirt your question. I just think right now, everything has just been more zeroed in on OK, here we are. How are we going to come up with a plan while we make all the necessary adjustments to how things have changed here.

Q: How has handling the quarterbacks been?

A: Let me tell you about that room now. There were some circumstances that were all aware of that happened last time I stood right here as far as what happened the week before or the week leading up to the Oakland game. And then, of course, with things that have happened now leading up to the Dallas game and Ill just say this. Last week as well as this week, the effect has been different on different individuals. That entire room all three of those guys have been professional. Theyve been hard working. Theyve been team guys pulling for one another. So, they handled it well last week. Theyre handling it well this week.

Q: In terms of quarterbacks, do you anticipate that Davis Webb will get an opportunity?

A: I really cant answer that and its not because I cant answer because I have some information that I dont want to share that Im supposed to keep top secret. Honestly, right now, with all that has gone on, I mean the major changes that have happened in this organization, on this team from a leadership standpoint all the emphasis has been what do we have to do to get ready to beat Dallas. This is a huge game for us despite the record, despite how things have gone. Its really important. Were putting all of our energy and all of our focus into this week and then well let future weeks address themselves. So, its not a clich I promise you. It is totally just zeroing in right now and then in terms of what happens later on, Im sure that will be something that will be discussed, will be addressed. But, for right now, its just a situation where were zeroed in on trying to find a way to beat Dallas.

Q: Why is it important to restore Eli Manning as the starting quarterback this week?

A: OK, in terms of Eli and how we feel about him compared to how we feel about Geno (Smith) or how we feel about Davis (Webb). All three guys are individuals that bring certain talents to the table and do things that can help us win and Ill just be clear right now, I thought Geno did a lot of good things against the Raiders. He from day one has been someone thats had a great attitude. Hes been a hard worker and hes improved as a player. In terms of this particular game, this opponent. In terms of experience in our system. In terms of all of the ins and outs that go with that. In terms of adjustments that were going to make. In terms of things that were going to want to do both in the run game and the pass game, you know, we feel that Eli Manning gives us the best chance to win and thats nothing disparaging to anybody else. We looked at a body of work and what were going to try to accomplish and how were going to try to attack Dallas, that was something that and, again, Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) wanted our feedback. He wanted to talk. I think he mentioned to you guys he wanted to talk to the offensive coaches to get a little bit better feel for kind of the specifics. We gave him that feedback and thats the decision that was made.

Q: Is it safe to say that maybe last week there was a different approach?

A: I cant get into last weeks messages. Its were here right now trying to find a way to beat Dallas and were zeroed in on that and its not about anything other than when this huge, drastic, very impactful change happened that effects lives. It effects families. When that happens, the only agenda at this point is, OK, we have a responsibility and Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) is there interim head coach right now and hes relying upon us to support him and to do things to get our players focused and motivated trying to win. So, thats really what were zeroed in on. Nothing as far as looking back in terms of why a decision was made or what you had asked as far as whats a possibility for the future, as far as Davis you had asked. Its just trying to pick up the pieces and find a way to win a football game and thats what were doing.

Q: Does Navy stand a chance this weekend against Army?

A: It is December 7th and I think everybody ought to take some time to remember those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. I was in the Army stationed in Hawaii and that Arizona Memorial was very moving. The sacrifices of those people and of all of our service men and women throughout the years. Were not able to do what were doing here without them. So, I think we all and Im remised for not mentioning that, that we all ought to remember what happened on September 7th. And, last thing Ill say, go Army, beat Navy.
Interesting how he mentioned the impact on families twice...  
Dan in the Springs : 12/7/2017 6:17 pm : link
he clearly has his own family on his mind. With that perspective in mind, there should be zero doubt that he's doing all he can to think about winning this game and getting the offense to look good. He's not thinking one bit about playing Webb, as he said, that's the truth, not some platitude.

I don't think there's much chance of seeing anything from Webb at all anymore. That might make some happy. I'm not happy about it because I don't think we'll win anyway and I don't think Eli's going to suddenly make this offense look good. I'd love to be wrong about that. I'll be much more happy if the offense starts to somehow pick up and make these games enjoyable by scoring a ton of points.

I just seriously doubt that happens.
Hes spot on about one thing though  
Bill L : 12/7/2017 6:49 pm : link
Go Army!
PA pass  
jbeintherockies : 12/7/2017 8:22 pm : link
Eli is a pure pocket passer. I could see them running more PA pass and less of WCO, whatever WCO means today in the NFL. The short passing game just isn't producing. They need to take some shots down field. PA pass is a good way to do that.
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