Quarterback Eli Manning
Postgame vs. Dallas Cowboys, December 10, 2017
Q: Did you hear the crowd yelling your name on the first drive?
A: Yeah, I did. I thought we had a good crowd today and I appreciate all the support these past weeks and sorry we couldnít get them a better game today.
Q: What are your thoughts on Geno Smithís dad getting death threats?
A: I donít know anything about that. Obviously itís unfortunate if thatís the case. I donít think thatís what anybody wants.
Q: After this weekís adversity, what does it mean to you to be back out there and to start?
A: Thatís where you want to be. Thatís where I want to be. I wanna go out, be there with my teammates, try to get a win, be there for the fans and do my part. Hopefully the coaches believe I gave us the best chance to win at quarterback. I thought we did some good things today; competed. Three and a half quarters right in the mix. We have to find ways to finish stronger in the second half and at the end of games.
Q: Are there things that you say to try to keep your receivers in there? You had a couple drops against you that killed some drives. Is there a conversation that you guys have after that?
A: Not a whole lot. Iíve got a lot of respect for our receivers. They work hard, they practice hard, they do everything we ask them to do. I understand, hey, drops are part of the game. Theyíre running the right routes, hitting the right spots, have confidence theyíll make the next one and make plays for us and a couple of them made some outstanding plays for us.
Q: The crowd reaction when you came on the field for the first time Ö
A: My focus is trying to get the play and figure out what the Cowboys are doing. I appreciate it. I appreciate all of the support the fans have given me for 14 years and these last weeks, especially. I appreciate them coming out today and cheering me on and cheering on the Giants.
Q: How do you think Rhett Ellison reacted to expanded opportunities today?
A: I thought Rhett did a good job and I thought he made some nice catches, did some good things, got the touchdown. Every time weíve gotten him the ball, heís done a good job turning it up and getting yardage and making plays. The way they were playing, he had an opportunity to get the ball and made the most of it.
Q: On the pass to Engram, that long pass, was it an audible or what did you see in there?
A: Had a good call versus their blitz. Something we wanted to get to. Just the way they played that coverage in the blitz, we thought we could hit him in the corner and sure enough had that big play, so that was a good one.
Q: [INAUDIBLE] something about a hand signal you and Sully were talking about afterwardsÖ
A: Nope, just the play that was called.
Q: How much of a different feel did this game have for you? Did it? Obviously youíve been through a lot the last two weeks.
A: No. Itís still going out there and trying to win a football game, so it didnít really feel different. You want to go out there and beat the Cowboys, play in front of your home crowd and give them the win. Again, I appreciate the support all the fans have given me these past weeks. It does mean a lot. Everything theyíve said and have come out and supported me and the Giants, I appreciate that. For me, it was about coming out today and playing well and giving our team a boost and our fans a boost and get a win.
Q: How about the process of it because Ben obviously wasnít part of it. What changed there for you?
A: For me, itís still preparation. You watch your film, meet with the coordinator, with Sully, and go over what our plan is, what do we like versus certain looks. The process did not change a whole lot.
Q: What about in-game?
A: In-game, same kind of deal. Process still pretty similar with the fact that I still talked with Sully on the sidelines. Mac always had his touches on the offense and everything, but itís still about playing the game and communicating with the offensive coordinator, with Sully, and none of that changed.
Q: Once the game starts youíre just trying to win, but how about on the drive in this morning and just your emotions knowing you had your job back?
A: I guess I just looked at it as, hey, itís another opportunity to go play and win a football game, so obviously the last few weeks have been difficult with losing my starting job and losing your head coach. Those things are hard and they are personal, and hurt. I donít like losing a head coach, I take that personally. Thatís on me for not doing my job. I donít like losing my starting job. Thatís personal, also, and thatís because I havenít played well enough and weíre not winning games. I appreciate Spags giving me an opportunity to get to start this week and see if we could get us a win and Iím sorry we didnít play well enough to get that win.
Q: Coach Spags talked about adversity bringing out unity in his press conference earlier this week. Did you guys feel any more unified out there?
I think the team has done a great job of staying together. Itíd be easy to complain, and to bark at each other and say itís not fair and that one sideís not doing their part, but we havenít fallen into that trap. We have some high character guys on this team that are working hard every week, doing their absolute best to compete, and I appreciate that. I appreciate the effort, work, enthusiasm to go win a football game. Again, we played hard today, we were right there in the mix against a good team, and we just donít have that firepower to finish these games.
Q: Was there any personal conversation you had with Coach Spagnuolo before the game?
A: No. We just talked this week about the flow of things, and that it wouldnít be different without Coach Mac here. You know, just two-minute drives, using timeouts, handling the clock, just had some conversations with him on what we want to do and to make sure weíre on the same page.
Q: What did it mean to you to get so much support from your peers around the league?
A: Whether it was from former teammates, friends, fans, notes, text messages, it meant a lot. Those former teammates who I played with, I appreciated it. It made me want to be a better teammate to Geno and support him. And from the fans, I appreciate the nice words said about me. I just had to do the right thing and be a good person, and be a great teammate, and thatís what I strived to do.
Q: Is it tough in the last three weeks to not have the mentality of just playing the string out?
A: No. I think the mindset is to prepare and play hard, and go out there and get a win. Nothingís easy, but we hung in there and have played tough. Dallas made a couple big plays, and we didnít.