NYG Postgame (vs. Cowboys) Transcripts: Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- December 30, 2018
Opening Remarks: Injuries, Grant Haley had a concussion and then Corey Coleman was dealing with a foot thing. Well, you just watched it. Hell of a game. We kept fighting, as we have all year, and again, we fell victim to that thing we keep talking about, finding a way to win. Weíre on the devilís doorstep of winning, and it slipped away. But as a team, thereís a lot of really good stuff inside of them, we got it out in a lot of the weekends we won games, we didnít win enough. But weíve got a heck of a lot to build on. The idea was always to go to the playoffs and compete and win the Super Bowl, but part of our deal this year was growing away from what was 3-13 and that locker roomís got a different feel because thereís a lot of different people in that locker room, and weíve just got to keep building on that and weíll put ourselves in position to win these games next year and be in a different situation.
Q: On that last offensive series, to not go to Saquon, you had a lot of time. Is there any second guessing there?
A: No. We had good plays called, they defended us well. Saquon was in the progression on all those plays.
Q: What do you think when you hear your rooking running back gains over 2,000 yards in a season?
A: You saw the impact heís had on games, running the ball and (catching) the ball. Heís going to be fun to watch around here for a very long time.
On being 4-8 and losing close games Ė Is it a consistent thing, is it one or two things you see? Whatís your assessment on that?
A: Close games, weíve got to find a way to win them. Thatís my assessment. Weíve got to find a way to get a stop and in a couple of situations, weíve got to find a way to get a score, thatís just the way that works. Thatís it.
Q: How do you think the transition went, you win the game on a non-touchdown call and then the replay says itís a touchdown and you lose? You guys are celebrating and then theyíre celebrating.
A: I wasnít celebrating. It all goes to replay and I had enough information upstairs to tell me that it mightíve been a score. I donít know what to tell you there. Weíre going to continue to play the game. Then we had another opportunity, they go for two and we didnít stop them. Then we had an opportunity to score a touchdown or a field goal, and we didnít. So I donít know what to tell you.
Q: How is Rosasí leg? It looked like after the kickoff he went to the sidelines and got a rubdown.
A: Heís fine.
Q: Without looking at film, what did you think of the way Eli played today?
A: I thought he did a heck of a job. He had an interception on the first drive, where the corner made a good play. Then the second interception, he got hit and the ball was popped away. But he battled, he got us in position to win and I thought he did a good job.
Q: What has this season taught you about the guys in that locker room as a whole?
A: I think the guys in the locker room have got a lot of fight. Thereís a lot to learn about a lot of new faces, thereís about 12 guys in there left from last yearís team. I only worked with one of the coaches before I got here, so there was a lot to learn about everybody, and I know these guys have got a lot of fight in them. The try to do the right things and some of the younger players that played a lot are going to benefit from the adversity that we faced this year. These guys we brought here are all winners, theyíve won every place theyíve ever been. I think itís important to be able to learn how to fight through adversity. As painful as that sounds, itís not about how many punches you throw, itís about how many you take and keep moving. I think thatís part of what this team has. We can talk about a play or two here, a play or two there, thatís for the offseason. Thatís probably after I visit with you tomorrow, weíll worry about that then. But Iím good with that locker room. I told the players and it really is true, what weíre going through, trying to grow away from 3-13, this really is not about football. This is about leadership, people in control, people in the locker room, this is about team building. It just so happens we play football. When we tip those first couple things over, weíll start to see the results that weíre looking for. I think a lot of people get tired of hearing about the process of things, but weíve got to flip the table on what wasnít good around here and make it happen. I think at least weíre on the right path.
Q: What do you say to Eli after a season finale like this and this season as a whole? Even he admitted he doesnít know what the future holds for him.
A: Iím just going to go in and see how heís doing, talk to him like a coach normally does. Itís not like a mini-series when you leak what you talk to a quarterback about. He was out there battling like the other guys. Iím not focusing on all this uncertainty that everybody else is focusing on. I want to get a shower and get the hell out of here. Thatís what I want to do.
Q: From what youíve seen out of Eli, you think he still has good football left in him? And do you expect him to be your quarterback next year?
A: Absolutely. I do. I expect all the players to be back at this point. I think everybody thinks Iím nuts, but Iíve seen the good in Eli and I believe in the good, especially in the quarterback position. I believe everybody around him has to do their job as well. I certainly hear things, but I believe in him.
Q: Do you feel like too much is made of all that uncertainty?
A: I donít know. I donít read it. (Senior Vice President of Communications) Pat (Hanlon) does a good job of keeping me aware of the questions you might ask. Aside from that, Iíve lived a much happier life not reading it. And you guys are all great writers, great reporters, so I apologize for not reading your stuff, but I just canít do that. Thatís why I donít probably know how to answer your question.
Q: Obviously thereís a hierarchy Ė GM, owners, things like that Ė but if you feel strongly about a quarterback, do you think he will be your quarterback?
A: I feel strongly about Eli and as we go into the offseason, I work for people, and thereís a hierarchy, as you just mentioned, and there will be conversations about what we do at all positions. Again, I donít know if that answers your question, but Iím acknowledging what you just said.
Q: You were in the playoffs this year, so you got started at this job pretty late. Any early thoughts in terms of what you want to start doing?
A: Oh yeah. Iíve got it all mapped out in terms of the process in January, February, March, April, May. I told the players that everybody does a little soul searching and know that you have that fight in you, but here are the things weíve got to get better at. Letís think about it and when we get back together, we keep working and the results next year will be more to our liking.
Q: You were trying to set the new standard of a culture. When you took (Curtis) Riley out after that play, is that a way to remind people of what to expect of players here?
A: Yeah, youíve got to fight, youíve got to play, and youíve got to lay it all out there. We, as coaches, have got to do our very best to put you in the best position to do those things. Thatís fair.