Head Coach Pat Shurmur
October 9, 2018
Q: How is (Aldrick) Rosas feeling today?
A: Better. Weíre hopeful he will be ready to go Thursday.† In the event that he isnít, though, we made a practice squad move with Marshall Koehn, so brought back a kicker that weíre familiar with.
Q: When do you have to make that decision by? (A: 4 p.m., Thursday)
A: Game day, I guess. As late as we have to. Iíll have to wait and see, but got a little leg injury, weíll just see how quickly he can come back. Thatís the challenge when you play a Thursday Night game. As you might expect in our world right now, itís Thursday. As we get ready for the game, which itís really like Friday, but Thursday in terms of preparation, when their body clocks tell them itís Tuesday. Thatís the challenge with the Thursday Night games and we all have to embrace it because we all have one. Our guys have really done a good job of getting themselves back. That was a physical game and thereís wear and tear that goes with that, and theyíve done a good job to this point.††
Q: Do you as a coach put more emphasis on a short week of the mental aspect of the game?†
A: Itís important because a lot of what youíd like to do at full speed, you have to do in walk-thru settings. Thatís just part of getting their bodies right, because itís important that you have a confident, energized team on game day. You just donít have the time, so you move forward.†
Q: I know itís early to look at standings but youíve got some help around you even with your loss. Is that something you talk to the team about?
A: Nope. Itís a good point. I was made aware that everybody in our division lost, that really has no effect on us right now. We have to go out and win a game. That is what it is, but itís just another indication and Iíve been saying it all along, you just keep playing. You never know. I think the last two times that the Giants made the (playoffs), I think they were 9-7, so weíve just got to keep playing. These guys love to play the game, itís their livelihood, but they certainly play it with great emotion and great passion and they just keep playing. As we get better, I think we played better last week. We need to find 63 more yards somewhere to get the win, but we played better and weíve got to continue on that path. Then eventually it will crack.
Q: What do you expect from Evan Engram today? Is this rushed? If (he doesnít come back), heís got 11 or 12 days until the next game.
A: Two things: Number one, I think you burn the ships on every game, so whoever can play, plays. Then you reassess when the game is over. Evanís been out for a while, but heís going to be out here full speed today, so we are hopeful he will be ready to go. I think you get yourself in trouble, and I donít think itís very genuine to tell your team weíre going to worry more about down the road. I donít know if that answers your question. Weíve put all our focus on the game weíre going to play and all our urgency.
Q: Is Brian Mihalik going to be your swing tackle?††††
A: Yeah, he will be our swing tackle. Brianís a guy, weíve liked him all along, heís been with us now for a while so he knows what weíre doing. Heís played in games for Detroit, and weíve liked what weíve seen in practice, and heís gotten his promotion.
Q: Particularly offensively in some of the bigger plays, what did you like Sunday that you can hope would carry over?
A: We completed them. Levity once in a while is good. I think the important thing is, we always try to get big plays and sometimes you donít. Thereís some times you have to march the ball, but it was good. We took some shots and we hit on them. We had one more where Odell had the ball in his hands in the end zone on the one, but we were seeing a coverage that allowed that to happen and our guys did a better job of executing, protecting, and doing all the things necessary.
Q: Can that success breed confidence?††††† †
A: I think so. I think what weíre confident about is that we got the ball across the end zone. We scored, and thatís where you build confidence. There needs to be an urgency, youíre charged with scoring every time you take the field on offense, and thatís what you want. If youíre going to be greedy about things, you want to score points.†††
Q: Youíve made a lot of changes, and this is a new offense. Eli (Manning), (Sterling Shepard) and Odell (Beckham) had a lot of success against the Eagles last year. Do you go back and look at those games?
A: We do. We look at recent history certainly against the scheme. Theyíre an outstanding team, they won the Super Bowl, so yeah, we look at things that were successful a year ago. We as coaches are all fond of plays that work, and dependent on who you play, you know thereís good ideas, thereís a lot of creative minds in the NFL, and so youíre always looking for something that -- we call it, Ďit doesnít get a card.í In other words, something that they donít practice. In every game, you do that, and sometimes they work, sometimes they donít.
Q: When youíre getting a guy back off injury Ė say you got Engram or OV back Ė do you put them on a pitch count, or do you just let the game unfold and see how it goes?
A: Burn the ships. If they get a jersey, theyíre going to play. Then we manage it and keep track of it, but not necessarily a pitch count. Games play out differently, and so if youíre up, we expect that you can take a full load. If during the game thereís places where weíve got to give guys a break, we do so.
Q: What do you remember about Doug Pederson as a quarterback and a player?
A: Yeah, I know a lot about Doug. I was a young assistant in Philly when we brought him in as a player, and he really was the bridge to (Donovan) McNabb playing, they drafted McNabb and Doug played the first half of the season and did a really good job. He was with (Andy Reid) in Green Bay, so he was able to add kind of the background to the stuff we were trying to do. He did an excellent job of working with Donovan at that time, and then weíve just maintained a professional friendship through the years. Heís had success, and to his credit, he helped his team win a Super Bowl.
Q: As a QB guy, what impresses you about Carson Wentz and are the Eagles much different in what they do with Carson what they do with Nick Foles?
A: No, itís the same offense. Very similar in nature, and I see a hybrid of things that we did the three years I was there with Chip (Kelly) in terms of the run game. They have Jeff Soutland there, whoís their line coach, and thereís some other coaches there, thereís some carry over, so I see some of those same concepts, but then you also see the things that Doug did at the Chiefs. They try to utilize their playersí strengths, they throw the ball to the tight ends a lot with Zach Ertz and (Dallas Goedert). In terms of the quarterback, I think we were all a big fan of Carson when he came out. Heís very intelligent, heís very competitive, I admire the fact that heís very genuine in his approach. I donít know him per se, but it seems to me that thereís a humility there and a competitive spirit that Iím sure is contagious for their team. He can make plays off schedule because heís a big, physical guy. I call them 60-yard check downs, it just turns into flat chaos, heís running around, and he can locate a guy down the field and make a big play. I think thatís what he is as a player, at least from my perspective.
Q: You have a lot of different styles of leadership in your locker room and guys that seem to be attempting to lead in different ways. When you have a young player like (Saquon Barkley) who wants to be a leader and is developing in that, do you guide him in that process?
A: Absolutely. To your point, I spent a few minutes sitting with him on the plane after the game. I really think some of your younger players can be your best leaders. In the case of Saquon, heís doing everything that you would want to see as a coach. He displays Ė heís a lot like Carson Wentz, who I just talked about Ė he displays humility, he says the right thing but when he says it, and you all write about it and report on it, donít you sense a genuine nature to what he says? Youíve got a genuine, competitive guy that can do really great things on the football field, and so those guys can lead naturally by just being themselves. If Saquon comes in everyday and everyday becomes the best version of Saquon he can become, and he sticks to those principles and that integrity, then of course, heíll be a terrific leader, and he already has established himself that way.
Q: Is there an update on (Olivier Vernon)?
A: Yeah, he will be out there practicing today. Weíre hopeful. Iím more hopeful.
Q: What do you need to see from him thatís different from last week or the week before that?
A: I donít know, something that will make me even more hopeful than I was last week. I donít know what to tell you there. Heíll be out there, and heís fighting his way back. Make no mistake, OV is trying to get back. We all understand what a high ankle sprain can mean, and heís doing everything in his power to get back on the field. When heís back, weíre going to welcome him.†
Q: Is he limited today?
A: Yes, he will be. But he will be out there. Weíre all limited.
I'm glad that there wasn't any questions on Ereck. The Giants have given him every opportunity to succeed. He failed. No need to devote any more time/resources discussing a player that is not on the team.
Ah, you're right. I missed that. Thanks.
I like it.
I like it. It is a euphemism to live looking forward and not in the past - to proceed beyond the point of no return. Cortes when he landed in Veracruz to conquer the Aztec ordered his troops to burn the ships - forcing them to succeed in their conquest or die.
The media sucks in every way possible!