NYG Postgame (vs. Bears) Transcripts: QB Eli Manning -- August 16, 2019
Q: Eli, very efficient drive for a score. Take us through it. How did you do it?
A: We started off on the first play with a good play action, and I hit Cody (Latimer) over the middle for a good gain. Then we had several good runs. We ran the ball really well right there. We didnít have many third downs until the very end. We were at the (eight-yard) line and they came with a little pressure. I was able to hit Bennie (Fowler) on a little inside route, he makes a guy miss and scores a touchdown. It was efficient. We mixed it up. We had some play action, we had some drop back, we had some bootlegs. A lot of guys were getting catches and running the football well.
Q: On that drive, did we see the benefit of how you guys can take advantage of some run after the catch from a guy like Bennie (Fowler), and even Golden Tate a little bit later on (in the season)?
A: Yeah, I think we have receivers that do a good job (of running after the catch). Theyíre very smart, theyíve been around and they know what theyíre doing. We can move them around and put them in different spots. They all do a good job of catching the ball, and they do a good job of running after the catch. They do a good job in the run game and blocking, and that sets up the play action stuff.
Q: You mentioned the run game in your first answer. Did we see that balance tonight that you guys want to try to bring into the regular season from all of your guys?
A: Yeah, I think so. Just being able to get those six or seven yard runs. We had a couple of nice runs on first down. We were getting first downs, so thatís always a good situation to have. But I think just having that combination of being able to run the ball, being able to use play action, and just mixing up what youíre doing so the defense... it puts them in a bind. They donít really know what to do.
Q: Does it help winning these preseason games? I know they donít count at the end of the year, but does it give you guys a feeling of what itís like to win games, to at least give you some momentum?
A: Yeah, I think it helps. It helps to win, but it helps just to play well. To move the ballÖ a lot of receivers are making plays down the field on go-routes and getting open. It makes the competition good in practice. It makes guys hungry to want to get in and make plays. You see the competitiveness. I think thatís good for the team.
Q: Did you expect the Bears to go with a couple of starters, or did you kind of know (they would be resting most of their starters)?
A: I kind of got word before the game, just talking to a few of their players that their starters were not going to go. I guess they had a big scrimmage earlier in the week, so they werenít going to go. It doesnít change our game plan or what we want to accomplish. I thought we did a good job going out there and playing good football.
Q: Anything in particular that you felt like you needed to work on with such limited work last week?
A: I think itís always good as a quarterback to get in there and just feel the pocket knowing that the rush is live and seeing a defense thatís different than the defense weíve been going against for the last six months. I think itís good to see a different defense with a live rush, where I have to move around and make decisions.
Q: Do you get a sense with the third preseason game coming up that thatís kind of the dress rehearsal? Is that what youíre expecting, to play more?
A: Weíll see. Yeah, I assume the starting group will play a little bit more in this next preseason game. Weíll do whatever Coach (Shurmur) has in mind. Tonight, we kind of said I was going to play two series. Then we go out and have an 11-play drive and score, so he said we were done after that. Weíll see what happens next week. I just have to get ready for Cincinnati. Go in there, have a good week of preparation and see if we can go out there and play well.