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Friday Media Transcript: QB Eli Manning

Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/12/2018 3:41 pm
QB Eli Manning
October 12, 2018


Q: Why are you getting hit so much?
A: They got a good defensive line. We knew that going in. We got in positions, especially when you get down in the second half, theyíre teeing off. Theyíre not playing the run, and they can do that. We got to do a better job staying in the games and mix in the run and pass. Weíll be fine.

Q: Will you and can you get away from this situation for a couple of days?
A: I think you have to. When you play two games in four days, and especially when you lose a heartbreaker in Carolina on a last second field goal, and then come out and donít play real well versus Philly at home. I think you just got to try to get away for a few days and just come back energized, and ready to do everything possible. Ten games, we got ten games left. Everyone has worked so hard all offseason, all spring, all of training camp, this whole season, and we havenít been rewarded with the wins, but we got to look at it as ten games left to give it all and do everything possible to make something happen.

Q: Whereís your confidence level right now?
A: Confidence is always the same. I know I can play better. I didnít play well last night. I got to make better decisions, and get back to just doing my job, not trying to do anything more, not trying to force things. Just find completions and move the ball, and try to score more points.

Q: With all the changes you all have made since last year, how surprising is it to be sitting here with the same record at this point as last year?
A: You never expect it. You expect to go win games. Weíre not playing as well as we need to. Weíll work on fixing that.

Q: When you say you have to make smarter decisions, where does that start?
A: Just doing your job and knowing your progressions, knowing your reads, and just sticking with it. Not trying to do extra, not trying to do more, not trying to make plays when theyíre not there. Just going through your reads, knowing everything exactly what you need to do, and playing fast, and making good decisions.

Q: Do you think youíve done that a lot?
A: No, I think Iíve been pretty good. I think last night, I made a couple of bad decisions, which I donít think Iíve done much Ė and itís not forcing things, itís just on some reads and things. Every game, thereís always going to be a few where you misread something, or you misread a coverage, or you got fooled. Those things can happen a little bit, but itís just a matter of cleaning it up. Itís not just me. Thatís kind of the message to the whole offense. We got too many good players. We got good plays, we had some big plays going on, whether itís receivers, individual efforts, running backs, Saquon (Barkley) making great plays. Some of them might be five yard completions, but itís making a guy miss, and getting a first down, and then all of a sudden, you hit a big play the next play. Itís just a matter of avoiding the bad plays, or avoiding the plays where youíre trying to do too much, or do someone elseís job, or add something here thatís affecting us or making us go backward. We got to stay on pace and stay in rhythm, and weíll be able to be more consistent and move the ball and score more points.

Q: On long downs, is there any idea of throwing the ball past the sticks, rather than completing it short and hoping for a big gain?
A: Thatís a screen, thatís like calling a screen to a back. Thatís a receiver screen where weíre throwing it out, weíre getting linemen out, weíre getting our receivers out trying to block. You get it blocked right, you could possibly make 15 yards. We ended up two yards short probably on it. Thatís what it is.

Q: In Carolina, as a team, felt like you guys were bouncing back. Do you feel as if last night snowballed a little bit?
A: I think offensively, I donít think we had as many negative plays as we had in Carolina. In the run game, I thought more positive runs. We had a couple of penalties, had a couple sacks. Obviously, that can make you go back, but it couldíve been a different game if we scored touchdowns instead of settling for field goals on the two times in the first half when we were down there. We got the turnover off the start. The next drive, we get a first down, and all of a sudden Saquon breaks a big run. Weíre down there close. We just got to do a better job of kind of handling those red zone situations and get touchdowns. It kind of just makes it a tighter game, a closer game in those situations.

Q: Scoring is way up in the league, especially passing touchdowns. You guys have six through six games. How do you sort of make sense of that in the big picture?
A: I donít know, you tell me.

Q: You donít usually rate things this is the best, this is the worst, whatever, but is this as tough as you had it after last year, after this year with a whole new regime in here that you have to take this break and youíre 1-5?
A: Itís tough, itís very tough being in this situation, but I think itís different from last year because last year we were banged up and lost a bunch of players, and it was hard to kind of see the bright side of it where this year you see a bright side. You see that it can get better. We have good players, we have good character guys that are going to work. I think thereís a great opportunity for us to improve and win a bunch of football games and thatís what we believe, so I think thatís the mindset going into it.

Q: You obviously have confidence in yourself. Does it ever bug you that obviously youíre 1-5 and there are people calling for your head?
A: It bugs me that weíre 1-5. What people say never got to me, never bothered me, but you work extremely hard to go have a big year and youíre excited about things and to be in this situation, yeah, it bothers you and itís tough, but the only thing you can do is keep working and keep grinding. Try to bring this team together. Like you said, itís a new scheme, a lot of new players and itís just a matter of everybody just making those improvements. Everybody just doing their job a little bit better, knowing exactly what your assignments are, knowing exactly what you need to do and working on it and perfecting that craft.

Q: Does this feel a little more like a rebuild than maybe you thought it was going to be coming into the season?
A: As a player, I donít think you ever use that term. Thatís not something I donít think athletes use in talking about your team, so no, I think itís just about everybody coming together, everybody learning the ins and outs and unfortunately it could take a little time to get that and you hope that you can kind of make enough plays or win some tight games kind of in the meantime until all of a sudden you kind of hit your groove. We just havenít been fortunate enough to win some of those close games early on before we get things going exactly how we want to do it.
What bothers me about this is that  
BlackLight : 10/12/2018 3:46 pm : link
even if, in the final analysis, we can conclude that everyone's play would improve if we had more talent on the OL, Shurmur's hand might be forced this offseason. He might feel pressure to send Eli packing, start over with someone new, if for no other reason that, another bad year might not cost him his job.

They could just repost his same interviews after every game.  
Blue21 : 10/12/2018 3:49 pm : link
They are basically the same now.
RE: What bothers me about this is that  
Strahan91 : 10/12/2018 3:52 pm : link
In comment 14125143 BlackLight said:
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even if, in the final analysis, we can conclude that everyone's play would improve if we had more talent on the OL, Shurmur's hand might be forced this offseason. He might feel pressure to send Eli packing, start over with someone new, if for no other reason that, another bad year might not cost him his job.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. There are far more reasons than that to make a change.
RE: They could just repost his same interviews after every game.  
Racer : 10/12/2018 3:52 pm : link
In comment 14125153 Blue21 said:
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They are basically the same now.


Incorrect. Only one occurrence of the words "get better" this week.
RE: RE: What bothers me about this is that  
Bill L : 10/12/2018 3:57 pm : link
In comment 14125165 Strahan91 said:
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even if, in the final analysis, we can conclude that everyone's play would improve if we had more talent on the OL, Shurmur's hand might be forced this offseason. He might feel pressure to send Eli packing, start over with someone new, if for no other reason that, another bad year might not cost him his job.



The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. There are far more reasons than that to make a change.
Are you talking about the answers or the questions? Or are expectations? Any or all of the parties meet the definition.
RE: RE: What bothers me about this is that  
BlackLight : 10/12/2018 4:01 pm : link
In comment 14125165 Strahan91 said:
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In comment 14125143 BlackLight said:


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even if, in the final analysis, we can conclude that everyone's play would improve if we had more talent on the OL, Shurmur's hand might be forced this offseason. He might feel pressure to send Eli packing, start over with someone new, if for no other reason that, another bad year might not cost him his job.



The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. There are far more reasons than that to make a change.


Nobody ever does the same thing over and over again. Something is always different.
Yes, his interview reads the same...  
Dan in the Springs : 10/12/2018 4:06 pm : link
and I'm not one to read too much into Eli's expressions. But man did he look defeated on the sideline late last night. For the first time I gave serious thought that he might retire. I'm not sure how much more abuse he wants to take, both on the field and in the media. Sooner or later, it's got to be too much for even him.

RE: RE: RE: What bothers me about this is that  
Strahan91 : 10/12/2018 4:08 pm : link
In comment 14125173 Bill L said:
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In comment 14125143 BlackLight said:


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even if, in the final analysis, we can conclude that everyone's play would improve if we had more talent on the OL, Shurmur's hand might be forced this offseason. He might feel pressure to send Eli packing, start over with someone new, if for no other reason that, another bad year might not cost him his job.



The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. There are far more reasons than that to make a change.

Are you talking about the answers or the questions? Or are expectations? Any or all of the parties meet the definition.

All of it applies but I was specifically referring to the idea that BlackLight proposed that Eli would be sent packing because of fan and ownership pressure vs his play. It's clear as day as far as I see it. The OL sucks but it's not the only bad OL in the league. When Eli does have time and he's able to step into his throws he still misses a ton of plays on the field and makes poor decisions. It's not all his fault but it's a combination of physical decline and the fact that he's been hit so many times that he feels phantom pressure and his footwork is nowhere near what it once was.
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