QB Eli Manning
September 19, 2018
Q: What does the focus need to be this week in practice to get the offense back in a rhythm?
A: I think it’s just doing our job, doing the things we need to be doing and just have a great understanding of the game plan, attention to detail to everything and go out there and play the way we know we can play. I think guys are doing things well, we just got to eliminate some of the bad plays, some of the mistakes and we’ll have opportunities to move the ball and do a good job.
Q: What do you guys have to do to just get plays to execute so you can break that big play again?
A: It’s just doing our job. We got to find a way to get into a rhythm early. We hadn’t done a very good job at that and get some first downs, stay on the field. We were close a few times on sustaining drives. We were half a yard away on some things, on some third downs so I think we’re close on a few of those things and then there will be some opportunities to take some shots, we got to do that, but it’s also being patient, waiting for it.
Q: Is that the kind of stuff that can be fixed in a week’s worth of time?
A: Yeah I think we’re close on things. You’re going against good players and they’re going to make plays sometimes and that’s fine, but when there’s opportunities and when things should be picked up or guys should be going certain ways, you got to do those things and give yourself an opportunity to make those plays when they can be there.
Q: When you change centers, is it a seamless transition?
A: I think it will be. (John) Greco’s a vet. He’s been here, he came here last year. He’s been here all training camp. We’ve worked together, we’ve gotten snaps throughout training camp and everything so that shouldn’t be a problem. He knows what’s going on. We’ve met this week, we’ve talked a bunch on some calls, making sure we’re saying the same thing and hearing things the same way.
Q: The way J.J. Watt can wreck a game in so many ways, can there be an over preparation for him? Can you spend too much time worrying about him?
A: Yeah obviously, you got to take care of him. You got to know where he is and it’s not just him. They got a couple of studs on that defensive line who do a good job getting to the quarterback getting sacks. You got to plan different ways to attack it whether you’re doubling or getting the ball out fast, just have a lot of different things, different looks for him, try to slow him down. Again, he’s a good player. He’s going to make some plays, but hopefully it’s not the ones that can change the game too much.
Q: How does this team just not take these two games and over accentuate the results of it and keep moving forward?
A: I think that’s just what you have to do in football. You play long enough, you just know it’s about obviously fixing the mistakes and going out the next week and getting better. Every week have a mindset of ‘hey we got another game’ and whether you’re playing good football, you win two games, you still look at the things – there’s always going to be corrections, there’s always going to be mistakes. You fix those things and everybody just stay together and figure out a way to fix it.
Q: Pat’s (Shurmur) message a couple minutes ago to us when we were talking to him was very much you don’t evaluate a team after two games. You’ve been doing this a long time. Is that kind of the mentality you have to spread a little bit to maybe some of the younger guys?
A: Definitely. I think when you have new schemes, new coaches, new players, 30 new players or whatever it is, it takes some time for everything to come together and start clicking. You hope you can find ways to win some games. We’ve kept games close, been in it in the fourth quarter. We just got to get a little faster start, get a lead, do some things a little bit better and we’ll get those opportunities to score more points.
Q: What, if anything, did you learn about Pat and the way he’s handling the early adversities in his coaching tenure?
A: I think he understands the big situation and I think he looks forward to the challenge of where we are and that we are going to get better and we’re going to make improvements and things will come around, but it does come from everybody. Everybody’s feeling this out and getting used to each other, used to how things are going to kind of work out week-to-week and game planning and I think we’re all kind of figuring out the best way to approach each week.
Q: Is he an even keeled kind of guy approaching it or does he ramp up the intensity at all?
A: No, he’s pretty even keeled. He gets his message across, but he hasn’t changed. You got to stay true to your personality and that’s what he’s done.
Q: How much of the outside, external hysteria do you hear or feel when – obviously the sky is falling going 0-2?
A: Just stay away from that. Keep the pulse of the team where it needs to be. Listen to your coaches and your players and just worry about us and that’s the only thing that’s going to affect us is the guys in this locker room, in this building that have a positive outlook on what’s going to happen.
Q: Because you’ve gone through this a number of times over the years you’ve been around a long time, how important is it for you to convey that to some degree because you were obviously a very level, even keeled kind of guy.
A: I think obviously there are young guys that are going to be looking at the vets to see how they respond and how they act and guys are coming from college where all of a sudden you lose a game, you lose two games the season’s over where the NFL we’re one game back in the division. It’s a long season, a lot can change and we still got great opportunities to just keep working and just worry about kind of the process and just doing things the right way and things will come around.