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Post-Game Transcript: Head Coach Joe Judge

Eric from BBI : Admin : 10/23/2020 10:00 am
Giants Head Coach Joe Judge

On tonight’s loss:

“We came down here and knew it was going to be a sixty-minute game. Every time the Eagles and Giants play, it always comes down to the last drive. That’s kind of regardless of who is here, whether it’s coaches, players, whoever it is. That’s just a rivalry that’s going to go that way. We expected this to be a tough, physical, sixty-minute game. That’s exactly what we got. I thought our players played hard and we showed a lot of flashes throughout the game. There are some things we did that held us back. Ultimately, [we had] too many turnovers and penalties. There are things we have to eliminate and things we have to improve on down the second half of the season. These are things that held us back tonight. We’ve got to give credit where credit is due, and they made plays down the stretch. We have to make more plays ourselves.”

On the third down play to TE Evan Engram late in the fourth quarter:

“I thought he made a lot of plays to keep us in the game and bring us back when we were down and struggling on offense. He had a lot of production for us tonight. We’ll keep on playing with him; he’s a guy that we have to keep involved in our offense and keep giving targets like we did tonight. He’s definitely a guy that helped us. Obviously, we’ll look at the tape and make any corrections possible, but we all have to do a better job coaching and playing. We have to make more plays and keep putting them in a position to be successful.”

On what he saw specifically on the pass to Engram:

“I saw an incomplete pass. I have to look at the tape to see if it was something technique wise that we need to correct and clean up.”

On the team’s frustration level after losing by one point:

“The focus isn’t on frustration; the focus is on correcting mistakes and moving forward. That’s really where we have to steer it as a team. We’ve played enough ball at this point and we should know what we have as a team. We should understand how we have to play as a team. We know we have to be a team that’s got to grind out wins. We have to do things just a little bit tougher, and that’s alright. We’re okay with doing it that way. We have put ourselves in a good position in a lot of games now. We’ve got to control the things that we can control, and that comes down to the penalties and turnovers. We have to do a better job of that as a team to make sure we’re giving ourselves the opportunities to capitalize on the work that we’re putting in.”

On his message to the fans after a 1-6 start:

“No excuses, but we’re working hard and trying to put a product on the field that you can be proud of. There are no excuses from us. We have to prove we can be better for you guys.”

On the defense’s performance down the stretch:

“I think the defense played well overall, but as a team we have to finish this. That ties into finishing drives on both sides of the ball and executing the kicking game. There are things we didn’t do well enough down the stretch that gave them the opportunity. They capitalized on the opportunity they had. Obviously, there are some things I have to look at on tape and make sure that I make the right assessment before I go in and say something [to the defense]. That being said, we have to eliminate some things that held us back. Those penalties down the stretch definitely hurt us.”

On veteran mistakes down the stretch:

“We count on every player on our roster to help us win the game. My message to the team is that it takes every single one of us, every coach and every player, to be successful. We can’t all have a one-off. I can’t make a bad call. A player can’t say ‘my bad’. That adds up throughout the course of the game. We just can’t do that right there. We have to coach better and play better, and finish out the game when we have an opportunity.”

On who he looks for to step up at the end of games:

“There’s no one person that’s going to stop the other team. It’s 11-on-11. Everyone has to make plays. Everyone has to do their job and make sure they execute.”

On the defense being on the field for 72 plays:

“As a defense, we don’t decide when or where we go out there. Our job is to execute when we’re on the field. No excuses on that. It doesn’t matter how many plays we play, we have to execute.”

On whether the team had a chance to complete a pass on a punt in the first quarter:

“It looked like [the Eagles] ended up having 11 on the field. We thought they may have had a man short. We’ll look at the tape, talk about the situation and how to address it going forward.”

On whether tonight feels like a missed opportunity in the division:

“At this point, our focus is to look at all of the stuff we’ve done already in this first chunk of the season. We’ve got a long week right now leading into Tampa Bay. Our job is to go ahead and make the adjustments and make sure we improve as team. Every game is an opportunity and we have to maximize all of them.”

On his message to fans after another heartbreaking loss to the Eagles:

“We’re going to work hard for you guys, I promise you that. I have nothing I can say right now that is going to make you feel better about how the game turned out, and we’re not going to make any excuses to the fans. We want to be out there on the field and put out a product that the fans can be proud of. Our guys are working for that and our players embrace the city. This is where we live now. This is our home. We want to make sure we represent this place the right way. We’re putting together a foundation for a team that we hope lasts. We want to play the right type of football for a long time. We’ve got a culture being built right now that is moving in the right direction. We have a lot of good football being played. Obviously, we have to clean up a lot of things. We have to eliminate mistakes and maximize our opportunities. In terms of the fans, I’m not going to ask you to be patient, that’s not your job to be patient. Your job is to go ahead and be entertained by us and what we put on the field. It’s our job to go out there and work and improve and give you something to cheer about on Sundays or Thursday night, whatever comes up. We’re going to keep working hard for the fans.”
I really like our coach  
18E : 10/23/2020 10:17 am : link
RE: I really like our coach  
Spider56 : 10/23/2020 10:22 am : link
In comment 15021584 18E said:

+1 .... externally he says all the right things ... now he needs to step back, take a good look at his roster and make some serious adjustments. There’s 9 games left to find out who the foundation players are, vs the losers. I wish him the best,
This is the first time he has seemed angry  
Reale01 : 10/23/2020 11:48 am : link
in a post-game press conference. Still in control.
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