NYG Postgame (vs. Bears) Transcripts: Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- August 16, 2019
Opening Statement: Injuriesó I think (Antonio) Hamilton went out with a groin, a couple of other guys weíll just have to wait and see tomorrow. I think for the most part a lot of it was pretty injury free. I think the good part was the ones got to go a quarter, and donít worry about who youíre competing against, this is more about us. They got a chance to play, went down and scored, which was good. Then on defense we didnít let them score a touchdown, we forced them to kick a field goal. That part was good. We fought, we scored points. There were some really good things in the game. The one thing I think is we were a little loose with the ball. I think we had a fumbled snap which is a no-no. Then certainly, you canít drop the ball in the pocket like Daniel Jones did. He had a little bit of adversity to fight back from, I think that was a question somebody had last week. I think for the most part he threw the ball well and got us in the endzone. I thought Eli (Manning) did a good job, I thought (Alex) Tanney did a good job. On that interception, I drew that one in the dirt. It was late in the game when I didnít want to waste some of our redzone plays down there, so I just drew up a naked. I was trying to get Reggie White a touchdown, another one of our local heroes, and they played it pretty well. The good news about that play was how hard (Alonzo)Ö Zo Russell did a good job of getting the guy down and keeping him from scoring. I thought on defense we did some good things. A lot of the young players made improvements. The kicking game was solid. There are plenty of good things when you look at it for what it is. The joy of winning a game is what you fight for, so they get to experience that. Itís easier to build on wins than losses, and I feel like this is step two in this preseason process. I thought our guys handled that pretty well. Plenty to clean up, I was not pleasedówe were a little sloppy with the ball at times. We dropped an interception that wouldíve been a touchdown. Some of that stuff we can fix. I didnít see one error out there that is not correctable, so weíll get back to work. We are still in training camp mode but on the short horizon here is our game against the Bengals. Iíll take your questions.
Q: How impressed are you with the overall hustle of your team tonight?
A: I thought they played hard and fought hard. Weíve got a little different team than some. I think I mentioned this in the production meeting yesterday, we have a lot of young guys. We have to see if they can take it from the meeting room to the practice field and then play hard out here with emotion. I think, in these two outings, I saw a lot of young guys that impressed me who have a really good chance to make this team and make a difference.
Q: Have you seen anything in your time with Daniel that gave you an inkling of any ball security issues?
A: A guy got beat, and it was swatted out of his hands. Thatís it. You have to secure it. I donít think he ever took a snap under center in college. Thatís just part of the growing, but he didnít panic. He dropped the ball a couple times, but he didnít call his parents. He just went back to work and did a good job at getting us in the endzone.
Q: What did you say to him after?
A: Donít do that. Itís very simpleódonít drop the snap and two hands on the ball in the pocket. Itís never acceptable to drop the ball. Heís smart enough to know that immediately and make corrections. Itís that simple, I donít have to write him a noteóI just tell him.
Q: With this being the first time Jones faced adversity, how impressed were you that he was able to bounce back, shrug it off and finish strong?
A: Again, I am going to say thisópeople outside our building seem surprised, but weíre not. Thatís why we picked him. I think heís making good progress and as he goes along here, heís checking off all of the boxes. I think when itís his time to play, he will be ready. I am pleased with the progress heís making. Whatís left unsaid a little bit is the work that (Offensive Coordinator) Mike Shula and (Offensive Assistant Ryan) Roeder are doing with him and all of the quarterbacks. I thought for the most part they functioned pretty well.
Q: John (Mara) said that in a perfect world Eli would play the whole year, because that means youíre having a good season and Eli is having one. Is that the case that Eli is your guy, or does Daniel have a chance?
A: John owns the team, right? Weíre on the same page. There is really not much more to say. I think Iíve been saying it all along. I just get a sense once in a while that when I answer those questions nobody believes me. Well you heard it from the owner.
Q: How would you assess your running game last week versus this week and the progress youíve made?
A: Better. I think we had some more favorable box counts, we had some more fair fight runs that we took advantage of. I thought for the most part it was better and we leaned on the run. The one area where we had an 8-yard run and then it was 2nd and 2. There was one series there that kind of frosted me. I wanted to run it again to get the first, then thereís a hold, now weíre set back. Those are the areas that we can improve on. Second and 2ó thatís the O-line down. We have to punch it in there and get a first down. Anything fancy that I want to do on a second down, Iíll do on a first down.
Q: What are you learning about (Paul) Perkins and (Rod) Smith right now?
A: I want to go back and look at the tape, but I think all of the runners who played today, I think, did many good things. I did see the ball on the ground and there were a lot of protection challenges I would say. Thereís not much there in the passing game, but I thought for the most part they had an impact on the game.
Q: Eli Manning taking the team down the field there on the opening drive. How good was that?
A: It was very good, and along the way he changed the route. He really played quarterback well in that drive. He got us in the endzone. I think thatís what you evaluate quarterbacks onómove the team and get us in the endzone.
Q: Do you tell that to the team before they come out that heís not going to play any of their starters?
A: No, I donít tell them any of that. I donít really care who they play. (Bears Head Coach) Matt (Nagy), thatís his team, and I would never tell another man how to coach his team. He knows what he wants to do, and he knows what his team needs. He has a much more veteran team that whatever heís doing with them, works for him. We have enough young guys out there where they need to play. I think when you play like we did and you donít have injuries, thatís a good thing.
Q: How would you asses your pass rush today?
A: We got a little pressure, which was good. I thought it was better. I want to go back and watch it. We were a little more disruptive today, which was good. Iíll have a better assessment tomorrow at 12 p.m. (on the conference call). Save that for tomorrow and Iíll give you a better answer. I felt like we were more disruptive this week than we were last.
Q: Your first team defense seemed to get better with each series they were out thereÖ
A: I think so. At some point, it was twos playing against twos. I think we are making progress there. Stopping a team on offense is a team effort, so it has to be coordinated. Everybody has to defeat their block, address their gap, and then chase the ball. When itís time to throw you have to get pressure and cover your guys. The more they play together, itís really the whole defense just like when we talk about the O-line, but the more that group plays together and the more seasoned they are as a unit, the better weíll become at keeping teams out of the endzone. Thatís certainly the challenge.
Q: Bennie Fowler and TJ Jones scored touchdowns again. Does what youíre seeing in the receiver group in the preseason sort of validate your beliefs that you have enough there?
A: I do. I have said it all along that itís going to take a village. To their credit, the veterans may win the day here, these guys who know how to play. They know how to practice, and they know how to play. They are smart. I am fine with drawing them up in the dirt when we see something, and they are smart enough where they can adjust, and some of those things are adjustments. That crew of receivers are all very smart, they are very veteran in a lot of ways and I like them and trust them. Really, the crux of it all, I think they are a bunch of tough guys. They play a fancy position, but I think they are a bunch of tough guys. I think that wins the day, too.