NYG Postgame (vs. Cardinals) Transcripts: Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- October 20, 2019
Opening Statement: Injury wise, Lorenzo (Carter) hurt his ankle, then Saquon (Barkley) was in and out a little bit but he was fine, he finished. Turnovers, penalties, then we had opportunities at the end and we didnít make the most of them. Thatís what comes of it. The blocked punt, obviously, was a big play that kept us in it. I felt like we settled down on defense in the second half. When you have dropped balls, you have penalties, we do the things we do on offense along the way there, it keeps points off the board. So, with that, Iíll take your questions.
Q: You were set on going for it on fourth down there on the second to last possession? Can you explain your play calling, because on 3rd-and-18 you ran a draw?
A: I had planned to go for it. If it was going to be soft, you see typically against two deep, and thatís why we did it. Those runs, they actually ran the same type of run against us and got it. I had planned to go for it, and we just didnít execute the play as well as we wouldíve liked and thatís what happened.
Q: You were hoping the draw would get a lot of that chunk back?
A: Yeah, because I wanted to keep Saquon involved. Weíve seen where heís able to do that. I had made the decision at that point that I was going to go for it. Thatís why.
Q: Once youíre stuck there on 4th-and-15, do you contemplate punting?
A: No, because I had two timeouts, it played out exactly how I liked, or I wouldíve hoped. We stopped them, itís a six-point game, we had two timeouts and the two-minute warning. So, it played out well. They actually helped us by going out of bounds on their third down, so we got it played before the two minute, which was good.
Q: Why were they so effective in their running game?
A: They had it spread out a little bit. I thought for the most part we did a pretty good job on their toss plays. They had a couple of kind of wide zones that popped. They had a couple of big runs against us that were actually touchdown runs.
Q: Your offensive line gave up eight sacks today. What did you see from their front line that made it so difficult for them?
A: They did a good job of rushing us. We had a couple of breakdowns there. Itís a mixture of things, so weíll just have to get back to basics on that.
Q: Once itís 4th-and-15, you didnít think to punt it there?
Q: Why not?
A: Because it was going to play out the way I thought. Stop, stop them, stop them, make them kick a field goal at the very least, then we go down and score a touchdown. Plus, I wanted to get a chance to make it on 4th-and-15. Thatís why. And thatís the way it played out, right? We had the ball with the chance to go down and score a touchdown to win the game. Thatís how it played out, and we didnít do it.
Q: With Daniel (Jones), three more turnovers, 11 in five starts. Is that concerning to you that they keep piling up?
A: Turnovers? Yeah, we had a couple in the pocket. Certainly, heís got to secure the ball. Then the interception, I think he threw it late. That was the one early on.
Q: What has been your impression on him up until this point?
A: Heís a tough son of a gun, and heís fighting through it. He made some good throws, too, today. He did a lot of really good things. We just have to try to cut back on some of the mistakes, thatís all.
Q: Were you surprised the offensive line had a tough time with their group?
A: I donít know if I was surprised. Weíll go back and look at why it happened. Theyíve got some really good players up front. We face good players every week.
Q: Why call a timeout before the punt with four and a half minutes to go?
A: Because at that point, I felt like it was important. I did not want to lose 45 seconds right there. Thatís why.
Q: What did you think of Saquon, how close is he to being back to his full self?
A: I thought he looked good. He was out there competing throughout the game. He did a nice job.
Q: He did tweak it, though?
A: I donít know that. He came off the field, and then he was back on. I donít have many details on what happened there.
Q: He limped off and got tended to on the sideline.
A: Is that what happened?
Q: Was there any concern of putting him back in in your mind?
A: No, he was ready to go and went back in.
Q: On the third down, was that a play call or was it a check?
A: It was an audible against two deep. You were late getting here, but I had made the decision I was going to go for it there on fourth down. Thatís why that came out like that.
Q: Daniel was right with the audible there, then?
A: Yeah, it was a soft shell. We just didnít block them well enough to pop it through like we would like to.
Q: Your team had a 10-day break there. Were you taken aback by the start, after coming back home, with Saquon and Evan back? You guys got down so quick.
A: Yeah, well, you fight through it. There are times when you start the game well, then there are times when you donít. In that case, we got behind, we fought our way back in. We didnít make enough plays at the end to win it.
Q: Can you share your thoughts in terms of the challenge on that pass interference against Jackrabbit (Janoris Jenkins)?
A: Yeah, I thought it was aÖ I guess I am going to continue to do it. I know they are getting overturned at a low percentage, but I felt like there was a push there and it was a big chunk of yardage. It was in the first half, and I felt like it was worth challenging at that point. I knew we had jumped offside and it was kind of one of those free play scenarios. But, I thought it was worth the risk at that time. It just didnít get overturned.
Q: Youíre 0-4 on those, you know they probably wonít get overturned, so why do you continue to do it?
A: Because I think it still makes sense in situations like that, where those are large chunks of yardage to give it a shot.
Q: What was your message to the guys afterwards and how do you sense they took this loss?
A: I think we are all disappointed that we lost. There is no question there, we are all disappointed. The message to the team is for the team.
Q: For a defense in particular that felt pretty good about its last outing, are you disappointed in your run defense in particular?
A: I think they had a couple of explosive runs against us. There were a lot of runs that we defended well. Weíll go back and look at the reason why the couple of them split on us. We need to do a better job all overó offense, defense, special teams did a good job blocking. But, we have to make our field goals, too. We just have to do a better job all the way around.
Q: In that regard to special teams and punt blocks in back-to-back games. Does that change how you do things or call the game aggressively because you know you may have the opportunity to block the punt or something like that?
A: Not because of the opportunity to block a punt. It obviously contributes to whether you win or lose a game, but not because of that.
Q: What do you think of Darius (Slayton) taking the ball out?
A: I think it was good. Trying to make a play. Thatís what you try to do.
Q: It was a yard inÖ
A: It was a yard in, right? But heís done a good job with the opportunities heís gotten, and there was a chance for him to make a big play and score a touchdown from a yard in. I was okay with it.
Q: Does anything about Danielís play today concern you?
A: No, just try to get him better on the things that didnít go well for him, thatís all.
Q: Where do you view your team overall now at 2-5?
A: We have to get better in all areas. Thatís where I view it. It starts by getting ready to play Detroit.
Q: When they ran Patrick Peterson off that late blitz there, is that something that you saw on film or something typical that they did?
A: The corner blitz at the end? it was good on their part. Everybody does it to some degree. They got us on that one.