Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- December 4, 2019
Q: How does Eli (Manning) look?
A: Eli looks good. Heís been ready to play all year. If in fact he does play this week, he will be ready to go.
Q: Considering how long itís been, how long of a layoff heís had, heís never really experienced this sort of thing in his career. What are your expectations for him Monday night?
A: I expect him to go out and have a winning performance. Thatís what I expect.
Q: When will you have to make that call? When do you think youíll make that call?
A: Well, at this point, as I mentioned earlier, Daniel (Jones) hasnít been able to practice today. If we had to play tomorrow, he couldnít play. As the week goes on, itíll be more and more evident that heís not going to be ready to go. As we practice, Eli takes all the reps and then we move on.
Q: Any thought to shutting Daniel down for the season?
A: No. We take everything week to week.
Q: Would you worry about rust in a 38-year-old who hasnít played in months?
A: No. Weíre not going to worry. Weíre going to go play, be aggressive about it, give him the things that he can do well and take it from there.
Q: You know him, obviously, better than all of us, so why is rust not a concern for you with Eli?
A: Why is rust not a concern? What are we going to do about it? Why worry about things that you canít do anything about? I anticipate and expect that heís going to be ready to play.
Q: I have some logistical questions. Why doesnít he come out for the coin toss anymore or the first warmup period before games?
A: Thatís just his choice. Just his choice.
Q: Steve Tisch yesterday did not provide a vote of confidence for you or Dave Gettleman when given the opportunity. What is your reaction to that?
A: I really have no reaction to that. I was made aware that he spoke yesterday. Iím sure heís disappointed with the results this season, just like I am and we are. Iím trying to get this team ready to play and win a game against Philly.
Q: Do you feel like youíre coaching for your job over the final four weeks? Do you feel like you need to show dramatic improvement to be back here?
A: I feel like Iím coaching for my job every day. Thatís the way we function. As players, youíre playing for your job, and youíre coaching for your job every day. We understand this is a results business, and the ultimate result is winning games. Along the way, doing the things necessary to win a game and then consistently win. Thatís just the reality of it.
Q: What was Eliís reaction when you told him that he was going to be taking the first team snaps at practice today and probably tomorrow?
A: He was eager, letís go. Thatís it. Very eager.
Q: Obviously, you went through this when you made the switch. Daniel has a different skillset than Eli Manning. Is it much of a change? Do you have to call much of a different game if Eli is back in there?
A: No, itíll be similar. There will be a play or two different, but again, Eliís been ready to go in case he had to play the last 10 weeks. Now heíll get himself more ready to go.
Q: Has he been getting any of the first team reps, or just all scout team?
Q: Since you took this job, youíve talked about an appreciation for this franchise and what it means. If you guys lose on Monday night, you tie the longest losing streak in franchise history. I know you always say you donít want to pay attention to noise outside, but does that mean extra for you? Does it put anything more on this game to avoid having something like that?
A: I donít think youíre avoiding that type of stuff. What youíre trying to do is win the game on the positive side of things. I get that. All that kind of stuff adds up. But we donít focus on that. Weíre trying to do what we can to win a game.
Q: Have you gotten a chance to talk to Janoris (Jenkins), and how did that conversation go?
A: Yeah, Iíve spoken to him.
Q: Howíd that go?
A: It was great. What I speak to the players about, I keep between the player and myself.
Q: How ironic is it the fact that Jones is a rookie and heís out after the 11th game, and the guy who he replaced didnít miss a game, didnít miss a snap for 15 years? Is there any sense of irony at all?
A: Interesting. I donít sense the irony there, no.
Q: Does it make you appreciate what Eli did for 16 years without missing a game?
A: I think we all should appreciate that. Thatís part of what makes Eli who he is. You can see it on all teams at all positions. Being available is huge. He was available and playing, and thatís important that the franchise can trust that youíre going to be out there.
Q: Before this injury, had you at all toyed with the idea of giving Eli one last start this season?
A: No. Weíre just working through the season, game to game. But no.
Q: Very often in a situation like this, youíre taking an older guy out to put a young guy in to see what heís got. The fact that this is reversed, does it make itÖ Eli has seen and done everything. Is it a little different, from your point of view, having to coach, that you donít need to get him up to speed on things? Heís already up to speed.
A: Yeah, sure, in terms of getting up to speed. New for old, old for new, I think weíre overthinking that. Daniel got hurt and Eli, if he has to play, will go in and do a good job.
Q: Well, itís a very different dynamic. A lot of teams now are putting rookies in to try to get their feet wet versus putting a guy whoís played 230 games. It doesnít happen a lot in this league anymore.
A: I wouldnít know what to comment on there. If Daniel canít play, Eliís going to play. Then we move on.
Q: If this is the end of Danielís season, even if itís not, 11 games, 10 starts, how would you assess this kid and how he did this year and where he can go from here?
A: I think he made tremendous progress. He has a very, very bright future. I think thatís something weíll talk about when the season is over. There are certainly things and areas that he needs to improve. But he displayed an ability to stand in there tough, make good throws, he got us in the end zone. Unfortunately, as we move along, and I think thatís part of his development, some of the mistakes he made, heíll clean up as time goes on.
Q: Will you go back to Daniel when heís healthy no matter what at this point?
A: Yeah. When he comes back, sure.
Q: Besides the turnovers, where can he improve?
A: Just the little things of playing quarterback. Thatís all. Some of that goes unseen.
Q: He had the MRI Monday night? Is what when you found out?
A: Well, he was sore. He became more sore after I visited with you, I guess it was noon time. Then he was further evaluated through the afternoon and then into Tuesday.