NYG Postgame (vs. Cowboys) Transcripts: G Will Hernandez -- November 4, 2019
Q: On tonight being a particularly physical game at the line of scrimmage
A: Weíre talking football, here. Itís going to be like that, every game. You know, thatís the way it is. Thatís what fans come to watch. Thatís how we are, thatís just simply just the kind of players there are in this league. Thatís just how it is.
Q: Moving forward for the offense, what do you guys need to do to clean some of this stuff up, score more points, and just become more consistent on that side of the ball?
A: I mean, starting with the run game. Thatís the number one thing that weíre focused on and we should be able to do well every single game. Thereís no excuse. Everything is going to work itself off of that.
Q: That looked like a cheap shot from DeMarcus Lawrence after the field goal. Would you agree with that?
A: I mean, like I said, itís football. That shit is going to happen. Like, thatís how the game is. I knew exactly what I was getting myself into. Thatís why I play this game- because I love that kind of (expletive). You know, thatís just the way it is. We play hard and thatís how it goes.
Q: Do you think that when Daniel gets hit and you stick up for him- does acting like that, can that help to set a tone for what you guys are trying to build here? Can that have an impact in the game?
A: Yeah, I mean, first of all, I donít think nobody acts in any way. Thatís just something thatís just unacceptable. Never going to let your QB get hit, especially out of bounds like that. Like, thatís just not part of the game- especially when weíre talking about our QB. I donít care who you are, what it is. Thatís unacceptable. I mean, thatís just the things we have to take care of- if that happens, we take care of it. But we keep playing ball- part of the game. But thatís unacceptable. We donít let that happen to our QB.
Q: Was there anything specifically said to you, at least later in the game, that sparked the chippy-ness or did that all stem from the hit on Daniel Jones?
A: I said, before this game, I care very little to what they have to say. Most of the (expletive) that they said, I didnít even hear it. Like, itís just all mumbling to me. Itís like, I donít even pay attention to it. I donít care. All I care about is what you did on that play. Did you do anything that affected my team negatively? If not, I donít care what you have to say.
Q: What has to change to help Saquon get more yards, especially those inside-runs. He seems to be a little bit bogged down right now.
A: I mean, itís just when we have breakdowns here and there. You know, in order for the run-game to work, you have to be very efficient: everybody has to be on their block, on their assignment every single play. [If] one man breaks down, it can cost us the whole play to shut down. Thatís the first thing weíre going to prioritize in doing right because we know we can do it right and just simply, we have to go out there and do it. Itís simple.
Q: Was the most frustrating part of this game the idea that this was a first-place team that you were playing, and it seemed like they were giving you opportunity after opportunity to take control of this game and, for whatever reason, you guys werenít able to do that?
A: I mean, itís really never about what the other team is doing. Itís about what weíre doing. We focus on what we gotta do and the things we do right and if we donít get those things done, then it really doesnít matter what the other team is doing. Weíre not doing the things we gotta do. So, at the end of the day, we donít blame the other team, we donít blame anybody, we donít point fingers. We donít make excuses of Ďwhyí, we just simply take it upon ourselves and we know that if we get better at some of the things we do, weíre going to get the results we want.
Q: When you get the ball for the first time at the 8-yard line after the turnover, you come off the field with a three-point lead. Is that a little bit demoralizing, when you get the ball at the 8? Youíre thinking: going into the end zone, obviously, the first time you guys got the ball.
A: We always go in with the intent to score. But, points are points. We get the points up on the board, but, I mean, itís not going to shut us down. Weíre not mentally weak that way to just come off the field and be like: Ďoh, we couldnít score on the first drive, now weíre going to have a hardÖĒ No. Thereís none of that going on. We got points up there, and then we go in, already thinking of the next drive. We donít even think about what happened on that drive. We move on. Thatís just the way you gotta play.
Q: Throughout tonight, you were inside their 10-yard line a bunch of times and came away with field goals. How difficult is it to beat a team like the Cowboys kicking field goals when youíre in range to score a touchdown?
A: I mean, it was pretty close all the way up until the fourth quarter. So, I mean, as difficult as youíre making it sound, itís not so difficult. We were right there [even] with [kicking] field goals. So, like I said: [if] one of them turns into a touchdown, there you go, thereís a big game-changer, a big difference right there. That just shows that one play is really sometimes all you need to win a game.
Q: If thereís one thing, as a group, that the offensive line can do better, what is it?
A: Run game.