Quarterback Eli Manning
December 11, 2017
Q: What did you think of Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz’s injury?
A: You never want to see a guy get injured and he’s having a great year, he’s playing well, the team’s playing well and I feel for him. You never like to see another quarterback get injured, especially when they’re having a great year.
Q: Are you pleased that you are going to start again this week?
A: Always, always. Always want to be out there and go see if we can go get a win.
Q: Do you feel like you are going to be the starter the rest of the season?
A: Hey, I don’t know what the circumstances are from week to week. So, I’m going to prepare as I’m going to be the starter until I’m told differently.
Q: What can you do to manufacture firepower to finish games?
A: Well, I think you just have to make the plays that are there to be made. Sometimes we’re doing some good things, I thought yesterday we had a good game plan, getting the ball out fast, finding completions. We’re not getting many explosive plays, but we’ve got to find ways to make the plays that are there. If we get to third and manageable, we’ve got to make some throws, make some catches, just do some of those things right. So, we don’t maybe have the guys that can catch a short one and take it 80 yards, but we have guys that can make plays and do things and we’ve got to stay in good down and distance and just execute the opportunities that we do have.
Q: How much during the week are you able to do to help out quarterback Davis Webb prepare for whenever his time comes?
A: I think you’re always communicating in the quarterback room, whether it’s Geno [Smith], whether it’s Davis, just talking football, communicating, going over possible checks, going over your adjustments, or what plays you like, or what looks good. So, it’s not necessarily getting him ready, it’s just a matter of talking things out, talking ideas and just having great conversations in the quarterback room.
Q: As a rookie quarterback, can you really know that you are ready without getting into a game?
A: Yeah, I mean, I think you always think you’re ready, you think you kind of have the answers until you’re out there and you’ve got to make some decisions. Hey, are you going to make this check; hey, I think this blitz is coming; but are you sure and do you know how to pick it up, or do you know how to have answers, or what your assignments are, or what you’re going to do under a certain situation, where are your check downs? So, there’s a lot to learn and honestly I believe the best way to do it is through experience and to get out there. Make the mistakes, see it all and try to just find ways to get completions and move the ball.
Q: Looking back at your struggles during your rookie season, do you think that you needed every one of those struggles to get you ready?
A: Yeah, I think that’s part of it. There is a growing pain to playing quarterback in this league and that’s just part of it. Obviously, some guys have come in and played well right away, but they’re usually surrounded by a talented team. But I think every game you play, you learn from it, and still at this age.
Q: After having success against Philadelphia earlier this season, does that give you the belief that you’ll be able to do something similar this week?
A: Yeah, I thought we played well against them the first time, made some nice plays, hit some big plays. So, I thought we had a good plan to try to slow down their pass rush. They’re very talented, their front seven is as good as it gets, their D-line and their front four especially, and they’ve got good players in the secondary. So, we’ve got to find ways to slow them down a little bit, get the ball out on time, get completions. So, hopefully we’ll have another good game plan, I think the coaches will put something good together.
Q: Does running back Wayne Gallman bring something different to the table than some of the other backs?
A: Yeah, I mean, I thought all of the backs played hard yesterday and ran the ball well, got them all in the passing game. I think he does a good job catching the ball out of the backfield and doing some things. We were trying to get the ball out quickly yesterday and threw a lot of check downs to the backs, just trying to get positive yardage and I thought they did a good job making catches and making some plays.
Q: Is it hard to believe you’ve lost another receiver in Darius Powe?
A: Yeah, and obviously the guy’s first game and I appreciate his toughness. I guess it happened right before halftime and then he stuck it out the whole game. So, we’ll have another guy. We’ve still got some guys who are here and we’ll get some other guys ready.