NYG Postgame (vs. Cardinals) Transcripts: WR Golden Tate -- October 20, 2019
Q: How disappointing is this loss for you guys?
A: Very disappointing. People spend their hard-earned money to sit in the rain and watch us do that; itís just unacceptable. I think, from top to bottom, weíve got to be better. I thought we had a really good week at practice, but we just gotta do the simple things right, man. So, we just gotta do better. Itís tough.
Q: Where does it start? How do you guys get better?
A: I think it starts at practice, for sure, and we just gotta pay attention to the details, the small things. Just do the little things right. You know, just limit penalties, be efficient on third down, hold onto the ball, catch the ball, block your guy. Just the simple things, I think. Weíll be in a better place, but when we show up at MetLife, we expect to win. Thatís our home. We just did not perform today, in my opinion. I havenít seen the film. Iím sure thereís a lot of good things we did. We were playing from behind early, fast, and we fought back, so we definitely did some good things, so, overall, we gotta Ö the details, man.
Q: Youíve said this a few times, what do you mean by Ďdetailsí?
A: I just explained it: catch the ball, third down, run the ball, the simple, fundamental things of football.
Q: Was this a step back for the Giantsí offense today?
A: (long pause) I mean, we didnít perform like we wanted to, but I donít want to say weíve taken steps back. We just didnít get it done today and I know weíre capable and I know itís important to every person in this organization. We are going to stay focused, weíve got another opportunity next week and, by no means are we out of this. Weíre not going to tank. Weíre going to show up tomorrow and weíre going to be very critical of this film, weíre going to fix this crap, and weíre going to be ready to go on Wednesday. Thatís the only thing we can do.
Q: Where are you guys after seven games, you said youíre Ďnot going to give upí, youíre Ďnot going to tankí, but how do you view the situation at 2-5?
A: I think weíre getting more people back, we should get more people back next week and the week after. Weíre going to keep grinding, weíre going to get this fixed.
Q: Are some of the mistakes that Daniel had just part of the growing process for a young QB?
A: Yeah, I mean heís definitely learning. Heís learning and weíve got to help him out. The receivers, we gotta get open, we gotta catch the balls that come to us. We gotta run the routes the way theyíre designed, we gotta block- we gotta hold up on our blocks. When we run the ball, we gotta always get positive plays. [Fix] those things, and weíre going to be fine. I do not think we are a bad team, by any means. I think we have a lot of talent, we have a great scheme, but we just gotta do things right.
Q: On the most frustrating part of todayÖ
A: You know, just, thereís times where we get something going and we have a penalty or we would drop the ball or we would get sacked or something like that and I only can speak on the offense, because thatís what I work with directly. I thought special teams came up and made a big play for us, Rhett made a big play for us and put us back in the game and we gotta ride that momentum. We come back out after halftime and weíre getting the ball and I think we were, what? Three-and-out, three-and-out? Is that right? You canít do that.
Q: Surprised that Pat Shurmur went for it on 4th and 15 from deep in your own territory?
A: Look, thatís the leader of this organization and Iím not going to question anything he does. He had his reasons and my job is to run the plays that he calls. Iím not the head coach- maybe one day I might be one, but itís his decision. Thatís the decision he thought that was going to give us a chance and we ran it.
Q: What do you guys think in the huddle about running the ball on 3rd and 20?
A: Youíre trying to take me to dangerous waters. Look, I have complete trust in this organization and when they call plays, my job is to run them.
Q: You, personally, made quite a few plays, did you feel like youíre kind of getting your legs under you in this offense?
A: Yeah, it feels good to just be out there running around, playing, and trying to help this team as much as I can, but I look at this game- there are some plays that Iíve got to make. I gotta make a few more plays. When they come to me late in the game, thereís one, you know I donít know what would happen after that, I gotta make, Iíve got to find a way to catch that ball, to come back to it. So, I canít get caught up on what I did because we lost, so my individual effort means nothing because we lost. I just want to keep working, keep showing up to work every single week, every single day, because I believe we can win and we will win.
Q: Their defense had really struggled- to put up only 14 points against a defense that had been as bad as this group, bottom line, how unacceptable is that for you guys?
A: Thatís very frustrating. I mean, we made those guys look like the í85 Bears. We had a great scheme, we just did not execute, we had opportunities, but I feel like a lot of the time we were kind of playing behind the sticks, where we take a sack, we have a penalty, we drop it, whatever it may be. We just gotta be better with the details and Iím going to probably say it for the rest of the year and my entire time, we donít need to be the best team in the league, we just need to be better than the team we were going against and today we just absolutely werenít.
Q: With the return of Patrick Peterson, did they show any different looks defensively? Did anything come out that you didnít see on film?
A: No, they were who we thought they were. You know, their pass rush did a great job. I thought the DBs did enough. I donít know how many explosive plays we had or you know, I donít know the stats of the game, but they just, you know, they did a good job of taking advantage of the weather, I think, against us and keeping everything in front of us and the times that we did get behind them, we scored.
Q: Could you still feel Saquonís impact on the game?
A: Absolutely. Itís great to have him back out there. No one cares about the game more than him. Heís a huge asset to this team, this organization, [and] this city. Thereís only so much he can do. We know heís going to come out there and give his best effort, but itís going to be all of us. The other 10 guys got to do their job in order for him to do well and he has to do his job in order for us to do well. Itís not fair just to put it all on him and expect him to carry us to victory because good teams are going to figure out what they need to do.