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Wednesday Transcript: Head Coach Pat Shurmur

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/5/2018 1:12 pm
Head Coach Pat Shurmur
September 5, 2018

Opening Remarks: Jacksonville week. As we go through the rhythm of this, weíll do walk-thrus in the morning and then practice this afternoon at 1 oíclock and get ready to go. Certainly, weíre playing an outstanding football team, a team that fell one game short of going to the Super Bowl. I experienced that last year in Minnesota, so theyíve assembled a very fine football team. Theyíve got a quarterback that plays winning football, they were the number one rushing team in the league last year, and theyíre outstanding on defense. Not to mention, they have a terrific kicking game. Weíve got a big challenge this Sunday and look forward to battling them out here in the stadium. With that, Iíll take your questions.†

Q: Youíre one of seven new coaches. How much of an advantage is it -- new coaching staff, changing the roster -- how much can you take a team by surprise in these first few weeks?
A:†I donít know if you take teams by surprise. I think itís fair to say weíll do some things that the team hasnít seen during preseason, thatís number one; but we all have backgrounds, we all have years that weíve coached, and some of the words that weíve used during training camp, something that meant run might mean pass. So, thereís some tactics involved when you start the season but, for the most part, we are who we are and we want to be a tough, gritty team that runs the football and makes the effort to score points, especially the points you need to win the game and then play good, gritty defense. Thatís what weíre looking to do.

Q: Thereís been a lot of build up about the (Odell Beckham) vs. (Jalen Ramsey) matchup from the outside, and Ramsey made some comments a few weeks ago. Do you worry at all about Odell getting sucked into that, similarly with what happened with Josh Norman a few years ago?†
A: I donít worry about Odell, and certainly I will not comment on another playerís comments. Thatís not for me to discuss. You see me enough and know me enough to know that I donít worry about that kind of stuff. Theyíre both outstanding players and thereís going to be times in the game where theyíre up against one another and that will be a fun thing for people to keep track of, but theyíre a team that plays zone, too, so itís going to be about the combinations more than the matchups sometimes. Weíll just let that play out, but I donít really worry about that.†

Q:† To go back to the roster changes, you turned over the roster by about 15% since Sunday. I know a lot of it is at the bottom, but how do you approach getting that together and making it cohesive given that you only have a few days before your first game?††
A: Part of the process is Iíve spoken to all the new guys and said this is what we are as a team culturally, these are the things weíve been emphasizing for all these months, and youíve got to get up to speed fast. Thatís part of being a pro. This isnít unique to the Giants this season. Guys come to teams and have to compete quickly, and typically theyíre in shape because theyíve been in training camps and theyíve been on a lot of teams that have talked about the same types of things. You just put a blue bow around it and there you go.†

Q:†How did you go about it this week? Did they meet with their position coaches in addition to regular meetings?††
A: Extra. Then we teach them what we can to get ready for the game plan.†

Q: You mentioned jokingly about changing the terminology. Kalif Raymond worked out down in Jacksonville and a couple other players. Does that go on your radar and are you aware of guys possibly being debriefed in that situation? Are you concerned about that?
A: That happens frequently. We had a player from Jacksonville here. I think whatís important is, this time of year when you have one final cut, thereís a lot of players who are going for job interviews with other teams, and so it really falls on the integrity of the player. If the player wants to let them get debriefed about his former team, then thatís his business. You canít worry about that because I do think this: Things change. All youíve got to do is change a couple things and it doesnít really matter, but the guys weíre talking about and the team they went to -- high character. Iím not worried about that.

Q:† What do you see with Jacksonvilleís third down defense? I think it was one of the top five last year. What makes them so tough?
A:† First, they get pressure on the quarterback and they are somewhat exotic in the way they pressure, and then theyíve got good coverage behind it. Thatís what makes you a good third down defense.

Q: With Saquon Barkley, he hasnít played (a game) since he had a hamstring injury. He said heís ready for a heavy workload. How do you go into a game looking at that and do you have to be cognizant of that hamstring and how much you use him?
A: Youíve heard me say this in the past, it takes a village with the running backs. The running backs that are up are all going to get their touches, and regardless of (Saquon Barkley), (Wayne Gallman), (Jonathan Stewart), whoever is up is going to get their touches. Weíll be smart about it.

Q: Tom Coughlin obviously has a deep connection to this franchise. Have you had a relationship with him in football and in your early days here, did you see his fingerprints around this building quite a bit?
A: I have certainly heard a lot about Tom and his years here -- 12 years. He helped the organization win two Super Bowls. Prior to coming here, I have a professional friendship with Tom and weíve been able to communicate. One of the guys I talked to when I was talking to former players and coaches was Tom in the offseason, and Iíve communicated with him a few times in the offseason. Iím going to go to his fundraiser (the Jay Fund Champions for Children gala) on (September) 21st. I have great respect for Tom and what he accomplished, and certainly he left a very, very strong mark on this organization. All good stuff. Thatís where thatís at.

Q:† Did you talk to him before taking the job about the job?
A: After I took the job.†

Q: Do you expect Olivier Vernon to practice today? If he canít, and obviously he canít be at 100% with a high ankle sprain, how much of a loss is that for the defense and how do you feel about the gap?†
A: Heís making great progress. From what Iíve seen, he seems to be a fast healer, but heís working his way back. I donít think he will be out there today. Heís doing a good job of trying to get back. Certainly when we donít have OV in there, weíve got to compensate and maybe two or three guys have to do what he does.††

Q: With the amount of roster turnover youíve had since Sunday, some other guys towards the back end are still here. Do you worry about that creating a sense of them being on edge or uncomfortable? How do you balance?
A: We are all on edge and we are all uncomfortable. When we had the 53 guys that made the team in here, we congratulated them for making the initial 53, but weíre all trying to earn the right to stay here every day. It really doesnít matter your view of who you are and where you are on the roster, weíre all fighting to stay here every day.†

Q:† Whatís your mindset going to be as you get closer to your first game as head coach of the Giants?
A: Stay in the moment. Today is Wednesday. Whatís important is, I think weíre on the right path. This is our first game and weíre going to do everything we can to put all our efforts into beating Jacksonville. Weíre going to do Wednesday things today.†

Q: Is there a different build up than when you were a player?
A: I donít know. I donít think so, for me. I donít think game day ever gets old. I love the whole process of everything. I love the process of as we get closer, the mock game, I like the meetings that are before a game, the team meals, and the buildup in the morning to the game. I have my own little process that I go through. I encourage the players if they donít have one to start to establish one. Itís that game day routine that never gets old. For those of us that do it and weíre in the middle of it, it never gets old, and I think thatís the thing that players miss when they can no longer do this. Fortunately, Iím able to do it in my 50s.†

Q: You talked about changing the culture here. Now that you have a full offseason behind you, do you feel like youíve accomplished that?
A: Itís a journey. This first game is the first game in that journey. Weíve done a lot of work, thereís a lot of water under the bridge. We feel good about our roster, we feel good about the coaches, the interaction with player personnel and administration, the communication and the way we communicate behind the scenes. We want to put a product on the field that our fans are proud to root for.

Q: With the way the roster has turned over recently and the people who didnít play in games, whatís the unknown that youíll know after Sundayís game that you just canít know yet?
A: Nobody played a full preseason game. You bring up a good point. Nobody in the NFL, all 32 teams, nobody really plays first snap to last, so everybody has played partial amounts of games. We all are waiting to see as coaches how a guy that weíre going to lean on can handle a full load. Thatís where you see teams kind of improve as they go, especially through the first quarter of the year. I think I mentioned it before, in some ways, every game is very important, (but) in some ways, itís a little bit of an extension of what weíve been doing here in training camp, getting going. Thatís why you have to practice and thatís why teams tend to improve if they can stay healthy and they work together. Some of that.

Q: Besides (Olivier Vernon), is there anybody on the injury report who might be questionable?
A: Evan (Engram) took the red jersey off. Heís officially out of the protocol. Thatís probably the one of note.

Q: You said at some point you would reveal your number two quarterback. Are you ready to reveal that?
A: Iím very fond of a veteran presence backing up Eli (Manning). Iím glad you brought that up. Forget about the future, the future is now. Every NFL team is going to go into this year with a guy whoís a starter and a guy whoís his backup. The future is now, so thatís where weíre at.

On naming six captains:
A: Iím glad you brought that up, thatís worth talking about. We have two on offense, two on defense, two on special teams. The players and the coaches all voted. I think they chose well. Thatís the group of players that I will meet with, and those will be our game captains throughout the season. They chose well. Weíre talking about guys that can be an extension of this team. I told them this morning, itís going to be fun for me to watch your team work. Theyíve got to take ownership of it and be an extension of me and our organization, and represent our players. I think theyíll do that well.
Can't wait for the season to start.  
smshmth8690 : 9/5/2018 9:39 pm : link
I do wonder one thing though, and I'm surprised that none of the shit-digging beat writers haven't asked, but are the clocks still set on 'TC Time'? I hope not. TC deserves all of our respect, but I hated that carryover by BM.
we want to be a tough, gritty team that runs the football  
baadbill : 9/5/2018 10:28 pm : link
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and makes the effort to score points, especially the points you need to win the game and then play good, gritty defense. Thatís what weíre looking to do.


Sunday will tell us a lot whether the Giants can be a run first team.
RE: Can't wait for the season to start.  
BestFeature : 9/5/2018 11:19 pm : link
In comment 14062242 smshmth8690 said:
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I do wonder one thing though, and I'm surprised that none of the shit-digging beat writers haven't asked, but are the clocks still set on 'TC Time'? I hope not. TC deserves all of our respect, but I hated that carryover by BM.


TC earned TC Time, BM earned nothing.
RE: RE: Can't wait for the season to start.  
smshmth8690 : 9/7/2018 9:02 am : link
In comment 14062351 BestFeature said:
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In comment 14062242 smshmth8690 said:


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I do wonder one thing though, and I'm surprised that none of the shit-digging beat writers haven't asked, but are the clocks still set on 'TC Time'? I hope not. TC deserves all of our respect, but I hated that carryover by BM.



TC earned TC Time, BM earned nothing.


I agree with you 100%. That's why I'm glad the clocks are back to normal.
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