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Thursday Media Transcript: Head Coach Pat Shurmur

Eric from BBI : Admin : 12/5/2019 2:58 pm
Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- December 5, 2019

Opening Statement: You got the injuries, so I have nothing really to add. Iíve got the same sheet you got. Iíll take your questions if you have them.

Q: Is Golden (Tate) out of the (concussion) protocol?
A: Heís working through it, but he had a full practice today. Heís on the road to recovery.

Q: Is there anything to be said for Daniel (Jones) just taking a step back and observing before he gets back in it, if it comes to a point where he could play?
A: Sometimes thatís part of the narrative when a young guy plays for a while, then for whatever reason, he doesnít play and he comes back. I think anytime you observe, itís always best when youíre playing. But in this case, heís forced to step back, so I think heís going to continue to learn.

Q: Have you seen it help young quarterbacks?
A: Thatís hard to say. Iíve had quarterbacks that have played the whole year, and then they kind of realize what happened to them in the offseason when they have a quiet moment. Everything is different. I donít know. I guess youíd have to ask a coach that has had a young quarterback play, then not play, then get back in. But they continue to learn all the time. Even though he has a boot on his foot, heís in there preparing just like he would be if he was going to play. The learning doesnít stop just because youíre not taking snaps.

Q: Doug Pederson just told us he thinks having Eli (Manning) on the field will Ďjazz upí the team. His term, Ďjazz up.í What does that mean to Ďjazz upí?
A: I donít know what Ďjazz upí means. Eli has played a lot of years at a very high level. Weíre super fortunate that he was able to help Daniel in the time that he played this year. Eli will be ready to go.

Q: What can Eli do, and this is not meant as a knock on Daniel, but what can Eli do for Saquon (Barkley) and the running game with his experience? All of Saquonís best games are with Eli as the starting quarterback.
A: Well, most of his best games running the ball were last year, and then a couple games this year before he got hurt. Thatís just a function of that. What can he help do different than what Daniel can do with the run game? Not much. If you want to correlate it that the best was when he was in there isÖ This year is prior to being hurt. Thatís sort of the narrative I would say.

Q: I guess I just meant in terms of diagnosing defenses, where players are coming from, audibling, checks.
A: No, Daniel has been good with the run checks all year.

Q: Was Danielís ankle any better today?
A: Yeah, heís getting better. Heís making improvements. Heís a fast healer, from what I can tell.

Q: Is there still a chance he could play on Monday?
A: I donít know. As you get further and further toward Monday, if heís not out practicing, the chances would be very slim.

Q: I donít know if youíll tell us this or not, but with Daniel injured, Iím assuming heís not going to be around on the sideline. Unlike in the past when he was on the sideline and able to hear the calls, get in the little huddles with you and Eli and whatnot, how is that going to be handled?
A: Yeah, well, I do make exceptions for injured players when theyíre quarterbacks, because typically they help with the management of the game, helping the other quarterbacks and theyíre very insightful. I would anticipate that youíll see Daniel there. Thatís part of it.

Q: Do you have a level of optimism at all that Daniel will return this season? Is that possible?
A: Oh sure, absolutely.

Q: Do you think heís definitely going to return this season?
A: I donít know that. Weíll have to see. But Iím optimistic that he could.

Q: You always talk about parallel tracks. Winning is one and developing is another. With Daniel not on the field, does that sort of stall the overall offensive development for the players who are going to be out there?
A: No. No, because Eli is an outstanding quarterback. Weíre going to put in a guy thatís going to be able to go out there and execute and help the guys around him play well. So, I donít think that stalls anything. Every week, we tend to have a different set of skilled players out there. Theyíll just continue to do what they can to improve. Not lost on me is the fact that we have to put a winning effort out there.

Q: When you look at the Eagles this year, are they kind of a head-scratcher because theyíve been so up and down?
A: No. I think theyíre outstanding on defense, they have really good skilled players and they have a very veteran offensive line. I recognize a lot of the players from my days when I was there. I donít know what to think about that. When I watch them play, I know theyíre an outstanding football team.

Q: When you play a team twice in 20 days or whatever itís going to be, does that change the way you go into the first game?
A: No. I think you approach the first game standalone, division rivalry and doing everything you can to win the game. Then when the game is over, you reassess and get ready to play them the next time. Certainly, things change. When you play a team twice in a year, you tweak things.

Q: When you look at (Carson) Wentz and the jump he made from year one to year two, in what ways is he kind of a good example of how that can be a big springboard? That second year, how did he kind of make a leap there that other guys can hope to do?
A: You always hope to see that. I would anticipate, if you want to compare that to Daniel, Danielís going to make great improvements from year one to year two, as well.
You're a buffoon, Pat.  
Britt in VA : 12/5/2019 2:59 pm : link
Thank you Dr Pat  
ATL_Giants : 12/5/2019 3:17 pm : link
Heís a fast healer, from what I can tell.

RE: You're a buffoon, Pat.  
jvm52106 : 12/5/2019 3:30 pm : link
In comment 14704295 Britt in VA said:

Jazz it up, Eli!  
Britt in VA : 12/5/2019 3:35 pm : link
Q: Doug Pederson just told us he thinks having Eli (Manning) on the field will Ďjazz upí the team. His term, Ďjazz up.í What does that mean to Ďjazz upí?

When "Next Stop, Pottersville" comes on at the club..  
bceagle05 : 12/5/2019 3:40 pm : link
What a  
MtDizzle : 12/5/2019 4:02 pm : link
underwhelming dry loser. Buh bye Pat.
I just want someone to ask  
HoustonGiant : 12/5/2019 4:12 pm : link
"How do you feel knowing you suck at your job?"
I know he's not a good hc, but what in this interview  
micky : 12/5/2019 5:06 pm : link
Makes him a "bafoon" "suck" etc? Just wondering

Plus if eli wins a few games here, pat will mostly likely be back next season by it.
It doesn't matter what he says  
Gman11 : 12/5/2019 5:52 pm : link
people are going to bitch about it just because they enjoy bitching.
mattlawson : 12/5/2019 8:21 pm : link
'No, Daniel has been good with the run checks all year.'  
Torrag : 12/5/2019 8:59 pm : link
Whose he trying to kid? The run checks have been abysmal this season since Jones took over. That's not a surprise with a rookie but shurmur is just so full of shit.
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