Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- November 8, 2018
Q: What went into the decision to cut (Quadree) Henderson? He seemed like one of the better guys youíve had back there returning.
A: We had to make a roster move to get RJ (McIntosh) up. Heís cleared (waivers). We certainly can make a roster move all the way up until game day, so thereís always a chance we can bring him up, but we had to make a roster move that required us releasing someone and so we did that.
Q: What do you look for out of Eli (Manning) with the fresh start coming off the bye?
A: We just want to play good football. Whatís important is, stick with the progressions, get the ball out on time, understand all the situational football. Heís done this at a high level for a very long time, and my conversation with him over the weekend is what coaches and quarterbacks do as you plot the course moving forward. Heís like everybody on the team, thereís areas where he can improve, we talked about that, and weíll get ready to go and put all our efforts toward beating San Francisco.
Q: Whatís the feeling around your team in general here coming off the bye?
A: The feeling is good. Weíve got eight games left, but weíre pointing toward one game and thatís always been the case. Iíve said it all along, I feel like we can go in and beat every team we play if we play the right way throughout the game. Thatís no different, and the practices last week were terrific in terms of guys getting better. When they came back this week, we obviously had an extra day because of the Monday night game, practice was great. Weíre getting a lot of guys back, they seem like they were refreshed physically and mentally, so thatís really the mood.
Q: Was Nick Mullens a name you had familiarity with before last Thursday, and what was your impression watching that game last Thursday night?
A: Yeah, I certainly knew who he was. I didnít know much about him aside from who he was coming out, but I thought he did a really nice job. He took advantage of some situations early, they had a third and two where he ran a naked and the guy was just uncovered, and he threw for a touchdown. Then he made some tougher throws, there was a stick (inaudible) in the second half where he threw it to (George) Kittle, that became an explosive play that was a tight window throw. You saw some things in him, he obviously understands their offense and how to execute it, and they feel confident enough in him where theyíre moving forward with him. It was a really good first outing for him.
Q: How do you handle Jamon Brown now that heís here and wants to be here, can he just slot into these practices looking ahead to Monday as a starter?
A: Weíre putting him in there and getting him ready to go like heís going to start, just like we do every player. From what Iíve seen already, weíve spent a lot of time with him already, heís a fast learner, heís a big man Ė a really big man, which Iím fond of in linemen Ė and he can move his feet. He was a starter last year on a team that won more than 10 games, so we were glad he was available. What weíve seen to this point, weíre excited about getting him going.
Q: Assuming when he plays, heíll be the tenth different offensive lineman to play. If he starts, the ninth different offensive lineman to start. Those units always talk about cohesion, how difficult has that been?
A: That ship has sailed right now, wouldnít you agree? So, we donít talk about it. We get guys ready to play and we expect that theyíre going to press it forward and expedite that process. Everybody deals with it, the Redskins lost three guys, so thatís out the window. Theyíre going to put five guys in there and go play. Thatís really where weíre all at. I was watching the game, this was about a year ago today when the Giants went out and played the Niners, and I was watching the game just because itís the same defensive scheme and I think there were four players on our offense that played last year. If you do the math, thereís seven new guys in there. Thereís a lot of change, thereís a lot running parallel, but the urgency to win is always there. Thatís what weíre trying to do.
Q: If Jamon would start, would (John) Greco sit and (Spencer) Pulley stay at center?
A: Weíll probably stay with Pulley at center, yeah.
Q: What have you seen from (Pulley) in the two starts heís made?
A: I think heís done a good job. Heís a natural center, heís a little leaner than guys that play guard. He started last year the whole season at center, so heís got experience. Heís smart; you need more than a fishing license to get into Vanderbilt. Heís a smart guy, he understands football, and heís doing a good job of directing us. Typically, centers, youíre giving help or getting help, and for what heís asked to go in and do what heís doing, heís done (a good job).
Q: With Evan (Engram), obviously the last game he had the drop and he seemed to take that to heart. Have you had conversations with him, talks about what you want to see from him going forward here?
A: Sure. Evan is a pass catching tight end, I think thatís just the nature of who he is, and itís important that we catch the ball consistently. The one thing Iíll say about Evan is, he works at it harder than any of our guys. Heís had a couple drops just like thereís been some other guys that have dropped balls, but he works at it and if you believe in hard work changing the outcome of things, I feel good about him not having that be a problem.
Q: So you donít doubt his desire in that aspect to improve? Because that was certainly something he talked about coming into the season.
A: No. I think, all along, heís one of the guys that really works hard at catching the football. He will just continue to do that, put it behind him and move on. Thatís really the nature of it. If I had a guy who was dropping balls and didnít work at it, then the rubberís going to hit the road on that; but with Evan, we have lots of drills that he does, he works hard at trying to catch the ball constantly, and heís just got to trust and believe himself and go out and do it. As long as heís a Giant and heís out there playing, weíre going to do everything we can to help him.
Q: Has Corey Coleman caught up enough that he can help on offense?
A: Yeah, he has. Heís only been here since the 25th or 26th, he hasnít been here that long, but heís getting a feel for it. Heís out there practicing, and thereís a chance you could see him Monday night.
Q: How have you seen Odell (Beckham Jr.) handle all the ups and downs this season? Do you think heís on the right track the last eight games?
A: Yeah, heís been fine. Heís like everybody, heís disappointed weíve lost but heís out at practice every day, heís working hard, and on game day, heís been great about trying to be part of the solution to get us to win. Heís been fine.