NYG Transcriptions: QB Eli Manning -- October 24, 2018
Q: What do you make of the trades with (CB Eli) Apple and (DT Damon ďSnacksĒ) Harrison?
A: Obviously in this business, it happens. You hate to lose teammates, and good guys, and good players, but you just got to move on. We got a game to play. We got to keep a focus on the guys that are here, and getting ready to play this game.
Q: When you lose two starters to trades, what kind of mindset does the team have? Do you feel as if the team is moving in another direction?
A: No, I think the mindset just has to be worried about trying to get a win this week. Just staying committed, staying strong, and keep fighting through this. Weíve got to stay together. Weíre getting a little bit better. Weíre close, weíve played in some close games. If we just keep grinding, things will start going our way.†
Q: Does the trade signal to you guys that this organization has shifted its focus towards the future?
A: Itís our job as players to worry about this season and do our job, and go prepare each week, and go play the games, and win football games. Thatís all we can do. Weíre not worried about next year or next week. Weíre worried about today, and these next couple of days getting ready for Washington.
Q: What are some things you all are doing to improve the red zone efficiency on offense?
A: Itís just execution. Sometimes, we had the plays a little off here and there. Weíll look at it hard and try to get a great game plan. Weíll see what Washington is doing, and just make sure we got good plays and everybody knows exactly what we need to do.
Q: Winning that game against them at the end, did that mean something to you?
A: That was a tough scenario. You go back and watch the game, you just kind of remember some of the names on the team. Just understand you work hard, and you never know when youíre going to catch some breaks and hit some big plays, and things really going your way. We just got to keep working and things will start going our way.
Q: Do you think some of your teammates look at you a little differently now when thereís so much going on outside the locker room?
A: I think I always assume guys are watching, and you want to make sure that youíre being a good leader, and youíre setting the example by your actions, and what youíre doing, and how youíre preparing. Theyíre not going to see me relaxed a little bit or slip in preparation, or determination in practice, or preparation Ė and all those things. Iím going to compete, Iím going to practice, and Iím going to play my best that I can possibly do, and go out there and expect to win each and every week.
Q: Did you see any reaction from your defensive teammates?
A: No, havenít seen anything. Obviously, a lot going on today in a short week and a little different schedule. I havenít seen anything different from those guys.
Q: How much of a topic of discussion have the trades been for the guys in the locker room here?
A: Iím sure itís been discussed a little bit. Again, today is kind of a different day. I really hadnít talked to many guys about it. Sometimes the defense, you donít really see them much during the day sometimes. Offense, itís just been about getting ready and getting prepared for Washington.
Q: What if you do see guys that think this team is breaking things down to rebuild?
A: We got a job to do. When you lose a couple guys, other guys get an opportunity to play, and theyíll be excited about that. I think you handle it like itís an injury, or someoneís down for a little bit. The next guy steps up and you go, and you find a way to win.
Q: How are you handling this situation?
A: You go on, and I think when you go through some controversy or things happen, itís about keeping the team close and rallying around each other. If people are saying something outside, prove them wrong, and letís go out there and win a football game.
Q: As the team starts to look ahead, are you worried that you wonít be a part of those plans?
A: No, my focus and my worries are Washington and getting prepared to play each game this season.
Q: You said yesterday how you canít imagine yourself playing for another organization. Is that still the case?
A: Itís just not something Iím thinking about. Iím thinking about playing for the Giants this week against the Washington Redskins. Thatís the mindset, and I havenít brought myself to think about another scenario.
Q: Was it on your mind two years ago when you guys discussed your contract extension? You obviously put a no trade clause in there for a reason.
A: No, thatís just agent stuff, I guess.