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Tuesday Media Transcript: Head Coach Pat Shurmur

Eric from BBI : Admin : 11/6/2018 4:14 pm
Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- November 6, 2018

Opening Remarks: Welcome back. All the players are back, you noticed Nate (Solder) wasnít here, had an appointment with his son this morning. Heís here, heís in the building, and he was excused from the morning portion of this. With that, Iíll try to answer your questions.

Q: You said on the radio after last week that Kyle (Lauletta) was going to face consequences. Will he be suspended for this game?
A: No, not suspended, but we have internal consequences. I released a statement that Iím just disappointed in the way that went down. Iíve spoken to him numerous times since the event, and we have internal ways of handling it, but it will not include a suspension.

On whether the incident hurts his chances of playing:
A: Well, Iím disappointed because I think especially with a quarterback, youíre looking at decision-making in all facets of a playerís life. Heís back to work, that will take care of itself. Weíve kind of stated what we feel about that, but heís back to work trying to get himself ready to play.

Q: According to the timeframe provided by the police, it was right around 8 oíclock and they said it also happened Monday. Was he late or was he in danger of being late, if he was still in Weehawken at 8 oíclock?
A: Yes.

Q: So he was late two days in a row?
A: No. The first day, he didnít have to be here quite as early. That day, he was in danger of being late.

Q: For a quarterback with a possible opportunity to play as a rookie to be late, says what?
A: He was late. I know what weíre all getting at here. The whole event is disappointing. The whole event.

Q: Had there been previous issues of him being late?
A: No, I donít think thereís anything about being late, but the way I look at it, quarterbacks should be early.

Q: How close do you think he is to being able to play?
A: Heís working himself in a position to play, heís done a good job out here in practice. Heís a small school quarterback, so there was a lot to learn and there is a lot to learn about how to prepare in the NFL, and heís going through the process of doing that.

Q: Is Eli (Manning) starting Monday?
A: Yes, Eli will start Monday.

Q: Is he definitely going to start the rest of the season?
A: I spoke to Eli a couple times this weekend and I explained to Eli that heís going to start Monday. I also explained to Eli that everybody needs to play better and as we go through this, itís important that weíre not Ďalmostí in these games, we do what we have to do to get it over the top and win football games. Weíll just take it from there. But I spoke to the team about that, and then I also spoke to Eli about that specifically.

Q: How much do you expect from Jamon Brown?
A: Heís a good looking guy and weíve spent Ė what weíve been allowed to do this weekend Ė time with him. He was here all day yesterday, and heís picked things up fairly quickly. You saw he was out there already, and I think Hal (Hunter) and Ben (Wilkerson) have done a good job getting him up to speed. Weíre going to try to get him in there as quickly as possible. This guy started the whole season, had a little incident where heís no longer starting, and we were thrilled he was available. Heís a big man, heís athletic, and he certainly looks the part in some of the reps I saw today. Weíll get him up to speed quickly.

Q: Why did you feel it was necessary to have that conversation with Eli? Iím guessing you didnít call a lot of other players.
A: Because itís the quarterback. Those are the things as you move forward, part of what you do during the bye week is get back to basics, try to see what you did well and do more of that, see what you didnít do well and try to minimize that, and so some of that, we, as coaches, have to do the things that he does well, and we all need to just be better.

Q: You didnít communicate anything beyond Monday for him to start?
A: I told you, he is starting Monday. You roll with it how you want, with the idea that heís going to get us on a run here and there will be no decisions to be made. In other words, part of the conversation was, we trust you, we want to work with you, and we trust the fact that youíre going to get in there and help us win football games.

Q: Weíve talked a lot about Kyle Lauletta. Is Alex Tanney Ė who has been active every game Ė is he a guy who you would consider playing in a game?
A: Absolutely. It goes without saying, weíve had him as number two throughout. We just donít stack them up willy-nilly. Based on when we started this, Eliís starting and Alex has been the backup. Again, when you bring in rookie quarterbacks, there is a process they have to go through to develop and some guys have to develop further than others. Once the world quits seeing the training camp practices, that continues and guys pick up things at different paces. You can look at all the first round draft pick quarterbacks Ė Donovan McNabb didnít start until Week 8, and he was a first-round pick. Some of these other guys have started right away and they were picked higher, and so I donít know what the world is expecting, weíre just trying to get him as good as he can be so that when he goes in there he has success.

Q: Youíve been hesitant to have a depth chart pecking order. Whenever weíve asked you about the quarterback depth chart, youíve said weíre assuming things.
A: We havenít talked about it since training camp, right? Then when we played our first game, we had Eli as our starter and Alex as our backup.

Q: How about RJ McIntosh?
A: He will be activated. He will be ready to go, which will require a roster move, so we have some conversations to go through.

Q: As you looked at (yourselves) over the bye, what did you find as the common denominator offensively?
A: It comes down to points. When you look at it, if we score one more touchdown a game, then for the people that crunch numbers, thatís a good thing, and for the people that crunch numbers, that puts us in a position to win half those games we played. Scoring in the red zone is an important thing when we get down there, and thereís tactical things that we need to do better. Then thereís certainly things that players can do better. Those are the things you look at, you think of the situations in the games, the players you have in the games available, how youíre trying to get the ball to certain people, so you go back and revisit that and do it at a pace where itís much slower than if you were getting ready to play a game.

Q: After those first two trades last week, a lot of people thought more were coming. Are you happy to see the team remain intact, and did you talk to any of the guys whose names were out there as reportedly (on the trade block)?
A: No, I didnít, because sometimes things that get written and said are not true. Quite frankly, itís people surmising that you may or may not do things, so no, I didnít talk to any of those people. Quite frankly, I know of a small list of guys that were talked about being traded, I donít know the full list, so I didnít feel it necessary to talk about it.

Q: Happy to see the team remain intact as is?
A: Yeah, Iím happy with the guys we have. Weíre moving forward, weíre much healthier than we were a week ago. You saw we have (Alec) Ogletree back and (Chad) Wheeler is out here, so that was all good.

Q: Activating (RJ) McIntosh, how do you see his role fitting into that D line rotation?
A: He will fit into the rotation, weíll see how he progresses. Heís done a good job so far, weíre just learning about him. The question was if he was behind a while back, heís not as far behind now. Attempt at humor. Weíll just see how much he can handle. We feel like heís got a future, we had to deal with a medical issue that we were not aware of when we drafted him, so we helped rectify that. As long as heís a Giant, weíre working with him and weíre looking forward to seeing him do good things.

Q: On Jamon Brown, you said you want to get him in there as quick as possible. Is Monday a possibility that heís in the starting lineup?
A: Itís a possibility. Again, heís only been here hours, itís not even days yet, but what heís done and how quickly he picks things up, thereís a chance he could be in there.

Q: Is there a difference between an offensive lineman picking things up that he needs to pick up versus a receiver or a running back?
A: Certainly being here longer helps him, but weíll try to structure it so he knows what heís doing.


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rocco8112 : 11/6/2018 6:29 pm : link
"... part of what you do during the bye week is get back to basics, try to see what you did well and do more of that, see what you didnít do well and try to minimize that..."

The part of the bye where they went over what they did well must have been pretty short.

Someone give me something positive with this guy I want to believe. There are eight more games to go.

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