NYG Postgame (vs. Titans) Transcripts: Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- December 16, 2018
Opening Remarks: The injuries from the game. Spencer Pulley got a calf, Russell Shepard has something with his leg, I donít know much about that yet, and then (Antonio) Hamilton got a quad. Didnít do anything well enough to expect to win, didnít make plays, we didnít run the ball, we didnít stay on the field on offense, we had penalties, so we didnít play well enough there. I thought on defense, they ran the ball, we didnít tackle as well as we did in the last few weeks, which extended drives for them, and they beat us. There was a turnover there that turned into points. It was a close game and we just didnít find (the end zone), and when you donít get in the end zone, you canít win. So thatís that.
Q: Any thoughts on the run-pass ratio? You only ran the ball 16 times, including the fake punt. They ran the ball 45 times. What are your thoughts on that?
A: Yeah, my thoughts on that are they were having success running the ball, keeping drives alive, we were struggling to stay on the field, there were some runs in there. Early in the game and throughout the game, we werenít able to make enough yardage on the runs and so they did a good job, but then when we chose to pass it, we had drops and we did some things that couldnít keep drives alive.
Q: What did you see as the reasons why the running game wasnít able to get those first downs?
A: I think early in the game, they defeated us up front a couple times and we just couldnít get any real traction running the ball. We obviously attempted to do it, and then we didnít stay on the field on third downs either. Long list of things we didnít do well that keeps you from running the ball more and getting to some of the things you want to.
Q: Were you impressed in the second half of how your defense fought through adversity to make some stops and give the offense the chance to have the ball?
A: Yeah, I thought we fought through the game. We fought all the way to the end on offense, as well. We just didnít make enough happen, and so right is right, we didnít win. We fought, but we didnít win.
Q: You know thereís a risk-reward when you have a second challenge. What did you see when Henry stepped out of bounds?
A: Yes, I do. I saw obviously that the guyís foot was out of bounds. When I see it, the explanation I got was, ĎWell, thatís not what the TV had.í I donít know where it came from, but I obviously saw that his foot was out of bounds.
Q: So you didnít see that as a big risk to challenge?
A: No. When you see his foot out of bounds obviously, my view of it was out of bounds -- I think that should be zero risk in my mind.
Q: First drive of the second half, you get down there and youíre in third down, youíre in field goal range.
A: We threw an interception.
Q: Would you rather your quarterback make a more conservative decision to get points rather than driving it and turning it over?
A: No. We called a seven-man protection we had a route concept, they did a good job with the coverage, but obviously you donít want to throw an interception.
Q: Why not run there and try to get a field goal?
A: I wanted to throw it there, thatís why.
Q: That was your whole reasoning behind it?
A: Yeah, I wanted to throw the ball. We certainly donít want to throw an interception.
Q: Was that fake punt planned or improvised?
A: Pretty good, he improvised. Worked out well. Sometimes things go your way.
Q: There was a chance for the playoffs if a lot of things happened, now there isnít. Do you sense a letdown yourself?
A: No. I just came off the field. We fought hard, we didnít make enough plays to win. Sensing letdowns and all that, weíre not there. I expect this team to come to work tomorrow and get ready to play Indianapolis, who just had a nice victory against Dallas. Thatís what I expect. Just like weíve been trying to do the whole season, weíll try to keep the noise out and just try to play football.
Q: What did you think of Eliís performance? How much was the rain a factor as part of his evaluation?
A: Yeah, weather. We need to execute better in the passing game. We had some drops, there were some things that happened on some individual plays that obviously you donít want to have happen, but we didnít do well enough.
Q: You guys are eliminated from the playoffs right now with Minnesotaís victory. Any thoughts on how you play the last two games of the season to see some other combinations of players?
A: Certainly we will re-group and try to do whatís best to win the next game. Thatís what our focus will be.
Q: You changed your activations of quarterbacks (Tanney up, Lauletta down). What was the thinking behind that?
A: Just felt like he was going to give us the best chance to win. Thatís the reason.
Q: Was there anything this week or was it more based on what you saw last week with Kyle (Lauletta)?
A: Everything is connected, so this week, last week, just felt like having Alex (Tanney) up would give us the best chance to win if he had to go in and play.