NYG Postgame (vs. Philadelphia Eagles) Transcripts: QB Daniel Jones
November 15, 2020
Q: In the third quarter when the Eagles come down and score and you guys answer them immediately, can you walk us through that drive and your confidence level at that moment that you were going to deliver in order to give your team this much needed win?
A: We were confident in what we were doing all day. From an offensive standpoint, we felt like we were moving the ball and executing. The Eagles came out fast and scored. Being able to answer there was big for us. The defense bowed up and played huge down the stretch. A lot of credit to those guys and how they played. Offensively, we felt like we were executing. It was up to us to keep drives going, to execute and keep the ball going forward.
Q: That 40-yarder to Darius that set up the field goal that made it a two-possession game, what did you see there and is that one of the instances that coaches have been talking about where you take the aggressive shot when it’s presented to you?
A: First, that was a great call by coach (Jason) Garrett there in that situation. Obviously, they were expecting the run. Expecting us to try to keep the ball on the ground and drain out the clock. Just a matchup there where we had Darius down the field. (We) just tried to give him a chance and you saw the play he made was an incredible one. Great call by coach Garrett in that situation and great job executing and heck of a catch from Darius there.
Q: Can you say what you saw on the touchdown run? Why do these zone reads seem to be so effective against the Eagles? Was it especially satisfying to have a long run and get in the end zone against the Eagles?
A: It felt good to get in the end zone. We did a great job blocking it up there. Austin Mack came down and made a big block there. It just kind of opened up for me. Just tried to stay on my feet that time and get in the endzone.
Q: Your coach just said you are a tough dude mentally and physically. When you hear that, what does that mean to you?
A: I think that’s an important part of playing the position, mental and physical toughness. For any football player, especially a quarterback. That’s something I try to do every time I go out there on the field. I think our team is taking on that identity from coach and I think we’re playing a tough brand of football right now. I certainly try to be a part of that.
Q: What does it mean to have two straight games without turnovers?
A: I think that certainly gives us a better chance to win games. It’s something I’ve been focusing on. I think we did a great job executing and coach (Jason) Garrett called a great game and it’s up to me to understand where to take risks and where not to. I think it certainly feels good not to turn the ball over and got to keep building on it, keep going, and that definitely helps our chances to win.
Q: Have you done anything differently?
A: I think it’s just a better understanding in certain situations when to press and when not to press and when to take those risks and when not to.
Q: Can you talk about how your confidence is growing?
A: I think our confidence as a team is continuing to grow. We were certainly frustrated through the first stretch of the season. Frustrated not to get the results we expected, but we didn’t let that discourage us. We didn’t let it affect our confidence week in and week out. We continue to improve, continue to work towards the next week, and I think that’s ultimately what has helped us do that, continue and grow, and the challenge is to keep doing that, and we’ll continue to build confidence through that work and through that improvement.
Q: How much pride do you take in making plays as a runner? Seems like your runs are really opening up the offense.
A: I think that’s a good part of the system, coach Garrett’s system, and what we’re able to do. I just try to do my best to execute those and take advantage of the opportunities that are there.
Q: On a drive you guys ended up punching in the endzone, you gave (Sterling) Shep(ard) a chance to make a play, Golden (Tate) had a chance to make a play… how satisfying is that for you to have your guys make plays when you give them an opportunity?
A: I think that’s something we’ve talked about a lot, is giving those guys a chance. They’ve come up big for us time and time again. Those are certainly two situations where guys have made huge plays for us, and I have to keep giving them chances to do that, and you see what they’re able to do. Those were big plays, guys stepped up throughout the day to make those plays.