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Thursday Media Transcript: Head Coach Pat Shurmur

Eric from BBI : Admin : 11/8/2018 1:50 pm
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 youve had back there returning.
A: We had to make a roster move to get RJ (McIntosh) up. Hes cleared (waivers). We certainly can make a roster move all the way up until game day, so theres 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. Whats important is, stick with the progressions, get the ball out on time, understand all the situational football. Hes 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. Hes like everybody on the team, theres areas where he can improve, we talked about that, and well get ready to go and put all our efforts toward beating San Francisco.

Q: Whats the feeling around your team in general here coming off the bye?
A: The feeling is good. Weve got eight games left, but were pointing toward one game and thats always been the case. Ive 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. Thats 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. Were getting a lot of guys back, they seem like they were refreshed physically and mentally, so thats 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 didnt 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 theyre moving forward with him. It was a really good first outing for him.

Q: How do you handle Jamon Brown now that hes here and wants to be here, can he just slot into these practices looking ahead to Monday as a starter?
A: Were putting him in there and getting him ready to go like hes going to start, just like we do every player. From what Ive seen already, weve spent a lot of time with him already, hes a fast learner, hes a big man a really big man, which Im fond of in linemen 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 weve seen to this point, were excited about getting him going.

Q: Assuming when he plays, hell 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, wouldnt you agree? So, we dont talk about it. We get guys ready to play and we expect that theyre going to press it forward and expedite that process. Everybody deals with it, the Redskins lost three guys, so thats out the window. Theyre going to put five guys in there and go play. Thats really where were 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 its the same defensive scheme and I think there were four players on our offense that played last year. If you do the math, theres seven new guys in there. Theres a lot of change, theres a lot running parallel, but the urgency to win is always there. Thats what were trying to do.

Q: If Jamon would start, would (John) Greco sit and (Spencer) Pulley stay at center?
A: Well probably stay with Pulley at center, yeah.

Q: What have you seen from (Pulley) in the two starts hes made?
A: I think hes done a good job. Hes a natural center, hes a little leaner than guys that play guard. He started last year the whole season at center, so hes got experience. Hes smart; you need more than a fishing license to get into Vanderbilt. Hes a smart guy, he understands football, and hes doing a good job of directing us. Typically, centers, youre giving help or getting help, and for what hes asked to go in and do what hes doing, hes 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 thats just the nature of who he is, and its important that we catch the ball consistently. The one thing Ill say about Evan is, he works at it harder than any of our guys. Hes had a couple drops just like theres 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 dont 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, hes 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. Thats really the nature of it. If I had a guy who was dropping balls and didnt work at it, then the rubbers 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 hes just got to trust and believe himself and go out and do it. As long as hes a Giant and hes out there playing, were 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. Hes only been here since the 25th or 26th, he hasnt been here that long, but hes getting a feel for it. Hes out there practicing, and theres 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 hes on the right track the last eight games?
A: Yeah, hes been fine. Hes like everybody, hes disappointed weve lost but hes out at practice every day, hes working hard, and on game day, hes been great about trying to be part of the solution to get us to win. Hes been fine.

Reale01 : 11/8/2018 6:27 pm : link
It takes more than a fishing license to get into Vanderbilt
Jim in Forest Hills : 11/8/2018 6:35 pm : link
Sounds like we're going to have a Corey Coleman sighting on Monday
DonQuixote : 11/9/2018 4:41 am : link
In comment 14169361 Reale01 said:
It takes more than a fishing license to get into Vanderbilt

I know. Great comment
Seems to me that Shurmur is a great guy. Too bad he's had such crappy  
yatqb : 11/9/2018 10:17 am : link
teams to coach. He's the type of guy people would love if the team was winning.
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