NYG Postgame (vs. Bills) Transcripts: QB Eli Manning -- September 15, 2019
Q: You had a great opening drive today, you got seven points. Why wasnít the offense able to consistently score points today?
A: Thatís a great question. On that drive, we had great first and second down production. We ran the ball well, obviously. After that, we just didnít do as well on our first and second down stuff. We didnít convert on third downs. We got into some third and longs. They did a good job of batting balls, just causing us to not get positive yards early in the downs. They got us into some third downs. I thought we had a couple of good drives. With the two drives before half, not scoring hurt us. Theyíre a good defense. They donít give up many big plays. It was one of those, you have to take advantage of it when you have good field position and get into those scoring opportunities. We had a chance on a third down. The safety made a good play hitting Bennie (Fowler). We had a batted ball intercepted, which hurts when youíre in scoring position.
Q: What is the frustration level, disappointment level at this point starting 0-2?
A: Obviously, itís not how you want to start. We just have to keep fighting and find ways to play better football. Thatís as simple as it comes down to. I know we can play better. I know we can do better than what we are. We have to find a way to come together as a team and win as a team.
Q: Does being thin at wide receiver affect the offensive chemistry and production?
A: I thought the receivers did a great job today. They made plays. TJ (Jones) comes in. He was here in preseason a little bit. He had a couple of nice catches, had a touchdown. Yeah, when you have guys that have been here the whole time and all of a sudden you lose Sterling (Shepard), obviously Golden (Tate), lose Cody for a little bit today, it can change things. It makes us put Rhett (Ellison) in different spots, put Evan (Engram) in different spots. But I thought a couple of receivers, new guys that have been here just a few weeks, made some plays for us today.
Q: How did they take away Evan (Engram) today? What were they doing?
A: I donít know if they had a specific plan to take away Evan. I think it just depends on the coverages and the plays you have called. We had to move Evan around a little bit, play him in different spots. We have to do a better job of getting our playmakers the ball, though.
Q: Does this start put more pressure on you personally?
A: When youíre 0-2, thereís pressure on everybody. Thatís just the way it goes. But you canít have that affect you. You canít let that change the way you prepare, the way you play. I have to make better throws and better decisions, and find ways to convert on third downs. Thatís the quarterbackís job.
Q: Is there something on those batted passes that you maybe could have thrown sidearm?
A: Weíll look. Weíll look to see if thereís a theme. Getting it over the top, like you said. I donít know. Weíll have to look. Sometimes itís just the defender having to put his hand up and he happens to be right in the lane of where youíre throwing. Sometimes itís luck. I think theyíre pretty good at it. They batted a bunch of balls last week against the Jets. We saw that on film. We kind of knew that they like to bat. They got a few today, which hurt us.