NYG Postgame (vs. Packers) Transcripts: Head Coach Pat Shurmur - December 1, 2019
Opening Statement: Itís unfortunate the score got away from us there because of the turnovers there at the end of the game. (Corey) Ballentine had a concussion and then Daniel Jones has an ankle that he played through. With that, Iíll try to take your questions.
Q: Did Daniel have the ankle injury during the game?
A: Yeah. He hurt it, but he played through it.
Q: How much of a challenge is it to call plays in weather like this?
A: It was fine. I mean we were running the ball, throwing and catching fine. I donít think that had anything to do with it.
Q: Did Danielís ankle affect his play at all or limit what he could do?
A: No, there were certain things that I chose not to do with him. The interception, the one interception there in the fourth quarter when he had the guy, thatís one that heíll tell you he just overthrew it.
Q: Did he hurt it on the run forward or theÖ
A: I donít know that exactly. He just came out off of that one drive before the half. We got him checked out, we got him re-taped and he was ready to go. Tough guy, he fought through it.
Q: You didnít get a lot of pressure on Aaron Rodgers. What was the plan coming in and why do you think you werenít able to pressure him a lot?
A: No, obviously we tried to pressure. There were times when we did pressure, we had some full blitzes in there, we had some structured fire zones. We had some four-man rushes, but you can see what happens when you donít get pressure on him, heís really good.
Q: What do you think of some of your young secondary guys? It seemed like Julian Love played okay butÖ
A: Yeah, Julian did a good job. You saw Ballentine came out of the game early with that concussion. Iíll have to check on him to see where heís at. He battles. Grant Haley went back in. You saw both (Sam) Beal and (DeAndre) Baker in there. They battled. Iím sure, when we go back and look at it, there are plenty of good plays but then there were some that they gave up.
Q: On the one play when you guys defensively had 12 men and tried to scramble. Is there anything you could have done in that situation? Could you have called a timeout to prevent Rodgers from quick snapping?
A: Yeah, I thought we had an opportunity to get off the field in time and then they quick snapped it. By that time, weíre caught. They did a good job. Regardless, they completed the pass for a touchdown. Obviously, they executed that well.
Q: Thatís 21 turnovers for Daniel this season. Any concern about his progress?
A: Well, the turnovers today were the interceptions, right? The first one was against a two-man, just tried to fit it in. Today they werenít fumbles, right? Then the one he just overthrew, and then the last one there, he threw a nine-ball to Slayton, and I thought he was in a position to either make the catch. So, no, these were throws, these werenít fumbles. Heís got to keep playing through it and keep learning from every scenario. There is no better training ground than playing. Unfortunately, we are dealing with some mistakes that you hope you never see again. He battles through it, and if you make mistakes youíve got to overcome it. Thatís the reality of it. Weíre fortunate heís tough, heís smart, he gets it. He did make a heck of a lot of really good plays out there today because of who he is. Weíve got to just clean up the mistakes.
Q: Do you feel he was a bit more decisive today throwing the football?
A: Was he decisive?
Q: Yeah, a bit more today?
A: No, heís always been decisive. I felt like he was good that way. I think he had some isolated throws that they made us pay for.
Q: Do you think, because your defense has not had a lot of success on third and ones or fourth and ones, do you feel the confidence that they are going to get off the field?
A: These feeling questions about confidence, they donítÖ they are out there playing, and they are playing hard with the idea that they are going to make plays. Youíre asking me frequently about, Ďhow do they feel,í they are out there playing, they are in the moment, and they are trying to execute the situation that they are in. There are times that we have success and there are times where we havenít. Those are the things weíve got to get better.
Q: How concerned are you that the progress you see going on behind the scenes isnít showing up in regard to wins and losses on Sundays?
A: Iím always concerned when we donít win. This is another feeling question. Iíll feel better when we win games. If youíre wondering how I feel, Iíll feel a lot better when we win games. I do see, you get an opportunity to watch us probably 20 minutes a day and you report on it. This is a historically young team thatís going out there and competing against some really good football teams. Weíve got to do what we have to do to win games and I understand that. They also are developing. At some point, weíll be good enough to win.
Q: You know that youíre obviously being judged on wins and losses?
A: Iím well aware of it, Iím well aware of it. People will change what they think of us and me when we win games. Iím a realist when it comes to that and I get it. And you know what, when you donít win, I expect what is written and said and what people think. I expect fans to be upset because we are, too. But we go about trying to fix it.
Q: Do you feel the criticism is deserved then?
A: When you donít win. I try not to consume it, but when you donít win, thatís what you expect, regardless of where you live.
Q: Jones hit Latimer with a big play, 17-10, it looked like the next play you took a 4-yard loss. Was that a busted play?
A: No, we tried to go tempo on them and they defended pretty well. It wasnít a busted play.
Q: Where do you see the most progress from your team?
A: They fight and they are resilient. That game was in the balance. We had an opportunity within one score and it got away from us. Thatís where I see it. They fight and some of these young players are very talented and they are learning on the job here.