NYG Postgame (vs. Packers) Transcripts: RB Saquon Barkley -- December 1, 2019
Q: How was it playing in the snow?
A: It was fun, I would rather play in the snow than the rain, to be honest. We went out and fought, it would have been a lot better if we won. Unfortunately, we played a great team, especially with a heck of a player in number 12. They got the job done, so give respect to them. Playing in the snow for the first time, it was fun.
Q: You talked a lot this week about getting over the hump and not using the injury as an excuse. We saw some of those runs break out a little bit today. Do you feel like you are getting back into a rhythm?
A: Yeah, definitely getting back into a rhythm. I think the offensive line did a great job of establishing the line of scrimmage. We just got behind in points and when you get behind in points, you try not to go away from the run game but that naturally happens. We have to find a way to start earlier and get ahead so we can get the run game going. I know if that was the case we could have had a game in our hands.
Q: You mentioned your respect for Aaron Rodgers. You guys exchanged jerseys at the end of the game, was there a memorable moment?
A: It was nice having a conversation, I met him before. Iím a big fan of him, I think anyone growing up is a big fan of Aaron Rodgers. He came up with some good advice after the game, he told me to stick with it, keep grinding. He told me there is a C on my chest for a reason, keep believing and we ended up trading jerseys. Thatís definitely one of the best ones I have in my jersey collection.
Q: How frustrating is it that the scores arenít letting you be a part of the game in the fourth quarter? You canít have your regular impact when you are down 11 points.
A: I agree and disagree with that. When the other team is up, you try not to run away from the running game but it naturally happens. I donít envision myself as just an inside the box running back. I think I can catch the ball out of the backfield, catch screens, make plays with stuff like that. I donít feel like Iím out of the game. I have to continue to keep my eyes open, be ready for blitz protection and try to get to spots where, if need be, Iím there for DJ. At the end of the day, if thatís the case where we need to go away from the run, we still have to find a way to make plays in other areas and we just didnít do that enough this game and, to be honest, the whole season.
Q: How do you feel about eight straight losses, thatís half the season?
A: Itís crazy, itís upsetting, itís frustrating, it sucks. I know I sound like a broken record, but I promise when this thing turns around, Iím going to sound like a genius. We have to continue to keep working. Even though our record is 2-10, you have to come into the building like you are 10-2. That canít change, your attitude canít change, your work ethic canít change. I talked to these guys and we have to keep fighting, thereís better days ahead. I know I sound like a broken record and everyone is probably going to roll their eyes, saying here he goes again, but when it happens, itís going to be a beautiful thing.
Q: Coach Shurmur keeps saying thereís progress being made behind the scenes. You are obviously optimistic you can turn this around, where is that optimism coming from? What do you see Monday through Saturday that makes you believe you guys are so close?
A: You guys only get to come in for like 10 minutes right, which I agree with. If you guys were able to stay the whole time, we practice like we are 10-2. Itís our work ethic, if you were able to come in and watch us in the weight room and the attention to details in meetings, itís all there. Obviously, I have the better point of view to able to see that and say that. Itís all there, but for some strange reason itís just not translating to the game right now. Thatís what sucks, because when you work hard for something and you are putting in the time and the effort and things arenít going your way, it sucks. Itís easy to cry about it, cry and go hide in the corner, but you have to figure it out. Thatís what we have to do, we have to figure it out. We have four games left to try to make it into a season that weíre proud of. Take it one game at a time and that starts with Philly and try to find a way to get a win and good things will come.
Q: What does it say about this group that despite the adversity you guys are sticking together?
A: Thatís important, thatís why I believe this thing is going to turn around. I know we have that in the locker room with this group of guys. Thatís going to be helpful in the future. Like I said, things just arenít going our way right now. I know we are frustrated, coaches are frustrated, fans are frustrated, everyone is frustrated. It starts there, you have to keep doing that, keep hammering the little things, keep paying attention to details and find a way to turn it on on Sundays and Mondays. Things arenít going our way and it sucks but we have to stick with it and we are doing that right now. When we do figure it out, I do believe itís going to be a great thing.
Q: Is it hard to hear the ĎGo Packí go chants?
A: Yeah, that sucks. Weíre 2-10 right now, you kind of expect it, I guess. They are a playoff team, they are a great team. Iíve never played at Green Bay, but you hear about the great fans they have. Kudos to them, we just have to play better.
Q: Do you think the structure is in place from the top down to get to the point where you will win?
A: Yes, I do believe. We have not only the right guys on the team but the right guys on our staff to get it done. I just know it. Obviously, itís not going our way right now. The same way our guys in the locker room come to work every day, those guys are working their butts off upstairs to put us into positions to win games. They are going to keep hammering at it and we have to keep hammering at it. Hopefully those things turn around.
Q: Today was one of Danielís tougher games, what did you see from him as far as coming back from adversity?
A: I talked to him on the sideline (and said), Ďhey, it happened.í Everyone wants to go out there and play their best game, but thatís not the case. He threw the picks, thatís growing pains and things you will learn from. I know I said earlier in the week, I think he is going to be a special player. I donít thinkÖ I know he is going to be a special player. I still think he made a lot of plays for us out there and put us in positions to win the game. Those plays are growing pains and he is going to learn from it. Eli went through it, Iím pretty sure Aaron Rodgers went through it at one point. Any great quarterback you can think of, Iím pretty sure they went through it. He has to keep sticking with it and the type of mindset he has and the type of grit he has, he is going to figure it out.
Q: Nine straight losses is the longest in this teamís history and you are on the cusp of that. When you hear that, what do you think?
A: No one goes into the game planning on losing. Hearing that or not hearing that, no matter what, we are trying go into the next week trying to get a win. Letís go figure it out from here, watch film, break down this game, put it in the past. Move on from it but also learn from it and get ready for our next game so hopefully we donít tie that record.