NYG Postgame (vs. Eagles) Transcripts: QB Daniel Jones -- December 29, 2019
Q: Whatís your main takeaway from this season? First-year starter, ups and downs. Whatís your big picture takeaway?
A: Overall, personally, as a team, just being more consistent to win in this league. Iím still very young and Iím still learning, but to win in this league, you need to be able to produce every game. You need to be able to produce every quarter, really every time you get the ball, you need to expect to produce. As a team, we made plays throughout the year at times and did some good things, but we didnít do enough of it at key points of the game, and I think that goes for me as well. Just being more consistent and executing more consistently.
Q: In college, you were part of a veteran group, and then you were also part of a younger group. Looking at this team here, itís a young group thatís trying to figure out ways to win. How did you find that balance? Or how do guys find that balance, where you have a young group, youíre trying to build, youíre also trying to win. Is that tough to do at this level?
A: We certainly canít use being young or being inexperienced as an excuse. When you look at the league, there are plenty of young teams who are winning, who are finding ways to win. We need to do that. Weíll continue to improve with every game. Like you said, myself, the younger guys who played a lot this year will benefit from that and hopefully improve going forward. Thatís the challenge, is to make sure we do that. But at the same time, we canít use that as an excuse or use that to look over a lot of the mistakes that were made. We need to correct those, work on those and make sure they donít happen again.
Q: Can you take us through what happened on that play with two fumbles, the low snap andÖ
A: Just dropped the snap and then, yeah, fumbled. Costly mistake at a key point of the game.
Q: Everyone harps on fumbles. Do you think thatís one of the biggest things that needs to go better for you as you move forward into your second season?
A: Yeah, I think so. Thatís certainly clear to me that itís something I need to work on and improve. Holding onto the ball, making good decisions when I am throwing the ball, all of that stuff is key to our success and something I need to improve on.
Q: What do you think you proved to people this first season, especially the people who might have doubted you, six overall, all of that?
A: I donít know. Not sure Iíve thought about that a whole lot. I think itís just as a team, we werenít able to prove much. As a team, like I said, we flashed at times but we werenít consistent enough, and I think Iím certainly included in that.
Q: How much do you feel you progressed from Week One, well your first start, to where you are standing today?
A: I feel like Iíve learned a lot. I feel like Iíve progressed a lot and improved a lot in a lot of ways. But at the same time, there are things to work on, things to continue to improve on, and I understand that. But looking back to Week One, or I guess it was Week Three, I feel like Iíve come a long way.
Q: How valuable was it to have Eli (Manning) as your support, your backup, whatever you want to call it?
A: Yeah, Eli was huge for my growth, my development. Obviously, heís a legendary player, and thereís a reason, because he understands the game. Heís done it for a long time, heís seen a lot. Iím lucky to be able to learn from him and just spend time with him. Iíve been fortunate with that.
Q: Whatís the biggest lesson youíve learned from Head Coach Pat Shurmur?
A: I think a number of things. Since Iíve gotten here, Coach Shurmur has supported me and worked with me. Heís been instrumental for my growth and development. Whether it was a good performance or a bad performance, I felt like he has always been supportive of me this season. I certainly support him and believe in him as a coach. I think heís a tremendous football coach.