NYG Postgame (vs. DAL) Transcripts: RB Saquon Barkley -- November 4, 2019
Q: How hard is it to keep your composure when calls arenít going your way and you have to try to keep everybody focused?
A: Itís not hard because itís part of the game. Calls arenít going to go your way. Some plays are going to happen for you and some plays arenít going to happen for you. You just have to stay in the moment, stay locked in. Thatís something I was trying to keep on the sideline. Obviously you see a lot of after the whistle stuff and I didnít want it to be us, so I was trying to keep our cool. But at the end of the day, we just didnít make enough plays to win the game.
Q: As the leader of this team, how do you make sure the morale of this team does not go low and snowball into next week?
A: Be me. Everyone be who they are. Obviously the season is not going the way we want it to go, but you still wake up every single day and play the sport that you love. You get paid to play the sport that you have been playing since you were a little kid. So come in with a smile on your face and come back to work every single day.
Q: What were you seeing in the middle of the line on the early rushes?
A: Simple, they are a team that runs a lot of games up front. They try to slant to create penetration, they were doing a good job of that. Everyone knows inside zone loves to come back in the back side and plant a back door cut. Sometimed I could have gone a little more vertical and gone downhill, but I have to go back and watch film and see how I can get better.
Q: How important is next weekís game against the Jets?
A: Itís important because itís the next game on the schedule.
Q: Why was it such a struggle, especially close to the goal line?
A: Itís the NFL. They make plays, they did a good job getting penetration. I have to do a better job helping the offensive line and getting downhill a little more. But thatís what it is. They made plays, itís the NFL. We have to be better.
Q: Was it a little bit demoralizing when you guys couldnít punch it in on the opening drive of the game?
A: No, itís not demoralizing. We realize that we have to do better, we have to play better complementary football. When the defense makes a play like that, we have to find a way to put seven on the board. But we walked away with three points, youíre not satisfied with that, we would be happy if we put up seven. But at the end of the day, as long as you put points on the board, itís a good thing for the team and the offense.
Q: Did you think you had a chance to score on the long catch and run?
A: I feel like every time I touch the ball I have a chance to score. I feel like anyone who touches the ball on this team has the chance to score, thatís the nature of the game. I broke free, got us in a good position, but obviously we werenít able to put seven on the board. We came up with three, but still, weíve had opportunities to win, we just have to capitalize on them.
Q: Where are you at physically right now?
A: Itís football, itís the NFL. Itís week what? I donít even know. Iím coming off of an ankle injury. Iím not going to make any excuses.
Q: You ever see a black cat run across the field in the middle of a game?
A: Thatís a first.
Q: What did you think? Are you a superstitious type?
A: No, Iím not superstitious. No, not at all. It didnít bother me. The only thing that I didnít like about it was we were going and it stopped us a little bit. But I think we still scored on that drive, Iím not 100 percent sure. But Iím not sure how a black cat got on the field, but hey.
Q: Golden (Tate) almost seems like heís at a loss for answers, are you there?
Q: What do you think is the answer?
A: If I had the answer, I think I would be able to tell you guys and I think we would know as a team. But hey, things arenít going our way right now, we canít just cry about it. Itís part of football, itís part of your profession, itís part of your job. You just have to go back, watch film and learn from it and try to get better throughout the rest of the season and focus on the next game with that being the Jets.
Q: Did you hear the Ďletís go Cowboysí chants?
A: Yeah, I mean you hear the Ďletís go Cowboysí chants. I think the Cowboys are one of the most known teams in the world, in the country. So they did a really good job, a lot of their fans came out and they made some noise.
Q: Did it bother you? Itís your home field.
A: No. It doesnít bother me. At the end of the day, what bothers me is that loss. Thatís the only thing that counts. I donít care how it is, whether itís by 20 points, whether itís by three, whether itís by one. Thatís what bothers me is the loss.
Q: How much is the losing wearing on you?
A: Yeah, itís crazy that you say that, but hey, the way that I look at it and the way I look at life is there are going to be better days. We are struggling right now and things arenít going our way, but Iím not going to lose my focus, Iím not going to lose belief in this team and this coaching staff. Iím just going to continue to come to work every single day and I am 100 percent sure that it will turn around. It just hasnít turned around as soon as we would have liked it to.