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Monday Media Transcript: RT Ereck Flowers

Eric from BBI : Admin : 9/10/2018 3:04 pm
RT Ereck Flowers
September 10, 2018

Q: ??
A: Youíre right. Iíll get better next game.

Q: Two of the first three plays were penalties on you. How tough is it to start a season like that?
A: Itís part of the game, ups and downs. Got to go to the next play.

Q: What positives do you draw out of yesterday? Obviously you lost your man down the sideline or down the line of scrimmage on Saquonís run.
A: Itís cool, Iím just trying to get better. The other things, just try to play more consistent.

Q: What do you feel like you have to do better?
A: There were a couple of plays were I just need to Ė letís just say more consistent. Letís just say that.

Q: Were you disappointed with yesterday?
A: No, I think I did some good things, but I think thereís some things I need to work on. Itís part of the game.

Q: Coach Shurmur defended you today and said you had a lot of good plays, obviously a few youíd like to have back, but had a lot of good plays. What does that mean to have your head coach, a new coach, kind of defend you?
A: Thatís good. Thatís great, it feels good. Got to get better.

Q: Is your confidence level the same coming out of the game as it was going in?
A: YeahÖ Next play.

Q: Was there anything about playing on the right side thatÖ
A: I mean it was my first full game at right. Probably the best rushers yet that Iíve played at right, so it was a little different, but got to get better and move on. Go on to the next game and continue to work at it and get better at it.

Q: Any specific plays you wish you had back?
A: I mean any play that I thought I couldíve been better on. Yeah, thatís pretty much any player.

Q: The pick six, was someone supposed to help chip him that play?
A: No, I actually had the Ö, so the linebacker came, I was supposed to pick him up. He came and then he left, so I stepped to get him and then I had to pop back out last minute. See what Iím saying? I had two people inside first.

Q: So you kind of misread what he was going to do?
A: No, he came and then he left. You get what Iím saying? He came, so I had to step down, but if I blocked him and didnít get inside, then Iíd be wrong. It was kind of a hard play.

Q: Remind me, did you have help Ė did you have a running back on that side or a tight end?
A: No, it was a duel, so I got inside out. So I got that linebacker Ė I got the inside and the outside, so if that linebacker comes I got to get that linebacker and I got to get him. I canít block the end. If I block the end, then he comes free and then Iím wrong, so he came and then he left. So he ran and then he popped.

Q: You got a lot of criticism for that play. Do you think thatís unfair?
A: I donít really care what a lot of people have to say about this and that. I care about what my coach says and the people next to me and thatís all I really care about. If he feels like Iím wrong on that play then, yes, Iíll take that, okay coach youíre right. But if somebody else whoís not really in the room, doesnít know the play, doesnít know what weíre doing, doesnít matter to me.

Q: What did he say about the play?
A: He said he wouldíve did the same thing. Some things are just how it goes.

Q: Did you see enough from the good plays that you put out there that you have confidence that you can fix the bad plays that you saw?
A: Yeah, I just want to get better, thatís all.

Q: The tripping penalty was that just trying to make sure he doesnít get to Eli (Manning) at any Ė
A: Yeah, it was a quick pass so I jumped out there too fast on it. Next time I know what type of player Iím against, heís not really a speed guy, so next time Iím wonít jump out so fast.

Q: You say youíre playing a new position and your first game is against arguably the best front four in the league. How hard is that to jump into a new position against a team like that?
A: Any new position, it takes time. Just got to get better, thatís all we got to do.

Q: Iím sure you know thereís a lot of criticism of you from the fan base Ė
A: I could take it, itís whatever. Iím playing for the dudes in my room, dudes on this team that Iíve been working with all season and I donít have an issue with it. Thatís going to be there, regardless. It doesnít matter, I donít lose sleep over it. I lose sleep over what these guys in my room and on this team think about me, thatís it.

Q: Is there any kind of worry that you have to play better or you could lose your job? Are you pretty confident with Ė
A: You canít think like that. You just got to go out there and play as hard as you can play and whatever Ė leave it in Godís hand, thatís it.
I can't wait for this  
SFGFNCGiantsFan : 9/10/2018 3:07 pm : link
guy to be an ex-Giant.
I'm  
AcidTest : 9/10/2018 3:08 pm : link
rooting for him. I wish him the best. One game is too little to judge.
Hahahaha  
Anakim : 9/10/2018 3:08 pm : link
"Q: ??
A: Youíre right. Iíll get better next game."


I imagine the reporter didn't even ask a question. He/she just went like this:

RE: I'm  
GiantsRage2007 : 9/10/2018 3:10 pm : link
In comment 14069883 AcidTest said:
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rooting for him. I wish him the best. One game is too little to judge.


LOL

4 years and 1 game you mean, right?
Speaking of a willingness to improve.  
Racer : 9/10/2018 3:12 pm : link
He clearly has put in the effort to improve his cliches. Crash Davis would be proud.

On a serious note, not giving the "so you misread it" prick reporters any extra fuel is a good thing.
Would love a reporter to ask  
jlukes : 9/10/2018 3:13 pm : link
"Ereck, why do you consistently drop your head and extend your arms to get yourself off balance?"
Sounds like he wasnít aware that Calais Campbell  
Andy in Boston : 9/10/2018 3:16 pm : link
Wasnít a power player but more of a spec guy. ?
Yeah, its way too early to judge Flowers  
Jimmy Googs : 9/10/2018 3:17 pm : link
you can just see he ready to burst out and become a stud Tackle any day now...
I'm coming around to the pov that he is what he is  
Bill L : 9/10/2018 3:24 pm : link
and we need to do better.

Having said that, he did absolutely *nothing* wrong in the interview. He answered every question as it should be answered. People who criticize that are doing it out of their own bias against him.
RE: Sounds like he wasnít aware that Calais Campbell  
BillKo : 9/10/2018 3:25 pm : link
In comment 14069912 Andy in Boston said:
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Wasnít a power player but more of a spec guy. ?


Isn't that a giant red flag???

How do you not know your opponent??? Is he not watching film and/or reading the scouting report?

A: I miss Bobby Hart  
ghost718 : 9/10/2018 3:37 pm : link
He makes good pancakes

Q: ??

Flowers opening statement
The Reuben Randle of OTs.  
bceagle05 : 9/10/2018 3:44 pm : link
I used to count down the days til the end of Reuben's Giants career, and I'm doing the same with Flowers. Can't come soon enough.
Chad Wheeler  
AnskyJK : 9/10/2018 4:08 pm : link
Unfortunately what we saw from Chad Wheeler at RT in preseason is he is likely worse than Flowers. I think we'll cut Wheeler and sign a veteran this week.
That was the least informative interview ever  
BestFeature : 9/10/2018 4:14 pm : link
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Why even  
Joey in VA : 9/10/2018 4:16 pm : link
Ask him anything at this point? He's not good, he's not going to improve, and he gave dumb answers before and now they're worse.
What a missed opportunity by the beats.  
Diver_Down : 9/10/2018 4:17 pm : link
Should have started with - "So we see that you have added karate to your offseason workout regimen. Does the cross-training help with your kick-slide?"
He's the best OL the giants have right now  
micky : 9/10/2018 4:24 pm : link
You can't bench an all-pro tackle
I know he's had more than his share of bad plays  
Poktown Pete : 9/10/2018 4:39 pm : link
And no, he may never get better. It's not his fault he was drafted where he was. I do think the kid has tried. If anything, we should be furious with the brain trust responsible for him being here in the first place.

Now I'm separating the football player from the person when I say this, but, I like Ereck. He's put up with a lot of crap from the fans and the press and has kept trying. Sure we need better play, but threads like FU Erick Flowers? What's wrong with some people?
RE: I know he's had more than his share of bad plays  
AcidTest : 9/10/2018 4:44 pm : link
In comment 14070034 Poktown Pete said:
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And no, he may never get better. It's not his fault he was drafted where he was. I do think the kid has tried. If anything, we should be furious with the brain trust responsible for him being here in the first place.

Now I'm separating the football player from the person when I say this, but, I like Ereck. He's put up with a lot of crap from the fans and the press and has kept trying. Sure we need better play, but threads like FU Erick Flowers? What's wrong with some people?


Agreed.
This right here says it all  
Jay on the Island : 9/10/2018 6:22 pm : link
Q: Were you disappointed with yesterday?

A: No, I think I did some good things, but I think thereís some things I need to work on. Itís part of the game.

The correct answer is yes I need to play better. I will work hard to learn from these mistakes.

He clearly doesn't get it and I cannot wait for him to be gone.
RE: This right here says it all  
Mr. Bungle : 9/10/2018 6:35 pm : link
In comment 14070144 Jay on the Island said:
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Q: Were you disappointed with yesterday?

A: No, I think I did some good things, but I think thereís some things I need to work on. Itís part of the game.

The correct answer is yes I need to play better. I will work hard to learn from these mistakes.

He clearly doesn't get it and I cannot wait for him to be gone.

The mentality that led to a large-scale (but obviously not yet exhaustive) franchise housecleaning.

"I'm not disappointed. I did a few good things out there."
Q: Ereck, you've had 3 Oline coaches.  
mrvax : 9/10/2018 6:36 pm : link
Why do you still have hand placement and bending issues even into your 4th year?

A: Just move on to the next question.

Plain and simple  
Marty866b : 9/10/2018 6:47 pm : link
This guy stinks. If you haven't improved into your 4th year you never will. It's ridiculous that Gettleman didn't do everything he could to replace him. I'd rather have John Jerry at right guard and a competent right tackle to what we have today.
He says he learned  
kelsto811 : 9/10/2018 7:07 pm : link
The DE wasn't a "speed" guy from that play. Wtf is film study for? Idk about this guy man
RE: RE: I know he's had more than his share of bad plays  
ShocktoBeck : 9/10/2018 7:09 pm : link
In comment 14070040 AcidTest said:
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In comment 14070034 Poktown Pete said:


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And no, he may never get better. It's not his fault he was drafted where he was. I do think the kid has tried. If anything, we should be furious with the brain trust responsible for him being here in the first place.

Now I'm separating the football player from the person when I say this, but, I like Ereck. He's put up with a lot of crap from the fans and the press and has kept trying. Sure we need better play, but threads like FU Erick Flowers? What's wrong with some people?



Agreed.


+1.
Get off of him already. He may not be as good as we hoped. But to anyone watching the games with clear glasses it is obvious he's trying. His mentality is the mentality he should have.
The treatment he gets from fans is as atrocious as his play. He's a Giant. Lets root for him!
I think he answered honestly. I also think he tries his best  
yatqb : 9/10/2018 8:38 pm : link
and gives full effort; itís not his fault that heís not an All Pro. He just isnít an adequate player. Blame Reese, not him. If he was drafted where Wheeler was weíd put the blame where it belongs- on the Gm for not Ggetting someone better. Of on a guy who is awful but gives 100 percent and should be at best a backup and at worst out of the league.
should be NOT on...  
yatqb : 9/10/2018 8:39 pm : link
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RE: This right here says it all  
Red Right Hand : 9/10/2018 9:24 pm : link
In comment 14070144 Jay on the Island said:
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Q: Were you disappointed with yesterday?

A: No, I think I did some good things, but I think thereís some things I need to work on. Itís part of the game.

The correct answer is yes I need to play better. I will work hard to learn from these mistakes.

He clearly doesn't get it and I cannot wait for him to be gone.
The Giants have given Flowers every chance to show  
SB 42 and 46 and ? : 9/11/2018 1:49 am : link
that he can play. They've been a lot more patient with him than they have been with other vets who helped win championships but then their skills started to decline due to injury or age.

They've also paid the kid well based on what he has produced.

The Giants released Seubert and O'Hara, pillars of the OL during the 2007-2008 championship, when they still had a decent year or two left in them. Can't they find even another Shaun O'Hara on the waiver wire?

Even an average lineman would be a standout with this group.
RE: I know he's had more than his share of bad plays  
BigBlue4You09 : 9/11/2018 4:19 am : link
In comment 14070034 Poktown Pete said:
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And no, he may never get better. It's not his fault he was drafted where he was. I do think the kid has tried. If anything, we should be furious with the brain trust responsible for him being here in the first place.

Now I'm separating the football player from the person when I say this, but, I like Ereck. He's put up with a lot of crap from the fans and the press and has kept trying. Sure we need better play, but threads like FU Erick Flowers? What's wrong with some people?


I agree completely. I was never a fan of him at #9, way too unpolished and a lack of intellect and heart to make up for that. And this interview proves just that. Heís simply not a smart kid and got by on raw skills in college. Reese and company should have known it wasnít going to translate to the next level, like many here did. Heís fine taking the few million he made and drifting off to obscurity. Hopefully the idiot managed it smartly.
Next year is a strong tackle.draft  
DavidinBMNY : 9/11/2018 5:28 am : link
The league is starving for tackle play. When was the last top tackle drafted early? Next year has a few really touted OTs. Rising tides float all boats.

The mistake is the reach by the FO. At the time a lot of draft analysts disliked the pick. Everything negative in
Flowers game now, you can pull scouting reports pre draft and it is all there to see.

The way to help him is use more tight ends and minimize 11 personal.
RE: RE: RE: I know he's had more than his share of bad plays  
Peppers : 9/11/2018 6:17 am : link
In comment 14070199 ShocktoBeck said:
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In comment 14070040 AcidTest said:


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In comment 14070034 Poktown Pete said:


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And no, he may never get better. It's not his fault he was drafted where he was. I do think the kid has tried. If anything, we should be furious with the brain trust responsible for him being here in the first place.

Now I'm separating the football player from the person when I say this, but, I like Ereck. He's put up with a lot of crap from the fans and the press and has kept trying. Sure we need better play, but threads like FU Erick Flowers? What's wrong with some people?



Agreed.



+1.
Get off of him already. He may not be as good as we hoped. But to anyone watching the games with clear glasses it is obvious he's trying. His mentality is the mentality he should have.
The treatment he gets from fans is as atrocious as his play. He's a Giant. Lets root for him!


I agree with all of this. Its almost pathetic and completely ignorant the way some fans come down on Flowers without truly understanding whats going on. Just look at that reporter for example. He couldn't comprehend Flowers when he was explaining how he had inside out responsibility. I mean something as simple as that. Then just read some of these comments they can't even comprehend that this is Flowers first game at RT and our OL was up against the best front 4 in the league at getting pressure.
RE: This right here says it all  
nicky43 : 9/11/2018 9:11 am : link
In comment 14070144 Jay on the Island said:
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Q: Were you disappointed with yesterday?

A: No, I think I did some good things, but I think thereís some things I need to work on. Itís part of the game.

The correct answer is yes I need to play better. I will work hard to learn from these mistakes.

He clearly doesn't get it and I cannot wait for him to be gone.


Exactly. And I didn't like Schurmur's answers regarding Eric either. That said, maybe it is too early to bench him and maybe there is nobody better to replace him with.
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