Head Coach Pat Shurmur -- December 13, 2019
Opening Statement: Rhett Ellison is out, he has a concussion. Daniel Jones is out, he has the ankle. (Kevin) Zeitler is out, he has the ankle. Then obviously, Evan Engram is the last one, heís out with the foot. Those four guys are out, then weíll take it from there. Iíll answer your questions.
Q: How did you go about the process of determining todayís news on Janoris (Jenkins)?
A: I released a statement, so I really donít have much more to add other than the fact that I spoke to him. My understanding was he made an apology. After the apology, he made an attempt to rationalize his beliefs. Then yesterday, there was a decision made top down that we were going to move on.
Q: Is there more to it than just this incident? Was this like a final straw type situation?
A: I wouldnít call it a final straw. Anytime moves are made, itís obviously more than one thing.
Q: How much did his comments yesterday factor into the final decision, because you said you had spoken to him before?
A: Yeah, it had something to do with it, for sure.
Q: He had used that word before in August of last year. Was he disciplined then for it?
A: Last year? I wasnít aware that he used it, so no. I wasnít aware that he used that word. Itís not a word you should use. I made that very, very clear yesterday. I made it clear to him as well.
Q: You guys made a big point of putting him in a leadership role and feeling confident about putting him in that role. Do you regret that seeing how things have played out?
A: No. You know what, you try to get all of the players to grow with regard to leadership. There are many things about Rabbit thatÖ He practiced, he worked hard. As an older player, we had, as you all know, we have a very young group, so you try to promote leadership in all of the players. Just like working on any other element of a playerís game, you try to help them become better leaders.
Q: He had said some controversial things about the actual team earlier this year. The pass rush, then (Defensive Coordinator James) Bettcher. Every time you sat down with him, do you feel like he was listening to you then in hindsight or was he lying to you?
A: I had a relationship where I could talk to him and be very frank about my feelings all the way along. Our ability to communicate all along has been good. He was able to explain to me what he meant by what he said. (Iíll) just leave it at that.
Q: Were you surprised then how after sitting down with him, that thatís how it went from when you sat down to him to what he came out and said publicly afterwards?
A: I have nothing more to say on it. Iím not surprised by anything right now.
Q: Why cut instead of suspend? Why such a final decision?
A: It was just something we felt was best from the top down. Thatís why. I donít need to get into the rest of it.
Q: How close was Daniel Jones?
A: I donít know. Weíll have to see next week.
Q: No, Iím saying how close was he this week?
A: He made progress. He was out here. Last week, he was in a boot. This week, he was out here practicing. If you remember what I said about his injury, it was similar to Saquonís (Barkley) but not as severe. So, thereís a stretch of time here that heís going to have to rehab before heís able to play. But it should be a shorter stretch in my mind.
Q: Do you anticipate then for the third game, he would be back?
A: Itís hard to say. Obviously, people heal at different rates. I can tell heís a fast healer. Heís champing at the bit to get out there. He believes in his ability to play whatever his physical condition is. He actually hurt his ankle in the first half of the game and he gutted through it. But at this stage, in Danielís case, we have to save him from himself in a few of these situations moving forward. But thatís a good thing because he wants to be out there in the worst way.
Q: For Eli (Manning) himself, probably the last home game, maybe start. What would that mean? Just the big picture of it.
A: Well, I think with Eli, heís going to stay in the moment and keep playing. Heís going to play this game knowing there are two more left, and he may be the starter in the last two. Heís done it his whole career, staying in the moment. My guess is heís going to do it that way this time.
Q: Do you think itís important that the fans know, like if this were to be his last home game, that they know that while theyíre sitting there watching it?
A: I donít know whatís going to happen. All I know is, Eliís starting this game against Miami. Then weíll play it out from there.