QB Daniel Jones
October 14, 2020
Q: I’m wondering if you can take me back to the last time you guys played Washington. It was actually the last game you guys won. It was the best game of your career, and what that feeling was like walking off the field that day when a lot of people thought ‘oh, they might be better off losing, getting a higher draft pick.’ What was it like walking off after that win and what has it been like since then?
A: Yeah, that was a big win for us. An overtime win in a game where we battled and found a way to win. That was a thrilling moment. I think that’s what we’re pushing for as a team, to finish games and have wins like that. Certainly a good memory looking back at it.
Q: Your quarterbacks coach said yesterday you take these losses very hard, maybe harder than anybody. How does that manifest itself with you? How do you process it and let it get out of your system? You go home at night, go back to your apartment, does it eat at you? Do you have trouble sleeping? Do you have trouble eating? How personally hard do you actually take all of this?
A: We put a lot of work into it throughout the week. To not get the results is disappointing at times. It’s frustrating. I think like anyone, I certainly am when we don’t get the results. I take it hard. But the thing about this game, the thing about any game, any sport or anything you’re doing is you have to be able to refocus and not let it discourage you, not let it distract from the next one, from the preparation or looking forward, I guess. Taking the next step and using what you learned to help you. It’s definitely tough, it’s definitely frustrating. But I think you have to be able to learn from it and re-energize yourself and focus towards the next week. I try to do that. I think as a team, we were frustrated but it’s time to refocus our efforts and use that energy to focus towards next week and not let it distract from our preparation. I thought we had a good practice today and guys were focused and ready to go.
Q: The early third quarter shot you took to Darius (Slayton) that went wide out of bounds, how critical are those shots when you take those downfield when you have the opportunity when it is kind of an unforced or… how critical is it in a game that you hit those? Because you’re really not going to get a ton of opportunities like that.
A: Yeah, those are big plays. Like you said, we have to hit them. When we have chances to do that, we have to hit them, like you said.
Q: In a game like this, as the losses mount, do you feel any kind of pressure to put the team on your back, so to speak? To try to do more? How do you think of it going into a game when your team is 0-5?
A: It takes all of us, and that’s the only way we’re going to be successful. It takes all 11 guys on both sides of the ball executing, all three phases of the game executing, and doing it at a high level every play. It’s not any one guy doing more than his job. It’s just doing your job and executing at a high level, play in and play out. You don’t know which play is going to ultimately decide the game.
Q: I’m curious what did you think when you heard that Dwayne Haskins was going to be removed as the starter? What’s that relationship like? Obviously, when you were in the draft, there was a lot of debate about who the top quarterback was. Obviously, he’s part of that draft class. Just the decision for you to be here and him to be there.
A: Yeah, that’s not something I’ve been focused on really. We’re focused on what we’re doing here and trying to prepare week in and week out. I got to know Dwayne through the draft, like you said, and certainly wish him the best. But it’s not really something we’re focusing on.
Q: When you look at this game, this is the first time all year you guys are going into a game favored. Are you guys looking around the locker room saying, ‘guys, this is a game we should win’? Is there a different sense?
A: I think we have that confidence every week. We haven’t gotten the results that we would have hoped for to this point, but I think every week we go in expecting to win. We go in expecting to execute at a high level and play our game. We’re confident. Washington is a good team, they’re a good defense and they do a lot of good things. We’ll have to prepare and be ready to play. But we try to go into every game ready to go and ready to execute.
Q: After the last couple of weeks, do you feel you’re a little closer?
A: Yeah, like I said, we haven’t gotten the results, but I feel like we are improving as a team. We’ve taken steps. As an offense, some of our best football has been in these last two games. The challenge is to keep building. We have to find a way to make a few more plays and convert some more opportunities. That’s the challenge, and I think we are taking a step in the right direction. We just need to finish games.
Q: When we talk to your coaches about you, they express a lot of confidence in you. Yesterday, Jerry Schuplinski said you have ‘it.’ Joe Judge has been on record saying you’re his quarterback, period, end of discussion. Do you need to hear those things? Is it nice to hear those things said about you publicly, and I’m sure privately, when they express those to you?
A: Yeah, I certainly appreciate their support. I’m certainly working as hard as I can to improve and take coaching and help this offense move forward. We’re all working together and we all have the same goal. Like I said, I think we’ve made improvement. We’ve taken steps. We need to find a way to finish in these games.
Q: Do you like the style of this coaching staff when it comes to things like that? Joe said it, he called it blunt and honest. But it’s also tinged, I’m sure, with expressing confidence.
A: Coach Judge, since the day he’s come in, has been a very clear communicator. That’s part of the blunt and honest approach that he takes to it and communicating with players. I think guys respect that and respond to it well. You know where you stand and what he expects of you. From him, and then all the coaches on the staff, that’s kind of the approach and I think guys appreciate it and respond well to it.